International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

What is ISEP?

 California State University San Marcos is a proud member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)— a network of over 300 post-secondary institutions in 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable international educational experiences for a diverse student population. ISEP members and affiliates are institutions of higher education that are regionally accredited (U.S. institutions) or recognized by their government or ministry of education (non-U.S. institutions). 

As a partner and member institution of ISEP, CSUSM students are able to take advantage of the opportunities for international study offered through ISEP. 

    ISEP-Exchange: CSUSM students participating in an ISEP exchange pay a program fee that is based on CSUSM resident tuition and fees, housing and meals, and receive those benefits at their host university.

    ISEP-Direct: CSUSM students pay a fee to ISEP which covers the host institutions program costs.

    ISEP Summer:  Please refer to the ISEP summer programs page for information about the many short-term programs for summer study through ISEP.

How do I Apply to ISEP? 

    Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor.  The study abroad office will be your primary contact with ISEP and will advise you on all aspects of the program. To schedule an appointment call (760) 750-4090 or sent an email to

    Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan, and how study abroad courses may fit in your schedule. Your academic advisor will be able to help you determine whether or not your plan of study will meet major or graduation requirements. You will need to carefully research courses on the host institution's website and complete a Course Request List for each school on your Host Site Request List. Once you have been placed, you will receive more specific course information and schedules.

    Download the appropriate ISEP application. You can type in your answers in the blanks or print the application to complete later. Please note that it is not possible to save and continue later in a PDF. Submit your complete application to your ISEP Coordinator by the priority deadline.