Applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in one of the social sciences or equivalent, comprising at least three years studies at a recognised university or institute of higher education. They must have obtained at least class 2.2 (Lower Second), B or equivalent, but preferably class 2.1 (Upper Second), B+ or equivalent. Applicants from India with a BA degree from a four or five star university, as determined by the NAAC are admissible. Other Indian applicants, as well as applicants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan are required to have an MA degree.
Professional experience relevant to the Major which the applicant wishes to study is normally expected and is a preference for admission.
Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate their proficiency. Thus on application for admittance to an ISS programme, students must provide a certificate from TOEFL (PBT-580, CBT-237, iBT 92) or IELTS academic test 6.5. ISS does not require a language certificate from native English speakers from the following countries: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon (English-speaking region), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda (English-speaking region), South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.