PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Building on an innovative 28-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 17,000. 

San Marcos is located in northern San Diego County and offers beautiful beaches, an hour drive to the mountains and desert, a downtown nightlife, world-class shopping and more all within a short trip from campus. 

Fields most recommended for ISEP students include anthropology, literature and writing, global studies, history, music and native studies. Research opportunities may be available to students who are proactive about arranging them with faculty. 

The Intensive Academic Preparation program at the American Language and Culture Institute at CSUSM is designed for international students with low to medium English proficiency. The program offers ESL courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills and test preparation.

Students with low ot medium English proficiency can take the Intensive Academic Preparation program at the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI). This program is specifically designed for international students and offers ESL courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills and test preparation.

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HOUSING

Students will be placed into suite-style apartments in either the University Village Apartments or the Quad. These residence halls offer a variety of study spaces, workout facilities, outdoor pools and free laundry. The suites vary in size and style, but most students will be placed in an 8-person suite that includes 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a living area, and a kitchen. The exact room type for placement will be dependent on space availability. Please note that single rooms will not be available through the ISEP housing package. 

MEALS 

Students will be automatically enrolled in the 19 Meals Per Week option in CSUSM's brand new dining facility (opening August 26, 2022). In addition, students will receive flex money that can be used throughout the semester at various campus eateries. Students will be responsible for their own meals during orientation week.

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

Course Description

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. 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.

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 Recommended!

  • 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: Recommended!

    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

ISEP students who use their personal funding for ISEP Direct San Marcos will be issued an F-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

ISEP students who use their personal funding for ISEP Direct San Marcos will be issued an F-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

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 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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