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.

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ISEP Exchange vs. ISEP Direct

How are ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct different?

ISEP Exchange

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.

Placement Chances

An ISEP Exchange host university accepts as many incoming students as it sends out; depending on demand, some host sites may have limited space.

Finances

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 $200 application fee (effective with Spring 2018 applicants) is due to UNCO and will be billed to your Bear Account. ISEP will charge a separate fee of $100 when you submit your application through the ISEP web site.

Eligibility

Any UNC student who meets UNC requirements to study abroad may apply to any of the participating ISEP Exchange institutions. UNC has a limited number of spaces each semester. Students may apply for a semester or an academic year. Students will be selected based on GPA, faculty references, and the quality of their essay.

ISEP Direct

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.

Placement Chances

For qualified students, chances of placement on ISEP Direct are excellent, with more than a 97% placement rate.

Finances

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 $200 application fee is due to UNCO (effective for Spring 2018 applicants) and will be billed to your Bear Account. ISEP will charge a separate fee of $100 when you submit your application through the ISEP web site.

Eligibility

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.

View complete list of these schools

Deadlines

In most cases, ISEP Direct has rolling admissions. However, UNC's study abroad application date is September 29th for spring semester and March 12 for summer and fall semesters.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I study through the ISEP program?

    View complete listing of programs offered through ISEP.

    ISEP Summer Programs

    Student can do an ISEP Exchange or Direct Enrollment to one of ISEP's summer programs.

  • How much does the ISEP Exchange Program cost?

    Students will pay tuition, housing, board and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses abroad. Abroad, you receive the same set of ISEP benefits covered by the fees that the outgoing student paid to that university. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates.

    Estimated Costs for 1 Semester

    This estimated cost is based on in-state tuition with COF:

    Program Fees

    Program Fees are billed through UNC Account

    Tuition and Fees

    $4,500

    Housing (Harrison Hall)

    $2,500

     
     
    Meals (19 meals/wk plan)
    $2,800
    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee
    $200
    Total Program Fees
    $10,000

     

    Estimated Additional Expenses

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses below.  Please note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

    Meals

    Varies

    Airfare

    $1,200-$2,200

    ISEP Placement Fees

    $325

    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

    Varies

    In-country Health Insurance (varies, depending on host country)
    $300+
     
     
    Texts/Course Materials

    $250

    Essential Daily Living Expenses

    $1,000

    Total Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

    Minimum $3,075

    Additional Spending Money and Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)

    $1,500-$2,500

  • How much does the ISEP Direct Program cost?

    Program costs for ISEP-Direct vary between institutions and range in cost between $5,600-$12,000 per semester.

    Estimated Cost for 1 Semester

    Tuition - Based on Resident tuition

    Varies

    Please check ISEP Program page for Cost

    Study Abroad Administration Fee

    $200

    Paid to UNC

    International Health Insurance

    $300

    $60/month

    Books and Supplies
    $250
     
    Housing
    Varies
     
    Meals
    Varies
     
    Round Trip Travel
    $1,200-$2,200
    Paid to Airline in USD
    ISEP Placement Fee
    $325
    Paid to ISEP
    Total
    Varies
     
  • How do I apply?

    Students interested in applying for an ISEP Program have earlier deadlines than internal UNC deadlines. Students should pay close attention to individual deadlines.

    Students will need to complete the UNC application. Please review the application process flowchart for more details on the application process.

    event_available Exchange Deadlines

    • Full year and fall semester: February 15
    • Spring Semester: September 1
    • Summer programs: Varies