International Student exchange program (ISEP)

ISEP is a worldwide network of 290 universities in 38 countries offering a full immersion study abroad experience. Students enroll directly in a foreign university and can take classes in English, or advanced foreign language speakers can take classes in the host country language alongside local students. Students select courses based on their academic program and will have all courses pre-approved before departure to ensure the transfer of credit.

Students selected for an ISEP-Exchange program will pay Westminster tuition, room, and meals, and a $300 Westminster Study Abroad Fee. Students will be billed for ISEP-Exchange fees through their Westminster tuition account. In addition, students pay a $395 application fee and the cost of international health insurance ($75/month) directly to ISEP. Students are also responsible for airfare, visa fees, and additional travel and personal expenses. Students interested in ISEP-Exchange will need to research the chance of placement for each university for which they wish to apply. Some universities are competitive (mainly in western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand) because there are more U.S. students who wish to apply to that university than space available. Exchange programs are based on reciprocity and each ISEP university can only accept as many students as they send out.

ISEP also offers an option called ISEP-Direct. Different from ISEP-Exchange, universities that offer an ISEP-Direct option have established a program cost based on their institution's tuition NOT based on Westminster tuition, room, and meals. Students will pay the Direct program cost to ISEP. Some universities will include tuition, housing, and meals in the ISEP-Direct cost while others may only include tuition or tuition and housing. In addition, students pay a $395 program deposit at the time of application which is applied towards the total program cost and international health insurance ($75/month). Students are also responsible for airfare, visa fees, and additional travel and personal expenses. For some locations, ISEP-Direct can still be a low cost option while for other locations it may be more expensive than ISEP-Exchange. Unlike ISEP-Exchange, ISEP-Direct is not competitive because reciprocity is not required. There is an excellent chance of placement for qualified applicants.

Students participating in an ISEP-Exchange program can use federal financial aid and Westminster scholarships because tuition, room, and meals are equivalent to Westminster costs and billed through their tuition account. Students participating in ISEP-Direct can use federal financial aid but NOT Westminster scholarships because the program cost is based on the host institution's tuition and paid directly to ISEP.

Tuition remission and tuition exchange can be used only on ISEP-Exchange. All Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange forms must be reviewed by the employee, parent, supervisor, International Center, Human Resources and Financial Aid.

Students can also apply for additional scholarships.

Interested students should contact Alison Vasquez, avasquez@westminstercollege.edu, in the International Center before beginning the application process. Students will complete an online application through ISEP which requires a $395 application fee, a personal statement, letter of recommendation, official transcript, and a course request. In addition, students will complete a simple application for Westminster which includes a credit pre-approval form. For ISEP-Exchange, students will typically be encouraged to apply to more than one university using the same application. Many locations of interest to Westminster students are competitive and applying to multiple universities provides a better chance of placement.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester—February 15
Spring Semester—September 1
As part of the application process, students must have a study abroad advisor recommendation so it is important to complete your application a week before the deadline so the recommendation can be made in time.

Westminster Exchange Partner Universities

Westminster offers the opportunity to study as an exchange student at our partner universities: HTW in Germany and Saxion in The Netherlands. Students can study courses in international business in English at both institutions. Students select courses based on their academic program and will have all courses pre-approved before departure to ensure the transfer of credit.

Students pay the equivalent of full-time Westminster tuition which will be posted on their tuition account. The cost of housing is paid directly to the host university and varies depending on the style of accommodations chosen. See below for average costs for housing. The universities do not provide meal plans so students should budget for groceries and eating out. Additional costs include international health insurance (required, estimated $60/month), airfare, visa/residence permit (Germany $65–$70, Netherlands $355–$365), additional travel and personal expenses.

Students can use federal financial aid (except work study) and Westminster scholarships for an exchange program. Tuition remission and tuition exchange can also be used for an exchange program. All Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange forms must be reviewed by the employee, parent, supervisor, International Center, Human Resources and Financial Aid. Students can also apply for additional scholarships.

Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, commonly referred to as HTW Saar, is a multi-campus university in Saarbrücken, Germany. HTW Saar is the largest University of Applied Sciences in the state of Saarland with 5600 students and a staff of over 300. Currently, there are 860 international students from over 60 countries learning together. Exchange students studying at HTW can take courses taught in English in the Business School. Due to differences in the academic calendar, spring semester is ideal for participating in the exchange program. The spring semester at HTW is from late April to the end of July. Students will choose courses in coordination with their faculty advisor to ensure course transfer. Courses include Marketing and Market Research, International Contract Law, Intercultural Communication, International Marketing, Management Accounting, Strategic Management, and Foreign Trade and Payments. Housing cost: 1,000–2,500 Euro per semester.

Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with over 24,000 students. Saxion University has a rich history—its roots can be traced back to 1875. The international student population tops 2,500 students with a total of 55 different nationalities. Many of Saxion's full-time educational courses are already conducted in English, with more being added each year. The international classrooms are made up of a mix of students from all over the world. In this way, Saxion University provides a truly multi-cultural experience in which all students can compare experiences with and learn from fellow students of different backgrounds and nationalities. Exchange students studying at Saxion University can take courses taught in English through the School of Marketing and International Management located at the Enschede campus. Courses include International Marketing, International Economics, International and European Law, Cultural Management, and Analysis of an International Company. Housing cost: 2,500 Euro per semester. The university also estimates that students spend around 350 Euro per month for meals, books, transportation, and other expenses. http://www.saxion.nl/exchange.mim