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  • Locations: Chambery, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
  • Restrictions: KU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enrollment Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Charlie Ambrose
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Eligibility: 2.75 GPA
Open to Non-KU students: No Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity: Yes
Program Description:
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Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Study in the French Alps (in French) - ISEP Exchange

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Details for KU students interested in ISEP:

ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

Students interested in exploring ISEP sites are encouraged to review site options and availability and then required to meet with the KU Program Coordinator for the region in which they wish to study BEFORE meeting with the KU ISEP Program Coordinator.

Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships

ISEP-Exchange is one of the most affordable study abroad choices for KU students, as KU students pay in-state KU tuition, room and board. ISEP-Direct is less competitive, so if a student meets the eligibility requirements, they will likely have no trouble getting placed at the site of their choice. However, ISEP-Direct program costs vary substantially by site and can either be cheaper or more expensive than ISEP-Exchange.  The total cost to a KU student will include both the ISEP-Direct fees listed on the ISEP site as well as a KU ISEP fee.

KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications available online: KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships. The KU scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Fall, Academic Year & Summer programs and October 1 for Spring programs.

The Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship Fund created with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Office of Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki, provides awards up to $2,000 for students on ISEP-Exchange programs. To apply for this scholarship, complete the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships application online.

Additional ISEP scholarships are available through ISEP directly. Visit the Student section of the ISEP website for further information and application instructions.

Program Reviews:
Spring 2020 Participant
My advice to future students would be to explore as much as possible and put yourself out there. Studying abroad can be lonely, but it's fine if you don't make friends right away. Don't let that stop you from going out and exploring your host city alone! On the first day of class I was too afraid to talk to any of my French classmates. The day I finally started asking the French people in my classes for help, was the day my academic experience and whole trip turned around for the better! Push past the fear of messing up when you talk to native French speakers. All you need to do is get your point across, if you make mistakes or have a thick accent that is perfectly fine! Finally, it's okay if you succumb to culture shock. The first few weeks were mentally and emotionally challenging for me, but with time I began to feel more comfortable and at home. I really want future study abroad students to know that it is okay to be unhappy when you're supposed to be having fun. Remember that the feeling will pass, remind yourself that you're there to have a new experience which comes with both good and bad sides.

Spring 2020 Participant
The progress I made in French was the most rewarding part of the program. My French-speaking skills themselves improved, but more importantly, I became more confident and comfortable speaking French than I have ever been. When I first arrived I was afraid to even order a coffee in French, but by the end I could have full conversations with French friends. I still made a lot of mistakes, but the important thing is that I learned to stop caring if I made mistakes as long as my French friends and I understood each other.

This program is currently not accepting applications.