NDSU has over 13,000 students total, with students from 80+ countries around the world. With more 300 student organizations, students have countless leadership and social opportunities. NDSU creates a culturally sensitive and diverse campus by providing student-centered support programs, events and tools for personal growth. 

Fargo and its sister city Moorhead have a metropolitan population of nearly 220,000, combining small-town friendliness with the cultural offerings of a large city. Fargo-Moorhead has an active arts and cultural scene, including a symphony, a civic opera company, art museums and community theatre. The area features many places to shop and eat, including numerous restaurants, coffee shops and a newly refurbished downtown district. Fargo-Moorhead is safe and easy to get around, with free bus service for students around campus and in the area. 

Strong fields include engineering, agriculture, business administration, computer science, psychology and physical and natural sciences. Students typically enroll in four to five classes per term which averages to 12 to 15 hours in class per week. Research opportunities may be available, but students must take initiative in seeking them out, but only after arrival at NDSU.


Thanksgiving and Spring Break: Students may stay in housing over Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks and the break housing is covered in ISEP benefits. Students should notify their ISEP Coordinator in advance if they will be staying in break housing during these times. 

Winter Break: Students may be moved into temporary on-campus housing during winter holiday break as well. Any student wishing to take advantage of Winter Break housing must notify the ISEP Coordinator before November 15 to receive Winter Break housing benefits.

General notes: To qualify for break housing at NDSU, students must apply through the website of Residence Life. The application and the deadline for requesting break housing will be posted on their website when applications become available: http://www.ndsu.edu/ResLife

ISEP housing benefits cover housing in a shared room environment (2-4 persons). ISEP housing benefits does not cover room "buy outs" (choosing to use empty space in a shared room as a single) and such charges would be the student's own responsibility.


Above, 21 meals is estimated based on 7 days a week (3 meals a day). But please note, the 7-day Meal Plan actually consists of *unlimited* access during the posted hours for dining center(s)in residence hall (housing) application.


Meal benefits during Thanksgiving and Spring Break when dining facilities are closed are provided in the form of a meal stipend for ISEP students who elect to remain in on-campus housing. Student must contact host ISEP coordinator to request a stipend, if they qualify. Please inform your ISEP Coordinator at NDSU if you are staying on campus during any school break. Please note no meal benefits are available during Winter Break.

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

Course Description

To find courses, click the link below and follow the instructions to access the course catalog as a guest. Students may use a prior semester as a guide, but offerings do vary from year to year and from semester to semester. Fall schedules become available in approximately March of each year and spring schedules are available in October. You can also view detailed our course descriptions. Certain syllabi may be available to prospective students upon request, but only after placement at NDSU, and requests must be limited; please contact your ISEP Student Advisor for more information.

Having difficulty finding course information? Contact your ISEP Student Advisor whose contact information can be found in your ISEP Dashboard. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Jacki D'Amico 703-504-9977 | JDAmico@isep.org 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 Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Sciences Equine Studies Horticulture Operations International Agriculture Range Science and Management Soil Sciences

  • Area Studies:

    Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Botany/Plant Biology Genetics Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Communications Business Management Economics Fashion Merchandising Marketing

  • Communication:

    Advertising Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Informatics Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Agricultural Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

    History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Law/Criminal Justice


  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Apparel and Textiles Art History Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Drama and Theatre Arts Fashion/Apparel Design Music Performance Painting Photography

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo Total: 105

Special Application Instructions


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 on the ISEP website.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions


(1) English Proficiency
North Dakota State can accept the following minimum scores for admission purposes.

TOEFL iBT: 79 (ITP/institutional TOEFL and TOEIC not accepted)

IELTS: 6.5 minimum

Notes about English Proficiency test scores: The TOEFL and IELTS tests are preferred. If neither test is available to the applicant to before our application deadlines, we can consider the Duolingo English Test (minimum score of 105).

(2) Academics
In addition to the application materials submitted to ISEP, a student must be in good academic standing at their home school. To be admitted to NDSU, they must be considered academically admissible to NDSU with the equivalent of a U.S. cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5/4.0 and meet English Proficiency minimums. For students who wish to take classes in the Mechanical Engineering program specifically, students are required to have the minimum equivalent of a U.S. 2.8 GPA. A student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine admissibility.

Only applicants with at least one semester of final (not provisional) grades at the college level can be considered. In addition, students must possess appropriate prior background in intended major if desiring upper-level classes in their major of choice.

Only 100-400 level (undergraduate) courses are permitted for ISEP exchange: Accounting, Finance, Interior Design, Nursing, Pharmacy, Clinical Laboratory Science, the Intensive English Language Program, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, Construction Engineering, Mathematics, and Teacher Education. Courses at the graduate level (500 level and above) are not available.

Registration in classes is not guaranteed if a student does not meet the prerequisites, if a course is filled to capacity or if departmental permission cannot be granted for any reason. Students should be prepared to be flexible with course options due to the above reasons and should pick some alternate courses to be best prepared.

Notes about online classes: Please note that short-term J-1 students at NDSU are limited to one online class per semester at NDSU in most cases. We recommend students take only one (1) online course if necessary each semester during their stay to avoid any problems with their immigration status.

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