Study Abroad Looking Up Despite Economic Downturn: International Studies Abroad Provides Affordable Study Abroad Options

Jan 25, 2010, 08:07 ET from International Studies Abroad (ISA)

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Studying abroad continues to emerge as a high priority for U.S. university students, despite the economic downturn. International Studies Abroad (ISA), a leading provider in study abroad, has made strides in making academic programs abroad more affordable. ISA currently offers 38 university-based semester programs throughout Europe, Latin America, and North Africa for less than $10,000, and 34 summer programs under $4,000.


In spite of the recent economic climate, students are increasingly taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad. According to the Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education in the academic year 2007/2008, 262, 416 U.S. students studied abroad, an 8.5 percent increase from the previous academic year. Budget-conscious students are looking for low-cost, all-inclusive programs like those provided by organizations such as ISA.  

Additionally, increasing competition in the workplace, especially for recent college graduates, plays a huge role in a student's choice to study abroad. After a student studies abroad, they gain invaluable skills that set them apart from their fellow job candidates. They are more confident, more acute to solve problems, more flexible, well-spoken, and may become proficient in a foreign language.  

According to Acting Department Chair of Business Management at Ohio Christian University, David H. Garrison, J.D., every student needs at least three things on their resume in order to ensure their greatest interest. "They need a stellar academic performance, significant experiences outside of the classroom, and some international experience such as study abroad," says Garrison.

In addition to the academic options, ISA offers formal internships in London and Brussels, as well as structured leadership opportunities in Morocco. Volunteer placements are also available through Experiential Learning Abroad Programs (ELAP), throughout Latin America.

Founded in 1987, ISA is a provider of international education - fostering global awareness one student at a time through academic programs in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North Africa. ISA's service-oriented staff prepares students to develop intellectually, grow culturally and engage the world through affordable university programs of the highest quality.

For more information about study abroad with ISA, please contact Dominick Luciano or visit

(800) 580-8826

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