While the ISSA College of Exercise Science is headquartered in the US, our vision of wellness covers the globe. Our hope for a stronger, healthier world depends heavily on students like you.

Individuals like you have a passion to change lives. That’s why we've designed our programs to help you maximize your potential to help others. Record-breaking obesity rates, overweight children, and a sharp increase in preventable diseases have carved a unique space for qualified fitness professionals to make a difference through exercise and nutrition.



How to Get Started

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered for admission to ISSA College of Exercise Science on the basis of academic preparation and personal qualifications.

Step 1: Apply online
Prospective undergraduate students complete an online application that can be accessed from the website, Applicants indicate whether they will pursue a certificate, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or are enrolling for personal enrichment.

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Step 2: Submit academic documentation
Prospective students send official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities to ISSA CES. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation:
Transcripts for comparable undergraduate courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company before they are submitted to the College of Exercise Science. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services.

The list of NACES members can be found here:

The type of evaluation that we will need to receive is a "Course-by-Course" evaluation, which shows course subjects, titles, grades, and credits, along with US credit and grade equivalents for each of your courses. Most of the NACES members call this type of evaluation a "Course-by-Course" evaluation or will mention conducting a "course-by-course" analysis in the description of the evaluation.

Step 3: Submit TOEFL/IELTS scores*
All instruction is in English. The College of Exercise Science does not provide English
language services. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following exams:

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 57 on
the TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) or

• A minimum score of 61 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test)

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam is also
acceptable with a minimum score of 6.0

• Duolingo English Test will be accepted with a minimum score of 95

• 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report

• 53 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET), or 650/LP on the Michigan
Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE), or 650/LP on
the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

* Please Note: International Sports Sciences Association’s school code for the TOEFL examination is: 9518. For IELTS simply search for International Sports Sciences Association.

International students who have completed their undergraduate degrees at a nationally or regionally accredited U.S. college including the College of Exercise Science do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science programs are 100% distance education with no residency requirements. No visa services are offered and the College of Exercise Science cannot verify student residency status.



Costs and Scholarships


The current rate of tuition for international students is $440 / quarter credit.*

Tuition is due on a quarterly basis and depends on the number of credits being taken that term.

* See the "Tuition" page for more details


We will Sponsor Up To Half of Your Tuition Costs!!!

To assist you to achieve your goals, our institution has created a scholarship program that will cover up to $9900 per year in scholarship award. All you have to do is fill out the short application below.

Click here to fill out the Scholarship application 



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I can never say enough about ISSA CES. The education I am receiving, the staff, the resources to help us succeed are outstanding! I thought I had a handle on fitness and nutrition, and it wasn't until I enrolled in the Associates Degree Program to realize I had some bad habits which I quickly rectified and it shows in my training. I live in Iceland in a small town and some other trainers asked me what am I doing, so I Let them know about ISSA CES. I also let them know that two trainers who have created Bootcamp Reykjavik also enrolled in a few certifications at ISSA CES. Now ISSA will have a few more students!

ISSA CES is where you should be. Thank you ISSA CES for everything!

Christopher Shaddock


I have always had the drive to help those around me, but little did I know was the impact my clients make in my life on a daily basis. I love being able to interact with so many different people from all walks of life. Every day that I am training, I'm never really working because I love what I do.

Becoming a personal trainer through ISSA CES was one of the best decisions I have made. ISSA CES has given me the base to propel my career and allows me to use my drive to become a well-rounded trainer. I have pride in knowing that I have accomplished so much and will achieve so much more. When you do what you really love, you find the momentum to grow and get better with every new opportunity.

Sara Ortiz