Welcome to the ISA Online Application!
Choosing a study abroad program is an exciting yet complex process. There are some initial items you'll want to
consider before moving forward with an ISA program application.
- Meet with your study abroad advisor on campus to talk about course approval, initial paperwork
needed for your university and financial aid options.
- Research courses you'd like to take abroad and bring those descriptions to your advisor for
review and preapproval.
- Meet with your Financial Aid Advisor if you are considering using your financial aid for your
- Review the steps below and prepare to submit your ISA application. Be sure to check the ISA
application deadline and the final forms and payment deadline for the program you are interested in.
- Contact ISA if you have any questions!
Our phone number is (512) 480-8522. You can also email us at
STEP 1 - MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements found under the Overview section of each program on the
ISA website and check if there are any additional documents required to complete the ISA application.
- GPA1 - Requirements for the programs range from
2.50 to 3.30. Please refer to individual programs' eligibility section for specific GPA requirements.
- Foreign Language Proficiency - Some programs require a certain level of foreign language
proficiency. ISA offers programs that accommodate a broad range of language levels from programs that
require zero language background (courses in English) to programs for students who are fluent in a
second language. Please refer to individual programs’ eligibility section for specific language
- Academic Classification - Some programs may have specific academic standing requirement (i.e.
sophomore or junior standing). In addition, some host universities will not consider community college
and AP/IB credits when calculating your academic standing.
- Program Dates - Deviation from ISA program dates is not permissible during any ISA Summer or
short-term program. Deviation from ISA program dates for Semester/Academic Year programs are handled
on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by your ISA Program Manager prior to acceptance.
- $200 deposit - A valid credit or debit card is required to pay the $200 application deposit. If
you are applying to multiple programs, a $200 application deposit is required for each program. Please
have your card ready before you begin the application. Once submitted online, the $200 application
deposit is non-refundable.
1. For most ISA programs, if you have a cumulative GPA that falls below the requirement, you can submit at
least one academic letter of recommendation and a letter of intent for consideration into the program. The
letter of intent should be submitted on the ISA student portal and explain why you want to study abroad, and
how it will affect your academic and professional career. It is also a great opportunity to explain the lower
GPA, for example, if there were certain uncontrollable circumstances affecting your coursework. Please keep in
mind that submitting an academic letter of recommendation and letter of intent does not automatically guarantee
admission into the program. Certain programs cannot consider participants whose GPA falls below their minimum
requirement. Please contact your ISA Program Manager to verify GPA requirements for your program. You can also
refer back to the ISA Admissions page for further details.
STEP 2 – REVIEW ISA DUE DATES & POLICIES
ISA accepts applicants on a rolling basis. Check the application due date for the program of your choice, and
submit your application materials as soon as possible. Due to high enrollment, ISA recommends submitting
applications at least one to two months before the application due date.
ISA due dates do not necessarily coincide with student visa deadlines. Some programs may or may not require a
student visa. Applicants are responsible for researching these requirements which are independent of ISA's
If you apply after the application deadline you may be subject to a late fee of $150.
See our Prices and Dates page
to find out when your final forms and payment are due.
Prior to your official acceptance, please refrain from booking flights for your program. ISA reserves the right
to adjust program dates to accommodate host university calendar changes, and is not responsible for airline
fare or ticket change fees incurred by program participants. Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.
Review the ISA Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason. Your request to withdraw and receive a
refund must be made in writing to ISA. The deposit is non-refundable once your application has been submitted.
However, if your application is denied due to eligibility requirements, your deposit will be fully
refunded. Alternative payment arrangements (financial aid, payment plans, etc.) do not exempt you from this policy.
- If you withdraw from the program on or before the original payment due date, you are liable for
the $200 application deposit.
- If you withdraw 1-9 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $750 plus costs
incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- If you withdraw 10-20 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $1,250 plus
costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1000 plus costs
incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- If you withdraw 21 or more days after the original payment due date but prior to the final
deadline for withdrawal, you are liable for $1,750 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer
program participants are liable for $1500 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- The final deadline to withdraw from any ISA program is 14 days prior to the start date of the
program. If you withdraw after this deadline, regardless of the reason for withdrawal, you are
not eligible for any refund from ISA.
Signing and returning all documents in your student portal is your responsibility. If you fail to return the
documents after repeated notification (email or call), you will be deemed withdrawn and will not be
eligible for any refund.
Housing deposits and housing confirmation fees are non-refundable after the original payment due date.
If you change or defer to another ISA program after the payment due date but prior to the final deadline to
withdraw, ISA will assess a $500 change fee plus costs incurred. Program changes are not permitted 1-14 days
prior to the start of the program.
STEP 3 - COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION
The online application requires a credit or debit card with a U.S. billing address in order to pay the required
deposit. Have the following items readily available as you will need to complete your application in one
sitting and will not be able to save your information to complete at a later time.
- The Program City, Program Name and Program Code for the program(s) you are applying to
- Your passport number (if you currently have one)
- Your current cumulative GPA
- Titles and grades of relevant language courses you have already taken
- Your debit or credit card information (please note that your $200 deposit is non-refundable and will be
applied towards your program balance)
*PAPER APPLICATION – If you are
unable to complete the online application, you can download the complete ISA application. Print, complete, and
mail ALL pages of the ISA application and the $200 non-refundable deposit (either by check made payable to ISA,
or by completing the credit or debit card information).
STEP 4 – GAIN ACCESS TO THE ISA STUDENT PORTAL & REVIEW REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
Once your online application has been received by your Program Manager, you will receive an email notification
containing login information for the ISA student portal system. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive the
Here you will have access to a list containing all the required application materials and instructions on how
to submit them. All ISA programs require the ISA Application Supplement (completed with your study abroad
advisor) and Official Transcripts from any institution you have attended.
*Official Transcript - If you have attended multiple universities, submit a transcript from each
university attended. Students must be enrolled at a college at the time of application, although exceptions may
On the portal you will have the ability to upload certain application documents (i.e. ISA Application
Supplement) and to view which application materials have or have not been received by ISA. Certain programs
require additional application materials and these will be listed in your portal. Please refer to the
Admissions page and the individual program
section of the ISA website for details.
STEP 5 - SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS & AWAIT STATUS NOTIFICATION
Submit completed application materials per the instructions on the ISA Student Portal. Application materials
should be submitted to the portal and/or arrive in the appropriate ISA office no later than the application
deadline in order to be considered.
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Send materials for ALL programs, with the exception of Pacific Region or Internship Programs, to:
Attn: Your Program City
1112 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
For Pacific Region (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji) or Internship Programs, send to:
Attn: Your Program City
12050 N. Pecos St., Suite 320
Westminster, CO 80234
Your complete application package will be promptly reviewed by your ISA Program Manager and forwarded to the
host institution for approval, if applicable.
You will receive notification of your enrollment status via email, and if accepted, be provided with access to
post-acceptance forms and payment information in your ISA Student Portal.
The ISA final forms and payment deadline is approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline. You are
responsible for submitting all post-acceptance forms and payment through your portal by your deadline,
otherwise late fees may apply. Please check our website for specific deadlines and plan accordingly. We
encourage you to apply early to allow yourself plenty of time to complete all items outlined in your portal.
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at (512) 480-8522, or by email at
Important Note Regarding Visa Requirements
ISA program countries vary greatly in their visa requirements for students. While some participants may be
required to obtain a student visa, others may be able to stay in the host country for the duration of their
program as a tourist. The application process for a student visa also varies by country. Depending on the
foreign consulate, ISA students will either have to apply for the visa in person, via an online application, or
by mailing in all application materials. ISA will inform all participants if a student visa is required or
optional for their particular program upon acceptance. For specific visa requirements for ISA program
countries, please refer to the
ISA Resources page to find foreign consulate contact information and relevant student visa requirements.
Please note that there may be additional requirements for minors applying for a visa.
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