Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 35,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). 



The Global Education Office will assist in securing on-campus housing.

Students who wish to live off-campus will be issued a semester stipend for their room and board costs. 

Students will have an opportunity to purchase bed linens, etc., on shopping trips before classes begin. Most residence halls have a basic cooking facility, but students typically have to provide their own utensils.

The Global Education Office will prioritize ISEP students' housing requests to be accommodated in residence halls that remain open during all breaks.


The Mega Flex Plan will be provided to ISEP students.

Students will receive a meal allowance when campus dining facilities are closed during vacation periods. However, for students studying for an academic year, no meal allowance is provided during the vacation period between Semester 1 and Semester 2.

*Calendar Year students are not eligible for ISEP housing and meal benefits over the summer break. 

Program Website

Course Description

ISEP sudents have access to a broad range of courses at Virginia Tech. Please start your search for courses by going to the course catalog.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics Agricultural Mechanization Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Husbandry Animal Sciences Horticulture Operations International Agriculture Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Soil Sciences Viticulture and Enology

  • Architecture:

    Environmental Design/Architecture Landscape Architecture Urban Planning

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies German Studies Japanese Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Native American Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Entomology Genetics Microbiology and Immunology Neuroscience Parasitology Wildlife Biology

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Construction Trades:

    Building Construction Technology Construction Site Management

  • Education:

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Aeronautical Engineering Agricultural Engineering Automotive Engineering Technology Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Ceramic Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Geological/Geophysical Engineering Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mining and Mineral Engineering Nuclear Engineering Technology Robotics, and Automation Engineering Surveying Engineering Systems Engineering Transportation Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Dietetics Gerontology Health and Wellness Nutrition Sciences Public Health Veterinary Sciences

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History History, Other Holocaust and Related Studies Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Event Planning Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services

    Public Administration

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Criminology Fire Science/Fire-fighting Juvenile Corrections Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis

  • Mathematics


  • Military Science

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Forestry Land Use Planning Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Ethics Islamic Studies Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

    Acoustics Astronomy Astrophysics Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology Chemistry Geochemistry and Petrology Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science Optics Physics Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Decision Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology Educational Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Cartography/GIS Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Apparel and Textiles Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Ceramics Cinematography and Film Production Dance Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Fashion/Apparel Design Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design Industrial and Product Design Interior Design Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Technology Music Theory and Composition Technical Theatre Design and Technology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 16
  • TOEFL Reading Score: 16
  • TOEFL Listening Score: 16
  • TOEFL Speaking Score: 16
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 6.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 6.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo Total: 115

Special Application Instructions

*IMPORTANT NOTE: For ISEP students attending Virginia Tech, enrollment in the CISI Comprehensive Medical & Global Assistance Plan through ISEP is waived as students will be required to enroll in an alternative medical insurance plan that meets Virginia Tech's insurance requirements. Additional information on how to enroll and suggested plans will be provided by your ISEP Student Services Officer after placement. ISEP students must still enroll in ISEP’s CISI Global Assistance Plan.

*All students must complete a full application directly with Virginia Tech after their ISEP placement is confirmed. Instructions will be provided to the student directly via email after ISEP placement.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

VT has an age maximum of 24 years old for ISEP exchange students. VT is best suited for more traditional-age students due to the housing options available to exchange students on campus.

Courses in mechanical engineering and business are not available for ISEP students. 

Additional course and lab fees are charged depending on the course(s) in which you are enrolled. These fees are used to support extraordinary course-specific costs (e.g., field trips, extraordinary laboratory materials or equipment, and course materials retained by the student). These fees are subject to the university's existing refund policies and procedures. Students should review their accounts upon adding or dropping courses. 

Students taking courses within the Pamplin College of Business are charged a fee per credit hour per term.

Pamplin College of Business:
Undergraduate part-time (1-6 credits hours per semester) $637.50
Undergraduate full-time (7 or more credits hours per semester) $1,275.00

*If you are interested in taking business courses with the knowledge of these additional fees, please contact your Student Services Officer at ISEP.

Willing to accept the Duolingo English test (score of 115) as an alternative to other English assessments such as TOEFL and IELTS. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: For ISEP students attending Virginia Tech, enrollment in the CISI Comprehensive Medical & Global Assistance Plan is waived as students will be required to enroll in an alternative medical insurance plan that meets Virginia Tech's insurance requirements. Additional information on how to enroll and suggested plans will be provided by your ISEP Student Services Officer after placement. ISEP students must still enroll in ISEP’s CISI Global Assistance Plan.


PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.


VISA: All non-U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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