Helpful Hints for ISEP Applications
APPLY during the semester that is one year before your planned semester abroad. Summer programs have later deadlines between January and May of the same year.
1. Selecting programs
*In the case of language-based programs, read program descriptions to determine how many language courses you need before applying.
*ISEP-Exchange means an exchange of tuition room and board, so you continue to pay your current rates. This is very cost effective. Programs marked with « E » offer a good chance of placement, while « E* » indicates that placement rates are lower. For applications to ISEP-Exchange programs, you must list at least three site choices in order of preference, to allow for successful placement.
*ISEP-Direct (D) means that you pay a flat program fee. Most summer programs are direct and not exchange, and the affordability varies by program. Some sites only offer direct placement. Don’t hesitate to explore many options !
*You can use your financial aid for either exchange or direct options
2. Requesting recommendations
*Two letters are required, with an additional evaluation by a language instructor if applicable to your program. Choose people who can write about your academic and personal maturity and your suitability for an experience that requires independence and responsibility.
*Give ample time to complete the reference, two weeks minimum, as a gesture of respect.
*Your references may return completed letters via to : Erin Hippolyte, Dept of Lang and Lit, JH311. It is best to waive your access to the letters so that ISEP knows the letters haven’t been preselected by you according to content. Sign the form before giving it to your recommenders.
3. Personal statement
*Must be in English and in the language of the program, if different
4. Disciplinary Clearance
*Please bring this form to Timothy Rice's office at 603 Bryant Place. The assistants in his office will verify your clean disciplinary record on campus, sign the form, and return it to you.
*You may order a copy of your transcript at the student services/registrar area on the ground floor of Hardway Hall. It only takes a few days to process this request.
6. APPLICATIONS now via online process: see Dr. Hippolyte for details
Students applying for placement fill out the ISEP application and the WVU ISEP-Consortium application. The FSU Study Abroad Advisor needs to approve the applications and sign before delivering them to the Office of International Programs at WVU in Morgantown. The contact person for ISEP at the WVU OIP is Dr. Semoa Desousa-Brown.
7. Other expenses
Please plan a budget for obtaining a passport, purchasing plane tickets for your trip, and any visa and insurance fees specific to your program. Application fees are noted in the ISEP application.
Note: For the ISEP program, tuition, room and board fees will be paid through the WVU system. Your financial aid will also be transferred to WVU for the duration of your study abroad.
WELCOME! These resources are designed to help you learn about study abroad at Fairmont State. Please also make an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss details specific to your situation and goals.
Many Fairmont State students have studied abroad through a statewide consortium funded by the Higher Education Policy Commission:
WV-ISEP Study Abroad Consortium
ISEP students abroad discover new cultures, learn or improve a second language, and develop intercultural competencies and interpersonal skills – all while earning academic credits towards their college degree.
ISEP Program Options
- ISEP-Exchange Programs. ISEP-Exchange programs provide students with affordable study abroad opportunities for a semester or a full year by switching places with an international student from one of over 120 host institutions.
- ISEP-Direct Programs. ISEP-Direct programs provide affordable study abroad programs that allow students to enroll in over 25 countries for a semester, full year or summer. In fact, ISEP-Direct programs are often cheaper than other program providers.
Enrolled at one of the following West Virginia colleges: Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, West Liberty State College, WVU Morgantown Campus, WVU Institute of Technology, WVU at Parkerburg, and WVU Potomac State College.
In good academic and judicial standing at home institution.
Completed at least one semester of university coursework before applying.
Minimum GPA of 2.75 (some sites require a higher GPA).
Have the personal maturity needed to study abroad for an extended amount of time.
Other International Opportunities
-one week study trips embedded in a course, for example, the Honors Trip each spring semester and the new Introduction to Global Perspectives course
-other short-term programs related to specific areas of study
*Undergraduate Research Grants
-international travel may be part of a research projects
*Join a program offered by another school
-if the school is a public institution in WV, your financial aid will transfer
*Participate in a program from a third-party provider
-many options, such as the School for Field Studies. See resources at the Institute for International Education (www.iie.org)
-often costlier than other options
-good for exploring special interests, volunteering, and service learning
-financial aid will usually not transfer to these programs
Where have FSU students studied?
Turks and Caicos
(insert your destination here!)
Statewide Quebec trip in May
For the past few years, the WV HEPC has been sponsoring a statewide study trip to Quebec City and Montreal via bus, with an overnight stay in Niagara Falls. Host university for the one-week experience is the Universite Laval in Quebec City. Applications for the May 2014 trip will be available during the fall 2013 semester. Contact Dr. Hippolyte for more details. Several FSU students have participated in past years.