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Semester Programs

Long Term Programs
Semester or Academic Year Abroad

Option 1: Exchange Program (recommended!)
The word "exchange" means that you swap places with an international student from another university. There are two types of exchange programs.

Finances: Since you are swapping, this means you pay ETSU tuition and fees and your financial aid and scholarships are (usually) applied as normal.
  • 1A: Exchange through an ETSU Bilateral Partner
    • ETSU has partnernships with institutions across the world (click here for a list). This means that ETSU has an agreement with the specific university, allowing the schools to swap a certain number of students each semester.
    • Benefits: This is a great opportunity if you want to apply to a specific school on our bilateral partner list. 
    • Please note: because the exchange must balance evenly, there are a limited number of applications that can be accepted per school. Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis.
    • Bilateral Finances: you pay ETSU tuition and fees, then room and board to the host institution. Most forms of financial aid and scholarships apply. There are some additional costs such as airfare, program fees, health insurance, and meals.

  • 1B: Exchange through ISEP (International Student Exchange) Organization
    • ETSU is a member organization of ISEP (pronounced eye-sep), which is an amazing non-profit organization with many resources! It has over 300 programs in 50 countries around the world. There are experts on every region that can help you pick the best location for you as an individual. You apply for up to 10 universities and ISEP will place you at one of the schools.
    • Benefits: this is a great opportunity for students unsure of which university they want to attend, only that they want to study abroad in a particular region. You also have advisors all over the world who can help you select the appropriate schools for you, an ISEP emergency contact who lives in the region, and assistance from ISEP every step of the way.
    • Please Note: you are not guaranteed to be placed at a particular university. You apply to up to 10 and will be placed at one.
    • Finances: with ISEP semester exchange (note: not ISEP direct), you pay ETSU tuition, fees, and room & board! Most forms of financial aid and scholarships apply as usual. This is a good option for students who already receive a scholarship that covers room & board at ETSU.

Option 2Direct Enrollment
Direct enrollment means you pay the institution or organization directly. The benefit of direct enrollment is that you have more control over what university you will attend, since it does not rely on an even exchange number of students. Most organizations or institutions can accept more direct enrollment applications than exchange applications. However, most direct enrollment universities or organizations cost more than ETSU.

Finances: with direct programs, you do not pay ETSU tuition and fees, since you are directly enrolling at another university/program as a visiting student. Direct programs average $10,000-$15,000 per semester.


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