15 Amazing ISA CP Resident Staff: Part 1

ISA’s Custom Programs division is celebrating its 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Join us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad. 1. ISA Cape Town – Ouma Mpela & Sarah Lowe   What is the cultural site or activity you most enjoy sharing with students? OM: The Hector Peterson museum in Soweto; it commemorates the 1976 student protest against the mandatory use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction for black schools. SL: I love going to Robben Island to … Continue reading 15 Amazing ISA CP Resident Staff: Part 1

Shanghai is for Lovers: 5 Unexpected Romantic Retreats

Beneath Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers that stand tall, steely, and immovable over the average citizen, lays a soothing, passionate and romantic quality about the city. If you know where to look, everyday in Shanghai is a chance to discover secret romantic hideaways with your special someone. Suspend your disbelief and indulge in our top 5 romantic retreats in Shanghai: 1.   Old Town – Jiading District, Nanxiang Town A great way to spend some one-on-one time with your date is to escape the frenetic city for a day and journey to the Old Town in the Jiading District. You can get to … Continue reading Shanghai is for Lovers: 5 Unexpected Romantic Retreats

ISA Announces New Intensive Chinese Language Summer Program in Shanghai

Kimi Shao is an ISA Site Specialist for Asia. Kimi works with students studying abroad in China and South Korea. You asked, we delivered! Beginning in 2014, ISA’s new Shanghai summer program gives students the opportunity to live in one of the largest and most metropolitan cities on earth while studying the most commonly spoken language in the entire world. This new Summer 2 Intensive Chinese program at East China Normal University, China’s most prestigious university for language training, is an excellent opportunity for students who want to learn or improve their knowledge of Mandarin Chinese while enjoying the boundless … Continue reading ISA Announces New Intensive Chinese Language Summer Program in Shanghai

15 Surprisingly Budget-Friendly Sites for Your Custom Program

ISA’s Custom Programs division is celebrating its 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Join us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad. 1. Barranquilla, Colombia Every Sunday, spend the day with friends and locals by participating in Ciclovía: five hours when city streets nationwide are closed to cars but open to bicyclists, pedestrians, and joggers nationwide. 2. Belfast, Northern Ireland As a host to many literary and film festivals and events, take the road less traveled by most tourists to Belfast, … Continue reading 15 Surprisingly Budget-Friendly Sites for Your Custom Program

Fall & Academic Year Scholarship Winners Announced

ISA is pleased to announce the Fall semester and Academic Year scholarship winners! ISA Diversity Scholarship: Charles Schmidt, University of Denver, Brussels Fall 1 Tvrtko Vrdoljak, St. Francis College, Barcelona Fall 2 Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship: Farnaz Alimehri, Regis University, Brussels Fall 1 Jodi Brenner, University of California, Davis, Barcelona Fall 1 Jenna Diederich, University of Texas- Arlington, Paris Fall 2A Megan Larsen, University of Colorado, Boulder, Valparaiso & Viña del Mar Fall 5 Leslie Martinez, Texas A&M International University, Shanghai Fall 2 Hannah Moyer, Moravian College, Granada Fall 2 Melanie Payne, Bethel University Minnesota, Buenos Aires Fall … Continue reading Fall & Academic Year Scholarship Winners Announced

4 Reasons to Study Abroad in China and India

Kimi Shao and Michael Stewart are ISA Site Specialists for Asia. 1. Economy – India and China are two of the word’s largest economies. With China currently in the No. 2 spot after the US, and India set to replace Japan as No. 3 in the coming years, business-savvy students best keep an eye on these two giants. The Business & Chinese Language program in Shanghai gives students a great opportunity to enroll in Chinese Business and Economics related courses, along with other subjects in History, Political Science and Chinese language. 2. Language – Added benefit for the pragmatic linguist, … Continue reading 4 Reasons to Study Abroad in China and India

Circumventing the Great Firewall: 7 Ways to Stay Connected While Studying Abroad in China

Kimi Shao is an ISA Site Specialist for Asia. Kimi works with students studying abroad in China and South Korea. To many students, the idea of a semester without access to Facebook, Twitter or Youtube can seem daunting. However, there are a few tips on how to stay connected while studying abroad in China. 1. Check out renren.com, the Chinese version of Facebook. Nearly every Chinese college student has a renren account, and you can keep in touch with local Chinese students this way. 2. Register on weibo.com (weibo in Chinese literally means “microblog”) and see what the Chinese public … Continue reading Circumventing the Great Firewall: 7 Ways to Stay Connected While Studying Abroad in China

Two New Courses to be Offered to Shanghai Business & Chinese Language Students

Kimi Shao is an ISA Site Specialist for Asia. Kimi works with students studying abroad in China and South Korea. Studying in Shanghai, the financial center and the most energetic city of China, can be a dizzying experience – especially when you are surrounded by both business and cultural opportunities. To that end, ISA is pleased to announce two new courses that will be offered to students participating on the Business & Chinese Language semester program at East China Normal University beginning Spring 2013.   Entrepreneurship – The history of Entrepreneurship has been around for a long time in China. … Continue reading Two New Courses to be Offered to Shanghai Business & Chinese Language Students

ISA at 25 Interviews: Developing a Study Abroad Program is like “Constructing a Building”

Each week we will be featuring interviews with ISA staff members as part of our 25th Anniversary. This week we’re talking to Jimmy Brazelton, Associate Vice President of Research & Strategic Alliances. Jimmy has been with ISA since 2009. What do you do here at ISA? I am the Associate Vice President of Research & Strategic Alliances. That means that I am involved in every aspect of the development of new study abroad programs at ISA, oversee the affiliate companies of the Association of Global Universities (AGU) and Veritas Christian Study Abroad, seek out new initiatives and partnerships for ISA … Continue reading ISA at 25 Interviews: Developing a Study Abroad Program is like “Constructing a Building”

ISA Photo Contest: Spring Honorable Mentions

ISA is pleased to announced three honorable mentions for the Spring 2012 Photo Contest . “Funny Face” Rachel Klein (ISA Paris Fall 3 2012) Seattle University Paris, France A self portrait in front of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel paying homage to Audrey Hepburn in the film ‘Funny Face.’ “(Căoméi)” Quynh Phan (ISA Shanghai Spring 1 2012) Moravian College in Pennsylvania Shanghai, China Fresh picks during Baihe Strawberry Festival. “A Scottish Spectacle” Angela Lesnak (ISA Paris Spring 3 2012) Hamline University Edinburgh, Scotland What could be more classic than this? I think this accurately sums up my weekend adventure … Continue reading ISA Photo Contest: Spring Honorable Mentions