ISA Academic Update

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sdMilan, Italy

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Starting Fall 2014, ISA will offer academic year, semester, summer (2015) and intensive month program options at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica). Academic year and semester programs will offer a "Business, Communications & Italian Culture" track. International courses will be taught in English, allowing ISA participants to study at the Cattolica regardless of their Italian language proficiency level. Italian language courses are available to students from absolute beginner to advanced levels. Since the launch of this program earlier this month, we have already expanded the program offering, allowing students to enroll in courses with locals taught in English or Italian in a wide variety of subjects.

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

svBuenos Aires, Argentina

Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)

We have expanded our semester program offering in Buenos Aires to include a new host university, the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE). Semester participants may take courses with locals in various fields including Business, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, Gastronomy, Humanities, Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Audiovisual Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design. Students may also enroll in Spanish language courses. An added advantage is that many of the university's courses with locals in Business and Economics are taught in English, thus allowing ISA participants to enroll regardless of their Spanish proficiency level. Students with an advanced level of Spanish proficiency may enroll in courses with locals instructed in Spanish.

For more information about our programs in Buenos Aires please visit the ISA website.

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Summer STEM program at UNINORTE

ISA's new Science, Technology, Mathematics & Engineering (STEM) summer program in Barranquilla, Colombia, at the Universidad del Norte (UNINORTE) will be available to students starting summer 2014. Students in the "Summer 2" STEM program will have the unique opportunity to take civil, environmental, electrical, mechanical, industrial, and systems engineering courses in English at the ABET-accredited UNINORTE. Students at the advanced Spanish level may select from courses with locals in Physics and Mathematics. In addition, participants may select to enroll in a Spanish language course taught at the beginning to advanced level. Students enrolled in the summer STEM program also have the option of enrolling in any of the courses offered in the "Summer 1," Spanish Language & Courses with Locals program, creating a broader range of course options for students. As a complement to its regular academic offering, the UNINORTE offers students the opportunity to conduct research and/or service-learning projects. The program will also include cultural activities and excursions to Cartagena, Minca, Isla de Salamanca and Tayrona National Parks.

For more information about the program, please visit the ISA website.

baShanghai, China

Intensive Chinese language summer program

Beginning 2014, ISA will offer the new Intensive Chinese Language summer program at East China Normal University (ECNU). The "Summer 2" program will offer intensive Chinese language at the beginning to advanced language levels. Students will be enrolled in 120 contact hours/8 U.S. semester credits. Previously, summer participants were required to enroll in a business course from the Business & Chinese Language program. This new option allows students to focus on Chinese language acquisition.

For more information on the Intensive Chinese Language program, please visit the ISA website.

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New Paris summer option: Catho + ABSP

ISA Paris will be offering a new program model in partnership with the American Business School Paris (ABSP) and Institut Catholique de Paris (Catho) for the 2014 summer session. The Business, Culture & French Language program offers a unique opportunity for students to enroll in business and culture courses taught in English, with the added option of French language. During the program, students may choose two business and culture courses of 45 contact hours each at the ABSP, or they may enroll in one business or culture course of 45 contact hours at the ABSP, and one French language course of 60 contact hours at the Catho.

To learn more about this program, visit the ISA website.

program updates

Heredia, Costa Rica

Universidad Latina curriculum consolidation

Starting summer 2014, ISA will consolidate the curriculum offered at the Universidad Latina-San Pedro with the Universidad Latina-Heredia. All courses currently offered at the Universidad Latina-San Pedro will be offered at the Heredia campus. By combining both curricula, programs in Heredia will now offer Spanish language from beginning to advanced levels, as well as courses in English in Business and Latin American Studies. Additionally, a broad selection of courses with locals in a variety of subjects will be available to students with an advanced Spanish language level.

Please visit the ISA website for more information about our programs in Heredia.

The following programs have implemented changes to their enrollment requirements effective Spring 2014:

Cape Town, South Africa

Eligibility requirements for admission into ISA programs at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have changed. Students who have completed the first semester of their sophomore year may apply to the program. Previously, students were required to have junior year standing at the time of participation in order to apply.

Santander, Spain

The Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander will implement changes to their enrollment requirements for the Business, International Studies, Spanish Language and Culture program. All students will be required to enroll in 90 contact hours of Spanish language, or 120 if they are at the beginning level.

Valencia, Spain

The University of Valencia (UV) will only offer courses at the advanced Spanish level. Previously, our programs at the UV accommodated students at the intermediate and advanced Spanish levels.

San José, Costa Rica

Students must now have completed 4+ semesters of college-level Spanish to be accepted into the Internship with Spanish Language and Courses in Multiple Disciplines program at Veritas University. Previously, this program was open to students with a high intermediate level of Spanish.

Inauguration of ISA Sevilla Study Center

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of the ISA Study Center in Sevilla, Spain. The new facility, located in the Porvenir neighborhood features Wi-Fi throughout, six wired classrooms with full connectivity, a theater-style conference room and a library/reading room with modern work spaces for administrative staff and instructors. The property originally belonged to the Marquesa de Jerez de los Caballeros and was named Villa Adelaida in her honor. It is a beautiful example of the regionalismo andaluz architectural style of the early twentieth century. Our renovations to the building maintained the integrity of the original architecture without compromising our goal of creating a state-of-the-art educational facility.

The ISA Study Center will largely be utilized to house our programs with Menéndez Pelayo International University. However, students participating in our programs with the University of Sevilla and Pablo de Olavide University will also benefit, as the center will serve as the main administrative resource for all ISA Sevilla programs. The students currently participating in our programs with Menéndez Pelayo International University are already making full use of the space and the feedback we've received has been unanimously positive.

For more information on ISA Sevilla programs, please visit the ISA website.


ISA Partners with Carroll College for Service-Learning Programs Abroad

Carroll College is now serving as ISA's official School of Record for all ISA-ELAP service-learning programs. Credit is awarded based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization as well as successful completion of the ELAP Portfolio.

For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit the ISA-ELAP website or contact ISA-ELAP Director, Paul Hopkinson.

World Cup Intensive Soccer Training and Community Service Project
Florianópolis, Brazil

ISA-ELAP is pleased to announce the "2014 World Cup Intensive Soccer Training and Community Service Project" in Florianópolis, Brazil. The two-week summer program will take place from June 13 - 28 and offers seasoned soccer athletes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with a professional Brazilian coach and scrimmage with local teams. The program is ideal for collegiate athletes, but participants are not required to be members of their school's team to participate. Athletes will combine an intensive, personalized soccer training program with cross-training techniques, as well as strength and conditioning exercises. The program also includes a community service project to benefit a local children's development organization, and lectures on the proud history, culture and business of soccer in Brazil.

Please visit the ISA-ELAP website for more information about the "2014 World Cup Intensive Soccer Training and Community Service Project."

Wesleyan Intercultural Competency Scale Pilot Project

San José, Costa Rica

In an effort to measure ISA program outcomes, we have partnered with Dr. Steven Stemler and Dr. Carolyn Sorkin of Wesleyan University, creators of the Wesleyan Intercultural Competency Scale (WICS). Through this partnership, we administered the WICS to ISA Fall 2013 Costa Rica program participants. The WICS was designed to objectively measure intercultural competence according to Milton J. Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. The WICS is administered to students at the beginning and the end of their ISA program to measure the progression of the students' intercultural sensitivity during their time abroad. The data accumulated from this project will assist ISA and Wesleyan University in our efforts to examine the relationship between the development of intercultural competence and a variety of potentially related factors.

For more information about this project, please contact ISA's Academic Affairs Department.


ISA Custom Programs 15th Anniversary

Since the running of our initial Custom Program to Sevilla, Spain, in 1998, our CP team has grown to eight full-time staff members at our Austin headquarters, and has administered over 300 custom programs with 90+ U.S. universities. As part of our 15 year anniversary celebration, ISA CP has been sharing effective programming practices and strategies in the Custom Programs section of the ISA Today blog.

For more information about developing custom programs, please visit the Custom Programs website.


New Intensive English Language summer program at Rowan University

ISA's Association of Global Universities (AGU) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Intensive English Language summer program at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. International students of all English language levels will have the opportunity to develop their English language competencies through a combination of traditional and innovative methods. Participants will take part in thematic language and culture classes with Rowan faculty, as well as social activities and cultural excursions to historic, metropolitan, and entertainment destinations across the East Coast of the United States.

For more information about the development of strategic partnerships with ISA's Association of Global Universities, please visit the AGU website.


In 2014, ISA will award $60,000 in merit and need-based scholarships to assist students with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarships are available to students from both affiliated and non-affiliated universities who are participating in ISA programs.

Diversity Scholarship
The ISA Diversity Scholarship aims to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The following students have been awarded $2,000 each for their Spring/Winter term abroad:

Adrian Center, Xavier University
ISA Santiago

Nancy Ngo, Soka University of America
ISA Granada

Dr. Carlos E. Casteñeda Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships are dedicated to the memory of Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, who immigrated from Mexico to the United States with his family when he was in the sixth grade and quickly gained fluency in English and excelled in school. Orphaned at the age of 14, Carlos became the head of the household. While caring for four sisters he continued to educate himself and eventually enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1917 where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. As a testament to his early struggle and life long pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers the Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship as both a merit and financial need-based scholarship that assists students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. The following students have been awarded $2,000 each for their Spring/Winter term abroad:

Dustin Abnos, Kansas State University
ISA Barcelona

Nadia Elamin, Chatham University
ISA Amman

Kristen Grewe, University of Kentucky
ISA Florianópolis

Katharine Hale, Luther College
ISA Paris

Samuel Hulsey, Middle Tennessee State University
ISA Cusco

Ana Lanfranchi, The College of New Jersey
ISA Buenos Aires

Nadia Marrakchi, Colorado State University
ISA Amman

Michaela Miller, Metropolitan State University of Denver
ISA Cusco

Emily Rubash, Emporia State University
ISA Salamanca

Megan Schulz, Colorado State University
ISA Sevilla


ISA's fourth Faculty Seminar, "Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation: The Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa," was held November 3-10 in Meknes and Granada. Seven faculty members from ISA affiliate universities participated in the seminar, which covered a wide range of topics including immigration, cultural identity, and international cooperation.

ISA's fifth Faculty Seminar, From Curriculum Integration to Intercultural Competence: Facilitating Learning and Development for U.S. Students in Prague and Brussels, will be held from June 14-21, 2014, in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Faculty members will have the opportunity to witness and discuss the various means through which ISA maximizes the study abroad experience for U.S. students, particularly in terms of overall learning, development and academic progress.

For a description of the seminar, the itinerary and registration information, please visit the Faculty Seminar webpage.


Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Annual Briefing, Washington, D.C., November 20-21, 2013

ISA's Coordinator for Health, Safety and Security, Robin M. Reliford, attended the 2013 OSAC Annual Briefing, Securing the Global and Virtual Organization, at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. The conference provided Robin with the opportunity to engage in discussions with other security professionals on topics relevant to the safety and well-being of ISA students abroad.

Intercultural Forum VII, Sevilla, Spain
November 14-16, 2013

ISA's seventh annual Intercultural Forum, Culture, Identity and Communication, was held on the campus of the University of Sevilla. The forum provided a space where students and faculty from universities in Spain and Morocco converged and collaborated to discuss topics related to communicative boundaries and the development of intercultural communication processes. Notable presentations included: "Political Conflict and Intercultural Misunderstanding in a Globalized World," "Literary Creation as an Element of Intercultural Connection," and "Visions of Intercultural Communication in Contemporary Society."

For more information about the VII Intercultural Forum, please visit the Forum website.

ISA Presentations at NAFSA Regional Conferences

On October 24, 2013, ISA CP Program Manager, Christine Freudenburg, presented, "Off the Beaten Path: Enhancing Cultural Immersion in Faculty-Led Programs," at the Region II conference in Bozeman, Montana with Kyle Rausch and Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier, both of Arizona State University.

On November 7, 2013, ISA CP Program Manager, Melissa Stone, presented, "Detour: Taking a Custom Program Off the Beaten Path," at the Region XII conference in San Diego, California with Stephanie Sullivan of California Lutheran University and Dr. Joe Pasquale of University of California, San Diego.

On November 16, 2013, ISA CP Program Manager, Erin Mursch, presented, "Off the Beaten Path: Enhancing Cultural Immersion in Faculty-Led Programs," at the Region VIII conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Vanessa Sterling and Dr. Nancy Condee, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

ISA Sponsored AIDS Day Event

The Township of Guguletu, South Africa

ISA partnered with the South African NGO, Outspoken Youth Initiative (OYI), to sponsor and support a community fundraising event for World AIDS Day. Ouma Mpela, ISA's Resident Director in Cape Town, along with Sarah Lowe, ISA's Cape Town Coordinator of Custom Programs, attended the AIDS Day event, which took place in a park in the township of Guguletu on November 30th, 2013. The mission of the event was to raise community awareness about the AIDS epidemic, and also to raise funds used to support orphans whose lives have been affected by the disease. After the event, Ouma and Sarah had a chance to visit the orphanage where 14 children live. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the orphanage to facilitate future volunteer and community service opportunities for our program participants.


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

Framingham State University
Hamline University
South Carolina State 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:

Bethel University
California Baptist University
Point Loma Nazarene University

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


LKAllison DeCarlo

Veteran Barcelona Site Specialist Allison DeCarlo has transitioned into the role of Spain and Morocco Custom Programs Manager in ISA's CP division. We congratulate Allison on her new role, and welcome our new Barcelona Site Specialist, Zach Muskin.

LKNeftalí González

Neftalí González is our newly appointed Academic Coordinator in Cusco and resident representative of the Universidad de Salamanca. He was born in Burgos, Spain, and studied Social Education and Hispanic Studies at the University of Granada, after which he completed a Master's degree in Spanish American Literature, specializing in Contemporary Colombian Poetry. Neftalí also teaches Literature and Spanish courses for the Cusco program. Prior to his move to Cusco, Neftalí directed various cultural and literary initiatives and worked as an educator for disadvantaged youth in marginalized communities.

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