Honors Programs

ISA Honors

ISA students have access to high-caliber courses, experienced teaching faculty, and co-curricular learning opportunities at each of our host universities and study centers. Some ISA programs offer exceptional learning experiences and are recommended for students seeking an honors experience abroad.

These ISA Honors recommendations were formulated following the framework put forth by the National Collegiate Honors Council with regards to how honors education is defined and were influenced by NCHC’s list of the hallmarks of an exemplary honors program.


Program highlights of these honors options:

  • Curriculum features unique and innovative courses or seminars and provides opportunities for experiential learning and/or undergraduate research
  • Host institution has a strong reputation for academic rigor and an exceptional teaching faculty to provide academic mentorship
  • Small class sizes encourage more student-instructor interaction and student-led learning
  • These programs undergo a regular vetting process to ensure that they continue to offer enhanced academic opportunities

These ISA programs also include:

  • Exceptional language learning opportunities that allow students to gain proficiency in the language and enhance their cultural integration within their host communities
  • Excursions and cultural activities organized by ISA are designed to facilitate co-curricular learning and support students’ global knowledge
  • Responsive onsite staff to help students find quality extracurricular activities and opportunities in their host city
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Honors Programs

ISA offers a select number of programs where students can enroll in honors courses. These courses will be designated as honors (through the course title or course code) on the students’ transcripts.

Europe

  • American College of Greece (Athens, Greece)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Honors seminars are available to eligible students
    • Other courses available from the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Fine & Performing Arts, and the School of Business
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to the archeological and cultural highlights of Greece

Recommended Programs for Honors Students

While these ISA programs offer exceptional educational opportunities and/or a notable learner-centric curriculum well-suited to honors students, they are open to all ISA students.

Africa

  • ISA Study Center in Meknes (Meknes, Morocco)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Courses available in English, Arabic, and French
    • Arabic language and French language courses available from Beginning-Advanced levels
      1. students can progress through two language levels in one semester-long program
    • Moroccan Arabic (Darija) courses offered
    • Summer Intensive Arabic Language program is FLAS eligible
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to Moroccan arts, history, religion, and culture
    • ISA Service-Learning opportunities are available in the fields of Community Development, Education, Health, and Human Rights

Europe

  • Oriel College (Oxford, England)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Seminar-style courses that are designed to be thought-provoking and intellectually engaging
    • Courses taught by University of Oxford instructors
    • Access to Oxford’s world-class libraries and academic facilities
    • Excursions and cultural activities are offered that deepen student’s exposure to Oxford and English history
  • University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Students can enroll in a variety of courses with local Irish students
    • Business courses are AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accredited (Triple Crown)
    • Engineering courses are accredited by Engineers Ireland, a signatory of the Washington Accord (along with ABET)
    • UCD Service-Learning course allows students to get involved with a local non-profit for academic credit
    • STEM students can join a UCD Research group
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to Irish history, culture, and the natural environment
  • Universidad de Deusto – Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Courses in English and Spanish
    • Spanish language courses available from Beginning-Advanced levels
    • Advanced Spanish speakers can enroll in internship courses in the fields of Business, Education, and Engineering
    • Advanced Spanish speakers can enroll in a course with local Spanish students
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to Spanish and Basque history, art, culture, and the natural environment of the region
  • Universidad de Salamanca – Salamanca, Spain
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Program options for all levels of Spanish proficiency
    • Established in 1929, the Cursos Internacionales department offers courses in English and Spanish
    • Students with a high level of Spanish proficiency can enroll in courses with local students
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to Spanish history and culture
    • ISA Service-Learning opportunities are available in the fields of Community Development, Education, Environment, Family and Youth Development, and Health
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Students can enroll in a variety of courses with local students
    • Each VU course has an experiential learning component, allowing students to use Amsterdam as their classroom or laboratory
    • VU courses are research-based and interdisciplinary
    • ISA Excursions and cultural activities are offered that introduce students to Dutch history, culture, and art
  • EuroScholars: Undergraduate Research Abroad (Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland)
    Program options: Program highlights:
    • Students will join an on-going research project for a semester and contribute to the work of the research lab
    • Students receive academic credit (12-15 credits) for their research
    • Language & Culture courses are required in order to help students engage with their new environment
    • The Mid-Stay program is a European Orientation that gives students the chance to learn more about one of the host cities and to present their research to the other EuroScholars students

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