Virginia Wesleyan is a small liberal arts university, located a half hour from the Atlantic Ocean, with mild winters and hot summers. We offer 36 majors and 30 minors in a variety of fields. Our academic program features liberal arts disciplines, including American studies, biology, earth and environmental science, English, history, international studies, political science, psychology, visual and performing arts, and women's and gender studies. We also offer majors with professional emphases, such as business, communication, computer science, and criminal justice. 

The university's signature academic experiences include independent research opportunities, annual participation in the Model United Nations in New York City, the Marine Science Program with access to the Ocean Explorer research vessel, environmental studies, theatre productions, D.C Day when courses travel to the nation's capital, study away courses to an array of US and international destinations, service learning, and an all-day symposium featuring students, known as Port Day. 

Virginia Wesleyan prides itself on its small, intimate campus, which allows students to feel comfortable and at home almost immediately. Campus and city-wide transportation is limited and not reliable, so students should expect to spend the majority of their time on campus attending university events and participating in club activities. International students who would like to venture outside of campus have had success befriending local students with vehicles, as it is very difficult to get around without a car. 

The university uses a four-credit system that enables students to apply classroom knowledge to hands-on experiences. Students learn by doing, connect theory to practice, and link the classroom to the outside world. As an ISEP student, you build your own academic program by choosing courses from a variety of academic fields. Use the notes for course searching to help you find which courses are available. 



Students will be housed in a traditional dorm with shared rooms and shared bathroom and shower facilities.

Students will be able to stay in their own housing during vacation periods.



Meal stipend is used on campus and is not in the form of cash. Stipend is used to buy food to cook in kitchens for some meals during the week and over breaks.

Students will have flex dollars on their student account to be able to purchase meals during vacation periods.

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

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Course Description

 ISEP students have access to a broad range of courses at Virginia Wesleyan University. Please start your search for courses by going to the course catalog. Some courses may have prerequisties. Virginia Wesleyan does not offer English for non-native speakers (ESL) or supplement courses for non-native English speakers.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Cynthia Arrambide 703-504-9963 | 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:

    French Studies German Studies Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Chicano Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

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

  • Communication:

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

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

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    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 French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History: Recommended!

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

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Corrections Corrections Administration Criminology Forensic Science and Technology International Business, Trade, and Tax Law Juvenile Corrections Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!


  • Mathematics:

    Statistics Topology and Foundations

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Biblical Studies Christian Studies Philosophy Religious Studies Theological Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology:

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

  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

    Sport and Fitness Management

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Ceramics Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Graphic Design Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Painting Photography Playwriting and Screenwriting Studio Arts Technical Theatre Design and Technology Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • 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

Special Application Instructions

Incoming students are required to submit additional forms directly to the university. Virginia Wesleyan will send institutional application forms to students after receiving the ISEP application.


VWU accepts the Duolingo English exam with a minimum score of 105.


Please direct all inquiries about the university (i.e., courses, housing, etc.) to the ISEP coordinator, Ms. Mandy Reinig, at 

Special Needs Support

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Other Academic Conditions

Incoming students may take classes in all areas but some courses may have prerequisities. Education and Social Work have additional requirements that may prohibit students from taking classes in these areas. All graduate-level courses are closed to incoming students. 

Please review the academic requirements listed below before applying.


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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