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Individual Experience

Winter: January–April 2023
Spring: May–June 2023
Summer: July–August 2023
Spring–Summer: May–August 2023
Fall: September–December 2023

Application Deadline: 3 months before desired internship period

An Individual Experience (IE) may be an individualized internship, project, research, study, or any other type of experience that does not fit into an existing BYU international study program. This independent option allows students to customize their own international, cross-cultural learning for BYU academic credit. IEs are secured by the individual student and are often found through networking with faculty, family friends, other students, and by looking for ideas online. Individual experiences may be in all industries and academic disciplines.

Please speak to either Christopher Quinlan or his assistant, Brianne Landeen, before you begin your application.

Click here to apply today!


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Brianne Landeen
101 HRCB
(801) 422-1541


Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will complete a culture prep course on BYU Learning Suite prior to departure.

They will also work with their individual college departments to determine which courses they will need to take for their individual experience.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Participants pay BYU tuition to participate.

Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students) and international health insurance coverage (required).

Does not include airfare, meals, visa, housing, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to take an online cultural prep course on BYU Learning Suite prior to departure.

Accepted students are also required to participate in a country security and Title IX briefing prior to departure.

Students will also need to meet any department or college perquisites if required.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. ISP and college department coordinators can help put students in contact with housing agencies if desired.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate in our study abroad programs. However, internships and direct enrollment programs are limited to BYU Provo students.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 3 months before desired internship period
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Christopher Quinlan, ISP coordinator
(801) 422-8535

Brianne Landeen
101 HRCB
(801) 422-1541

The Individual Experience is an independent international experience. Individual Experience is students immersing themselves with local and international students and professionals in a foreign country independent of any BYU professor or other BYU students.
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.