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Learn about ISEP Exchange and study abroad at a wider range of universities.

What is ISEP?

ISEP is a non-profit organisation allowing member universities around the world to exchange students through their network, as well as receive direct fee-paying study abroad students.

The advantage of studying abroad through ISEP is that you can apply to universities outside our regular exchange agreements in North America and Europe.


Second year students applying for a full additional year abroad are eligible. 

First year students may be able to apply for a semester abroad, although you will need to check with your School.

Study destinations

To find our ISEP University Partners go to the ISEP Progmam Finder and select ‘University of Sussex’.


The following costs will apply:

  • tuition fee – payable to Sussex. Reduced to 15% if you study for the full additional year
  • ISEP Exchange Application fee – $100 (non-refundable). Payable to ISEP when you submit your ISEP application
  • ISEP Exchange Placement fee – $425 (non-refundable). Payable to ISEP upon accepting your place
  • SEP Health Insurance – costs will vary depending on the destination
  • travel cover – you can purchase this through Sussex. Costs will be provided to accepted students
  • housing and meals – payable to Sussex in two instalments, September and January. Costs will be provided to accepted students
  • other additional costs may include books & supplies, campus fees and travelling to the destination.

How to apply to study abroad

You will need to complete the standard internal application with the Global Mobility office and list ISEP and the name of the university as one of the options. 

If your internal application is successful

You will be allocated to study abroad via ISEP Exchange. 

You will then need to complete a further application with ISEP, where you will list a minimum of 3 and maximum of 10 universities from their list. Two of these must have a ‘good chance of placement’. You could be allocated to any of these. The Global Mobility team will need to approve your ISEP application, and you will be required to pay a non-refundable fee. This is paid to ISEP by debit or credit card.

Study abroad placement and acceptance package (with ISEP)

If your ISEP application is successful, you will receive your study abroad placement notification between 3 to 5 weeks after the ISEP application deadline.

The next step is to complete a course list for your host institution. Work closely with your Departmental Representative to make sure there are modules suitable to your degree at Sussex.

ISEP will forward a copy of your application to your host university for your host ISEP Coordinator to review and confirm your placement.

Confirmation of placement

Once confirmed by the host university, ISEP will then send your acceptance package to you and the Global Mobility team at Sussex. Your acceptance package will include your contract of participation and a medical form. At this point you will be required to pay the non-refundable acceptance fee. The Global Mobility team will need to review and sign your acceptance package too.

After acceptance

After you have completed your ISEP acceptance package, you will need to purchase the ISEP health insurance and arrange travel cover.

You will also pay Sussex for housing and meals. There will be a set price for this and payment will be made in September and January.

If a visa is required to study in your host country, you should begin the visa process immediately after accepting your placement. This process can be lengthy. Your host university will send you an official acceptance letter if required for the visa.

You may be required to complete additional forms for your host university. These may include internal applications, course registration forms and housing forms. Please follow any instructions in your acceptance package.

Pre-departure orientation

All ISEP students will be invited to attend pre-departure meetings organised by their ISEP Coordinator and our Global Mobility team.

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