What is an affiliate program?
On an affiliate program, you study abroad through an ISU endorsed third-party provider. An affiliated provider program is one that has a financial relationship with ISU. At ISU, you pay the provider for study abroad placement and other services through your ISU U-Bill. They have bundled fee structures and your program fee will include, at minimum, your tuition in the host country. It could also include things like your housing, travel, meals, social activities, an on-site program director, etc. Additionally, some of these programs offer tailor-made classes in your native language that cover topics you’re interested in or they might have programs in destinations where ISU doesn’t have programs.
Why should I go on one?
For students who are less comfortable with going abroad, program providers offer a lot of support, such as visa assistance, travel arrangements, airport pickups, and local accommodation, and they usually provide on-site staff who are a great source of advice and information for students abroad. Usually fluent in English and the host country’s language, they understand the country’s culture and can help you communicate with your professor or landlord, sort out your student visa, set up a bank account, or register for classes. Provider organizations also may have scholarships that are reserved for students on their programs, and costs tend to be bundled, minimizing the amount of money you’ll need to spend in-country.