ISEP Program

After checking our Program Summary Form, did you find an ISEP program suits you the best?

Great!

Following our Step-by-Step Guide, you will get through the process easily!

1. What is the ISEP Program?

The International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) is a non-profit educational community dedicated to helping students overcome the financial and academic barriers to studying abroad. Northeastern State University has been a member of ISEP since 2015. NSU is proud to be the only university in Oklahoma that is a member of ISEP. 

ISEP programs differ in terms of eligibility, price, and academic requirements. There are two main program types – Exchange Program and Direct Program

Now that you know what ISEP is and the two program types they offer, you are ready to go to the second step!

2. Apply for the ISEP Program

  1. Go to the ISEP website. Click on Find a Program.
  2. Click on Please select a university. Type in Northeastern State University. Click on the orange arrow button. You will see 289 programs found for Northeastern State University!
  3. Fill in your target Semester, Year, Region, Where to, Field of Study, or Language. Leave it blank if you are open to any option. 
  4. Click on More Filters. Check the corresponding box according to your situation. Leave it blank if you are open to any option. For Program, you may check ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct if you have decided on one. For Chances Of Placement, you may choose one or leave it blank after knowing how Chances Of Placement works.
  5. Click on Apply Filters. Wait while it loads. You will see all available programs that qualify for your selections.
  6. Click on Detail. Wait while it loads. You will see a list format of those available programs. You may click on any column on the top row to sort. You may click on Export to get an excel spreadsheet of those available programs. Click on Columns to display to determine what you want to check.
  7. Check with the University Name, Location, Program Name, Language of Instruction, Program Type, Chance of Placement, Application Deadline, Year, Host Semester and Program Date to decide which program you would like to apply for. You may choose up 10 institutions when applying. You may save the Program Type, Country, Institution Name, Desired Campus for 4.2 use.

Prepare to Apply Online through ISEP:

  1. Go to the ISEP website. Click on Log In
  2. Create a New Student Account? Click here. Enter your Home Institution: Northeastern State University. Click on Submit. Use the form below to create a new account. You will be sent a confirmation email to complete your account set-up. Click on Register. Click on Activate your account in your email to complete the registration. 
  3. Read the paragraph information. Click on Create New Application. Once you click on Create New Application, the Study Abroad Coordinator will receive an email from ISEP with your name and that you have started a new ISEP application. The Study Abroad Coordinator will email you within one business day to assist with your application. You must meet the Study Abroad Coordinator to continue the application.
  4. Then, there is a six-part online application for you to complete. 

Six-Part Online Application:

Your six-part online application will be reviewed by ISEP and host institutions after your submission to determine if you will be placed and accepted. The following is an overview of the six-part online application. You may follow the Instructions on the top of each part.

  1. Participant Profile (Biographical Information | Dependents | Emergency Contact | Academic Information | Terms & Conditions) 
    When you finish, click on Save and Continue and go to the next part.
  2. Host Request List 
    Once filling the required columns, you may click on Add Host Site Request to save the request. You may add up to 10 host site requests. The sequence of host request matters. You should put your first choice first in the list.
    When you finish, click on Save and Continue and go to the next part.
  3. Course Request List 
    Available courses can be found on the ISEP webpage of the host university. You may go to Find a Program > Detail list to locate the web page of your target host university and program. You may fill out the Course Number, Course Name, Other information then click Save. Collect the English version of course descriptions for all your selected courses for pre-departure checklist (academic advisor part) use. You may check the box if the course requirements above cannot be met, I DO NOT wish a placement at this institution. Selected course credits should equal 15 credit hours in the U.S. higher education system.
    When you finish, click on Save and Continue and go to the next part.
    (Once the Course Request List is completed, you should prepare a printed NSU Study Abroad Pre-Departure Checklist with the required Academic Advisor part completed.) Contact the study abroad coordinator for the pre-departure checklist.
  4. Documentation
    1. Language Proficiency: You should choose No for Are you planning to study at a host program where the primary language of the institution is different than your native language if you are not.
    2. Personal Statement: It requires a thoughtfully prepared short essay (300-500 words) on the question: ISEP is unique because it offers the opportunity for full immersion in the host culture. However, it is your responsibility to make the most of this experience. Introduce yourself and explain your academic goals for studying abroad and for integrating into the host culture. What specific situation from your past (i.e., coursework, job experience, travel, intercultural experience) has helped you prepare to accomplish these goals?
    3. Academic References: ISEP requires Faculty Name and Faculty Email to send out an official academic reference request to your selected university-level professor or academic advisor. Instructions and requirements of the Academic References will be provided by ISEP to your selected university-level professor or academic advisor. You are not able to see the submitted reference once I waive my right to view the academic reference once my professor has completed it is selected. Please note that ISEP will NOT allow the Study Abroad Coordinator to approve your application fee until your academic reference is submitted.
    4. Passport: You may upload your passport OR check the box passport application is in progress. Please note that ISEP will NOT allow the Study Abroad Coordinator to approve your application fee until your Academic References is submitted by the selected professional/academic reference.
    5. Transcript: You will be required to upload your official transcript.
  5. Coordinator Reference
    1. Submit the form Have a Question? to request a Coordinator Reference OR Schedule an Appointment if you need to meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator.
    2. Once the coordinator reference is completed, Create PDF Online Application is available. You need to meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator and sign the PDF Online Application. Once you sign, the Study Abroad Coordinator will provide you with a copy of the signed application and approve your application fee. Please note that your application can not be edited once the Study Abroad coordinator approves your $100 application fee.
  6. Application Fee
    There are 2 stages of the payment process:
    1. You are able to see and pay the $100 Application Fee after the Study Abroad Coordinator approves it. Credit card or debit card payment is accepted.
    2. Once you pay the application fee, you officially complete the full application process. Here is what to expect after you pay - placement process. ISEP will keep you and the Study Abroad Coordinator updated once you are placed, confirmed, or accepted for the placement.
    3. Once you accept the placement, you will be able to see and pay the $325 Placement Fee after the Study Abroad Coordinator approves it. 

Apply for Study Abroad Grant:

Once your ISEP placement status is Placed, Confirmed and Accepted, you may apply for a Study Abroad Grant.

Participant Placement Acceptance Form and Medical Form: Participant Placement Acceptance Form (PPAF) can be generated through your ISEP account. Complete the Medical Form through your ISEP account.

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3. Before you Leave

  1. NSU Study Abroad Pre-Departure Checklist
    Complete NSU Study Abroad Pre-Departure Checklist before you leave. Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for the checklist.
  2. Travel Visa
    What is a Travel Visa?
    Do I need to apply for a Travel Visa? To determine whether you need a visa: Go to Learn About Your Destination Country -> Enter a Country or Area, Click on Go -> See Tourist Visa Required
    How to apply for a Travel Visa? If you do need a visa according to the Tourist Visa Required, the Study Abroad Coordinator recommends you search Google for “Visa To (Country)” to locate your destination country’s official embassy website. It takes time to figure out a Visa application process. The Study Abroad Coordinator encourages you to explore it by yourself at first. You will gain more awareness and confidence about your exciting trip abroad! Of course, the Study Abroad Coordinator is always here to help! Please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Coordinator anytime if you have questions.
  3. Pre-Departure Orientation
    The Office of International Programs holds a Pre-Departure Orientation for students who participate in ISEP programs. Pre-Departure orientation is scheduled at the end of the semester before students leave. A pre-departure orientation packet is provided to students and includes the Agenda, Study Abroad Do’s and Don'ts, Academic Matters, Safety Tips, Contact List, and Culture Shock. NSU Police Department, Bursar Office and Registrar Office may give presentations. 
  4. Flight Information

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4. After you Arrive

  1. The Study Abroad Coordinator will email you to confirm your safe arrival in the host country. 
  2. Host Institution Enrollment Form
    Host Institution Enrollment Form is the last page of PPAF. You should complete all blanks on part 1 except Signature of Professor of Host Institution Enrollment Form and email it to the Study Abroad Coordinator upon your arrival when course registration is finalized. Please save the signed form for future use.
  3. Contact Information Abroad
    Once you settle in, please remember to let us know your Contact Information Abroad.
  4. Share with US - NSU Study Abroad Facebook Post
    Would you like to share your experiences and thoughts abroad? 

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5. Before you Return

  1. Host Institution Enrollment Form
    The Host Institution Enrollment Form is the last page of PPAF. You should complete all blanks on part 2 and Signature of Professor of Host Institution Enrollment Form upon course completion, prior to departure. Please save the signed form for future use.
  2. Flight Information

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6. After You Return

  1. Mail or drop the signed Host Institution Enrollment Form to the Study Abroad Coordinator.
  2. NSU Study Abroad Returnee Checklist: Complete the NSU Study Abroad Returnee Checklist after you return. Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for the checklist.

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