ISEP Exchange

ISEP Exchange Programs

ISEP is a network of over 300 colleges and universities in 50 countries, providing both semester and year-long exchange programs. Scroll down to see more information pertaining to ISEP Exchange programs regarding:

  • Program Structure
  • Eligibility
  • Cost Structure
  • Application Process
  • List of ISEP Exchange Programs

Program Structure

Students may or may not participate in an exchange program with other UNC Charlotte students. Once on-site, students will have an orientation program faciliated by the host university, which will orient them on topics such as registering for courses, student expectations and campus resources. Students will then attend class throughout the week with either local students and/or international students. Exchange programs typically do not have excursions or cultural activities offered as a part of the program structure; however, students will have plenty of free time when they're not in class or on the weekends to explore their city and to travel!


The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for a "long-term" program (e.g. fall, spring or year) is a 2.5 at time of application. However, some programs may have higher GPA requirements. Refer to the online program brochure for the list of eligibility requirements for that program. In addition, students are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure in order to be permitted to go abroad.

Cost Structure

Students who participate in an ISEP exchange program can expect the following cost structure:

  • Paid to the Office of Education Abroad: Application fee, study abroad administrative fee, mandatory international health insurance, average cost of UNC Charlotte housing, average cost of UNC Charlotte meal plan, stipend
  • Paid to ISEP: Application fee, placement fee and mandatory health insurance
  • Paid to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte: Cost of full-time tuition & fees according to the student's residency and level (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Miscellaneous Costs: International flight to and from host destination, passport, visa or residence permit (if applicable), in-country transportation, books and supplies, personal expenses, personal travel expenses, additional health insurance policies required by the host country (if applicable), etc.

Application Process

  1. Approval - Students will first complete an OEA application in order to receive approval to study abroad. Application requirements generally include a personal statement, 1 academic letter of recommendation, UNC Charlotte transcript (GPA), Dean of Students disciplinary clearance and in some cases, a language evaluation (if students will be taking courses abroad in a language other than English at the intermediate level or higher). Students' applications are reviewed holistically. If the student meets the program requirements, they will be approved and will be notified by OEA via email. However, they then need to be accepted by ISEP and placed at a host university;
  2. Placement - During the OEA application process, students will also apply to ISEP concurrently. This application may include 1 academic letter of recommendation, and in some cases, a language evaluation (if the student will be taking courses in another language other than English while abroad). Once ISEP has reviewed the students application and has placed and confirmed the student at the host university, the student will be notified of next steps.
  3. Acceptance - Now that students are approved and placed at a host university, they may have to apply to the host university in order to be formally accepted. Generally, if approved and placed at a host university, students will be accepted. However, acceptance can never be guaranteed and the host university reserves the right to deny students (although this is rare). Students should not apply to the host university (if applicable) until they have been approved by the Office of Education Abroad, and placed and confirmed by ISEP. At that time, any remaining application requirements and corresponding deadlines will be communicated to the student. 

How to Apply

Students interested in going abroad will first submit an application to the Office of Education Abroad. Please follow these steps to begin the application process:

  • Watch a Study Abroad 101 webinar*
  • Research program offerings and review program brochures thoroughly
  • Discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor
  • Schedule an appointment with the first available advisor in OEA by calling 704-687-7747*
  • If you have already completed all of the steps above, please send an email to the Office of Education Abroad when you are ready to apply:
    • Program Type (ISEP Exchange)
    • Name of Host University
    • Term(s) you are applying for
*Indicates a required step

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are in regards to the required Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application that students must complete. Because of the time sensitivity of the application steps that follow approval and placement, deadlines are strict. Late applications may be considered.

  • Fall or Academic Year: February 1
  • Spring or Calendar Year: August 25

How to Search ISEP Exchange Programs

Use the button below to view a list of ISEP exchange programs. It's recommended that you start by looking at programs that are in a city or country that interests you. To learn more about the program, to include eligibility requirements, academic credit, cost and more, click on the name of the program to be taken to the program brochure.