ISA Academic Update

new programs

sdBerlin, Germany

Freie Universität Berlin

Starting Fall 2016, ISA will offer the new Advanced German Language & Liberal Arts semester program at Freie Universität Berlin. This program was designed for students with an advanced German language proficiency level, as all language and liberal arts courses are taught in German. Program participants will be required to enroll in four courses for a total of 20 ECTS credits.

For more information about the semester Advanced German Language & Liberal Arts program, please visit the ISA website.

sdParis, France

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Starting September 2016, we will offer an Intensive French Language month-long program at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne in Paris. This program was previously offered through our other partner host institution, the Institut Catholique de Paris. The Sorbonne curriculum will provide students with 100 contact hours (the Catholique provided 63 contact hours), as the program is now one week longer.

Please visit the Intensive French Language – The Sorbonne section of our website for more information.

PROGRAM updates

svValencia, Spain

Universitat de València

Starting Fall 2016, the Universitat de València (UV) Hispanic Studies Honors Program will be titled, Hispanic Studies. The GPA requirement for this program is now 2.50.  As a result, students at an intermediate Spanish language proficiency level are now eligible to apply for this program and may enroll in two Spanish language courses and two electives taught in English. The summer program at the UV will also undergo the name change to Hispanic Studies in Summer 2017.

For more information about the Hispanic Studies program at the UV, please visit the ISA website.


svSeoul, South Korea

Konkuk University

Starting Fall 2016, our Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines program at the AACSB-accredited Konkuk University, will change to Business Courses in English with Locals and Korean Language. The restructured program reflects a deeper emphasis on the fields of business and economics. This program allows students to enroll in one Korean language course, plus three or four electives taught in English, or enroll in four electives taught in English.

Please visit the ISA website for more information on our Business Courses in English with Locals and Korean Language programs at Konkuk University.


svMilan, Italy

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Beginning this Fall, ISA Milan semester and academic year ‘1A’ Business, Communications & Italian Culture program participants will be able to enroll in the new Language Assistant Program. This program includes a Teaching Workshop (6 ECTS) and an English Teaching Practicum (6 ECTS).  The purpose of the Workshop is to prepare students for the Practicum, which consists of an English teaching assistantship at local Milan elementary and middle schools, where students will provide in-class support under faculty guidance throughout the semester.

For more information about our Milan programs, please visit the ISA website.


svLondon, England

University of Westminster

Starting Fall 2016, most modules (courses) will be worth 20 UK credits. Previously, they were worth 15 UK credits. The new standard module load will be three modules per semester, and program participants may choose to enroll in an additional module for an extra fee. Per the University of Westminster, 15-20 UK credits is equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits/6 quarter units.

For more information about our programs at the University of Westminster, please visit the ISA website.


svBarcelona, Spain

Universitat de Barcelona

Effective Fall 2016, most content courses offered in the Hispanic Studies program at the Universitat de Barcelona will no longer be structured into Asignaturas (22.5 contact hours). Most content courses will now be 45 contact hours worth 6 ECTS (previously 5 ECTS), facilitating course equivalency and credit transfer for U.S. study abroad students. Spanish language courses have not been affected by this change and will continue to be offered at 110 contact hours (14 ECTS). This change will allow students to earn between 13-16 U.S. semester credits (previously 13-14 credits).

Please visit our website for more information about the Hispanic Studies program at the Universitat de Barcelona.


We have changed the names of the following programs to better reflect their curricular strengths and differentiate them from other programs offered in the same city, country or geographic area.

Florence, Italy
Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality
New Program title: Hospitality, Culinary Arts & Publishing Certificate Programs (formerly: Certificate Programs).

Madrid, Spain
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
New Program title: Business, International Studies & Communication Courses with Local in English (formerly: Business and Communications Courses in English with Locals and Liberal Arts Courses in Spanish).

Salamanca, Spain
Universidad de Salamanca
New Program title: Linguistics, Literature, Translation & Other Courses with Locals (formerly: Spanish Language & Courses with Locals).


The recently released 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject featured five ISA New Zealand partner institutions: University of Otago, Massey University, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland. Highlights include the University of Canterbury’s Civil and Structural Engineering Program (49th), and the University of Auckland’s Archaeology Program (20th).

For more information about ISA partner institutions in New Zealand, please visit the New Zealand section of our website.


ISA is proud to announce that our Learning Objectives documents for co-curricular excursions can now be found in the ISA Advisor Portal. These documents are emailed to students prior to each ISA-sponsored excursion, and discussed before, during and after the excursion by our Resident Directors. These documents were designed to provide students with context about the excursion, along with learning outcomes, objectives and take-aways that students should retain after each excursion. The ISA Discovery Model provides the learning framework for these objectives, placing each activity into the broader context of overall programmatic learning.

To log into the Advisor Portal and access our ISA Learning Objectives documents, please visit the ISA website. If you would like to request access to the Portal, please contact your ISA Regional Director.


We are proud to announce ISA Pay It Forward was recently nominated for a 2016 Go Abroad Award in the category of Innovation in Philanthropy. ISA Pay It Forward is a grant fund that supports ongoing sustainable development projects to serve under-resourced communities around the world. All ISA students have the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by contributing a $5 donation when applying for an ISA program online. One hundred percent of ISA Pay It Forward donations go toward funding sustainable projects identified by our ISA Service-Learning community partners in 12 cities around the world.

The Spring 2016 Pay It Forward grant will fund the Escuela Santiago Mobile Library Project in Heredia, Costa Rica. ISA Service-Learning scholarship recipient, Bayza Senbetta, worked with elementary school Escuela Santiago to research and propose a mobile library that will allow more students and their families in this disadvantaged neighborhood to have access to books.

To learn about the inaugural ISA Pay It Forward project in 2015, visit the ISA Student Blog


We are happy to announce that our five Boston-based ISA staff members have relocated from the Cambridge office into the WorldStrides Heritage Landing office in Quincy. The relocation will facilitate WorldStrides/ISA integration as our Boston colleagues will now be sharing space with the WorldStrides K-12 team (Discovery & Perspectives), Capstone, and other divisions. The address of the Quincy office is 2 Heritage Drive, Quincy, MA 02171.


svBeginning January 2017, ISA Internships will offer custom-matched, full-time internships in two new locations: Seoul, South Korea and Dublin, Ireland. Placements will be available in many academic fields, with sample internship placements listed on our website. Additional program details related to housing, program inclusions, prices and dates, and the application process will be posted on the ISA Internships website in the coming weeks. The application deadline for our first programs in Dublin and Seoul is September 1, 2016.


Ramya Gurunathan

Fall 2015, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Fall 2015 EuroScholars alumna and current Penn State student, Ramya Gurunathan, was recently selected to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship. The scholarship allows U.S. university students to enroll in a Master’s STEM program for an academic year at the University of Cambridge. Ramya will apply the scholarship towards a Master’s in Philosophy in Scientific Computing. During her EuroScholars experience, she developed leadership and research skills, which she hopes will bring her one step closer to fulfilling her dream of working at a Department of Energy lab or NIST, the National Institute of Standards in Technology.

Employee Update

ISA's Curriculum Specialist, Elizabeth Erbeznik Ph.D., is now the North American liaison for EuroScholars, a consortium of nine prestigious research universities in Europe that offers high-achieving American and Canadian students rigorous research opportunities within an international setting. ISA serves as the North American recruitment and program advising partner for EuroScholars, and Elizabeth is now the primary ISA-EuroScholars contact for North American institutional relations. Elizabeth has led numerous study abroad programs in Europe, and is excited to leverage this experience in her new role.


2016 EuroScholars Site Visit

The EuroScholars Program, in collaboration with ISA, is accepting applications through July 5, 2016 for a site visit of three EuroScholars institutions: Karolinksa Institutet (Sweden), University of Helsinki (Finland), and University of Zurich (Switzerland). This opportunity is designed for Honors and Undergraduate Research administrators, faculty, and advisors at U.S. and Canadian universities and will take place November 6-12. The EuroScholars Consortium will lead the visit and provide all arrangements for the university visits, housing, meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch, international health insurance, transportation between the three countries, and cultural activities.

Requests for site visit applications or questions can be directed to Elizabeth Erbeznik at


svVeritas is excited to announce a host university transition, from Konkuk University, to Korea University, starting this summer in Seoul, South Korea. Summer students will enroll in two courses at Korea University plus the required “International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum” offered through California Baptist University (CBU). Semester students will enroll in the CBU “Global Mission Perspectives” course and the service-learning practicum, plus two or three Korea University courses. The service-learning practicum is directed and overseen by an experienced mission mentor connected to a local ministry, providing students the opportunity to integrate into an authentic Korean church community.

isa site visitS

Announcing Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Group Site Visit Locations

Fall 2016
Australia: Sydney, Newcastle (optional add-on to Perth): September 24th - October 1st
Ireland: Dublin, Limerick, Galway: October 1st - October 8th
Greece: Thessaloniki and Jordan: Amman: October 8th - October 15th
South Korea: Seoul and China: Shanghai: October 8th - October 15th
Spain: Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao: October 15th - October 22nd
Argentina: Buenos Aires and Brazil: Florianópolis: October 22nd - October 29th


Spring 2017 (Dates TBA)
Spain: Valencia, Granada, Sevilla (optional add-on to Meknes, Morocco)
Morocco: Meknes
France: Paris, Lille and Germany: Berlin
Peru: Lima, Cusco
Costa Rica: San José, Heredia and Dominican Republic: Santiago
New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North (optional add-on to Suva, Fiji)


Non-Affiliate: $400
Affiliate: $250 ($150 discount)

Our Group Site Visit itinerary typically includes visits to two or more ISA program sites, and consists of both academic and cultural activities. Group Site Visit participants will tour our host institutions, observe various classes, and meet with university personnel, including international office administrators and faculty when possible. In addition to host university visits, Group Site Visit participants will visit the ISA office at each site, during which they will meet the ISA staff responsible for supporting students during their study abroad program. Visitors will also be able to spend time with ISA students currently abroad, allowing visitors the opportunity to speak openly with students about their experience with ISA.

Applications to participate can be found on the Visit ISA page of our website.

nafsa 2016

The following is a complete list of the 14 ISA representatives that will be attending the NAFSA National Conference in Denver. We encourage you to stop by ISA booths #1728 and #1729. If you would like to book a meeting with an ISA representative during NAFSA, please follow this link.

Rafael Hoyle, Ph.D.
Managing Director

Arturo Artaza
Senior Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

Mark Gallovic, M. Ed.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Deborah Morrison
Vice President, Australia Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Lisette Montoto, Ph.D.
Vice President, Academic Affairs

Lauren Alexander, M.A.
Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Jimmy Brazelton
Associate Vice President, Research and Development

Laura Pierce Weldon
Associate Vice President, Custom Programs

Dominick Luciano
Associate Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

Robin Reliford, J.D.
Director of Health, Safety and Security

Nick Zappitelli, M.S.
Director of Public Relations

Lauren Bruce, M.A.
Director, Internships

Beth Calvert
Associate Director, University Relations

Caroline Ickes
Associate Director, University Relations


NAFSA Presentations and Postering Sessions

June 2, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Presentation
ISA’s Director of Health, Safety and Security, Robin Marie Reliford, will present alongside Denise Cope, the University of Denver, and Sarah Leach, the University of York, a session titled, “Practical Solutions to Comply with Title IX and Clery on Education Abroad Programs." During this advanced session, Robin and her colleagues will discuss the challenges of complying with Title IX & Clery from the perspectives of a program provider, a U.S. university, and a U.K. university. Presenters will also identify strategies and solutions for handling said challenges.

June 2, 2-3:15pm, Presentation
ISA’s Associate Vice President of Custom Programs, Laura Pierce Weldon, will present alongside Rebekah de Wit, Ph.D., the Community College of Baltimore County, and Greg Malveaux, Ph.D., Montgomery College, a session titled, “Maximizing Faculty-Led Study Abroad at Community Colleges." The session will examine ways to alleviate the particular challenges of implementing faculty-led study abroad programs in the community college context. Attendees will learn strategies and models for building strong institutional support, navigating administrative structures, designing programs that meet community college student needs, and facilitating collaborative endeavors with providers and other academic institutions.

June 1, 8:30-10AM, Postering Session
“A World of Undergraduate Research: Research Opportunities for High-Achieving Undergraduates,” presented by Jacqueline Brioda at the Work, Internship and Volunteer Abroad fair.

June 1, 8:30-10AM, Postering Session
“Addressing the Needs of Under-represented Majors Through Experiential Learning Programs,” presented by Shannon Farrar at the Work, Internship and Volunteer Abroad fair.

For ISA Regional Director contact information, or to schedule a visit to your campus, please reference the "Regional Directors and Their NAFSA Regions" interactive map.

conferences/seminars/ presentations/publications

British Columbia Council for International Education Summer Seminar

Victoria, BC, June 19-22, 2016

Mark Gallovic, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, will be presenting a session titled, "From Foundations to Effectiveness: Crisis Management in Education Abroad." The session will consider the duties of care, communication protocols and standards of practice that form the foundation of risk management in education abroad. Participants will then work through the layers of a complex, but common case study in emergency risk management. Information discussed during the exercise will inform actions, policies and best practices in education abroad risk management.

Global Internship Conference

Boston, June 15-17, 2016

Lauren Bruce, Director of Internships, will be co-presenting and postering at the Global Internship Conference in Boston on June 15-17. Lauren will co-present a session titled, “Experiential Learning Facilitated by Technology: How to guide learning and development at a distance,” with Cathy Day, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Carroll College. During the presentation, Lauren and Cathy will describe how the thoughtful integration of online technologies facilitates student learning and development while participating in international experiential learning programs. Lauren will also poster a session titled, “Research Opportunities for High-Achieving Undergraduates,” with Alejandra Mendez of It’s a Global World. The poster session will highlight specific international internship opportunities that facilitate student research, allowing students to engage in research while honing their professional and academic skill-set.

Additionally, Elizabeth Erbeznik, Ph.D., ISA’s Curriculum Specialist, will attend the conference and participate in a workshop titled, “Starting from the Baseline: Steps to Launching a Global Internship Program.” During this interactive workshop, panelists from DePauw University, faculty, and program providers will share their strategic approaches to successfully launching a global internship program.
Colorado/Wyoming International Educators Meeting
Denver, April 29, 2016

Colorado/Wyoming International Educators Meeting

Denver, April 29, 2016

Deborah Morrison, Vice President, Australia Programs and Strategic Initiatives, and Mark Gallovic, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, presented a session titled, “Best Practices in Risk Management: Health and Safety Case Study Investigation,” at the Colorado/Wyoming International Educators Meeting. This session opened up a structured dialogue on the topic of risk management with regards to the health and safety of students going abroad through university-sponsored programs and/or third-party providers. The round-table discussion allowed participants to dive into specific case studies and work through the details and complexities of particular situations, encouraging participants to explore best practices in handling health and safety incidents pertaining to study abroad students.

ISA in Print

Nathan Frank, ISA’s Custom Programs Manager for the Pacific Region, published an article titled, “The Geoframe: Pedagogy for Education Abroad" in NAFSA's Global Studies Literature Review (Issue #7). This edition focuses on Hilary E. Kahn's edited volume, Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research (2014), and Nathan’s article makes a case for tempering the traditional (and polar) text- and context-based approaches to faculty-led programming with pedagogy that will ideally lead students to reflect more critically on their experiences.


2016 Summer Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Summer ISA and Host University Scholarship winners have been selected. Details about all scholarships available through ISA and our host universities can be found on the Scholarship Info section of the ISA website. For a list of the Gilman Scholarship recipients, please visit the ISA Today Blog. Congratulations to all of our summer scholarship winners!!

For more information about financing an ISA program, please view our Scholarships and Fundraising for Study Abroad webinar. This presentation provides details that will help students fund their experience abroad; from ISA scholarships, the application process, and helpful tips and tricks to help make a scholarship application stand out.


Since the last issue of the Academic Update Newsletter, ISA has entered into affiliation agreements with the following universities:

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Lake Superior State University
Regis College
Saint Peter’s University
Seattle University

For a complete listing of ISA's U.S. affiliates, please visit the Affiliated Universities page on the ISA website.

Since the last issue of the Academic Update Newsletter, Veritas Abroad has entered into affiliation agreements with the following universities:

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

For a complete listing of Veritas' U.S. affiliates, please visit the Veritas Affiliated Universities web page.


As part of ISA’s Partnership Advancement and Learning Series, we have developed a set of educational webinars and videos for our affiliates, alumni, students and the education abroad community. To access our entire archive of recorded ISA webinars, please visit our ISA Webinar YouTube playlist.

Recently recorded webinars include:

Choosing the Perfect Program in New Zealand
Creating a Low-cost Custom Program with ISA
Discover Cuba: ISA’s Academic Program in La Habana

To receive more information about upcoming ISA webinars, including registration details, email Eric Mackintosh at


Effective Summer 2016, we are suspending our travel programs and select programs at the following ISA host institutions:

Challenge New Zealand (Summer travel program)
Challenge Australia (Summer travel program)
Tropical Marine Ecology (Summer travel program)

University of Adelaide – Adelaide, Australia (Semester only)

Griffith University, Brisbane – Brisbane, Australia (Gold Coast Griffith programs still offered)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University – Beppu, Japan
Sichuan University – Chengdu, China
University of Tasmania – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
University of Waikato – Hamilton, New Zealand
University of Wollongong – Wollongong, Australia

Please visit our website for a complete list of 2016 program suspensions.

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