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ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador: Natalie F (Northern Arizona University)
 

ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador: Natalie F (Northern Arizona University)

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ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador, Natalie, has utilized the customizable Ambassador PowerPoint to share her personal study abroad story. She covers topics from "Why I Chose ISEP" to "How do I put [Study ...

ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador, Natalie, has utilized the customizable Ambassador PowerPoint to share her personal study abroad story. She covers topics from "Why I Chose ISEP" to "How do I put [Study Abroad] on my Resume?". Great job, Natalie!

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  • Immersion: Live Like a Local! What you do outside of the classroom is crucial to your personal growth!Learning: ISEP has programs in various language levels, fields of study, and research areas.Affordability: Exchange - pay your home tuition, room, and board instead of the host university costs. Direct - for some destinations, program fees maybe lower than your current tuition!What works for YOU? With over 200 programs across 50 countries and 5 continents, there’s a program that fits your personal interests, academic requirements and budget.
  • The first thing to understand is the difference between ISEP Exchange programs and ISEP Direct programs:Exchange is when you leave your home campus and another student from a different ISEP university comes to fill your spot. The university where you would like to study abroad has to have enough space for you. Direct programs allow you to attend your first-choice study abroad university, provided you meet all requirements. If you’re hoping to study with a friend, agreeing on a Direct program is the best way to study abroad together!
  • An on-site ISEP coordinator: someone there to help you get settled and answer your questions.Full academic immersion: participate in regular university classes taught by local professors with students from the host culture.Community engagement: volunteer, service learning, and internship opportunities allow you to connect with your host culture.Access to campus facilities: internet, student cafeterias, libraries, academic advising, support services, and more.A comprehensive orientation: learn about your new campus, how to register for classes, and the different academic structure.
  • Add one or two tips of your own!
  • Update your photo and customize the bullets to reflect your personal story:1. Was your program Direct, Exchange or Summer? Why did you choose this option?2. Where did you study? Why this particular location? This would be a great place to have a photograph of your host campus and/or town.Host country and townHost university3. For how long? Fall, Spring, Full Year or Summer
  • 4. LanguageFor International students coming to the US, did your English improve?For US students going abroad, did you improve your French/Spanish/Arabic etc.?Did you pick up a bit of the local language for fun? 5. CoursesDid they carry credit for your major? Was there a class or professor that you found to be particularly good?What was the classroom atmosphere like?6. Extracurricular activitiesDid this help you make new friends?
  • Edit the bullets if you chose ISEP for a different reason.
  • If you’d like, add your own photo and your #1 lesson to this slide.
  • If you’d like, add what quality you gained while abroad.

ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador: Natalie F (Northern Arizona University) ISEP Study Abroad Ambassador: Natalie F (Northern Arizona University) Presentation Transcript

  • STUDY ABROAD Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • What is ISEP? • International Student Exchange Programs • Immersive, affordable, unique study abroad • A non-profit network of 340 universities and 46,000+ alumni • ISEP takes you outside the box, and inside the culture www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • • Immersion: Live like a local! • Learning: A variety of programs • Affordability: Pay tuition, meals, and housing to NAU • Variety: Over 200 programs across 50 countries and 5 continents Why ISEP? www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture NAU Programs! •Exchange •Faculty-led programs •Later deadlines
  • Programs: Exchange & Direct • A student from another ISEP university comes to fill your spot at your home university. • Apply to up to 10 ISEP universities • Pay your home tuition, room, and board while abroad • Your financial aid applies! • Directly enroll, and pay a discounted tuition rate to the ISEP host university • Allows you to attend your first-choice study abroad university, provided you meet all requirements. • The best way to study abroad with a friend! • Your financial aid applies! www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture EXCHANGE DIRECT
  • • An on-site ISEP coordinator • Volunteer, service learning, and intern opportunities • Access to campus facilities • A comprehensive orientation • Emergency support What ISEP Offers www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • • Visit edabroad.nau.edu • Talk to your academic advisor about the best time for you to go abroad • Make an Appointment with your advisors: Academic and CIE • Research courses at the universities you’d like to go to (Both NAU and ISEP programs) • Check the priority deadline of programs that interest you (ISEP is significantly earlier than NAU programs so plan ahead!) Application Tips www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • 1. Direct or Exchange? Exchange. I got to use my scholarship and the cost was cheaper. 2. Host university, host country: I wanted to be in an immersion program. Out of the four available through ISEP Aix-En-Provence was the sunniest and had the feel I wanted! (Google Streetview). 3. Program Length: I did a semester but I wish I had done a year! Especially for anyone wanting to learn a language, I would recommend a year for full immersion! My ISEP Story www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • 4. Language: I studied French and only French! This was a unique opportunity to take classes all in another language while keeping it at my level (I took a placement test upon arrival and my classes were based on that). 5. Courses: I LOVED my language class. There was about 15 of us together for 10 hours a week and we all got so close. It was amazing to all make such language progression together. 6. Extracurricular Activities: Organized bus tours around the country side were a great way to mingle with other international and French students. My ISEP Story www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • • Was able to choose the most specific program that was right for me: So many options! • Ability to use my financial aid • I had more freedom than other programs. I was able to travel and live independently while abroad and I gained more confidence in myself than if I had chosen a faculty-led or “hand holding” program. Why I Chose ISEP www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • #1 Lesson Learned Abroad www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture I can make friends ANYWHERE
  • Study Abroad Made Me More: www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture Confident
  • • Cultural Awareness: While abroad, you will meet and interact with people from a multitude of cultures and ironing out cultural differences can be harder than it sounds. • Language/Communication Skills: Even if you take classes in English, you will definitely pick up the basics of the host language. Going to an Anglophone country? Talk up the ways you had to communicate cultural differences. • Adaptability: Adapting to living in another country is hard work! Not to mention adapting to all of the situations in which your travel plans WILL go awry! • Complex Problem Solving: Figuring out the metro, applying for housing/visas/bank accounts, ordering dinner in Czech… You will deal with so many problems and be able to solve them! • Blogging Experience: Start a blog while abroad and have a showpiece of your writing/insights for future employers! • Initiative: Taking the initiative to study abroad is commendable enough! You’ll also have gained the initiative to ask strangers for help, find your own housing, plan your own trips… etc! How Do I put This on My Résumé? www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • Anyone who has studied abroad will be quick to tell you how much they can’t wait to go back. But how? • Teaching English: English learning is a huge industry outside of the US. Simple certification through TESL programs (a few hundred bucks online, a bit more for in-person classes) can get you a job abroad for a year or more! Many countries don’t even require certification and will hire you with the simple requirement of being a native speaker! There are also hundreds of volunteer programs teaching English abroad! • Internships: Visit the CIE again when you get back to find out about internships and working abroad! • When I graduate I plan on becoming an Au Pair in France for a year before starting my Masters in TESOL. After Abroad www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture
  • • View the 2014-2015 catalogs online • Contact other ISEP Student Ambassadors – Email me at nf79@nau.edu • Follow @ISEPStudyAbroad on Social Media Learn More About ISEP www.isep.org Outside the Box // Inside the Culture