International Student Exchange Program
UNC is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). ISEP is a consortium of over 300 institutions in more than 50 countries. UNC students have the opportunity to participate in two types of ISEP programs: ISEP-Exchange or ISEP-Direct.
ISEP Exchange vs. ISEP Direct
How are ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct different?
ISEP Exchange enables students from over 330 universities worldwide to essentially trade places with one another, entering the host institution as a regular student, while simply continuing to pay fees to their home institution. For each UNC student who goes abroad, UNC receives an international student in return.
An ISEP Exchange host university accepts as many incoming students as it send out; depending on demand, some host sites may have limited space.
The program fee is based on UNC's tuition, room, and board costs. All forms of financial aid, except work study, may be applied to the program. A $395 deposit is due at the time of application.
Any UNC student who meets UNC requirements to study abroad may apply to any of the participating ISEP Exchange institutions. UNC has 4-6 exchange spots each semester. Students may apply for a semester or an academic year. Students will be selected based on GPA, faculty references, and quality of essay.
ISEP Direct offers an alternate enrollment option outside of the one-for-one limits of ISEP Exchange at more than 50 institutions abroad. ISEP Direct also offers special language and culture programs, as well as many community engagement opportunities.
For qualified students, chances of placement on ISEP Direct are excellent, with more an a 97% placement rate.
ISEP Direct Fees (covering tuition, room, and often board) vary from site to site depending on local costs. Often an ISEP Direct program is cheaper than a semester at UNC depending on the country. Financial aid may be applied towards program fees. A $395 deposit is due at the time of application.
Any UNC student who meets UNC requirements to study abroad may apply to any of the more than 50 ISEP member institutions that accept students through ISEP Direct.
In most cases, ISEP Direct has rolling admissions. However, UNC's study abroad application date is October 1 for spring semester and March 12 for summer and fall semesters.
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