International Student Exchange
The University of Southern Indiana is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), an organization committed to affordable international educational exchange. With 225 member institutions and growing, ISEP offers a wide selection of exchange opportunities, all at USI prices.
Who is eligible?
A 2.75 GPA is required. Applicants must also attain sophomore-status by the time of departure. Participants are selected on the basis of their application materials, maturity, adaptability and academic performance.
How long is the exchange period?
Generally, one academic year or one semester. Summer placements can be arranged at a few institutions.
What if my language skills need work?
That's one reason to go! Language requirements vary according to study site, but if you are really worried, many placements offer courses in English. To study in a foreign language, however, students must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the language to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in discussions and do written work. Some universities offer classes in the host country's language. We can help you choose the right placement for you and your level of language proficiency. For more information, see ISEP placements.
Do I get credit?
With careful planning, credit will transfer with departmental approval and count towards graduation. It will be treated as USI coursework and averaged into your USI GPA. You must work closely with your department and advisor to ensure classes transfer.
Will I find classes related to my major?
As the ISEP manual says, you have "the opportunity to pursue studies or research in almost any field, whether theoretical or technical, at either the undergraduate or graduate level." See ISEP placements for more information about areas of study.
How much does this program cost?
Students pay USI tuition (15 credit hours per quarter), fees, room and board. The total is approximately $8,500 per academic year for in-state residents. Additional expenses include an administrative fee, airfare, books, travel to and from study site and any personal expenses. Click here for a break down of costs.
How and whom do I pay?
Forget currency conversions and international correspondence until you leave the U.S. You pay USI in U.S. funds just like you would any other time.
Will my financial aid transfer?
Since you are paying USI fees and tuition, most USI financial aid and scholarships apply. You will need to work closely with the financial aid office. Remember that additional costs can change your financial aid status, so you may qualify for more aid. If you have not qualified for financial aid in the past, you may now. Do not overlook this option.
When is the application deadline?
USI's application deadline is January 15. Start planning as early as possible.
Am I guaranteed a placement?
ISEP reviews the nominations from member institutions and then tries to match nominees with appropriate study sites. While you choose and rank several sites, you are not guaranteed a placement. Many factors go into the decision process, the strength of your academic record is just one. Another factor is competition for a limited number of places at some sites. International Services will keep you updated during the placement process.
Where do I go for an application or more information?
International Programs and Services
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712
Check out ISEP's home page at http://www.isep.org for information about specific universities.
8600 University Boulevard - Evansville, IN 47712-3596 - 812/464-8600
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