International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

International Student Exchange Program

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.isep.org

Mission Statement

Mission: ISEP facilitates student mobility for academic and cross-cultural learning through its worldwide membership network of higher education institutions.

Vision: ISEP will be a recognized world leader in international student mobility.

Core Values: Accessibility – by students of all backgrounds and means
Diversity – of programs and participants
Affordability – offering value for money, programs and experiences
Quality – in programs, service and systems
Collaboration - across the network

Underpinned by belief in
Immersion and integration of students with local cultures and communities
The importance of foreign language studies
The contribution of student mobility to global understanding and peace
The role of the Board, Council and Members in assisting ISEP to succeed in a changing and challenging field
Our staff as critical to achieving the organization's objectives

May 2014

Main Programs

  1. ISEP Exchange
  2. ISEP Direct
  3. ISEP Summer
  4. ISEP Global Engagement Programs
Service Areas

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International

The ISEP Network facilitates study abroad opportunities among 330 higher education institutions in over 50 countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceana.

ruling year

1997

President and CEO since 2016

Self-reported

Dr. John Lucas

Keywords

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student mobility, student exchange, study abroad, higher education, internationalization

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Also Known As

International Student Exchange Programs

EIN

52-2035371

 Number

8309169822

Physical Address

1655 N Fort Myer Drive Ste 400

Arlington, VA 22209

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

International Exchanges (Q23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ISEP Exchange

ISEP Exchanges are based on the concept of reciprocal exchange and are open to students at member institutions only. Each outbound participant pays the cost of an academic term (tuition, housing, and meals) at home while, for every student sent abroad, the institution receives one in return. ISEP facilitates exchanges between U.S. and international members as well as exchanges among international institutions. ISEP Exchanges allow students from the USA and 50 other countries to exchange places at member universities for a semester or a year.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

ISEP Direct

ISEP Direct is a fee-paid study abroad option that provides access to programs at 53 ISEP member institutions in 30 countries.

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Adults

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Program 3

ISEP Summer

ISEP Summer programs outside of the USA are good for students who wish to improve their language skills or learn about a special academic subject in another country for a shorter period of time. Some summer programs are offered as ISEP Exchange and others are ISEP Direct. Not all ISEP Members offer summer programs, and the participating universities vary from year to year.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 4

ISEP Global Engagement Programs

ISEP Global Engagement Programs provide students the opportunity to volunteer in the local community as part of their time abroad in Costa Rica and Ghana. Additional GEP sites will be added in the future.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

None

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The ISEP Network facilitates study abroad opportunities among 330 higher education institutions in over 50 countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceana.

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Funding Needs

ISEP seeks contributions and grants to fund technology, student scholarships, program development, capacity building, special projects and endowments.

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THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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International Student Exchange Program

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President and CEO

Dr. John Lucas

BIO

John Lucas is President and CEO of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), the world's largest network of 320+ post-secondary institutions in more than 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable international educational experiences for a diverse student population.

Prior to joining ISEP in January 2016, Dr. Lucas served as Provost and Executive Vice President at the School for International Training (2012-15) and as Associate Vice President of Academic Programs and Deputy Director at IES Abroad (2007-12).

Dr. Lucas brings over ten years field experience in Spain, serving as the Center Director in Barcelona and Alicante for the in Council on International Education Exchange (2003-07) and as Director of Programs and Associate Professor of Spanish for the Institute for Social and International Studies at Portland State University in Barcelona (1997-2003).

While in Spain, Dr. Lucas developed new programs in architecture, business, Spanish teacher training, and the humanities. In addition, he was a visiting professor at the Universidad de Alicante (2004-2005) and completed several cross-cultural consulting projects in Barcelona.

Dr. Lucas holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Penn State University and a Master's degree in international and intercultural management from the School for International Training. Dr. Lucas completed Harvard University's Graduate School of Education's Institution for Education Management in 2015.

He is a recurring speaker and author on second language acquisition, intercultural communication, and program design, most recently for the Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) and the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference.

Dr. Lucas is a current Board member of the Forum on Education Abroad and the Global Advisory Council of World Learning. He previously held leadership positions within the Association of American University Programs in Spain, including Vice President of the Board.

Dr. Lucas speaks Spanish, Catalan and French fluently. He has also studied German, Dutch and Italian.

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"Over 50,000 students have participated in ISEP programs, primarily through reciprocal exchange, our flagship program which serves as the foundation for where ISEP is today. Now ISEP is moving toward the development of a broader agenda to offer other programs, services and support for member internationalization.

In repositioning ISEP, the organization is responding to the growing emphasis on international education by colleges and universities around the world. While reciprocal exchanges continue to grow, we are strengthening other programs and examining opportunities for new avenues of collaboration. An expanded mission for ISEP is a natural evolution that will strengthen membership and our services to them in this new environment.

Even in these tough economic times, and perhaps because of them, we can come together to make important contributions to international education.

Mary Anne Grant
President Emerita and Senior Advisor to the President
"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Everett Egginton

New Mexico State University (retired

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?