Prices and dates vary depending on program location and duration. There are five set intakes per year, with corresponding application and payment due dates. Three intakes are for 8-week programs, and the other two options are for 4-week programs. Seasons below refer to the Australian/NZ calendar, while programs on the main ISA website use the North American calendar. All prices are provided in USD.

Custom dates are available, so please contact ISA with any questions regarding making a program work for your academic schedule.


Summer 2020 8 Week Program

Dates: Late January 2020 to Late March 2020
Application Deadline: 1 November 2019

Valparaiso, Chile – TBA
Cartago, Costa Rica- TBA
Heredia, Costa Rica- TBA
San Jose, Costa Rica- TBA
Santiago, Dominican Republic- TBA
Galway, Ireland- TBA
Limerick, Ireland- TBA
Meknes, Morocco- TBA
Cusco, Peru- TBA
Lima, Peru- TBA
Cape Town, South Africa- TBA
Granada, Spain- TBA
Wellington, New Zealand- TBA

Winter 2020 4 Week Program- June 

Dates: Late May 2020 to Late June 2020
Application Deadline: 1 March 2020

Fees: TBA

Winter 2020 8 Week Program- June & July

Dates: Late May 2020 to Late July 2020
Application Deadline: 1 March 2020

Fees: TBA

Winter 2020 4 Week Program- July

Dates: Late June 2020 to Late July 2020
Application Deadline: 1 April 2019

Fees: TBA

Spring 2020 8 Week Program

Dates: Mid September 2020 to Early November 2020
Application Deadline: 10 June 2020

Fees: TBA

What’s Included

Comprehensive Advising & Support

A team of helpful Program Managers guide participants through the entire admissions process and abroad experience. ISA U.S.-based staff helps prospective participants with program selection and provides pre-departure orientation materials. The U.S. staff is in regular contact with our resident staff abroad, who provide support to participants during their program. ISA Service-Learning staff members also provide assistance to participants upon their return home after the program.

Bridging Cultures Program

This experience is a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to the participant’s new host country. Each Bridging Cultures Program is designed to:

  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.
  • Guide each participant through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their experience abroad.
  • Introduce participants to the local culture through a variety of activities including learning key words and phrases in the local language, tasting traditional food, understanding transitions, and more.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional differences they may experience.


Housing is included in all programs. ISA Service-Learning programs offer the following housing options to participants:

  • Homestay: Most ISA Service-Learning programs offer the option for participants to stay with local families.
  • Apartments: Some ISA Service-Learning programs offer the option of apartment-living.
  • Residence halls: Student residences are available in some ISA Service-Learning locations. Each residence hall varies by site.
    Please refer to the specific site page for more information.

Residence Staff Support

Full-time resident staff assist participants with all aspects of their experience abroad including orientation, cultural activities, group reflections and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful abroad experience. Participants are provided with a 24/7 emergency ISA number upon their arrival in-country to contact resident staff in case of emergency.

On-Site Office

Each program location is equipped with an on-site ISA office which serves as a meeting place and resource center. ISA Service-Learning participants enjoy free computer and internet access at ISA on-site offices.


A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by this policy. Coverage can be extended before or after a program, up to four weeks total. Students can extend their policy for $25 per week by contacting their Program Manager.

We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.

For more medical insurance information visit the ISA page.

Visa Support

Our U.S.-based staff provides participants with visa information and offers guidance for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.

Airport Reception

Transportation is provided from the airport for participants who arrive during the designated pick-up times. Additionally, airport drop off is included for programs in Valparaíso, Amman and Meknes.

ISA Service-Learning Portfolio

Throughout the service-learning program, participants engage in group and individual reflection activities. These activities are documented and included in each participant’s ISA Service-Learning Portfolio along with an overview of the program, a description of the placement or project at the host organization, an evaluation from the host organization supervisor, and a certificate of completion.

Academic Credit (additional fee may apply)

Participants have the option to receive a U.S. university transcript and 1-6 credits for their service-learning program through Carroll College for an additional fee. Credit awarded will be based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization and successful completion of the ISA Service-Learning Portfolio. Visit the Academic Credit page for more details.

Project Materials

Many of the host organizations operate on small budgets that are often stretched thin to meet the high demand for their services. Your service-learning participation includes the cost of materials necessary for you to be successful in your placement such as teaching supplies, building materials, etc. Project materials are not included in all programs.

Donation to Organization

ISA Service-Learning is committed to both the transformative experience of its participants and the long-term success of the organizations with which it partners. In order to account for the resources used to train and orient participants at these organizations, which are often under-funded and under-staffed, ISA Service-Learning donates a portion of the participation fees to its host organizations. Donations to the host organizations are not included in all programs.

Transportation Allowance

ISA Service-Learning participants may need to use public transportation to reach their placement. The transportation allowance covers the cost of getting to and returning home from your host organization.

Mobile Phone

Participants are provided with a basic, pay-as-you-go cell phone in some ISA Service-Learning locations. Participants are responsible for adding additional minutes to the phone for outgoing calls/texts.

Cultural Activities

In order to maximize cultural immersion, the ISA resident staff develops unique cultural activities. These custom-designed activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city. Cultural activities may include city tours, museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Please note that cultural activities vary by site.

Subscription to The New York Times 

All ISA students will receive a one year digital subscription to The New York Times. This will allow access to thousands of articles, interactive media, videos and archived journalism dating back to 1851, the year the paper was founded. ISA resident staff will engage students with The New York Times to further learning in the areas of the ISA Discovery Model. This initiative, created to complement ISA’s co-curricular programming, enables students to connect more deeply with the host culture and global community.

Budgeting for Additional Expenses

To make sure our participants are prepared for additional expenses outside of what is already included in their program, we have outlined some items that should be taken into consideration to make it easier for them to properly budget. Some additional expenses are listed below, but please visit the site-specific page for a more detailed estimate of costs based on local prices.

  • Round trip international fare
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Personal travel
  • Personal spending money
  • Transportation (outside of transportation to and from host-organization)
  • Optional excursions