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Application Deadlines

Check with Coordinator

To ensure best chances of placement, you must bring your complete application and application fee toACB 309J by the priority deadline (see Coordinator). Staff will review, approve, and then submit your application to ISEP Central in time to be considered in the first round of placements.

If you turn your application in after the priority deadline, we can not guarantee that your application will be reviewed by ISEP Central in the first round of placement.

If you have missed the priority deadline, talk to program staff about sites still open for placement or plan to apply for the next placement cycle.

Application Eligibility Requirements

To apply, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time at CMU
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Have completed at least two semesters of university-level coursework (minimum of 24 credits)
  • Some programs require a junior standing and/or a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Application Process

Preparing to participate in a study abroad can be a lengthy process. By planning ahead and completing each of the steps below, you will have the best chance of being offered your top choice placement and having an enjoyable experience. Contact program staff at with any questions about the application process.

Research programs

Talk to your academic advisor
  • Studying abroad for a semester or a year will be a life-changing experience. It is important to plan ahead and work with your advisor on how studying abroad fits into your degree completion plan.
Prepare to apply
  • Complete the CMU "Applicant Information Form" and turn it into the Coordinator. Make an appointment to speak to the Coordinator about ISEP and discuss programs that may match your interests.
  • Apply for a passport or renew your existing passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your exchange program.
  • Narrow down the countries you are considering, and read ISEP's country handbooks to learn more about the political and cultural aspects of each country. Also read the country information provided by the US State Department to be well informed of any safety considerations.
  • View the sites open for US applications and chances of placement on the ISEP website.
  • Choose the top three or four programs you are most interested in. You may request up to ten sites, but generally three to four is sufficient, as long as you have chosen at least one site with a "good" or "excellent" chance of placement.
  • Aim for quality over quantity in your list of requested sites - choose sites that are academically appropriate and carefully prepare your course request lists.
  • Make sure you understand the difference between Exchange Placements and Direct Placements, as there are differences in costs and the process you will go through.
Officially accept your placement
  • Applications are reviewed by ISEP after the priority deadline and the placement process usually takes 6-8 weeks.
  • ISEP forwards student applications to the prospective host university for confirmation.
  • After a placement has been confirmed by the host university, ISEP will notify the Coordinator.
  • The Coordinator will provide you with a packet that includes a Participant Placement Acceptance Form (PPAF) and Institutional Information Sheet (IIS). These documents need to be returned to ISEP by the specified date, usually three weeks after the Coordinator received them.
  • Review the PPAF and IIS very carefully! These documents specify what benefits you will receive during your stay. They will also provide information about obtaining necessary visas, making travel plans, and registering for courses at the host university.
  • Enroll in the required ISEP health insurance as specified in the PPAF.
  • Return the completed PPAF to the Coordinator.
  • Complete the CMU "Financial Agreement Form" with the Coordinator. By accepting an Exchange Placement, you agree that you will pay CMU the cost of tuition and fees for 15 credit hours (at your tuition classification) and the cost of lodging and meals in a Grand Mesa Double Room Suite with Meal Plan A for each semester of your placement period.
Make final preparations
  • Make any visa arrangements as specified in the PPAF.
  • Make travel arrangements and forward a copy of your itinerary to both the home and host Coordinators.
  • Complete the CMU Transfer Agreement Form with your advisor, department head, and the Registrar's office.
  • Discuss any financial aid or scholarship concerns with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Participate in any required CMU orientation prior to departure, as determined by the Coordinator.
  • Review the welcome packet provided by the host university and ask the host Coordinator if you have any questions.
students Stay in touch while abroad

Notify the home Coordinator if you have any concerns while  abroad. While your host Coordinator should be able to assist you with most of your concerns, it is important to stay in touch with the home Coordinator as well.