With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference. 

Western professors play an active role in their student’s lives, not just in the classroom. In the laboratory, on study tours, advising student groups, supporting individual student career aspirations, and simply going the extra mile, Western’s faculty is here for you. 

Research opportunities may be available for students who are proactive about seeking them out.


ISEP Exchange students are assigned to live in Birnam Wood, an apartment-style complex. Birnam Wood residents are not required to purchase a meal plan -- apartments are equipped with full kitchens -- though they may buy a meal plan if they choose. ISEP students are provided a meal stipend at the beginning of each quarter which they can use to buy a meal plan or purchase their own food as they wish.

Birnam Wood apartments are open during vacation periods.


At the beginning of each quarter, students will receive a stipend check (money) that they can use to purchase a meal plan or buy their own food.

There are no extra meal benefits during vacation periods. Students can use any leftover meal stipend money or their own money to buy food. 

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

Course Description

To find courses, visit the WWU ClassFinder. Course information for future semesters may be incomplete or unavailable.

WWU is on the quarter system, instead of the semester system. Students attending in fall (September-December) will complete one quarter, and students attending in spring (January-June) will complete two quarters. Students take 12-16 credits per quarter, which is typically 3-4 courses. This means that spring students at WWU will take 24-32 credits total, across two quarters. Quarter credits are different from semester credits, and the conversion is typically to divide the quarter credits by 1.5 (Ex: 12 quarter credits divided by 1.5 = 8 semester credits). Please check with your home university to make sure that they use this same conversion. 

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 Jacki D'Amico 703-504-9977 | JDAmico@isep.org 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

  • Architecture

    Urban Planning

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Asian Studies Asian-American Studies Canadian Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Chicano Studies Japanese Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Native American Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Neuroscience Toxicology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Business Statistics Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication: Recommended!

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Health Teacher Education Secondary Education Special Education

  • Engineering:

    Drafting and Design Technology Electrical and Electronics Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Polymer/Plastics 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:

    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Community Health Services/Counseling Health and Wellness

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History Holocaust and Related Studies Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Land Use Planning Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Biblical Studies Buddhist Studies Christian Studies Islamic Studies Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geochemistry and Petrology Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Decision Sciences Educational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Dance Design and Visual Communications Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Graphic Design Industrial and Product Design Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Photography Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo Total: 105

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

There are some limitations to enrollment in the following areas: College of Business courses, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Health and Recreation, Psychology, Communications, English, Education. Course enrollment is often at the discretion of the academic department, or depends on the space available in any given course. 

An audition or a portfolio is required for admission to some Music and Art classes. Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) courses are not available to ISEP students. Online courses are not available to ISEP students. 

Courses offered through Fairhaven College (an extension of WWU) are available to ISEP students, however students will not receive traditional letter grades but rather a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory mark alongside a narrative evaluation of their work by the professor. Students interested in taking classes through Fairhaven College should check with their home university coordinator in advance to ensure credits will transfer. 

Certain courses such as lab or art courses may have additional fees that are not included in ISEP benefits.

Certain syllabi may be available to prospective students upon request; contact your ISEP Student Advisor.

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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