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. 

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Housing is not included, but CSUSM staff can assist students in finding housing on campus.

Course Description

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. 

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 Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | 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:

    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 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


  • 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

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. 

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

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