What is ISA SERVICE-LEARNING?
ISA Service-Learning takes study abroad students beyond the classroom by providing a unique opportunity to engage in community service at local non-profit organizations, municipal offices, schools, and clinics abroad. Through guided reflection activities and group discussions, ISA Service-Learning aims to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture and community.
More information on the structure of the service-learning program here
, under "What to Expect."
- Deadlines vary by program location and program start date.
- Refer to the ISA program website for the deadline.
ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the eligibility requirements on the ISA Website
- Visit the ISA website for the most up-to-date service-learning locations.
- Service-learning projects may vary by location, language ability, experience, class level, etc.
Students may obtain credit for their service-learning project through one of the following options:
- SDSU: SDSU Students will have the opportunity to arrange credit through the international student center in collaboration with an academic department. Contact your study abroad office to begin the process, or
- ISA and Carroll College: SDSU students may arrange credit through ISA and their School of Record, Carroll College for an additional fee of $300.
Financial Aid Basics
- Set-date, eight-week programs for Fall, Spring or Summer. See the website for options.
- You will be asked to enter your program dates and location during the application process in Aztecs Abroad. If they change, be sure to notify SDSU study abroad advisor.
If you receive financial aid, talk to your study abroad advisor early and throughout the application process.
Make sure you understand the following basics:
- Summer programs: Financial aid is not not typically offered in summer, so apply for scholarships, budget, raise funds, and plan accordingly.
- Semester programs: A student needs to be enrolled full-time (12 units/semester) for a total of 15 weeks for financial aid to be released for a semester abroad experience.
- There are likely to be additional forms and actions required to allow aid to be released and transferred for non-SDSU activities; the process is not automated.
- Learn what types of aid you receive. Look up your record on AidLink and start to educated yourself about your aid package.
- Search the Aztecs Abroad database for scholarships, both internal and external.
ISA and SDSU Insurance Requirement
- Housing options vary by location but include homestays; apartments and residence halls.
Passport and Visa
- A blanket accident and sickness policy is included in the ISA program cost.
- All SDSU students participating in programs abroad are automatically enrolled in the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan (FTIP). The insurance charge will appear on the student's SDSU student account services billing. For more information on costs, refer to the website. FTIP coverage is MANDATORY for all SDSU participants.
Program Fees and costs
Hints for Service-Learning
- You must have a valid passport to participate in a program abroad. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least six months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the U.S. State Department's Travel Site.
- Most countries will also require you to obtain a visa to have permission to enter for the purpose of a service-learning opportunity and for a specific duration. ISA will provide specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to their program.
- Plan early; save early, and stay as long as you can to get the most out of your service-learning experience and immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Be open- minded and flexible! This opportunity is intended for students to serve the community, not the other way around.
- Start with the International Internships Coordinator at the SDSU Study Abroad office, Willaine Cabal (firstname.lastname@example.org)