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Frequently Asked Questions
The best place to find program information is on the programs page. Programs hold information meetings throughout each semester. Please stop by the International Study Programs office in 101 HRCB for further details or call (801) 422-3686.
No, you cannot apply more than one program per semester. However, you may apply to different programs for different semesters. For example, you may apply to a program in the Fall and also in the Winter, but not for the same semester.
What are your goals? Do you want to be in large group of students (Study Abroad) or do you want a more individualized program (International Internship/Field Study)? What are your academic goals for the program—are you only looking to take classes in your major or more GE credits? How would the program apply to your future goals?
BYU-administered loans, scholarships, and grants may be applied toward program fees. Any scholarship applications should be made through BYU Financial Aid, A-41 ASB, (801) 422-4104. You must notify ISP accounting, email@example.com, of any financial aid or scholarships you plan to use to pay for your program.
Please do so as soon as possible so you do not incur a late fee. If you go on any ISP and take the required program credits, you will be considered a full-time student. Thus, you can still qualify for a BYU academic scholarship when only taking twelve credit hours on a Study Abroad or nine credit hours for a Field Study or Internship a semester.
A limited number of scholarships are also available through the Kennedy Center to assist qualifying students with tuition and other program expenses. You may apply for these by clicking the scholarship box on the online application. You must have an updated FAFSA on record to qualify, and these scholarships are given out on a need basis.
Students can apply for programs online by clicking Apply Now. Students should have a NetID, and if not, they can create one. Participants of any program must comply by the BYU Honor Code and travel safety regulations.
When you have submitted the application, it will bring you to three tabs:
No. The fee is nonrefundable (unless ISP cancels the program) and is not calculated as part of the program cost. If you are denied from a program, you may transfer the application fee to another program within a year. If you cancel an application, however, you will be required to pay another application fee if you decide to apply to another program.
Once you have completed an online application, the program director or facilitator will contact you for an interview.
Students can participate in service abroad through the International Development Internships, Romania Field Study, or Guadalajara Study Abroad. These programs offer various opportunities for academic credit. Students may also choose to participate in an Individual International Internship or Individual International Field Study to create their own volunteer experience in the country of their choice, so long as it has not appeared not on the Travel Warning List. While other programs are ultimately academically based, they may still provide some components of service while in-country. For more information, please contact the program facilitator or director.
Yes, graduate students may apply, but are required to pay graduate tuition. Graduate students are recommended to contact the program director and/or facilitator before applying.
It depends on the program. For those programs that do allow married students to participate, both students are usually required to be members of the program. We recommend that you contact the ISP program coordinator for specific limitations of the program of your interest.
We encourage all students to apply. It is actually quite common for non-BYU students to participate on our programs. The only additional work required is the completion of an ecclesiastical endorsement and a copy of the student's current transcript. Documents may be submitted by e-mail, fax, mail, or hand delivered. Please note, there is an additional tuition fee for non-BYU students.
ISP will not accept applications from students currently on probation at Brigham Young University, either through the Honor Code office or for failure to meet certain academic standards. Students who have been on probation in the past, but are not any longer, are free to apply to any program.
Each program is hosted by a department on campus, but you do not have to be part of that department's majors to apply for most programs. Some programs are geared toward specific majors while others have a general education emphasis.
All students who are participating in a group program for Study Abroad, International Internships, International Field Studies, and Direct Enrollment are required to enroll in the associated pre-departure cultural preparation course. Those students who are not in Provo the semester before departure should contact their director and arrange a way to receive the prep-class information
A Study Abroad prep class is a one-credit-hour class taken during the second block of the semester before departure. Internships have a two- or three-credit-hour prep classes and Field Studies have a three-credit-hour prep class that occurs the semester before departure as well.
Study Abroad students will register online through MyMap on myBYU just like any other semester at BYU-Provo. Make sure you add the Study Abroad section. Field Studies and Internship students may refer to their program facilitator for registration procedures. If you are not a BYU student, please contact ISP for assistance in gaining eligibility to use MyMap.
Some programs come with an ISIC card as a part of the program cost while other programs just encourage students to get the card on their own. An ISIC Card may be purchased for $22 from the ISP office in 101 HRCB. Learn more about the discounts abroad with the ISIC card by checking out their web site: MyISIC.com
Students MUST cancel their applications online. There will be no refund of the program deposit for canceling a Field Study or Internship. The first two payments for Study Abroad or Direct Enrollment programs are nonrefundable. In some situations, if cancellation occurs too close to departure, a cancellation fee will be charged to your account.
Students MUST cancel their applications online. There will be no refund of the program deposit
About a month before departure, you will receive an e-mail from our office telling you to complete your Take-Off. In order to receive program materials and your backpack, there are a few more things that need to be completed. On your application summary, there is an ISP Checklist with four forms (Acceptance, Immunization, Conditions, and Risks) that need to be read and electronically signed. You need to be registered for the appropriate ISP classes (no non-ISP daytime classes allowed), enter your passport and flight information (only the flight in and out of the U.S.—no connecting flights), and be financially cleared with all of your program charges paid. Once all these things are completed, come to 101 HRCB to be cleared for departure, pick up your backpack, and any other materials needed for your program.
UK programs need to make sure they also get their Custom Letters so they are allowed into the country upon arrival. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all needed materials are picked up before departure. If you have any questions, please come in to our office located at 101 HRCB, or give us a call at (801) 422-3686.