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. Recommended fields include biology, chemistry, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies, business, English language and literature, history, political science, social work, international studies, psychology, outdoor leadership, and the arts.  

In addition to academics, all students at Warren Wilson participate in the work program. This is a unique opportunity to develop professional skills while contributing to the campus environment. All ISEP students will work five hours per week and will earn cash for their work hours. ISEP students will typically be placed on the Global Engagement Office crew, and will help plan programming both on- and off-campus for other international and domestic students. 

In addition to the work program, there are many weekly opportunities for ISEP students to participate in community service activities in downtown Asheville. Transportation is provided and opportunities range from settings such as soup kitchens, to community gardens, to elementary schools. 


Transportation is provided every weekend to downtown Asheville, which is 12 minutes from campus. Asheville is a hub of music and arts, and is famous for its amazing restaurants, breweries, and mountain views. Every weekend there are also free opportunities for students to participate in outdoor programming including backpacking trips, rockclimbing excursions, and white water kayaking. 

In addition to getting off campus to explore our beautiful surroundings in the North Carolina mountains, there are opportunities during fall break (a week in October) and spring break (a week in March) for students to participate in trips to nearby cities for community service and career development programming. These cities rotate but often include Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington DC. Should students wish to travel independently, the Asheville airport has very affordable direct flights to cities including New York, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Austin, and many more. This makes trips on weekends and during breaks very accessible so that students can explore other parts of the United States. 


Prior to arriving to Warren Wilson, students will be asked to complete a housing questionnaire and will be housed accordingly. Often ISEP students are housed in Worldwide House, which is a themed dorm with apartment-style suites shared by international and domestic students. 

During breaks, students may remain on campus in their housing IF they apply for a work contract to work up to 40 hours per week for the College during the given break (fall, winter, spring, or summer breaks). The student must show a strong work record and must be proactive in securing a work contract with the Work Program Office should they wish to pursue this arrangement.

Student studying for a calendar year can remain on campus over the summer break but should know the cafeteria is closed and they are responsible for their own food and summer housing on campus has an additional charge.


The student will be given flex dollars to spend at various campus eateries, in addition to regular meals in the cafeteria.

The cafeteria will be closed over fall, winter, spring, and a small portion of summer breaks. Students will be provided with transportation to the grocery store and a small stipend with which they can purchase groceries to prepare in the kitchen in their dormitory.

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


To read a feature that describes the unique work program at Warren Wilson, including a video, please follow the link below.

Program Website

Course Description

Please view past course offerings by clicking here. Courses for the upcoming fall semester are typically posted in late March, and courses for the upcoming spring semester are typically posted in late October. If courses have not yet been posted for the relevant term, you can search for the courses offered the previous year during the corresponding semester (fall or spring) and you will see a very close representation of what will be offered again. Courses do shift slightly from year to year, but the majority stay the same. 

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:

    African Studies African-American Studies Area Studies, Other Asian Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Gay/Lesbian Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Pacific Rim Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) United States Studies

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biophysics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Endocrinology Genetics Microbiology and Immunology Neuroscience Physiology Plant Physiology Wildlife Biology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication

    Intercultural Communication

  • Construction Trades:

    Furniture Design and Manufacturing Woodworking

  • Education:

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Elementary Education

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Indonesian/Malay Languages and Literatures Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Art Therapy Athletic Training Clinical Laboratory Science Community Health Services/Counseling Health and Wellness Herbalism Marriage and Family Health Services/Counseling Music Therapy Veterinary Sciences

  • History: Recommended!

    American History (United States) Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History History, Other Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    International Business, Trade, and Tax Law Legal Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Forestry Land Use Planning Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Ethics Philosophy Religious Studies Youth Ministry

  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science Physics Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Biopsychology Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Educational Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Acting Art History Art Studies Ceramics Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Fashion/Apparel Design Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Studio Arts Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • 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
  • Number of language semesters completed 4
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Warren Wilson College will accept TOEFL or IELTS scores, or an ISEP LPR report. Alternatively, students can prove English proficiency by submitting a transcript that shows they have taken at least 4 semesters of college-level English.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Certain courses may require proof of pre-requisites or a portfolio review, or may not be open to undergraduate students. 

Some syllabi may be available to prospective students upon request.


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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