What's Included

The following is a list of goods and services included in the Veritas in South Africa program price. To see estimated costs not included in the program price, please visit the Additional Estimated Expenses page


 

The following is a list of goods and services included in the Veritas in South Africa program price. To see estimated costs not included in the program price, please visit the Additional Estimated Expenses page


 

Christian Community and Mission Work

All Veritas students are given the opportunity to participate in mission work while they are abroad.  Veritas has relationships with different pastors, missionaries, church planters and other Christians in and around the host city.  Depending on their interests, students can participate in a range of different types of mission work.  Bible studies, small groups, worship sessions and mentoring are possibilities while abroad.

 

Comprehensive Advising and Support

A team of helpful ISA Veritas staff members guide students through the entire study abroad process from application through reentry. The Student Services Advisors help prospective students with choosing a program to best fit their academic and cultural objectives. Once a program is selected, students then work with the talented team of Program Managers for the application and financial logistics while the seasoned Site Specialists guide students through academic, cultural and functional aspects of their programs.
The personal and individual nature of advising is supplemented by plentiful web-based materials. The ISA Veritas online orientation is a fresh, user-friendly layout that assists in program preparation specifically tailored to each program location. Students can further develop personal and academic goals by viewing the ISA student blog, :60 on Study Abroad Video series or the Culture Corner on each city specific page of the website.
Additionally, the Veritas Student Portal, an online interface allowing students the ability to upload supplemental program documents and receive valuable information regarding their study abroad program, was developed to assist students with program expectations and includes important pre-departure information on various topics related to their experience abroad.
 

Tuition at Host University

Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. Classes are held at the host university and are taught by local and/or visiting faculty. Some classes will have additional fees that are not included in the program price.
 

Official Transcript Issued by Host University with ISA Veritas Cover Letter

Upon the successful completion of an ISA Veritas program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript that lists all coursework. ISA's Department of Academic Records will promptly process and send this transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university and the student?s home address. Additionally, ISA Veritas will provide a cover letter explaining the host university's grading system and a translation of the transcript, as necessary.
 

Housing

Housing is guaranteed and included in the price of all ISA Veritas programs. Accommodation options will vary according to program site and session. For more details on Veritas housing options and applicable security deposits please refer to the housing information for that particular program.
 

Meals and Laundry Services

The amount of meals and frequency of laundry services vary per location. Meals and laundry services are provided with most homestays. For more details, please refer to the housing information for that particular program.
 

Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) encompasses the ISA Veritas on-site orientation delivered to all students in the first days of their ISA Veritas program, with key improvements in areas related to goal setting, intercultural awareness, diversity and professional development. For a number of reasons, the first days that follow a student's arrival on site offer us some of the best opportunities to effectively transmit information to program participants. While the pre-departure orientations that students receive from ISA Veritas and their home universities are also important, students are typically more ready to focus on their study abroad experience when they arrive at their host country. The BCP is designed to help ISA Veritas make the most of this important opportunity to educate students, and to give students the tools that will facilitate discovery and learning during their program. The BCP is an important introduction to a new culture, a new home and a new experience. The BCP is designed to prepare students for a successful, positive and rewarding experience that will influence the rest of their lives.

 

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA Veritas' full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the Bridging Cultures Program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.
 

On-Site ISA Veritas Office

Most program locations have an on-site ISA Veritas office within the program city. The on-site offices provide students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center. For more details, please refer to the ISA Veritas Staff and Offices information for that particular program.
 

Computer and Internet Access

Students enjoy free internet access at ISA Veritas on-site offices and/or computer labs at the host university. ISA Veritas will continue to install wireless internet services at additional program sites where available.
 

Excursions

Organized excursions are included with each program to complement the academic component of the student's study abroad experience. These complementary experiences are designed to engage student learning outside of the classroom in the five areas of the Discovery Model. Transportation and guided tours are included as well as hotel accommodations and breakfast during multi-day excursions. Additional optional excursions may be offered during each program that are not included in the program cost, but provide students other opportunities for discovery.

 

The ISA Discovery Model

A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of program participants. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom. Efforts to promote student learning are shaped by a teaching and learning framework we call the ISA Discovery Model.
According to this model, student learning and development is organized into five areas of discovery: 1. Intercultural, 2. Historical, 3. Sociopolitical, 4. Professional and 5. Environmental.Throughout the duration of ISA Veritas programs, we provide participants the opportunity to pursue these five areas of discovery. ISA Veritas excursions and cultural activities are most important among these opportunities. Each excursion and cultural activity is designed to help participants reach a specific set of learning objectives. In addition to the ISA Veritas cultural activities and excursions, ISA Veritas will also point students towards non-ISA sponsored events and opportunities that will facilitate discovery in one or more of the five areas of discovery.
 

Cultural Activities

The ISA Veritas program staff develops unique cultural activities custom-designed to invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city.
 

Subscription to the New York Times

All ISA Veritas students will receive a one yeone-yearal subscription to The New York Times. This will allow access to thousands of articles, interactive media, videos and archived journalism dating back to 1851, the year the paper was founded. ISA Veritas resident staff will engage students with the New York Times to further learning in the areas of the ISA Discovery Model. This initiative, created to complement ISA Veritas' co-curricular programming, enables students to connect more deeply with the host culture and global community.
 

Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of his or her program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA Veritas participant will be covered by this policy.
We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.
Extensions of the policy are available for an additional fee of $25/week up to 4 weeks if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found on the Veritas website.
 

Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support

Health, Safety and Security (HSS) for ISA Veritas students is jointly managed by our resident staff and HSS team. This team works to monitor risk at program locations, respond to any crises that may arise and develop policies to further ensure the health, safety and security of students abroad with ISA Veritas. HSS also facilitates an in-house on-call system with a U.S.-based employee and manager who are on-call and available in case of emergency 24-7.
ISA Veritas regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA Veritas office at 512-215-3797 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week. Students who experience an emergency while abroad will also have access to on-site staff 24-hour emergency assistance.
 

Airport Reception

Ground transportation is provided from the airport for students who arrive during the ISA Veritas designated arrival date and time and at the appropriate airport. Airport reception is not provided for Intensive Month or J-Term programs.
 

Visa Support

U.S.-based Site Specialists are trained to handle visa questions for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.
 

Tutoring

Tutorial assistance is offered to participants who are enrolled in a language class during their ISA Veritas program; assistance is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance, and consists of a maximum of one hour per week.
 

The Professional Development Toolbox

The Professional Development Toolbox, available in the online orientation section of the student portal, will help students identify the skills and key competencies they have developed through their personal, academic and cultural experiences. The ability to articulate the international experience is a learned skill. This toolbox helps students communicate the transferable skills in a way that shows potential employers or post-graduate universities the benefits our alumni will provide them as a direct result of their experience abroad.
 

Scholarship Opportunities

Students participating in an ISA Veritas program have the opportunity to receive scholarships or grants that can be applied directly to assist with their study abroad. ISA offers approximately $150,000 in scholarships to participating students each year through the ISA scholarship program and through several of our host universities. To see what's available, visit the Scholarships page.