The 2013-2014 academic year marked ISA’s Custom Programs’ 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Thank you for joining us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad.

1. Becca Schwecke – University of Minnesota in Cape Town 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Becca Schwecke

A favorite post on Becca’s blog about finding her Ubuntu is titled The Little Things, highlighting some of the joys, nuances, and disparities she experienced in South Africa.

2. Dr. David Bartholomae – University of Pittsburgh Pitt MAP: Brazil, India, & China 2013

Photo courtesy of Dr. Bartholomae

David recounts his semester traveling to three continents while leading one of our 15 Game-Changing Custom Programs in this blog for Community Voices on the Post Gazette.

3. Dr. Doreen Sams – Georgia College and State in Sevilla 2014

Photo courtesy of Dr. Sams

Updating almost  daily, you can follow Doreen and her class as they explore Spanish business and economy. In particular, see how a group of Georgians still had something to learn about Coca Cola in Spain.

4. Gaby Avila – Butler University GALA in Argentina, Chile, & Peru 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Gaby Avila

Also a Game-Changing Custom Program, Butler’s GALA program travels through Latin America. Reading about Gaby’s personal growth and experience help bring each of us back to why we work in international education.

5. Geri Jensen – California Lutheran University Paris 2013

Photo courtesy of ISA student Geri Jensen

Spending a semester at the American Business School in Paris through Cal Lutheran’s exchange, Geri reflects on her 114 days in the City of Light.

6. Jody Masch – University of Florida in Valencia 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Jody Masch

Jody’s post reflecting on religious architecture, in particular a Jewish temple built by the Muslim community, is insightful and entertaining.

7. Joe Evans – University of Utah MRED in Seoul, Shanghai, UAE, Bangalore, & Paris   2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Joe Evans

This Master’s program takes a whirlwind trip around the world, studying real estate development on a global scale. As a class blog with contributions by most students, you can really feel the jet lag, excitement, and unique academic intensity.

8. Julianna Burchett – University of Tennessee in Santander 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Julianna Burchett

One of the funnier parts of losing a bit in translation is when it’s in reference to a parade of cows. Julianna comically sums up a rare Sunday event with her host mother on her blog.

9. Katherine Frazer – St. Edwards University in Sevilla 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Katherine Frazer

Katherine’s Happy Accidents post, in which she lists alternative titles she had considered, offers a sense of nostalgia and community that we all as travelers have enjoyed at one point or another.

10. Kayli Kunkel – Drake University in India 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Kayli Kunkel

Kayli vividly illustrates her experiences through a month in India; her descriptions painting a picture almost as colorful as the Holi Festival celebrated each spring.

11. Kevin Courtney – UC San Diego in Buenos Aires 2013

Photo courtesy of ISA student Kevin Courtney

Following a winding path, oftentimes of broken and dirty sidewalks, Kevin acutely observes neighborhood differences and new construction in Buenos Aires.

12. Laura Christine Lauder – University of Tennessee in Paris 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Laura Lauder

UTK has been running this program in Paris with ISA for over 10 years, so the program operates like a well-oiled machine. The ordinarily-smooth sailing of this program contrasts nicely with Laura’s description of the choppy metro service, a result of the ongoing transportation strike – a typical facet of Parisian life.

13. Rachel Priester – University of Florida in Sevilla 2013

Photo courtesy of ISA student Rachel Priester

For a bit of Spanish context given this year’s world cup, check out Rachel’s stories of futbol games in España last year.

14. Sarah Vititoe – University of Florida in the Dominican Republic 2014

Photo courtesy of ISA student Sarah Vititoe

It’s the beauty of idealism and motivation for change that you appreciate in Sarah’s blogs, describing her experience serving and learning in the DR.

15. Savannah Kralovec – Arizona State University in Costa Rica 2013

Photo courtesy of ISA student Savannah Kralovec

Savannah’s choice to catalog expectations versus her observations isn’t just a unique way to title a post, but a reflective way to experience and truly learn from a study abroad program.


Melissa Stone is a Program Manager for ISA Custom Programs. Melissa works with programs in Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, rance, and Jordan.

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Photo by ISA England & Scotland Site Specialist Tayler Gill

This summer, Glasgow is the proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Held every four years since 1930, the Commonwealth Games are today the third-largest multi-sport competition in the world, just behind the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games. It is anticipated to be the largest sporting event ever held in Scotland’s history.

This year, over 6,500 athletes from 70 countries will compete in 17 different sports for two weeks beginning July 23rd. This international event involves athletes from Commonwealth of Nations, an association of 53 free and independent countries that spread out among all six inhabited continents. Currently, Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth.

Within the last couple of years, Glasgow has been gearing up for the games in various ways. Not only have they renovated their sporting venues and their city, but they have also held preliminary events throughout the city such as cycling and different marathons. Other sports to hold competitions include Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

The city of Glasgow couldn’t be more excited to welcome athletes, coaches and visitors to their city during this time. Of course, Team Scotland is hoping these games are their most successful yet. With their official mascot, Clyde by their side, we can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

Never been to Glasgow? Great Scot!  Check out these 8 reasons students from around the world choose to study in this wonderful jewel of the Scottish Lowlands.

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For over 3 years, Syrians have been fleeing the conflict and hardship of their country and pouring into neighboring Jordan, leaving behind homes, belongings, friends and pursuits. Although already strapped for resources, Jordan has generously opened its borders and now supports an estimated 1 million refugees in several camps throughout the country, including Zaatari. To put things into perspective, Zaatari refugee camp is now the second-largest in the world, hosting around 120,000 displaced people.  This makes it the fourth-largest city in Jordan.

In cooperation with ISA- International Studies Abroad, Mary Daniels and Cori Cummings (Program Manager and Site Specialist for Jordan) have decided to help. They will be participating in the Couples Triathlon on July 13th in Austin to raise money and awareness of the refugee situation in Jordan. Gustavo Artaza, President and CEO of ISA, has also pledged to match every dollar donated up to $1,000.

All proceeds will be forwarded to Mercy Corps, a global aid agency dedicated to providing emergency relief to people after natural disaster, economic collapse, political upheaval or conflict. Mercy Corps has been on the ground working to provide everything from sustainable food and water resources to playgrounds, clothing, health and hygiene supplies and more.

We encourage you to show your support through donation and to share this fundraising initiative with your friends and family via social media and word of mouth. Join with us, as we Tri for those in need!

For more information on the refugee crisis in Jordan, as well as refugee testimonials, check out HNHCR’s website.

For more information on ISA’s program in Jordan, check out what our students have to say!

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Photo by ISA San Jose Alum Nicole Davila

ISA is pleased to announce that application due dates have been extended to July 10th, 2014 for the following programs in Costa Rica:

Heredia, Costa Rica Fall 1 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals

Heredia, Costa Rica Fall 2 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals (Fall 1 + ELAP internship)

Heredia, Costa Rica Academic Year 1 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 2A – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 2B – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 3 – Arts and Design Courses with Locals

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 4A – Health Care Courses in English & Medical Spanish

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 4B – Health Care Courses in English & Medical Spanish

San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 5 – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies (Fall 2B + ELAP internship)

 

Click here to begin your ISA application today or contact us at 512-480-8522 for more information.

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15 Amazing ISA CP Resident Staff: Part 2

June 25, 2014

ISA’s Custom Programs division is celebrating its 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Join us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad. 6. ISA Brussels – Pauline LeFloch & Matilda Talvio ISA Brussels Resident Director & [...]

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Fall & Academic Year 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

June 12, 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Fall & Academic Year scholarship winners! ISA Diversity Scholarships: Salma Mendez Gomez, University of Texas- San Antonio, Paris Fall 3 Kaylee Ortega, University of Colorado, Boulder, San Jose Fall 4B Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarships: Kelly Bast, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Lima Fall 2 Siobhan Billings Pearce, Emmanuel College, [...]

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