Academic Update


New Programs

We are pleased to announce the addition of the following new programs:

New Short-Term Summer Programs

Now offering a wider range of 2- and 3-week summer programs, ISA is committed to making study abroad accessible for every student. These new short-term programs were designed to deliver the same academic excellence as longer ISA programs, and consider a variety of budgets, time frames and academic interests.
View the full list of new programs.

Florence, Italy

After a successful launch of the Filmmaking or Acting for Film summer program at the New York Film Academy Florence, we are pleased to announce the addition of a semester-long option starting this Fall. The two tracks, Filmmaking or Acting for Film, will award 13 and 12 U.S. semester credits, respectively.

Rome, Italy

ISA is excited to announce its new partnership with LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. LUISS is a private university known for its innovative approach to teaching courses in business, management, economics, finance, law, and political science. ISA students can now enroll in two summer programs:
Euro-Mediterranean Trends - Society and Culture, Politics and Economics, or Management Made in Italy: Food, Luxury, Fashion and Design. Each three-week program includes experiential learning opportunities such as company visits, guest lectures, and guided visits to important cultural
sites in Italy.

Rome, Italy

The new Global Health program will be offered through the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome Campus. During the summer, students may choose between the Global Health and Epidemiology (“Summer 3”) or Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage (“Summer 4”) programs, and will enroll in one three-credit course. No previous Italian language experience is required to participate.

Valparaíso &
Viña del Mar, Chile

ISA has expanded our summer program offering in Chile to include the Business, STEM & Spanish Language program through ABET- and AACSB-accredited university, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. The summer program will allow students to select from Spanish language courses, or STEM and business courses
instructed in English.

Program Updates

Barcelona, Spain

We have added another International Studies, Business & Culture summer session to our offering at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. The new “Summer 7” session allows students to enroll in one course instead of two at a reduced price.

Seoul, South Korea

We have added another Korean Language & Electives in English summer session at Korea University. The new “Summer 1B” session will allow students to enroll in only one course at a reduced price.

Lille, France

The French Language, Social Sciences, Arts & Business and Science & Engineering summer programs at the Université Catholique de Lille have been combined into one, Business, Science, Liberal Arts & French Language. With this change, students may now select from the full list of course offerings at the host institution. Additionally, the Université Catholique de Lille has updated all of its summer courses to 6 ECTS. This update comes as a result of a redistribution of contact hours for each course.

Paris, France

La Sorbonne - Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne has recently changed the number of contact hours for their semester courses. Students in the ISA French Language & Culture program will now receive 150 contact hours for their French language courses (up from 145) and 16 contact hours for each culture and civilization course (down from 24). Students will continue to enroll in 182-246 contact hours for the entire semester.

Paris, France

The American Business School Paris has discontinued its academic year internship program. Students may still participate in the Internship, Business, French Language & Electives program, where they complete a full semester of coursework in the spring, followed by a two-month internship during the summer.

Financial Aid &

ISA Launches Short Program, Big Impact Scholarship

In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to students with limited time or financial resources, ISA has created the Short Program, Big Impact Scholarship. Beginning this summer, merit-based scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to qualifying students who participate in one of ISA's short-term education abroad programs.

Applications for the upcoming Summer 2019 scholarship cycle must be received by the scholarship due date of February 28. Details about scholarships available through ISA and our host universities, as well as the ISA Scholarship Application and Eligibility Requirements, can be found on the Scholarships & Grants page.

Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 ISA and Host University Scholarships recipients! Winners of ISA's Castañeda and Diversity scholarship are given the opportunity to participate as ISA student bloggers during their term abroad. Follow along with our selected scholarship winners as they write about their experiences during a semester abroad with ISA.

New ISA Website

ISA is proud to announce the launch of our newly-redesigned website. With an updated modern design and fully responsive with mobile devices, the new website makes it easy for you and your students to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices.

Program Cards

Each program is listed on its own “card.” Each card features information about the region, country and city, host university or study center, as well as the program name, program price, and terms to help streamline each search to find the perfect program.

“Find A Program”
Search Button

The revamped program search function allows users to sort programs by program type, area of study, destination, term/session, language of instruction, city size, and other areas of interest. These filters help students receive targeted program suggestions based on the filters they select.

Health & Safety Highlights

Resources and information regarding our commitment to health and safety is now featured throughout the website.

Advisors & Faculty

The Advisors & Faculty section is home to a variety of helpful resources, including: Academic Advising Guides, information about ISA workshops, status of transcripts, program finder, and more.

Account Login

Create an account to save favorite programs to compare them later.

For more information about the new features, read this post on the ISA Today blog or visit the new ISA website and explore for yourself!



Kristine Barer

We are pleased to announce that Kristine Barer has transitioned into the role of Director of ISA Service-Learning. Kristine has been working with experiential programs at ISA since 2011. Prior to accepting this position, she was a Program Manager and Associate Director for the service-learning department. Kristine earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Santa Clara University, and an MBA with an emphasis in Global Entrepreneurship from St. Edward's University.


We have updated the syllabus for the ISA Internships course to allow for more reflection and flexibility for various majors. The new curriculum encourages students to think critically about the specific skillset they are gaining through their experience in four main categories: Career & Professional Self-Awareness, Career & Professional Skill Building, Global Literacy & Cross-Cultural Competence, and Personal Growth & Resiliency.
The course will continue to be titled “SA425 International Internship” and worth 6 semester credits, awarded through Carroll College.

Agreements & Collaborations

Since the last issue of the Academic Update, ISA is proud to have entered into affiliation agreements with
the following universities:

  • Augustana College
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Harper College
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • The College of St. Scholastica
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill