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While quite competitive, ISEP exchange placements provide one of the most economical means for academically strong student to study abroad.

For exchange placements:

  • When submitting their application, students will pay a non-refundable $100 application fee.
  • At the time of acceptance, students will pay an additional $325 placement fee.
  • The $325 is not refundable after accepting their placement unless there are extenuating circumstances.

For direct placements: 

  • When submitting their application, students will pay a non-refundable $100 application fee.
  • Upon acceptance, ISEP Direct students will pay $325 which is a deposit towards the program fee.
  • The $325 is not refundable after acceptance unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Exchange Placement Costs. The program fee for an ISEP exchange placement is based on the cost of tuition, room and board at Northwestern and a University Study Abroad Fee (the ISEP exchange program semester fee for AY 2018-2019 is approximately $9400). ISEP requires enrollment in the ISEP Health Insurance Plan ($75 per month).
Direct Placement Costs. Since costs for this placement program are directly related to the costs of attending the host institution as an international student, they vary and depend on the University.


Your financial aid package at Northwestern (including scholarships) may be applicable to an ISEP Exchange or Direct placement. Check with your financial aid counselor. Additionally, scholarship programs are available to you through ISEP. A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for federal assistance.

It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements. Travel costs (including a passport and visa), personal spending money, personal travel, and textbook costs are also your responsibility.

At your host institution abroad, you will be attending classes and living the life of a typical local student. You will receive equivalent benefits to those that local students receive, and not identical benefits to those you leave behind at Northwestern, though you are paying Northwestern tuition and fees as usual. Moreover, because higher education is funded differently throughout the world, your exchange benefits will almost certainly not be of an exact monetary equivalent to the benefits you pay for at Northwestern. Please keep in mind that the students coming to Northwestern through ISEP are paying tuition and fees at their own institutions as well under this same arrangement.

See the ISEP Web site for more information regarding specific costs.