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Plymouth University


The city of Plymouth is on the coast, near the many small fishing villages of Cornwall. Plymouth is the major city of the southwest and offers cultural attractions such as museums and professional theater. It is a three hours' rail trip from London and also offers a ferry link to mainland Europe. A natural harbor, Plymouth was the port from which the Pilgrims sailed in 1620. Some of the oldest remnants of civilization still exist in the Southwest, including standing stone circles of which Stonehenge is the best known. Area sporting facilities include sailing, windsurfing, and horseback riding in Dartmoor National Park.

ISEP Exchange academic year or semester (semester option limited to certain academic fields)
ISEP Direct academic year or semester (semester option limited to certain academic fields)

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-September to early June; Semester 1: mid-September to December, with exams in January; Semester 2: late January to early June.

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $19,500
Semester 1 16-17: $10,950
Semester 2 16-17: $10,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: June 1, 2016
SM2: October 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 23,000
Language of instruction: English
Plymouth University Home Page
Fields of Study
International Student Home Page

Faculties of Social Science and Business (business studies, criminology, economics, hospitality, international relations, management studies, modern language unit, shipping and logistics, sociology, tourism); Science (biology, conservation, environmental science, food technology, geography, geology, marine science, psychology); Art (art history, dance, English, fine art, heritage, history, illustration, media arts, photography, theatre); Technology (architecture, civil engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, robotics, statistics).

Academic Notes
Students in business are strongly encouraged. Many courses in maritime studies and science are complemented by field trips including fishing and diving expeditions. The Combined Arts Program, consisting of majors in art history, English, heritage, history, media arts, theatre, and visual arts, welcomes ISEP students.

SEMESTER PLACEMENTS are possible in all subjects. However, please take note of our Semester dates. There is an exam period in January, which can cause problems for students from North America who wish to come for Semester 1 only. Students can opt to choose classes that have 100% coursework and submit electronically. Alternatively we are able to send exam packs to their home institution – provided we can get agreement that the home institution is happy to administer these.

ISEP participants are accepted for study by a relevant faculty. Students are usually only able to take a combination of courses currently available on recognized pathways. Cross-registration for modules taught in different courses (programs) is sometimes possible, but combinations cannot be guaranteed due to potential for timetable clashes. Students may be required to select all modules from one particular course. Full time students take 120 credits per year: typically six classes per year at 20 credits each, or three in a semester. Students sign up for classes on-site, during orientation. Students are given the option of having a tutor assist in course selection upon arrival in Plymouth.


Transcripts for visiting students are issued in early July. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official IELTS of 6.0 overall and no lower than 5.5 in any component. Pearson Test of English may also be used with a minimum score of 53 and no component score lower than 51. Please note that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not accept TOEFL as proof of English ability for any student visa application.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the Fields of Study link above, select your general academic field. Then select a specific "Course Title", which is the complete 3-year pathway toward a certain degree. Then click on the link entitled "Course detail and module information" on the left hand side bar to obtain all the modules (classes) offered in that course.

You must select modules within the same course (program) at the same academic year level for which you have the appropriate prerequisites.

Housing and Meals
Students are offered the full range of housing, including residence halls, shared student houses, or home-stays with families. A stipend is provided to purchase or prepare meals. Please note: Meal benefits are not included for Direct students.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses, per month, including books, are estimated at: £220

A one week international orientation programme is offered in mid-September. Semester 2 Orientation is at the end of January and is shorter. Individual faculties also run their own induction programmes the week before the term starts and ISEP students are encouraged to attend this also, as it is a good opportunity to meet lecturers, tour departments, attend introductory lectures and social events, receive reading lists etc. Information will be sent directly to students from their faculties prior to their arrival.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
This institution offers on-campus employment opportunities. There are limited work opportunities on-campus, and the Career Services center can provide information on part-time jobs. Remember that students seeking to volunteer or work part-time must apply for a Tier 4 visa. Students can also enroll in the Plymouth Award, which recognizes volunteer efforts.

Consistently ranked one of the top modern universities in the UK, Plymouth University has a strong record of excellence, enterprise and innovation across its teaching and research activities. The university has an excellent reputation for its teaching quality, having performed very well in all teaching reviews carried out by external bodies since 1996. Total Plymouth University enrollment: 23,000 (including 1,500 international students from 100 different countries).