ISA (International Studies Abroad)

1112 W. Ben White Blvd. ,Austin, TX, 78704 United States

About ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Year Founded: 1987

ISA aims to provide high-quality education abroad programs to college students from around the world at an affordable price. We recognize that we have an important role in the global effort of international educators to increase awareness of cultures and societies outside of each student's national boundaries. Our programs are designed to make the most out of our participant's learning experience abroad, and we understand that most university students need support and expert guidance before, during, and after their time abroad. We are a Global Partner of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and supports its efforts to advance international education and exchange.

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ISA Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

Sevilla (Metro population around 1,500,000) the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish...

ISA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Spain : Granada

Granada, with a population of 250,000, overflows with cultural and architectural remnants of an illustrious past. At the same time, the modern aspects of this vibrant city...

ISA Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca was the first program site where the initial group of ISA students studied abroad in 1987. Salamanca (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad...

ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Spain : Madrid

Madrid (pop. 3 million), the capital and geographic center of Spain, is a wonderfully vibrant city with intense cultural, artistic, and intellectual activity. Students will...

ISA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Italy : Florence

Florence, located in the heart of Tuscany, is a medieval city that clearly stands out as a cultural, historical, and academic center. With a population of roughly 380,000...

ISA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Barcelona is the heart and capital of the region of Cataluña in the northeast corner of Spain. Barcelona is, for all intents and purposes, now a bilingual city as inhabitants...

ISA Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan

Jordan : Amman

Amman is a millennia-old Middle Eastern metropolis built on a series of hills and valleys. Steeped in history, Amman boasts many historical monuments, such as the Roman Amphitheater,...

ISA Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Rome’s many neighborhoods and sprawling historical sites give the sense of being in a small town, despite the fact of being home to almost 3 million people. Rome is the...

ISA Study Abroad in London, England

England : London

London, the vibrant capital of England, is also one of the world's most diverse and multicultural cities: A place where you can meet people from all around the world and

ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

Spain : Valencia

Valencia (Metro population around 1,720,000), Spain's third largest city, is located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 200 miles south of Barcelona. Although Valencia...

ISA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires (pop. 13 million including suburbs) is well-known for its cultural diversity and dynamic atmosphere, making it one of South America's most elegant and vibrant...

ISA Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, is set in the lush Central Valley of the Costa Rican highlands. As the cultural, economic and political center of Costa Rica, San...

ISA Study Abroad in Paris, France

France : Paris

Paris (population 2.15 million) is draped in history, tradition, culture, glamour, and academia. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or "Rive...

ISA Study Abroad in Valparaiso/Vina del Mar, Chile

Chile : Valparaiso, Vina del Mar

Valparaíso (pop. 284,000),, and Viña del Mar (pop. 285,000) are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and sixty-eight miles northwest of Santiago....

ISA Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Czech Republic : Prague

Prague rests along the banks of the Vltava River, and has been the political, cultural, and economic hotspot of Eastern Europe for over 1000 years. With over 1.2 million

ISA Study Abroad in Malaga, Spain

Spain : Malaga

Málaga (pop. 600,000) is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and is considered to be the gateway to the Costa del Sol, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the

ISA Service-Learning in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile

Chile : Valparaiso, Vina del Mar

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Ireland : Galway

Steeped in history, Galway combines its rich cultural heritage with a young and innovative population of just under 73,000. Located on the coastline in a picturesque harbor,...

ISA Study Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

South Korea : Seoul

Seoul (pop. 10,421,782) is the largest city of South Korea. This booming and bustling capital city is located along the Han River, surrounded by mountains. Seoul is truly...

ISA Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, situated high in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. Cusco is home to the palace of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and the nearby Inca archaeological...

ISA Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Heredia

Heredia is a city that is emblematic of the Costa Rican lifestyle. It is located only a short distance away from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, and offers many...

ISA Study Abroad in Meknes, Morocco

Morocco : Meknes

Meknès, known as the "Versailles of Morocco," is home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Berber, and French cultures composing modern Morocco. The diverse and distinct districts...

ISA Study Abroad in Gold Coast, Australia

Australia : Gold Coast, Rockhampton

The Gold Coast is a vibrant city that is constantly buzzing with music festivals, sporting events, food and wine festivals, and cultural events. Located in the state of Queensland,...

ISA Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

Ireland : Dublin

Thousands of years of Irish culture meet modern charm in Ireland's capital city. Dublin has become a center of high-tech industry and learning, yet still proudly holds onto...

ISA in Study Abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic : Santiago

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The diversity of the geography includes tropical rain forests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps,...

ISA Study Abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand : Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand's South Island and is also known as the "Garden City". It lies on the coastal edge of the Canterbury Plains close to both

ISA Study Abroad in Lille, France

France : Lille

It's no wonder why Europe is among most students' top destination to study abroad. The region is filled with captivating cultures, languages, architecture, art, history,

ISA Study Abroad in Chengdu, China

China : Chengdu

Chengdu is a modern cosmopolitan city located in China's Sichuan Province, home to the sacred Giant Panada. Excursions included in the program price: * Huanglong Xi *...

ISA Study Abroad in Newcastle, Australia

Australia : Newcastle

Newcastle offers you a coastal landscape, surf beaches, working harbor, historic sites, the arts and a vibrant nightlife. The Civic Cultural Precinct is where you'll find...

ISA Study Abroad in Cairns, Australia

Australia : Cairns, Queensland

Situated in northeastern Queensland, Cairns is a playful, laid back retreat where the natural environment brings a unique feel to the charming coastal city. Given close proximity...

Earn Your Degree at James Cook University

Australia : Cairns, Queensland and 1 other city , Townsville Show less

Earn your degree at James Cook University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! JCU prides itself on its excellent support services

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil

Brazil : Florianopolis

Brazil is seeing a widespread movement within Christianity and students are able to select areas of missions. Veritas sees the Lord bringing students to Brazil to minister...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Valparaíso, Chile

Chile : Valparaiso

In Valparaiso, Chile, Veritas students may focus their study abroad education in the arenas of Missions, Cultural Studies, Communications, Economics, Foreign Policy, Latin...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

Veritas Christian Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to study and dialogue peacefully about major religious issues in a land where many have gone to war in the

ISA Study Abroad in Lima, Peru

Peru : Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, is located on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean, along the outlet of the Rímac River. Lima is full of fascinating contrasts between...

ISA Study Abroad in Santander, Spain

Spain : Santander

Santander is located in northern Spain and is the surfer and outdoor enthusiast's dream city. This city with a population of 182,700 offers an extraordinary landscape on

ISA Study Abroad in Reading, England

England : Reading

Reading, pleasantly situated on the River Thames, is a wonderful place to study abroad in England. Reading's cityscape shows a unique blend of old and new, with picturesque...

ISA Service-Learning in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Paris, France

France : Paris

Veritas Christian Study Abroad combines exceptional study abroad experiences with intentional missions engagement. During your study abroad program, Veritas connects you

ISA Internships in Hong Kong

China : Hong Kong

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Santiago Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic : Santiago

Santiago is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and the economic center of the fertile Cibao Valley. The Septentrional mountain range is visible from most

ISA Service-Learning in Amman, Jordan

Jordan : Amman

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Malavli, India

India : Malavli

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Heredia

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

The Australian Sporting Industry

Australia : Blue Mountains, Cairns and 5 other cities , Canberra, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney Show less

In partnership with the University of Canberra, ISA offers a unique opportunity to explore the Australian sporting industry from both a professional and recreational perspective....

Edge of the Outback Photography

Australia : Latrobe, Melbourne and 1 other city , Mildura Show less

Learn about Photography in Australia with International Studies Abroad. Edge of the Outback is a three-week course exploring a regional Australian outback landscape through...

Tropical Marine Ecology of Australia's East Coast

Australia : Great Barrier Reef

Study Tropical Marine Ecology with ISA. Queensland, a place of adventure and amazement, rich in natural treasures and home of "The Great Barrier Reef" - what a great place...

ISA Study Abroad in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

Bangkok is a city that truly has it all. A tidal wave to the senses, the Thai capital pulses with energy, excitement, eastern mysticism and possibility. The traditional home...

ISA Internships in Spain

Spain : Valencia

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

Earn Your Degree at the University of Stirling

Scotland : Stirling

Earn your full degree at the University of Stirling with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Stirling is one of the most attractive places...

ISA Study Abroad in Palmerston North, New Zealand

New Zealand : Palmerston North

Palmerston North, is a vibrant, young person’s city with nearly half of its 80,000 population under 25 years. With many great cafes, restaurants, cinema, live theatre and...

ISA Internships in New Zealand

New Zealand : Auckland, Christchurch and 11 other cities , Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, South Island, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei Show less

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

Earn Your Degree at Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand : Wellington

Earn your full degree abroad at Victoria University of Wellington with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! New Zealand is a paradise

Earn Your Degree at the University of Otago

New Zealand : Dunedin

Earn your full degree at the University of Otago with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Dunedin, the principal city offers students the...

Earn Your Degree at The University of Auckland

New Zealand : Auckland

Earn your full degree at the University of Auckland with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has

Earn Your Degree at Massey University

New Zealand : Wellington

Earn your full degree at Massey University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! New Zealands newest and most modern university campus,...

Earn Your Degree at Auckland Technical University (AUT)

New Zealand : Auckland

Earn your full degree at Auckland Technical University (AUT) with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! New Zealand is incomparable in its...

ISA Study Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand : Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city has a population of around 1.4 million, which represents approximately one third of the population of the whole country. Situated in

ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand : Wellington

Wellington, the exquisite capital of New Zealand, sits on gorgeous green rolling hills that descend effortlessly down to the vibrant harbor where adventure and excitement...

ISA Study Abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Settled by Scottish immigrants, Dunedin has a distinctive Scottish feel that permeates throughout all aspects of the culture, manifesting itself in physical form through

ISA Study Abroad in Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand : Hamilton

Conveniently close to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, mid-sized Hamilton is a picturesque city with a population around 150,000. It is surrounded by lush, green rolling...

ISA Study Abroad in Tokyo, Japan

Japan : Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan’s proud and bustling capital, is place of action, intrigue, culture, lights, fun, festivals and more. A city whose energy will literally replace your morning...

ISA Study Abroad in Beppu, Japan

Japan : Beppu

Beppu sits quietly under the lava dome of volcanic Mount Tsurumi. Probably best known throughout Japan for it’s famous hot springs, Beppu is a coastal city located on the...

ISA Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

The third largest city in Ireland, Limerick is an enchanting Irish city whose history dates back to the viking era. Excursions included in the program price: *Aran

ISA Study Abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece

Greece : Thessaloniki (Salonika)

Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, is a bustling metropolis in the north part of the country located on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Excursions included in the...

ISA Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Germany : Berlin

Berlin is a city whose history has been bombed, rebuilt, torn, divided, liberated and unified all within the 20th century. A flash point during the cold war, modern Berlin...

EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Munich, Germany

Germany : Munich (Munchen)

Spend a semester at Ludwig-Maximilians University participating in a professional academic research project and learning the language and culture of Germany. Ludwig-Maximilians...

EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Heidelberg, Germany

Germany : Heidelberg

Description: [Edit]Spend a semester at University of Heidleberg participating in a professional academic research project and learning the language and culture of Germany....

ISA Study Abroad in Suva, Fiji

Fiji : Suva

The beautiful Pacific Islands have a lot to offer the adventurous soul sand, surf, sensational sunsets and thriving ancient cultures. A stunning combination of biodiversity,...

ISA Internships in London, England

England : London

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

Earn Your Degree at Queen Mary, University of London

England : London

Earn your full degree at Queen Mary, University of London with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Queen Mary spans London's diverse districts,...

Earn Your Degree at Kingston University

England : London

Earn your full degree at Kingston University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! The university is based in Kingston upon Thames,

ISA Internships in Shanghai, China

China : Shanghai

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

ISA Internships in Chile

Chile : Santiago

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Lueven, Belgium

Belgium : Leuven

Spend a semester at University of Lueven participating in a professional academic research project and learning the language and culture of Belgium. University of Lueven

ISA Internships in Australia

Australia : Adelaide, Brisbane and 9 other cities , Canberra, Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Perth, Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Tasmania Show less

ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to gain professional and personal development, focusing on high-quality work experience designed to enhance your resume. We...

ISA Challenge Australia Leadership Program

Australia : Brisbane, Gold Coast

Thousands of students graduate college each year but have little direction of what to do next in life. Surprisingly, few graduates are equipped with the skills and confidence...

Earn Your Degree at University of Western Australia

Australia : Perth

Earn your full degree at the University of Western Australia with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Situated on the banks of the Swan

ISA Study Abroad in Perth, Australia

Australia : Perth

Perth, in Western Australia, is well known as a friendly, safe, and cosmopolitan city with a Mediterranean climate. Perth is a vibrant, sophisticated city and is the closest...

Earn Your Degree at the University of Sydney

Australia : Sydney

Earn your full degree at the University of Sydney with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Sydney is Australia's most exciting city. The...

ISA Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia

Australia : Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant and diverse city filled with iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge that epitomize the progressive, cosmopolitan progress...

Earn Your Degree at University of Wollongong

Australia : Wollongong

Earn your full degree at the University of Wollongong with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! The University of Wollongong is a modern,...

Earn Your Degree at University of South Australia

Australia : Adelaide

Earn your full degree at the University of South Australia with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Adelaide is the capital of South Australia,...

Earn Your Degree at University of Queensland

Australia : Brisbane

Earn your degree at Victoria University of Wellington with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! All campuses are located in, or near, Brisbane...

Earn Your Degree at University of Melbourne

Australia : Melbourne

Earn your full degree at the University of Melbourne with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! One of the advantages of studying abroad at...

ISA Study Abroad in Wollongong, Australia

Australia : Wollongong

Wollongong has a wide variety of nightlife and a range of local sporting competitions, including netball, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, and AFL. If you're feeling a...

ISA Study Abroad in Melbourne, Australia

Australia : Melbourne

Melbourne has a universal appeal to visitors with its vibrant, trendy, and easygoing atmosphere. The city is Australia's second largest, yet it is home to an extensive public...

ISA Study Abroad in Hobart, Tasmania

Australia : Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania's historic, waterfront capital, offers magnificent Georgian and Victorian architecture, quality housing and shops, and was voted Australia's most livable...

ISA Study Abroad in Brisbane, Australia

Australia : Brisbane

Brisbane is a dynamic city known for it's excellent climate, high standard of living, and secure quality of life. The inner city is characterized by the Brisbane River, parklands,...

ISA Study Abroad in Adelaide, Australia

Australia : Adelaide

Adelaide is the ultimate livable city and the capital of South Australia. Home to 1.3 million people, Adelaide is big enough to offer all the advantages of city living -

Earn Your Degree at University of Adelaide

Australia : Adelaide

Earn your full degree at the University of Adelaide with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Adelaide is a friendly and safe city with

Earn Your Degree at Murdoch University

Australia : Perth

Earn your full degree at Murdoch University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is home to...

Earn Your Degree at Monash University

Australia : Melbourne

Earn your full degree at Monash University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Melbourne is ranked consistently as one of the worlds...

Earn Your Degree at Macquarie University

Australia : Sydney

Earn your full degree at Macquarie University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Sydney is the largest and most populous city in

Earn Your Degree at La Trobe University

Australia : Melbourne

Earn your full degree at La Trobe University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! While studying at La Trobe, you will have the opportunity...

Earn Your Degree at Griffith University

Australia : Gold Coast

Earn your degree at Griffith University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Griffith University is spread over five campuses between...

Earn Your Degree at Bond University

Australia : Gold Coast

Earn your full degree at Bond University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Bond University is set on Queensland's Gold Coast, which...

Earn Your Degree at Australian National University

Australia : Canberra

Earn your full degree at Bond University with ISA Degrees Abroad. Your study abroad experience is all about you! Canberra, Australia's national capital, is an open-planned...

ISA Challenge New Zealand Leadership Program

New Zealand : Auckland, Rotorua

In today's world, there is significant demand for a new generation of leaders who can bring about positive change in local, national, and international affairs. This ISA

ISA Master's Degrees in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Experience the delights of the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires while earning your master's degree abroad. Nicknamed the "Paris of South America" because of its European...

ISA Master's Degrees in Granada, Spain

Spain : Granada

Spend an adventurous year earning your master's degree abroad in beautiful Granada, Spain. Students can visit the famous Alhambra fortress, discover the Royal Chapel where...

ISA Master's Degrees in Madrid, Spain

Spain : Madrid

Spend a year earning your master's degree abroad in Madrid, Spain's capital and largest city. Experience a truly vibrant city booming with cultural, artistic, and intellectual...

ISA Master's Degrees in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Experience this spectacular Catalonian capital while earning your master's degree abroad. Fueled by eccentric creativity, cultural diversity, and endless amounts of palpable...

Earn Your Degree at the University of Reading

England : Reading

Reading is a quaint yet urban city with a historic feel and a population of approximately 233,000. It’s an easy 30-minute train ride to the center of London, giving students...

ISA Master's Degrees in London, England

England : London

Explore London in all of its glory while earning your master’s degrees abroad. From ancient history that stretches back almost 2 millennia, to the Shakespearian pinnacle...

ISA Study Abroad in Milan, Italy

Italy : Milan

As a city, Milan is the economic and commercial capital of Italy with most of Italy's major corporations headquartered in Milan. Most notably, Milan is the fashion capital...

ISA High School: Heroes and Legends Tour, United Kingdom

United Kingdom : Edinburgh, London and 1 other city , Stratford-upon-Avon Show less

The United Kingdom, made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, is a patchwork of history, dialects, landscapes and cultures. The region’s storied past and...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

France : Aix-en-Provence, Paris

Aix-en-Provence is a picturesque city in Southern France, located just 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. It is the quintessential university town due to warm weather,...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Shanghai, China

China : Shanghai

One of the world's fastest growing economies, the People's Republic of China has immense cultural and geographic diversity within its borders. China's ancient history makes...

ISA High School: Volunteer Placement in Cusco, Peru

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, situated in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. Cusco is home to the palace of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and the nearby Inca archaeological...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, situated in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. Cusco is home to the palace of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and the nearby Inca archaeological...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Sorrento, Italy

Italy : Sorrento

Bustling with shopping streets and hidden stone-paved alleyways, Sorrento is a quintessential southern Italian town with approximately 16,500 inhabitants. Sorrento’s idyllic...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Malaga, Spain

Spain : Malaga

Málaga is pleasantly nestled on the Mediterranean Sea and is considered to be the gateway to the Costa del Sol, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world....

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

Sevilla (700,000), the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history. Located...

ISA High School: Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca was the first program site where the initial group of ISA students studied abroad in 1987. Salamanca (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad...

ISA High School: Study Abroad Granada, Spain

Spain : Granada

Granada overflows with cultural and architectural remnants of an illustrious past. At the same time, the modern aspects of this vibrant city are ever-apparent. Granada was...

ISA High School: Volunteer Placement Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Heredia

Heredia is a city that is emblematic of the Costa Rican lifestyle. It is located only a short distance away from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, and offers many...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Veritas is excited to be in San José and knows this will be a fruitful city for missions! Veritas Christian Study Abroad allows students to take courses in a myriad of

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is considered the "archaeological gem" located in the Andes Mountains and boasts of warm, friendly locals who want to share their customs and culture with you. Religion...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Veritas in Buenos Aires, Argentina is an exciting opportunity to share your faith with an intercultural city. BsA, as it is commonly referred to, has a large European influence...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Seoul, South Korea

South Korea : Seoul

The Veritas program at Konkuk University has been strategically positioned in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul is known for being a technological hub and boasts as one of the top...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in London, England

England : London

For centuries, England's contribution to global Christianity has been significant. Much is said today of the development of a "Christian Worldview," but how is this accomplished?...

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Italy : Roma (Rome)

The Veritas Center for Historical Studies has been strategically positioned in Rome, Italy. Rome is a living historical museum - a place like no other for studying not only...

ISA Service-Learning in Mumbai, India

India : Mumbai

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Cartago, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Cartago

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Study Abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

South Africa : Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth, otherwise known as the "friendly city" or simply PE, is South Africa's fifth largest city. Life in PE revolves around the beach, where ocean sports rule:

ISA Study Abroad in Grahamstown, South Africa

South Africa : Grahamstown

Grahamstown, also knows as the “Festival City” is known for its small town charm and friendly locals. Situated in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown is approximately 80 miles...

ISA Study Abroad in Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland : Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland's most populous city, is located along the River Clyde. It is well known for its friendly residents, latest fashions, local music scene and beautiful parks....

ISA Study Abroad in Durban, South Africa

South Africa : Durban

Durban is South Africa's third largest city and home to the largest Indian population outside Asia. As one of the main tourist destinations in Southern Africa, Durban offers...

ISA Study Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town was founded in 1652 and is South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world...

ISA Service-Learning in Cusco, Peru

Peru : Cusco

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Lima, Peru

Peru : Lima

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Meknes, Morocco

Morocco : Meknes

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic : Santiago

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Service-Learning in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in local NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. Through service...

ISA Study Abroad in Barranquilla, Colombia

Colombia : Barranquilla

Barranquilla, situated along the Magdalena River and known as the "Golden Gate to Colombia," is a vibrant and cosmopolitan Caribbean port in northern Colombia. The city is...

ISA Study Abroad in Shanghai, China

China : Shanghai

Shanghai (pop. 23,019,148) is China's largest city and financial capital. It is located on the central east coast of the country and has moderate temperatures in the winter...

ISA Study Abroad in Bilbao, Spain

Spain : Bilbao

Bilbao (pop. 354,000) is located in northern Spain, within País Vasco. This capital of the Biscay Province provides students the opportunity for an amazing adventure abroad....

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Staff Interviews

  • Gustavo Artaza - Founder & CEO

    Gustavo Artaza - Founder & CEO

    Gustavo Artaza founded International Studies Abroad (ISA) in 1987 and has directed the operation from small study abroad provider in Spain to one of the largest and most respected study abroad organizations in the United States. In addition to directing ISA, Gustavo is married with four children and lives in Austin, Texas.

    Study abroad is a crowded market in part because many study abroad alumni think that it would be a great way to start a business. While many providers come and go, ISA has become a fixture in the field of International Education. What makes ISA distinctive in this crowded market place?

    







ISA Founder and SEO at the ISA Office in Austin, Texas

    Gustavo at the ISA Office in Austin.

    It has always been an important part of the ISA model to build our own infrastructure and do as much as possible ourselves, which gives us a great deal of quality assurance. This means that not only do we hire staff in every location to which we send students, as well as open ISA offices in each of these places, we also spend the time and resources to establish a legal business entity in each of those countries, formalizing our presence there and becoming a part of the community.

    We also have our own I.T. and Graphics departments, which allows us to create study abroad-specific systems and materials by staff who are all dedicated to the goal of international education. This comprehensive, infrastructure-heavy approach makes us unique in the study abroad world and I believe leads to better student education and experience abroad.

    Perhaps more universities are affiliated with ISA than any other provider. To what would you attribute this? Do study abroad advisors look for the same things in a program provider that students look for?

    Because of the infrastructure development that we do, we can make sure that all ISA programs around the world meet the same high standard. Advisors who visit our offices abroad, or receive feedback from their students who participate in a variety of ISA programs notice this consistency, and I think that's important when they are looking to work with a provider. We also have dedicated health and safety abroad professionals and have always put a focus on student safety and security abroad. While students may be looking for specific courses and program locations, advisors understand how important it is to have experienced staff working to resolve any problems that may arise during a student's time abroad.

    ISA offers programs specifically for high school students, internships, and volunteer programs. What makes these varied programs ISA quality programs?

    Having talented and experienced staff join ISA's different departments allows us to grow in expertise when we develop a new abroad opportunity for students. In addition, maintaining a close, collaborative environment among everyone at ISA allows us to utilize the experience and benefits of the ISA infrastructure to provide the same high level of support for the students abroad, no matter their program.

    ISA has a reputation for high student satisfaction. What makes study abroad students like a program?

    Each student has their own goals when they go abroad. We have a large number of staff because it is important to us that each student gets the attention they deserve and we can help them meet their individual goals. Of course, our primary goal is education. We have outcomes that we would like students to achieve, and we do our best to ensure that students learn as much as possible during their time abroad. So it is doubly satisfying for us to provide programs that focus on education that students also enjoy!

    Many study abroad providers do not have staff on site and rely on local university staff. Does ISA have its own staff at every site abroad?

    I can't imagine being able to ensure any sort of quality, student safety, or help students to achieve learning objectives without having staff on-site. Some people have a perception that by having on-site staff that students are having their hands-held and that they somehow will not learn how to do things on their own. Just as we need professors to teach our students in the classroom, we need study abroad professionals to prepare and support students during their time abroad. Not only does research show that it facilitates increased intercultural competence while abroad, but it provides a much-needed layer of health and safety support that should be essential for all students going abroad.

    What things does ISA do to maximize cultural immersion abroad for students?

    All ISA programs include regular, local activities throughout the students' time abroad. These activities are designed to increase students' understanding of their host community. In addition, all of our programs include a number of excursions outside of their host city in order to teach students about their host country. Our Academic Affairs department is working with our staff abroad to explicitly define learning objectives for all cultural activities and excursions, which are provided to students and include assessment questions. We also provide volunteer opportunities and organize a community day each semester, create formal language exchanges with local students, provide students with information on local events every week, hold regular meetings with students to discuss and reflect on their experiences, and place our students in housing that offers opportunities to interact with the local population.

    ISA has been offering specific programs for Christian students through Veritas. Why do Christians need their own programs?

    Veritas Christian Study Abroad is a division of ISA that was created to facilitate a study abroad experience for students who bring with them a specific perspective and often different academic needs. The U.S. has a large number of Christian-affiliated colleges and universities, many of which have religion-based academic requirements. Most of that curriculum cannot be found at universities abroad, making it challenging for these students to go abroad and still graduate on time.

    In addition, providing an opportunity for students who hold their faith as a significant part of their identity to come together and receive support and guidance that is specific to them makes a better experience for the students and the host community. This is why Veritas has partnered with Pacific Lutheran University to provide specific courses for these students while they are abroad, as well as designed a mandatory practicum course to focus the students' eagerness to serve their host community in a productive way. 

    ISA has some study abroad programs in some interesting and non-traditional destinations including Korea, Jordan, and Fiji.  Are there a lot of students who want to study in Fiji?

    When offering a new study abroad program, student demand is only one factor that we look at. If we see an opportunity to provide a unique program that offers something new and that we believe will benefit the students and the host community, we will develop it and do everything we can to make it work. So while the number of students who study abroad in Fiji won't be as high as those going to Spain, that doesn't mean that either experience is more valid than the other. Each has its own benefits and fits different types of students. As we all work to increase capacity in study abroad, offering so-called "non-traditional" destinations is key to achieving that goal.

    GlobaLinks, another respected study abroad provider recently merged with ISA, what does this mean for ISA? For the field of study abroad? For your students?

    What this means is that two organizations with long histories in this field have come together and learned a lot from each other over the past 10 months. This has provided major opportunities to improve various aspects of both of our different programs by taking the best of both and applying it where it makes sense. For example, we have added nearly a dozen staff in Australia and New Zealand to better match ISA's model of on-site support.

    Likewise, we have recently revised and adopted the Discovery Model that was originally development by GlobaLinks to provide a more focused curriculum-style approach to on-site support. For the field, this means that our U.S. affiliates only have one application process and program model to work with for all of our combined programs, which makes their lives easier. And the students benefit the most as we learn from this experience and continue to make improvements and advancements to our programs, increasing their effectiveness and creating more opportunities for our students.