• Soak up the sun in beautiful San Marcos, California, where world-famous attractions are at your fingertips. Your weekends could consist of rollercoaster-hopping at Legoland Park, learning about the history of wave-riding at the California Surf Museum, or a safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  

• CSUSM’s College of Business Administration is AACSB accredited, joining the top 5% of business schools in the world.  

• Join the Global Partnership program, which brings together international and American students to connect through social activities, coffee hours, and travel opportunities. International students also get the benefit of an assigned student mentor to guide and support them throughout their experience. 

• Mountains, beaches, and deserts are all within a day's drive and can be enjoyed year-round due to the region’s nearly perfect weather. Great public transportation operates throughout the region and the city, so it will be a breeze getting to your next adventure.


A short distance from Southern California’s best beaches, CSUSM is the place for those hoping for the quintessential “California dream” experience.  


Build friendships and explore the diverse campus culture by living in the on-campus resident hall. You will have direct access to computer labs, the library, workout facilities (including a cycling studio), swimming pools, a campfire pit, and more.  


On this program, you will be enrolled in a meal plan that allows you to indulge in 19 meals per week at the on-campus cafeteria. In addition, you will receive flex money that can be used throughout the semester at various campus eateries including coffee shops, Mexican restaurants, Chinese food spots, and more.  


At CSUSM, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with local students and other international students. From a monthly international coffee hour to friendly and accessible professors, you are sure to find ways to get involved and make connections. 


Find out why San Marcos is nicknamed the “Valley of Discovery” by partaking in one of the city’s unique shopping experiences or eating at some of the local restaurants including the famous In-And-Out Burger (for a taste of purely American cuisine) and some of the most tantalizing Mexican food you can find north of the border. 


Access some of the many on-campus support services available to students including a conversation partner program, Health and Counseling Services, the Black Student Center, the Latinx Center, Disability Support Services, the Cross-Cultural Center, and more. Also take part in the many opportunities to get some exercise during the semester, including a free gym, Physical Education and group fitness classes, intramural sports teams, and sport clubs.  

What We Love About CSUSM 

We love that students are welcomed with open arms on campus and that there are tons of ways to get involved without stepping foot off the university grounds. These include opportunities like joining an improv or dance team, tapping into your competitive side by participating in one of the many sports clubs, or taking part in one of the numerous on-campus events. 

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Course Description

CSUSM’s College of Business Administration is AACSB accredited, joining the top 5% of business schools in the world.  The classes in the chart below represent some of the more popular classes students have taken.  Additionally, CSUSM’s College of Business Administration offers great classes in operations and supply chain management, management information systems, business analytics and international business. Take advantage of their hands-on opportunities to complete real-world consulting projects for local and global companies! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 9-11 U.S. graduate credits per semester. Each course is worth 2 U.S. graduate credits and usually meets two times per week for a total of about 5 ½ hours per week.  Project based courses are worth 4 graduate credits, but also meet for about 5 ½ hours per week with additional time required outside the classroom to complete the project. 

Sample Classes Available: 





Statistics for Business Decisions 


Leadership and Business Ethics 


Governance, Risk Management & Compliance 


International Culture and Negotiations 


Business Analytics 


Managing the Sustainable Enterprise

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Jacki D'Amico 703-504-9977 | 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.


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Fields of Study

  • Business Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Reading Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Listening Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Speaking Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email.

Please include proof of undergraduate degree in business, a resume, and personal statement as to why this program would be a great addition to your personal and professional development.

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. The approximate cost of the visa is $510.00 USD. For more information on the process, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.


ISEP students who go on the ISEP Direct San Marcos program will be issued an F1-visa from CSUSM. In order to be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT), ISEP Direct students need to be enrolled at CSUSM for a full academic year.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Students arrive: Mid January, Third week of August

Classes start: Third week of January, Fourth week of August

Classes end: Second week of May, Third week of December

Exams: Mid May, Mid December


The College of Business Administration offers a Specialized MBA program for those interested in pursuing an advanced business education. Each MBA option was determined by significant employer demand for graduates with s pecialized knowledge of the following areas. Available specializations include:

- Advanced Study in Business Analytics

- Advanced Study in International Business

- Advanced Study in Supply Chain Management

Students will engage in five 2-unit courses per semester. Each course is about 5 weeks, which allows students to focus on 1-2 courses at a time.

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