- ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs) is a worldwide network of universities and colleges organising student exchanges. ISEP unites more than 320 universities all over the world; about half of them are in the US. The University of Tartu is the only institution of higher education in Estonia affiliated with ISEP.
ISEP-Exchange programme allows students to exchange places at member universities for a semester or a year. Applying for the programme is done through the International Student Service of UT. Competition usually takes place once a year (in December-January) and it is possible to apply for the next academic year (autumn and/or spring semester).
Not all ISEP members outside USA (international universities) take part in ISEP-exchange programme. You can check the list of participating universities from ISEP webpage - universities outside USA (international universities) that participate in the programme are marked with sign meaning "I to I International Exchange". Please note! It is possible to apply only to these universities that participate in ISEP-exchange.
Scholarship: free tuition at host university, free accommodation in the dormitory and free meals or meal stipend.
Expenses: Costs for travelling, visa and health insurance must be covered by the student. It is compulsory to buy ISEP health insurance (in most countries). The fee is approximately 75 USD per month and students need to buy the insurance for the full study abroad period (after the placement has been confirmed). Insurance is not required in EU countries and in some countries where local insurance is required.
Application fee: $425 - students need to pay it directly to ISEP.
How to apply?
Main competition takes place every year in December-January and students need to apply through the UT International Student Service. It is possible to apply for next academic year (for autumn and/or spring semester).
If not all student places are filled during the main competition, an additional competition may be announced in May-June for the spring semester of the next academic year.
It is possible to apply for 1-2 semesters. Students need to submit a list of up to 10 preferred universities and ISEP will place students who have been nominated by the UT grant committee to one of the preferred universities.