Located in Grand Junction, a small, safe city in the beautiful high-desert of Western Colorado, CMU is surrounded by areas that provide unparalleled opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Some local attractions include skiing and snowboarding, the Colorado National Monument, golf, tennis, parks, disc golf, hiking, biking, canyoneering, the Grand Mesa, downtown festivals, arts, music, theatre, rafting, kayaking and camping. 

With students from 39 countries and a student body that welcomes diversity, exchange students feel well-supported every step of the way at CMU. Choices for campus involvement are plentiful. The Programming Activities Council offers free university-wide events. The Outdoor Program plans all types of outdoor trips for students and provides the gear, transportation and planning. The International Student Alliance, one of CMU's 190+ clubs and organizations, is here to help you network and develop friendships and a sense of belonging. 

As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields. Use the notes for course searching to help you find which courses are available. 

Fields of study most recommended for ISEP students include biology, business administration, criminal justice, English, history, kinesiology, mass communication, sciences, physical sciences, political science and psychology.

ISEP students may be able to complete research while at CMU, with preference given to full-year students. 

Read a blog post by an exchange student about studying at CMU!


Student may be placed in any of our available residence halls found here: http://www.coloradomesa.edu/residence-life/halls/index.html. Preferences can be noted in the online application, completed once admission has been finalized. 

Students may remain in the residence halls during all school vacations without additional charges. Summer term (May-August) is the exception.


The meal plan includes "MAVmoney" available on the student's MAVcard (ID card) to use to purchase food at on-campus cafes other than the cafeteria. Campus food service (included in the meal plan) will be available during all breaks within the semesters (Fall, Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks) except for a few days over Thanksgiving.

The Dining Hall may not be open during school breaks. Students should save MAVmoney that comes with their meal plan to eat at off campus locations when Dining Hall is closed. 

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

Course Description

Current semester course registration information can be found on the Registrar’s webpage. Fall semester courses are published in March and Spring semester courses are published in October. A web-based course search for current and past semesters is available online. The Course Catalog contains course descriptions for every course offered at CMU and is organized alphabetically by academic department.

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

  • Area Studies

    Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Construction Management Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management Insurance Marketing

  • Communication

    Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • Education

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

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

  • Health Sciences:

    Addiction Prevention and Treatment Health and Wellness

  • History

    History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Culinary Arts Hospitality Management

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice: Recommended!

    Criminology Forensic Science and Technology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

    Counseling Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies: Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Art Studies Dance Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design Music Performance Technical Theatre Design and Technology

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 70
  • IELTS Score: 6

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Although CMU has strong health sciences, music, teacher education, and theatre departments, ISEP students are generally restricted from these fields of study due to high demand, prerequisites, and course sequencing requirements. Students may be able to take lower-division courses in these fields, but should not plan to choose a full course schedule from these courses. Availability of some geology courses may also be limited. Cooperative education, independent studies, internships, senior seminars, and structured research courses are not available to ISEP students.

Certain course syllabi may be available to prospective students; contact your ISEP Student Advisor. 

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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