Non-Exchange Programs

Students on Non-Exchange Programs usually can choose from more location options like Australia and the U.K. because they do not have to worry about exchanging with other students to study at Nebraska Wesleyan.


Costs paid to a non-exchange program can vary widely from a couple thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Students on non-exchange programs pay fees directly to their program. Factors that might influence the cost of a non-exchange program include the individual program, the country and length of study, and the university. Additionally, some programs have an application fee, so pay close attention to the details of applications. 

  • Costs paid to Nebraska Wesleyan include a $300 administrative fee. This is the only fee paid to NWU and allows students to go on non-exchange programs while still being enrolled at NWU.
  • ISEP direct programs charge a non-refundable $100 application fee and a $375 deposit that goes towards the overall cost of the program. The deposit is due only when students accept the offer that ISEP extends to them.

To find out more about costs associated with studying abroad, checkout Before You Go and Things to Consider.

Financial Aid

NWU financial aid cannot be applied to students on non-exchange programs. However, you may find that some non-exchange programs can be less expensive than exchange programs.

  • Some federal financial aid can still be applied to the costs of non-exchange programs. Contact the NWU Financial Aid Office to find out more about federal financial aid on study abroad.
  • Other study abroad scholarships may apply to a study abroad program based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships can award up to $5,000.

IIE Passport and Go Abroad

With so many non-exchange programs available, IIE Passport and Go Abroad are search engines that can help. IIE Passport and Go Abroad search through a large variety of programs including programs facilitated through other U.S. universities. Try inputting your ideal study abroad program into the search filters and see what comes up.

Non-Exchange Programs

Below are just a few of the many non-exchange programs available to students.

  • ISEP Direct is by far the most popular non-exchange program. Similar to ISEP Exchange, ISEP Direct offers over 100 academic programs in over 35 countries. ISEP is a popular option for students going abroad because they have so many programs and they tend to be more affordable than other non-exchange programs. Additionally, students who apply to ISEP Direct are guaranteed acceptance into the program as long as they meet the program’s admissions requirements. At locations around the world, ISEP offers more than 80 programs in English, but students can also take classes in a variety of languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Czech and Urdu.
  • ISA is a non-exchange program that offers courses in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. ISA focuses on developing students’ intercultural, historical, sociopolitical, professional, and environmental discovery. Students who choose an ISA program may find that they take classes with only other ISA students. Furthermore, ISA organizes cultural excursions for ISA students that are included in the cost for the program. While ISA has programs with over 12 languages to study, there are over 135 programs in English.
  • CEA offers academically rigorous non-exchange programs. There are 11 different countries throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe that students can choose from.  CEA engages directly with university faculty to ensure that course offerings are up to the standards of CEA. Students studying abroad through CEA may take courses at a CEA Study Center in addition to or in place of studying at a university depending on the program they choose.
  • AIFS offers a wide range of non-exchange programs in Asia, Australia, South Africa and the Americas with many courses available in English and foreign language classes ranging from beginner to advanced level. AIFS guarantees their program fees in dollars, so students know exactly how much their program will cost. Their programs’ costs are also designed to be all-inclusive, so students can pay all of their costs together. Social and cultural activities are organized by AIFS at some program locations and are designed to complement students’ academic studies.

Summer Non-Exchange Programs

Summer programs are particularly attractive to students, because they tend not to conflict with any NWU classes or sports and are shorter. Students have the most choices for summer abroad through non-exchange programs. They can be cheaper than many other programs and can vary in length from a few days to a couple months. ISEP, ISA, CEA, AIFS, and many more programs have options for the summer and offer locations throughout the world.