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ISEP Opportunities

ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) is a network of colleges and universities cooperating to provide affordable access to international education for a diverse student population. ISEP students gain intercultural competence through integration into their host institution and host culture while exploring the international dimensions of their academic field. Our membership provides an opportunity for Hampshire students to study in some of the most highly-regarded institutions in the world.

Choose from over 150 host universities in 50 different countries.

Photo by Todd Lerew 05F
Photo by Todd Lerew F'05, who studied at the University of Iceland through ISEP-Exchange in fall 2007.

For every student Hampshire sends to an ISEP-affiliated school, ISEP sends an international student to study at Hampshire College. This exchange enriches the Hampshire community by offering exceptional study abroad opportunities as well as increasing the number of international students on campus.

ISEP-Exchange vs. ISEP-Direct

Through ISEP, students can choose from two program options (1) ISEP-Exchange and (2) ISEP-Direct. The ISEP-Exchange Program functions as a normal Hampshire Exchange Program (regarding tuition and fees) while the ISEP-Direct program functions as a field study. ISEP placements are competitive, have early deadlines, and require additional application procedures. Please check with the ISEP coordinator in the global education office if you are interested.

Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring 09F with friends at Yoyogi Park
"Yoyogi Park", Photo by Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring F'09, Spring 2012 ISEP-Direct Tokyo International University

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy, and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition Fees: Paid to Hampshire
  • Housing and Meals Fees: Paid to Hampshire
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; international health insurance; and personal expenses. A travel stipend will be awarded to students to offset the cost of airfare.


The Hampshire Exchange program with ISEP institutions is open to division II Hampshire College students.

Review detailed information on eligibility requirements and policies in the Hampshire College Handbook under Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Courses.

Sites Available Include:

AfricaBotswana  |  Ghana  |  Morocco  |  South Africa

AsiaChina  |  India  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Malaysia  |  Thailand

Middle EastUnited Arab Emirates 

OceaniaAustralia  |  Fiji  |  New Zealand

Canada and UKCanada  |  England  |  Northern Ireland  |  Scotland

EuropeAustria  |  Belgium  |  Bulgaria  |  Czech Republic  |  Denmark  |  Estonia  |  Finland  |  France  |  Germany  |  Hungary  |  Italy  |  Latvia  |  Lithuania  |  Malta  |  Netherlands  |    Poland  |  Portugal  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  Switzerland

Latin AmericaArgentina  |  Brazil  |  Chile  |  Costa Rica  |  Mexico  |  Nicaragua  |  Puerto Rico  |  Uruguay

Semester 1 (Fall) or Academic Year: February 1 
Semester 2 (Spring): September 1

How to Apply

  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application. Call 413.559.5542 to make an appointment.
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).


Contact the GEO program manager:

Heather St. Germaine

Blogs from abroad

Some students keep blogs while studying abroad. Andrea Gagne 08F, who studied in Ghana through ISEP, and Brittney Sampso 08F, who studied in South Africa, are two examples.

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