Program Types

Before search­ing our data­base, called ISUAbroad, it’s help­ful to under­stand the kinds of pro­grams we offer — not just the loca­tion and courses offered, but the pro­gram struc­ture or model.  Let’s start with pro­gram spon­sors and then look at pro­gram models.

Iowa State Programs

These pro­grams are spon­sored by ISU and are led  by ISU fac­ulty and/or admin­is­tered by ISU staff. In most cases, the pro­gram name in ISUAbroad will be in bold font and will be pre­ceded by “Iowa State”.

Affil­i­ate Programs

Affil­i­ate pro­grams are run by study abroad orga­ni­za­tions that work with ISU to pro­vide more options and to allow most of your costs to be placed on your ISU U-bill. You must apply through the affil­i­ate provider and also com­plete a study abroad appli­ca­tion through ISUAbroad. This will ensure that your ISU record will remain active while you’re away and that your finan­cial aid can be released to help you pay for the program.

Non-ISU Pro­grams

If your search on ISUAbroad doesn’t pro­vide what you’re look­ing for, you can con­sider enrolling through another U.S. insti­tu­tion or pro­gram provider or enrolling directly in a for­eign insti­tu­tion.  We call this a non-ISU pro­gram.  Iowa State has not reviewed these options, so it is your respon­si­bil­ity to research these pro­grams thor­oughly before apply­ing. You’ll apply to the insti­tu­tion that pro­vides the pro­gram as well as com­plet­ing a “non-ISU pro­grams” appli­ca­tion in ISUAbroad to ensure that your ISU record will remain active while you’re away and that your finan­cial aid can be released to help pay for the program.

Pro­gram Model

Exchange Pro­grams

Exchanges are an Iowa State spon­sored option in which you attend a part­ner insti­tu­tion abroad for a semes­ter or a year, and some­one from there comes to ISU; you’ll pay ISU tuition and fees.  You will earn trans­fer credit.

“Semes­ter in” and “Sum­mer in” Programs

These are Iowa State spon­sored options in which you and other ISU stu­dents go to the host insti­tu­tion together for a sum­mer, a semes­ter, or an aca­d­e­mic year; you’ll pay a pro­gram fee that includes tuition at the host insti­tu­tion.  You will earn trans­fer credit.

Group Programs/Faculty-Led Programs

You and other ISU stu­dents study with an ISU pro­fes­sor while trav­el­ing abroad; you’ll typ­i­cally pay ISU tuition plus a pro­gram fee that cov­ers other pro­gram expenses.  You will earn ISU credit if you pay ISU tuition; oth­er­wise, you will earn trans­fer credit.

Affil­i­ate Programs

Affil­i­ate pro­grams are run by study abroad orga­ni­za­tions that work with ISU to pro­vide more options and to allow most of your costs to be placed on your ISU U-Bill. You must apply through the affil­i­ate provider and also com­plete a study abroad appli­ca­tion through ISUAbroad. This will ensure that your ISU record will remain active while you are away and that your finan­cial aid can be released to help you pay for the program.

Non-ISU Pro­grams

If your search on ISUAbroad does not pro­vide what you are look­ing for, you can con­sider enrolling through another U.S. insti­tu­tion or pro­gram provider or enrolling directly in a for­eign insti­tu­tion. We call this a Non-ISU pro­gram. Iowa State has not reviewed these options, so it is your respon­si­bil­ity to research these pro­grams thor­oughly before apply­ing. You will apply to the insti­tu­tion that pro­vides the pro­gram as well as com­plete a “Non-ISU Pro­gram” appli­ca­tion in ISUAbroad to ensure that your ISU record will remain active while you are away and that your finan­cial aid can be released to help pay for the program.