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Study in the heart of the Niagara! Brock University is located in St. Catharines, the largest city in the Niagara region, located in south-central Ontario. Also known as "The Garden City," St. Catharines is renowned for its lush parks, gardens and trails. Niagara Falls is only 15 minutes away, and St. Catharines is centrally located between Toronto and Buffalo, USA. Brock University offers strong academic fields including Business Administration (AACSB accredited), Sport Management, International Relations, Computer Science, and Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture – the study of grape growing for wine production! You will have many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom and participate in many events and social excursions on- and off- campus. Study at Brock and have an amazing and rewarding learning experience!

Brock University is rich in culture and diversity due to its location in the Niagara Peninsula. Surrounded by hiking paths and lakes, Brock University is an ideal choice for students who are looking to experience a culture of tradition, adventures, and natural beauty. The university is located in the city of St. Catharines, which is set on the top of the Niagara escarpment, overlooking the greenery of Niagara’s green belt and famous wine vineyards.
The university is located in the center of the Niagara Region, and is an hour away from Toronto, Hamilton Buffalo (USA) and 15 minutes from Niagara Falls. Students have the ability to explore not just the local attractions, but many popular North American spots!

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester

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 for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students and I-to-I students is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to April; Semester 1: early September to December; Semester 2: early January to April. It is preferable to begin in September as not all departments offer courses beginning in January.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

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

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $25,500
Semester 1 16-17: $14,250
Semester 2 16-17: $14,250

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 10, 2016
SM2: September 15, 2016

Fast Facts
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (pop. 134,000)
Student Enrollment: 18,000
Language of instruction: English
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Applied Health Sciences—Physical Education, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sports Management, and Recreation & Leisure Studies
Faculty of Business—Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Management and Marketing
Faculty of Humanities— Canadian Studies, Digital Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Liberal Arts, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Classics, Dramatic Arts, English Language and Literature, History, Interactive Arts & Science, Fine & Performing Arts (Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, and Music), Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures (French, Italian, Spanish), and Philosophy
Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences—Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environment Science, Geoscience, Neuroscience, Oenology & Viticulture and Physics
Faculty of Social Sciences— Child & Youth Studies, Communications (Business /Media), Disability Studies, Economics, Applied Linguistics, Film Studies, Geography (Human and Physical), Labour Studies, Political Science, Popular Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Tourism Management, and Women’s Studies

Academic Notes
Reminder students may study at the undergraduate level only. Strong fields include business administration (AACSB accredited), biological sciences, political science, physical education and kinesiology, sport management and psychology. Unusual fields include Canadian studies, biotechnology, oenology and viticulture, teaching English as a second language, and Tourism Management studies.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: end of January
Transcript issued for Semester 2: end of May
Transcript issued for Fl Year: end of May:

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 one of the following minimum test scores: an official TOEFL score of 580 (88 iBT, 237 CBT - minimum of 4.5 on the Essay Rating score), an IELTS score of 7 (with no band below 6.5), a Michigan (MELAB) score of 85 (with no part under 80), or an ITELP score of 565 (minimum composition score 240)

Special Academic Conditions
Cooperative education programs are closed to ISEP participants.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the Brock Undergraduate Calendar, click on the year, then the Department. Click on Course Descriptions at the bottom of the left bar. This shows a list of all courses within the department. For more specific details on which courses are running each semester, see the Undergraduate Timetable.

When searching for courses please keep in mind that Brock University only accepts undergraduate students for exchange. Course Load: All ISEP students are required to register and take a minimum of 3 classes per term, with a maximum of 5 classes per term. Credit: A course worth 0.5 credits normally represents a one-term course that is typically 3-4 hours in-class per week. A course worth 1.0 credit normally represents a full-year course that is typically 3-4 hours in-class per week, but lasts for both the Fall and Winter (Spring) Terms.

Students that are studying at Brock for a duration of one term can only take courses that are 0.5 credits and run for one term. Courses with course codes that have the letter “P” in the course code are one-term courses and courses that have the letter “F” in the course number are full-year courses. (0.5 credits equal 6 ECTS).

Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange: Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms, in the Decew Residence. Students will be given a meal plan to eat in the cafeteria located in Decew. No married student housing is available.

ISEP Direct: While housing and meals are not included in the ISEP Direct program fee, students will be assisted in finding housing either on or off campus.


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 needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at:

All expenses are in Canadian Dollars

• Books: $450 - $600 per term depending on the courses
• Transportation: Taxis can be expensive for long distances. Students are charged for the Universal Bus Pass (price varies each year, but is a set rate). This allows students to use the public bus transportation system in St. Catharines, Welland, Thorold, and Niagara Falls. (For the 2015-2016 year, the bus pass cost $195)
• Telephone: Cell phone plans can range from $15 - $50 per month depending on the plan and phone chosen
• Personal Expenses/Entertainment/Miscellaneous: $50 per week
• All incoming students must register in UHIP, a mandatory health plan (For the 2015-2016 academic year, UHIP cost $204 per term)

New international students will receive a specific mandatory orientation session. The mandatory orientation session will discuss important and practical information on: working on campus, academic policies, finances, immigration regulations, etc. In addition to the orientation offered by the international office, the University offers a week-long campus orientation designed to introduce students to all aspects of campus life. Activities include concerts, games, and social excursions – lots of activities to meet both Canadians and other international Brock students!

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The Intenational Office, the Department of Residence and the Student Union offer many events/ excursions throughout the year (either free or low cost) so there are many ways to get involved! Excursions include but are not limited to: trips to Niagara Falls, Toronto, sporting events (professional hockey, basketball and baseball), ski trips, dog sledding, etc. (activities depend on the semester). Joining a club is another great way to become active on campus! The student union at Brock has over 60 clubs ratified that ISEP students are welcome to join. Clubs vary in interest (sports, cultural, academic, etc). Specifically, ISEP students are encouraged to join the International Student Association (ISA) – this is the oldest club at Brock, and it celebrates the cultural diversity on-campus and runs many events all throughout the year.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
There are many ways ISEP students can volunteer and be involved in the Brock community. There is a Student Engagement and Community Outreach office that is extremely active and encourages students to participate in monthly activities. Students are sent emails regularly informing them of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities on-campus and in the community. Students are welcome to participate in local, national and international programs run through Brock. If you are interested in service learning, Brock offers a first year course (full year) that is called “The Foundations of Service Learning”. It’s a unique course that incorporates field practicums (bi-weekly) with formal class. All ISEP students planning to study at Brock for a full year are informed about this course by way of a special email, as it’s a great way for them to get involved off-campus and the community at large.

Brock University was first established in 1964. Brock‘s academics is made up of six faculties which provide multiple programs and course choices for exchange students. Alongside academics, Brock takes great pride in life outside the classroom. Students can get involved with intramurals, join student clubs and get involved in residence life.
The following is a list of the fantastic and modern facilities Brock has to offer: 12 story tower library, theatres with professional musical and dramatic performances throughout the year, a new recreation complex (which includes four gymnasiums, an indoor running track, squash, tennis, racquetball courts and an indoor rowing center) and many student learning and computer common areas.