UMBC offers over forty majors and minors in the humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, and engineering. As a dynamic research institution with an interdisciplinary focus, UMBC encourages its students to think beyond their own academic disciplines with programs in global and Asian studies, entrepreneurship, and information systems. UMBC's faculty are nationally ranked for their excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

UMBC is particularly strong in its opportunities for undergraduate research, with students conducting research across all academic disciplines. Our annual undergraduate research conference, URCAD, is a highlight of the spring semester. For students interested in volunteer service opportunities, the Shriver Center offers programs that link our students to the needs of the Baltimore-Washington community.

Students typically enroll in 12 to 15 credits per semester, which consists of four to five classes. Each semester runs approximately 15 weeks. 



Students are typically housed in Harbor Hall, a suite-style campus residence hall. Most of the suites have 1-2 rooms with a common area and a shared kitchen. All housing is set for a 9-month period, but students are not required to stay for that entire period if they are only a single semester. If a student wants quiet housing in Harbor Hall, they need to apply as early as possible to try and secure this. 

If Harbor Hall is full, students may be placed in the apartment-style housing (Walker Avenue, Hillside, Westhill, or Terrace Apartments) at no additional cost. However, if students want to opt for the apartment-style, they will be charged an additional fee. 



ISEP students will receive the Ultimate Meal Plan. There are 24 meal periods in a week (Sun=Brunch, Dinner, and Late Night; Mon-Thur=Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night; Friday= Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; Saturday=Brunch, Dinner).

Students with an Ultimate meal plan have unlimited access to True Grit's dining hall, with multiple meals per meal period, provided they have not used their meal at a retail location. If a student chooses to use their meal at a Retail location (e.g., Starbucks, Hissho), they are only entitled to one meal per meal period. Also included in the Ultimate meal plan are $80 Flex Dollars that a student can use anytime at any retail location.

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

Program Website

Course Description

There are two resources for finding information about classes taught at UMBC:

The Undergraduate Course Catalog, updated every year, gives descriptions of all classes taught at UMBC and the requirements for each degree program.

You can find a listing of the classes which will be taught for each semester on our online Class Schedule. The Class Schedule is published approximately four months prior to the start of each semester. 

Website for Course Availability

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Asian Studies Asian-American Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Gay/Lesbian Studies Korean Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) United States Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Biophysics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Neuroscience Physiology Plant Physiology Wildlife Biology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business:

    Accounting Actuarial Science Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Mass Communication/Media Studies Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences: Recommended!

    Artificial Intelligence Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Education:

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Reading Teacher Education Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Special Education Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Urban Education and Leadership

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Ceramic Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Robotics, and Automation Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

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

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Hebrew Language and Literature Hindi Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Korean Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Gerontology Public Health

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History Historic Preservation and Conservation History, Other Holocaust and Related Studies Medieval and Renaissance Studies Museology/Museum Studies

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    International Business, Trade, and Tax Law

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics Recommended!


  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

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

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Behavioral Sciences Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Educational Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Ceramics 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 Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Technology Music Theory and Composition Musicology and Ethnomusicology Painting Photography Sculpture Studio Arts Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Application Instructions

After UMBC placement, ISEP students will receive a link from the UMBC ISEP coordinator and detailed instructions on completing the online non-degree application. 

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Some UMBC classes, particularly in the STEM fields, visual and performing arts, and in physical education, have mandatory lab or participation fees. These fees are the responsibility of the student.

Students wishing to enroll in any visual or performing art course will need to submit a portfolio or audition material.

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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