When and Why ISA Signature Programs are Beneficial to Universities

Updated on 11/1/2019

By working with ISA Strategic Programs to develop a Signature Program, institutions can utilize ISA’s existing infrastructure to tailor study abroad programs for their students. A Signature Program is a re-branded, existing ISA program with an institution’s name and any requested modifications.

How does a Signature Program Work?

Institutions can choose an existing ISA program suited to their academic needs with the guidance of ISA staff. ISA will then tailor and brand the program to offer to your students, ensuring that the promotional and application processes both carry your institution’s brand. Students on Signature Programs are treated like regular ISA participants on-site with all the same support services for pre-departure and on-site, academics, cultural activities, excursions, etc. with the exception of any applicable modifications made by your institution.

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When Does It Makes Sense to Develop a Signature Program?

There are several scenarios in which developing a Signature Program with ISA is a great idea. One situation is if there are a number of available courses for a particular program. Institutions can limit course selection to pre-approved courses during the registration process with Signature Programs. This simplifies the process for both universities and students. It also makes sense to develop a Signature Program when there is already an existing core group of students going on a program, in which case it would be beneficial to streamline and formalize the process. In addition, partnering with ISA can help establish more credibility and boost enrollment numbers if your institution’s program offering is not attracting a lot of student interest.

What are the Benefits of a Signature Program?

There are many benefits to establishing a Signature Program. Signature Programs will enjoy administrative and faculty buy-in because courses will be pre-approved after administrators and faculty have reviewed the program. Signature Programs can also help universities gaining visibility in the international education field by leveraging ISA already existing resources to help get your university’s name out there. We can set up direct billing specifically for Signature Programs, streamlining billing for your university. There is also no student minimum required on the majority of Signature Programs, as they utilize existing ISA infrastructure.

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Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.

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