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.

The business program is very popular. The schools of music and art have excellent reputations, as does the theater arts program, which includes acting, stage production, dance, broadcasting, and speech. The interdisciplinary international studies, psychology, hospitality management, and communication are noteworthy.  As a former teacher's college, ECU continues to offer teacher education. The university offers courses in scuba diving and film studies as well.

Students typically enroll in four to five classes per term which averages 12 to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.


Exchange participants are required to live on-campus in residence halls or apartments contracted by the university. Global Affairs staff will assist incoming exchange students with information on housing arrangements; however, the students themselves are responsible for signing housing contracts and/or leases.

On-campus residence halls are administered through the University's Housing Services Office. The thirteen halls provide a variety of living options including halls for men, halls for women, and halls in which men and women live on separate floors. There are halls with quiet floors, floors for nonsmokers, etc. Laundry facilities are available in on-campus halls. Most rooms are arranged for "double occupancy" meaning that residents share their rooms with one other student. Each hall is staffed with people who are there to assist their residents. Contracts for on-campus housing are for the full academic year, but ISEP students staying for just the semester will not be held to the year contract. Two dining halls are available on campus for full-course meals. In addition, a variety of food is served in four other locations on campus. Although on-campus housing and meal plans are convenient, you should be aware of the following factors that are quite familiar to American students but may be very different from what students from other countries expect. For example: Normal residence hall contracts (for full-year students) are for the full academic year; you will be charged a penalty if you break the housing contract. Cooking facilities in the residence halls are VERY limited or EVEN non-existent. There may be rules and regulations regarding visits by members of the opposite sex. Linens (sheets, blankets, towels, etc.) are not provided in the residence halls.

Housing is not available during winter or summer breaks.


Students are given a stipend amount to their student account that will cover the Purple 20 meal plan. The Purple 20 meal plan offers 20 Pirate Meals for the semester that can only be used in various retail locations. Along with these meals, you also receive Purple Bucks, Guest passes for the dining halls, and unlimited access to the continuous service dining halls (Todd and West End).

This plan includes:

- Pirate Meals to be used in the retail locations per semester
- Unlimited Access to our continuous dining locations (Todd and West End Dining Halls)
- A certain amount of Pirate Bucks
- Limited number of Guest passes to bring a friend or family member to the dining halls

Remains the same during vacation periods. Meal plan benefits are not included for semester breaks.

Program Website

Course Description

To view the courses offered in a specific semester, use the dynamic class schedule. Class schedules for upcoming semesters are usually available about 3 months in advance. Note that not all the courses listed in the catalog will be available every semester. 

Website for Course Availability

“Since the ISEP course selection is not directly linked to the internal university registration, students and advisors are allowed to change that course selection to fit current options when they become available.”

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)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Area Studies, Other Asian Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies German Studies Japanese Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Native American Studies Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

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

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Economics Entrepreneurship Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Leadership

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Education:

    Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Health Teacher Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Reading Teacher Education Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Special Education

  • Engineering:

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Drafting and Design Technology Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    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 French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Addiction Prevention and Treatment Public Health

  • History: Recommended!

    American History (United States) Asian History European History History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism: Recommended!

    Event Planning Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Criminology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Counseling Psychology Educational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Art History Art Studies Ceramics Design and Visual Communications Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design Metal and Jewelry Arts Painting Photography Sculpture Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 71
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 527
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • Duolingo Total: 95
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS for the following countries: Austria Belgium Botswana Switzerland Germany Denmark Finland Fiji Ghana Iceland Malta Netherlands Norway Sweden South Africa
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS for the following universities: American University of Sharjah American University in Bulgaria

Special Application Instructions

Art students may be required to submit a portfolio and music, dance and theatre departments may require auditions before giving approval of course entrance.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Engineering, construction management and computer science class enrollment will require department approval and spots will be limited. Athletic training is not open for exchange students.

Please note that many classes are offered online but due to visa regulations, there is a limit to how many online classes can be a part of your full time schedule.

ECU will accept a 450 SAT I Critical reading or a 19 ACT Combined English/Writing score. ECU will also accept a Duolingo English Test result of 95. ISEP's Language Proficiency Report (LPR) for students coming from universities or academic program at the university that teaches only in English or if the student has previously passed an official language program from a previous institution or program. Finally, applicants who have completed at least 30 credit hours at a U.S. institution of higher education and received a grade of B (3.0) or better for an academic English writing/composition course will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement at least 30 credit hours at a U.S. institution of higher education and received a grade of B (3.0) or better for an academic English writing/composition course will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement

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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