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 university is strong in biological sciences, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, English, French studies, history, mass communication, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics. Unique offerings reflecting the geography of Louisiana are coastal studies and ecology. The Middleton Library contains special collections in natural history, military history, the dialects of France, economics, Louisiana history and American history. At the graduate level, LSU recommends engineering, agriculture, history and library science as its most appropriate fields for ISEP students.



The housing stipend covers the cost of a 4-person on-campus apartment. 

Students who choose to live in traditional dorm rooms will receive a refund of the difference between the dorm room and the apartment. 

If a student chooses to live in the on-campus apartments, they may remain in the apartment for all breaks, including winter break (for full-year students).  Full-year students who opt to live in a dormitory must move out between semesters and will need to find their own temporary housing.  There is a hotel on campus.  No meals are provided between semesters.

Availability of on-campus housing is not guaranteed, and the apartments fill up quickly.  Students will be sent information on signing up for housing online once they are officially accepted into LSU and are strongly encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Students are strongly discouraged from off-campus housing.  Off-campus housing requires a 12-month lease, even if the student is only here for one semester.  Students who are only here for one semester should choose on-campus housing.


Stipend covers 19 meals/week and some amount of money that can be used in on campus coffee and sandwich shops.

Benefits for any mid-semester vacation days are included in the benefit money given at the beginning of each semester.

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

Program Website

Course Description

Use the course catalog to research classes.  Please note: not every course in the catalog is offered every semester

As an exchange student, you can take any course numbered 1000 - 4999.

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

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Economics Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Sciences Horticulture Operations International Agriculture Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    African-American Studies French Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies United States Studies

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Construction Management Economics Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication:

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Engineering:

    Agricultural Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Communication Sciences and Disorders Dietetics

  • History Recommended!

    American History (United States)

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Forestry

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Acting Apparel and Textiles Art History Art Studies Dance Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Fashion/Apparel Design Film Studies Graphic Design Interior Design Music Performance Painting Printmaking Sculpture

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Application Instructions

Graduate courses are open to students who meet the criteria for admission to the graduate school. Students wishing to take graduate classes should state so clearly and must enroll in at least one 7000-level course. However, graduate degree programs are closed to ISEP students.

If the original transcript is not in English, then students must provide a translation certified as accurate by a professor or study abroad coordinator at the home institution. Graduate students must also bring original transcripts and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent diploma when they arrive at LSU. The students are required to present these documents in graduate admissions for their provisional status admission to be lifted. 

Audition is required for music applicants. Portfolio is required for design students.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

LSU cannot guarantee enrollment in any class. ISEP Students may not take graduate courses (numbered 5000 and above). 

The colleges of veterinary medicine, MBA program, medical physics, health physics, and law are closed to ISEP students. Upper-level courses in computer science, mass communication, business, and engineering are very competitive and difficult to obtain. In order to register for classes in computer science, mass communications, sciences, and mathematics, students must be declared majors in the field and provide descriptions of courses taken (preferably in English) that satisfies the prerequisites listed for each class requested in the LSU online catalog.


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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