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Apply to ISEP

For application deadlines, please check with the coordinator. To ensure best chances of placement, you must complete the application by the priority deadline (see Coordinator).


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.

  • Browse the ISEP website and/or attend an information session with the ISEP Faculty Coordinator.

  • Questions to consider include:

    • What countries most interest you?
    • Would you prefer a rural or urban setting?
    • Are you exited about living in a country with a vastly different culture than in the US, or would you be more successful in a placement with more cultural similarities to the US?
  • View ISEP's placement notes for foreign language sites: French, Spanish, and German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
  • Search for a program by your field of study or desired language of study.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Read through the application instructions and complete the ISEP application online.

  • Prepare documentation to submit and upload with the online application: Language Proficiency Report, Official Transcripts, Personal Statement, One (1) Academic Reference, and Identification Page of your Passport. Detailed instructions for how to obtain and complete each requirement are found within the online application.

  • Carefully research courses on the host intuition's website and complete a Course Request List (done in the online application) for each school on your Host Site Request List.

  • Once you have completed the online application and all documentation has been uploaded, the ISEP Coordinator will approve your application. Once approved, you will receive an email instructing you to log back in to the online application and pay the ISEP fee.

  • 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.

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.