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Program Dates: Summer, Semester or Academic Year
Priority Application Deadlines:
January 25 for Fall Semester and Academic Year
August 10 for Spring Semester
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Program Snapshot

ISA is a recognized Affiliated Direct Enrollment Program with Purdue University Calumet. ISA provides a wide variety of program offerings in over 25 countries! Programs take place during the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms, along with opportunities for full-year study. In addition to different locations and dates, programs also are available in many areas of study and are taught in English or the local language. Read more about ISA here and then visit their website for specific program details!


With programs in over 25 countries (70 different cities), there are a lot of options to choose from! A semester in Brussels? A summer in Lima? Not only are these locations available, but the programs have no language pre-requisites, making it easier for you to get a cultural experience without already having language fluency.

While on the programs, students are supported by on-site ISA staff, participate in several guided tours and excursions as a part of the program, and interact with students from around the US and the world. Programs offer students the opportunity to live with host families, residence halls, or apartments, depending on the options available through a particular program.

Students may choose to spend some of their free time exploring the surrounding areas and regions. Buses and trains make travel to, from, and around the cities very accessible.


Students may take courses taught in English or the local language of instruction while abroad. The number of credit hours attempted depends largely on how long a student is abroad. For example, students participating in a semester-long program are required to maintain at least the equivalent of 12 semester hours, or full-time status. A student on a summer program may take as few as 1 or 2 courses, depending on the program’s structure.

As a part of application paperwork, students will determine what courses to take and seek approval as to what they equal here at PUC. In this way, students know before their departure how the program will count towards their degree completion. In order to ensure that they take the appropriate courses, students should meet with their academic advisor. Students will get course equivalency approval from the academic Department Heads. Students do not register for these courses on their own; instead, IPO works with the Office of the Registrar to register students after the study abroad application is complete.

Information on specific course offerings, descriptions, and necessary pre-requisites are available on the program’s website.

Program Costs

Program participants are responsible for paying the program cost directly to ISA. Many students can use some of the same Financial Aid that they get during the normal Academic Year. IPO strongly recommends that students talk to the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts to find out more about their individual budgets.

Program costs vary by program. Specific program cost information can be found on the program’s website.

Program Cost: variable

Typically Includes:

  • Tuition and fees for the program courses
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions as part of the program
  • International health insurance
  • Miscellaneous academic and cultural support on-site

Typical additional costs students should budget for include:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Passport/visa costs
  • Remaining meals
  • Personal spending money (shopping, personal trips/excursions, etc.)
  • Unexpected incidents

Payment Dates:

  • $200 application fee/deposit – With application
    • Students are expected to pay a $200 deposit to the program at time of application. Without this deposit, you will not be admitted to the program. Once you are admitted, that payment goes towards the total program cost.
  • Payment deadlines are set by ISA and are specific to the program. ISA offers a variety of payment plans. To find out more about payment options, speak to the Education Abroad Coordinator.

For an estimated analysis of anticipated costs and information on withdrawal policies, please refer to the program’s Financial Worksheet. (COMING SOON)

For more information on payments and information on the withdraw/refund policy, view ISA’s Cancellation Policy at

Withdrawal Protection is available through ISA. Visit

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a Purdue University Calumet student, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts in the Enrollment Services Center, Lawshe 130 to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this education abroad program. Participants on this program may be eligible to apply for these national and institutional scholarships:

For more details concerning these and other scholarships, please see our Financial Aid & Scholarships page (

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