ISA Academic Update

Program Updates

SantanderSantander, Spain

Semester and trimester programs at Menéndez Pelayo International University combined

Effective Fall 2012, the Spanish Language, Culture and Electives in English program will be combined with the Spanish Language and Culture program to form the Spanish Language, Culture and Electives in English trimester program. This program will only be offered during the fall semester, and course offerings will include Spanish language and electives in a variety of disciplines taught in both Spanish and English. Students will enroll in 180-255 hours of instruction during the trimester. We will no longer be offering the Spring/Winter program in Santander.

For more information on our Santander trimester program, please click here.

NewcastleNewcastle, England

New three-week summer program offered

Starting Summer 2012, ISA will offer a new three-week Undergraduate Courses program for students at Newcastle University. There is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.50 and there are no pre-requisites to apply to the program. Students will enroll in one course during the summer session and will earn 10 Newcastle credits (3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter units).

For more information on the Undergraduate Courses program in Newcastle, click here.

SantiagoSantiago, Dominican Republic

Beginning level Spanish added to Language, Culture & Caribbean Studies summer program

Starting Summer 2012, the Language, Culture & Caribbean Studies summer program at the Pontifical Catholic University "Madre y Maestra" will offer "Beginning Intensive Spanish Language." This course consists of 120 contact hours (8 U.S. semester credits/12 quarter units).

For more information about the Language, Culture & Caribbean Studies summer program, click here.

FlorianopolisFlorianópolis, Brazil

Changes to course selection eligibility and new course offerings

Starting Summer 2012, participants of the Language, Culture and Economics program will have more flexibility in selecting courses at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL). Previously, students at all language levels were required to enroll in one Portuguese language course and one elective. Now, intermediate- and advanced-level Portuguese language students are able to enroll in two electives. Beginning-level students will still be required to enroll in Beginning Portuguese. New courses to be offered include "Portuguese Language and Culture Lab" and "Portuguese Conversation."

For more information on the Language, Culture and Economics summer program in Florianópolis, click here.

FlorianopolisFlorianópolis, Brazil

Expansion of Summer program makes FLAS recipients eligible for program

Starting Summer 2012, the Language, Culture and Economics summer program at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina will offer a seven-week option with expanded course offerings that meet requirements for students receiving a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship. The FLAS Fellowship program awards summer fellowships to U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern languages or related disciplines, or International Studies. Students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels will enroll in 126-144 contact hours of Portuguese language coursework.

For more information about FLAS fellowships, click here.
For more information about the Language, Culture and Economics summer program in Florianópolis, click here.

BeijingBeijing, China

Update to semester program curriculum

The Beijing semester program at Tsinghua University, Chinese Language & Courses with Chinese Students, now requires students to enroll in a minimum of 60 contact hours (4 U.S. semester credits/6 quarter units) of Chinese language (maximum of 180) from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. In addition, students can enroll in a maximum of 120 contact hours (8 U.S. semester credits/12 quarter units) of courses taught in English and all electives must be taken at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information on the Chinese Language and Courses with Chinese Students program, click here.

BeijingBeijing, China

Summer program length extended

Starting Summer 2012, the Intensive Chinese Language program at Tsinghua University will be six weeks in duration instead of the previous five-week summer program.

For more information on the Intensive Chinese Language summer program, click here.

Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina

Re-categorized academic year programs at the University of Belgrano and the University of el Salvador

Starting this Spring, the Latin American Studies academic year program at the University of Belgrano and the Liberal Arts, Language & Culture academic year program at the University of el Salvador will include the intensive month prior to the start of the first semester. Previously students had the option of adding the intensive month prior to the start of the semester. For the Courses with Argentine Students program at the University of Belgrano, students will continue to have the option to add the intensive month.

For more information on academic year programs in Buenos Aires, click here.

PraguePrague, Czech Republic

Semester and year course offering updated

Students in the International Business & Economics semester program at University of Economics-Prague now have the option to enroll in up to five courses, as opposed to the previous maximum of four. Students must enroll in Beginning Czech unless they have had at least one semester of Czech language experience, and will then choose three or four additional content courses, for a total of 184 or 230 contact hours.
Academic year students will take up to five classes during the fall semester, including the required Beginning Czech language course, plus three to four content courses. During the spring semester, year students will enroll in four content classes (Czech language will not be required during the second semester) for a total of 368 to 414 contact hours for the academic year. Fields of study available include Marketing, Economics, International Business, History and more.

For more information on the International Business & Economics program, click here.

ISA voted #1 for Academics and Program Administration

ISA Voted #1According to a survey of over 10,000 comprehensive student reviews conducted by Abroad 101, ISA was voted the number one study abroad provider for Top Academics and Best Program Administration.

We want to thank all of our students, past and present, for their votes. As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2012, we promise to continue providing our students with a strong academic component and an enriching curriculum in addition to unique study abroad locations and one-on-one support services.

Dr. Gerardo Vidal GuzmÁn of Adolfo IbÁÑez University (UAI) visits U.S. universities with ISA

Dr. Vidal Guzmán, former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and current Director of International Relations at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Viña del Mar, Chile, traveled with ISA to various U.S. university affiliates for two weeks in October. Some of the U.S. universities visited included St. Edward's University, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Denver, Arizona State University, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Vidal Guzmán and ISA representatives met with faculty and staff to better understand different U.S. university preferences regarding curriculum abroad for their students and receive feedback on a curriculum development project currently underway at the UAI. We look forward to offering an expanded business curriculum at the UAI with the feedback from ISA affiliates.

Faculty Workshop in Chile

Dr. Kathi Kern, Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching at the University of Kentucky, conducted a faculty workshop in November with our institution partners in Chile.

The workshop, Challenging Students in Challenging Times: A Workshop on Teaching Students from the United States, was conducted alongside faculty members from ISA's partner institutions, Adolfo Ibáñez University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. Dr. Kern has been noted for her innovative teaching techniques in the classroom with UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Alumni Great Teacher Award, and the Teachers Who Make a Difference Award from UK's College of Education. During the workshop, participants considered the changing climate of higher education in the United States and its impact on the preparation, experience, and expectations of U.S. students who study abroad. Participants identified and discussed relevant debates shaping institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and Chile, examined strategies to improve college teaching, and considered problem-solving scenarios that international educators may confront.

Parents page on ISA website and ISA Family Guide
ISA Parents

ISA has recently enhanced the Parents section of the ISA website to better provide answers and information about ISA's programs to parents and guardians. This resource includes information about ISA, what is included in the programs, the admissions process, program prices and dates, up-to-date announcements, financial aid, and health insurance. ISA is pleased to provide alumni comments and contact information to facilitate dialogue between past and present participants and their families.

In addition to the recently expanded Parents section, we have created the ISA Family Guide, a document designed specifically for the families of ISA students. The ISA Family Guide provides an overview of ISA services and support, assists with questions in the pre-departure phase of study abroad, and addresses the challenges and rewards of studying abroad.

Upon acceptance into their program, students will have access to the ISA Family Guide within their ISA Student Portal account. Students can download the document for their reference, but also have the option to share the document with two family members by providing their e-mail addresses.

Global Greek Leadership Experience Program

GGLEISA has partnered with Florida State University (FSU) to develop a unique program for fraternity and sorority leaders throughout the U.S. The summer program in San José will provide participants the opportunity to explore Leadership Studies and enhance their intercultural awareness. The program includes two courses from FSU's Leadership Certificate Program, "Leadership Theory" and "Practice and Leadership in Groups and Communities," to be taught by Robyn Brock, Assistant Dean of Students at FSU. The Leadership in Groups and Communities course comprises 30 hours of service learning at three of ISA's ELAP partner organizations, including a zoological conservation, a public elementary to middle school with limited economic resources, and an organization providing training and support for sexually abused women. The national Phi Kappa Tau fraternity will be offering $500 scholarships for two of its members to participate in the program this summer.

For more information on this program please visit the GGLE page on the ISA website or contact the Director of Partnership Programs, Laura Pierce Weldon. To apply to this program, please visit the FSU Website.

Custom Programs
ISA Parents

A selection of ISA Custom Programs have been added to the ISA website. Each of these custom programs is designed and administered in collaboration with a U.S. university, and typically include the on-site presence of one or more U.S. faculty. The selection of custom programs will be accessible through the 'Programs by Term' link, as well as under the Program Listings section of the Custom Programs site.

The programs are clearly marked as custom programs, and students will be instructed to consult with their university study abroad office before applying. Please note that all applications for these programs will be processed through the respective U.S. university; a link to the program web site of the U.S. university leading the program is provided for students to learn more information. We hope the addition of these new programs will be of interest to you or your students whose particular academic needs may not be met by our standard menu of programs.

London 2012 Olympic Games

In just a few months, London will host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. ISA's programs at the University of Westminster, King's College London and FSU London Study Centre offer students a chance to partake in the thrill of being in an Olympic host city. Along with the festivities comes a higher demand on student housing and enrollment. As a result, ISA encourages students to submit their London summer 2012 applications early to increase the likelihood of securing a spot in their preferred program of interest.

Fifth Intercultural University Forum

In November 2011, the Fifth Intercultural University Forum was held at the Department of Economics and Economic History at the University of Sevilla. Approximately 250 students from a number of countries including Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, UK, China, Italy, and the US, gathered with faculty members and ISA staff to explore topics related to 'Information and the Network Society."

Discussion sessions included, "Intellectual Property in the Information Society," "Social Network and Knowledge," "Cultural Diversity and Globalization," "Social Networking in China," and "Social Movements and the Internet." The Forum included music and dance, drama, a guided exhibit by photographer Paco Sánchez and other cultural activities.

The Association of Global Universities also held a presentation for students interested in studying outside of Spain. Dr. David Puente - AGU Regional Vice President, co-presented with Dr. Gary Rhodes, Director of the Center for Global Education at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Students left the presentation with a better understanding of study abroad opportunities worldwide.

Read more about the Intercultural University Forum.


Congratulations to the following recipients of ISA scholarships for Spring 2012 programs. Recipients were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship for their program.

Diversity Scholarship
Breanna Thompson, Drake University

Daniela Santisteban, Miami University

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship
Kristen Blosser, University of South Alabama

Xochitl Cruz, California Lutheran University

Martin Drafton, Arizona State University

Sierra Freeman, University of Northern Colorado

Kaitlin Gillespie, Washington State University

Renee Hoffman, Regis University
San José

Emily Pena, University of Kentucky

Breanna Richardson, University of Wyoming
Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

Gianna Weller, University of Florida

Valerie Zawada, Ambrose University

Please visit the ISA website for detailed and updated information regarding eligibility requirements for all ISA scholarships, or to download a scholarship application.

ISA University Relations representatives

As the fall semester begins, so does the travel season for ISA University Relations Representatives. Below is a list of NAFSA regions with the corresponding ISA University Relations Representative. For contact information or to schedule a visit to your campus, please visit the ISA website.

Region I:
Staci Jones

Region II:
Tyson Hanrahan

Courtney Diegel

Region III:
Lauren Kolls

Region IV:
Beth Calvert

Region V:
Jorden Pecher

Region VI:
Chase Coffield

Region VII:
Caroline Ickes

Nick Zappitelli

Kevin McCloskey

Region VIII:
Raquel Ramírez Cervera

Alvaro Rojas-Caamano

Region X:
Alvaro Rojas-Caamano

Region XI:
Zachary Macinnes

Region XII:
Andrew Bennett

Staci Jones

Andrew Bennett, Eva Walthers

ISA at Conferences

On March 21-23, Regional Director of University Relations, Tyson Hanrahan, Director of Partnership Programs, Laura Pierce Weldon, and Curriculum Oversight Director, Lisette Montoto, will attend the 8th Annual Forum on Education Abroad Conference in Denver. ISA Executive Vice-President of Research and Strategic Alliances, Bill Clabby, is a member of the conference planning committee. The conference theme, "Tracing the Experience: From Inquiry to Integration," focuses on the transformational nature of education abroad by exploring the experience as a whole, from the first spark of interest to the incorporation of the experience later in a student's life.

On March 17-24, Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Virginia Talley, will attend ISA's inaugural Faculty Seminar in Madrid and Salamanca. The seminar theme is "From the first humanism to the decline of the baroque." Participants will explore Salamanca and its university as symbols of many of the best known humanists, and Madrid as the Spanish capital in the sixteenth century, when Spain was entering its Siglo de Oro. For ISA's inaugural faculty seminar, these two cities will allow participating faculty members to explore the rich culture and history that our students have experienced for the past 25 years. Virginia will be joined by six Spanish professors from various U.S. universities.

On February 17-19, Veritas Christian Studies Abroad representative, Amanda Becker, will be presenting at the Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh. The presentation title is, "Preparing students by offering and discussing ideas, tools, and organizations to help them live out their Christian faith while studying abroad."

On February 10-11, Dr. Virginia Talley, will attend the fourth annual Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) at Wake Forest University.

On December 28-30, 2011, Director of Veritas Christian Studies Abroad, Charlie Harrisberger presented at the Campus Crusade Student conference in Indianapolis. His presentation, "Study Abroad, Do Missions, Make an Impact," focused on the ways a study abroad program can help students grow in their faith, learn about new cultures while earning college credit.

On November 30-December 2, 2011, Coordinator of New Program Initiatives, Jimmy Brazelton, attended the Association of U.S. Abroad Programs in India (AUSAPI) Workshop in New Delhi.

On November 8-10, 2011, University Relations Representative, Zachary Macinnes, co-presented at the NAFSA Region XI Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. Zachary participated in the panel session, titled "#StudyAbroad: Social Media Management to Engage and Enhance your Office's Social Media Presence," alongside Joan Perreault, Marketing & Alumni Relations Manager at The Center for Cross-Cultural Study, Mike Stone, President and Chief Marketing Officer at Abroad101, and Eric Wirth, Director of Admissions at SIT Study Abroad. The presenters offered best practices of maintaining an effective and engaging social media presence for offices or organizations with a special focus on time-saving management techniques. Associate Director of ELAP, Paul Hopkinson, also attended the conference.

On October 27, 2011, Executive Vice President of Research and Strategic Alliances, Bill Clabby, presented at the NAFSA Region 3 conference in Oklahoma City. Bill co-presented with Laura Brinkman, University Relations Representative at CIS, in an interactive session titled "Cultural Integration in Study Abroad: How to break students out of the Island Experience." The session shared best practices for integrating students into the host culture while studying abroad.


Paul Pelan
Resident Director in Belfast, Northern Ireland

mnaserPaul Pelan, a native of Belfast, joined ISA in December 2011 as Resident Director of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He completed his undergraduate degree in Combined Humanities at the University of Ulster and his Master's in Irish Politics at Queen's University, Belfast. Paul brings over twenty years of experience in International Education, having served as a Resident Director on two occasions in Dublin, Ireland, and London, UK, respectively. He has also served as faculty in Social Sciences at Boston University, as Writing Professor at Curry College, and as Professor of Irish Studies at Stonehill University. In addition to promoting a positive academic experience, Paul looks forward to developing internships, volunteer, and cultural activities for ISA students in Belfast.