PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• 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 is distinguished for its emphasis on hands-on experiences integrated into the academic experience.  

• 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.  

LIFE ABROAD 

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

LIVE 

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.  

DINE 

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.  

EXPERIENCE 

At CSUSM, many opportunities are provided 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. 

EXPLORE 

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. 

THRIVE 

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 & 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 is distinguished for its emphasis on hands-on experiences. In addition, the campus’s modern, state-of-the-art facilities provide access to science and computer labs featuring some of the best equipment today. Students attending CSUSM through ISEP are invited to take advantage of classes offered both through their Intensive English Program (ALCI) and also from their catalog of regular university classes.  Focus on taking classes only from the ALCI or only from the university catalog or mix them based on your academic and personal interests.  

Whether you’re interested in taking some of the science, technology, engineering and math classes, or want to explore the vast class offerings in Education, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, American Indian Studies, Environmental Studies, or Media Studies, CSUSM has an almost limitless catalog of class options. To get you started, the classes in the chart below represent some of the more popular classes students have taken. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the undergraduate program in good standing can expect to earn a minimum of 12 and up to 15 U.S. Semester Credits. Each course is generally worth 3-4 U.S. credits and meets for 1 hour per credit per week (so a 3-credit class meets approximately 3 hours per week).   

Science classes with labs will generally have 2-3 more class hours per week (lecture + labs) than the credits indicate (i.e., a biology class and lab may require 3 hours of lecture time + 3 hours of lab time for a total of 6 hours, but is worth 4 credits). 

Sample classes available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Biology 

 
 
 
 

  Communications 

 
 
 
 

Computer Science 

 
 
 
 

Human Physiology 

 
 

Intercultural Communication 

 
 

Operating Systems 

 
 
 
 

Molecular Cell Biology 

 
 

Mass Media and Society 

 
 

Computer Languages 

 
 
 
 

Plant Diversity 

 
 

Rhetorical Theory 

 
 

Computer Architecture 

 
 
 
 

Immunology 

 
 

Communication and Social Protest 

 
 

Game Programming 

 
 
 
 

Biogeography 

 
 

Interviewing Principles and Practices 

 
 

Software Engineering 

 
 
 
 

Evolution 

 
 

Health Communication 

 
 

Artificial Intelligence

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.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Gay/Lesbian Studies Native American Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology Recommended!

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Communication Recommended!

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • English Language and Literature:

    General Literature Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • History:

    American History (United States) History, Other

  • International/Global Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    Criminology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics

  • Psychology

    Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Dance Design and Visual Communications Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 61
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 19
  • IELTS Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
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.

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

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • English Language and Literature

Academic Requirements

None

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.

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

 

Regular University Courses 

From the class schedule website, choose a semester, then click on “Browse/Search Courses” to determine subjects that have been offered over the past year or for the current semester. Fall course schedules are typically posted in mid-April; Spring course schedules are typically posted in mid-November.  

Students can also use the Course Catalog to view a comprehensive list of courses offered at CSU San Marcos and descriptions for each course. Note that not all courses in the catalog will be offered every semester.  

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

Intensive English Program 

The Intensive Academic Preparation program at the ALCI offers intensive English language courses in six proficiency levels, 24 class hours per week, and small class sizes. Students will be assigned courses according to their proficiency and schedule. This includes academic courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills, test preparation and enrichment classes. Advanced-level students have the opportunity to take university courses for credit toward a degree. The program comes with a certificate of completion and certificate ceremony. 

Business, economics, nursing and kinesiology courses are closed to ISEP students.

Certain syllabi may be available in advance to prospective students; contact your ISEP Student Services Officer. 

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