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An ISEP exchange placement includes a competitive application process, and applicants may list up to 10 ISEP host institutions by order of preference. Use the ISEP Web site to search for programs that fit your interests.  In many cases ISEP receives more applicants than there are slots available for a particular site. The student's faculty advisor and the University's ISEP coordinator assists students in identifying appropriate ISEP sites that would enable the student to meet and academic and personal objectives while abroad. Country placement specialists at the ISEP Central Office in Washington, D.C. use the student's priority list to determine the best placement. The student's GPA, purpose statement essays, and academic preparation for the proposed site and proposed courses are important factors determining if a student will be placed at a particular site.


Once a placement has been made by the ISEP Central Office, the application is forwarded to Northwestern for final approval.

Multilateral exchange study sites are available in Asia, the British Isles, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Applicants must be mature, have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, and possess the appropriate foreign language skills (for sites where English is not the native language, the minimum language requirement is at least 4-5 semesters of university level language study.) Applications are due January 20 for the fall semester and August 20 for placements beginning the following Spring. All application materials need to be turned into the University's ISEP coordinator at least one month prior to those dates. For more information about ISEP and available study sites, visit ISEP's Web site at