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My study abroad experience enlarged my vision of different academic institutions. I took advanced courses and worked in a lab the whole time I was in the program, which developed my lab skills and knowledge in the field.

Ozgun Kilic, ISEP Exchange: University of Helsinki, Spring 2012


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Australia –  ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney (D)               

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; courses in organic chemistry, chemical analysis, biochemistry and many others within the division of Environmental and Life Sciences; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.   


Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon  (D, Ex)                                         

Fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, beginning Twi language course

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework with African content recommended; students expected to enroll in a beginning Twi language course at the University of Ghana.

Housing: International student hostel on campus, stipend provided for meals.

Details: Study with Ghanaian and international students; Institute of African Studies (beginning level courses), lower and upper level courses in organic, physical/analytical chemistry, practical chemistry and biochemistry; courses in history, political science, economics at beginning to advanced levels; orientation program; resident director; sports and volunteering available.  


New Zealand – ISEP: Massey University, 3 campuses   (D)                        

Fall (July-Nov) or spring

Language: English, language courses in Maori available.

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing; see individual courses for terms of admission.

Housing: single occupancy residences, shared bath; students provide own meals.

Details: extensive course listings in chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, nanoscience, biochemistry), along with a diverse curriculum.  Many opportunities for outdoor activity around campus. 


Norway – From Mountain to Fjord, Sogn og Fjordane University College, Sogndal   (Ex)


Language: English, Norwegian language course possible in fall

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing, previous study of earth, environmental or life sciences, recommendation from department.  (See Geology department and Laura Parmentier, Chemistry)

Housing: shared rooms, students provide own meals

Details: Study geology and ecology of western Norway with local and international students; three module courses:  Geological processes (bedrock geology), Ecological and surface processes (glacial geology, vegetation ecology, limnology) and  Fjord processes (fjord hydrography, fjord biology, fjord sedimentology); field-work in environments from alpine to marine; excursions.    


Sweden – ISEP: Mälardalen University, Västerås  (Ex)                       

Spring only

Language: Swedish and English

Prereqs: Junior or senior year standing, prior courses in chemistry.

Housing: residence halls or student flats with cooking facilities; stipend provided for meals. 

Details: Located 100 km from Stockholm; study with Swedish students. Courses in English include organic, inorganic, medicinal, aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry; introductory and advanced courses in Swedish language available.


United Kingdom- Lancaster University, Lancaster, England   (D)

Fall 10-week term plus pre-session course, or spring & summer terms

Language:  English. 

Prereqs: Minimum cum 2.8 gpa and in subjects relevant to your study plan.

Housing:  on-campus accommodation with local and international students; shared kitchens; options for meals.

Details: Fall term students arrive early and choose from 2 courses (each worth 4 semester hours) with field trips and orientation; semester courses at all levels in the sciences including MCAT courses; study with local students; many other course options; international student body; shopping on the university campus outside of Lancaster, easy access to town.


United Kingdom – University of Sheffield  (D)                                              

Spring or academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, prior coursework in chemistry.  See individual courses for admission requirements.

Housing: Apartments, residence halls or student houses with local students, provide own meals.

Details:  An international campus of students from 120 countries.  Extensive course availability in chemistry, one of the largest departments at Sheffield; interdisciplinary joint-honours courses combine chemistry with other subjects varying from math to chemical engineering to enterprise management and informatics.   


United Kingdom– University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland   (D)                         

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland

Housing: University assists students find housing in halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, biomedical and life sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences, physical sciences; lectures and tutorials, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art; some year-long classes not open to spring semester students; study with local and international students.


Domestic Programs

ACM – Oak Ridge Science Semester, Oak Ridge, TN   (P)                                      


Prereqs: 3.0 cumulative gpa and in the major; senior standing preferred, juniors considered; major in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics or social sciences.

Housing: Shared single bedroom apartment; students provide own meals.

Details: Program focus on national and global energy and environmental issues; students earn academic credit for research in ongoing investigations guided by a mentor; interdisciplinary seminar course, advanced course options; guest speakers, departmental colloquia.   


Semester in Environmental Science, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA* (P)      


Prereqs: 1 yr. college chemistry, biology, calculus

Housing: Dormitory, 20-meal plan

Details: Study of ecological systems in the laboratory and in the field; 2 core courses covering aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, 1 elective, independent research project; students report findings at a symposium; distinguished scientist seminar; science writing seminar.   


Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester, Woods Hole MA* (P)                                         

Fall or spring

Prereqs: Open to all disciplines

Housing: On campus houses during first half, students provide own meals; on ship students assist in preparing meals

Details: 12-week interdisciplinary curriculum combining the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and public policy; scientific exploration both on shore and aboard a sailing ship at sea; Atlantic and Pacific cruises.

Research opportunities for summer and for field terms can also be found at the Argonne National Laboratory during the summer, fall or spring.  See Yaffa Grossman ( for information.


* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer off-campus.

Option Types
Ex = Exchange Program

D = Direct Enrollment

Ex/D = both Exchange and Direct Enrollment are available

P = Program Provider


Last Updated: 9/2011