It’s a new year, and if you’re looking to broaden your horizons in 2020, a study placement in one of our partner universities across the world is a great place to start. The International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) is a full year exchange at one of 350 universities around the world, including 150 universities in the USA. See the details below, and if you want to get involved make sure you apply by Friday 31st January.
Any second-year student on degree programmes allowing for a full year of study abroad as part of their course is eligible to apply. The University of Bradford offers a scholarship of £3,250 to students taking part in ISEP and tuition fees paid to the university will be reduced from £9,250 to £1,380 (reduction varies for international students). Past students have studied Peace Studies in Finland, International Business and Management in the USA and South Africa, Forensic Sciences in the USA, and Law in South Korea.
Studying abroad through a programme like ISEP is a great way to boost your employability, learn new skills and travel to new places. Students taking part in our international opportunities are more likely to achieve higher grades and gain employment after graduation. You’ll also become more independent, confident and improve your problem-solving and organisation skills.
MAELLE BADIBANGA (BSc Psychology) studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile through ISEP, here’s what she has to say about the experience:
I ate my whole-body weight in empanadas. I had the best wine. I learnt to tango. I met amazing people. And, hiked to the top of beautiful mountains.
Going to Latin America for a semester had been a dream of mine since high school, and it lived past and beyond my expectations. During my semester in Chile I got to travel throughout the country as well as outside. I had the chance to float in natural salted water, sandboard in the desert, raft in high level rapids, these are amongst the few things I did. The memories I have made and the experiences I have lived will forever stay with me.
The study abroad program is one that is not made for one kind of person. Any and everyone can embark in such a journey. The program can teach you a lot. Firstly, independence is something you learn as you are away from friends and family and must care for yourself. Secondly, you can learn a great deal about another culture, such an experience often shapes someone to be open-minded. Leaving home or going into a different culture is stepping outside your comfort zone. All these skills are great and important life lessons.
Don’t hesitate. Don’t get lazy. Don’t give up. Apply. Tell your friends and classmates to apply. This opportunity is not one that everyone gets, and if you don’t take it now you might not get another one like this. So apply and go.
See the Opportunities Abroad SharePoint site or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and you can come to one of our drop-ins every weekday from 1-2pm in Student Central to chat to us about where you could spend your year abroad.