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.

Hampshire College is a reading and writing intensive college and classes are largely interdisciplinary and discussion based; students should be able to succeed in a rigorous academic environment.

Hampshire emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts education with faculty teaching in more than one school and students designing individualized academic programs in one field or several fields. Community service and independent projects are essential parts of academic programs. ISEP participants have access to an incredible selection of courses, faculty and resources through Hampshire’s membership in a five-college consortium that includes Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. 

Students typically enroll in four classes per term which averages to 12 to 14 hours in class per week. A term runs for 13 weeks. 


Single or double accommodations available. For more information about housing options visit


Students receive a meal plan that includes 19 meals per week to be used at the university cafeteria. In addition to meals in the Dining Commons cafeteria, meals may also be taken at the Bridge Cafe, M-F during the lunch period.

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

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Course Description

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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)

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Animal Sciences Farm and Ranch Management

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    African Studies African-American Studies Asian Studies Asian-American Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Native American Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer Applications Programming Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    American Literature (United States) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • History:

    American History (United States) Asian History History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Astronomy Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science

  • Psychology

    Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Acting Art History Art Studies Cinematography and Film Production Dance Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Game and Interactive Media Design Graphic Design Industrial and Product Design Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Studio Arts Technical Theatre Design and Technology

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 91
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo Total: 110
  • 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

Other Academic Conditions

Course selection/pre-registration –

Students *must* be flexible in regards to course selection as certain courses are highly competitive.Students cannot pre-register for courses that are "instructor permission only", or pre-register for and/or be guaranteed placement in film, video, photography, writing, and other arts courses.

Students are required to take at least two courses at Hampshire College. Students are not permitted to enroll in more than two courses per semester at the other institutions within the Five College Consortium


Hampshire is also unable to pre-register students for Five College courses. Students must enroll for these courses upon arrival with the instructor's permission.

Students are assigned an academic advisor who will help them finalize class selection, including Five College courses, and registration upon arrival.


Post Confirmation Requirements-

Upon placement, students are expected to submit an internal application form that includes three essays/papers on the following:


·         Why Hampshire

·         Academic Paper

·         An intercultural/social justice engagement essay



Though Hampshire degree-seeking students receive narrative evaluations for their courses, ISEP Exchange students will receive letter grades.

Students should keep in mind that Hampshire's coursework is interdisciplinary and that there are not pre-defined majors or minors - majors are self-designed. For more information, please visit this page:


Students should keep in mind that even though some subjects may not be directly available at Hampshire they may be able to study them across the Five College Consortium.


Language requirements - 

Hampshire is willing to accept Duolingo English test (minimum score: 110) as an alternative to other English assessments such as TOEFL and IELTS. 


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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