Destinations & Programs

Students holding a Westfield State University banner on top of a mountain in Nepal


The safety of Westfield State University's students is paramount, and for that reason, we are closely monitoring the Zika Virus and will post the most up-to-date information on this website.  The university at this time will continue to run programs as scheduled in Zika-affected locations.  

The World Health Organization has released a comprehensive report on Zika that can be found here
The Center for Disease Control site can be found at


The Study Abroad program offers students in all majors the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year in over 250 programs.  Among the study abroad opportunities available at pre-approved locations are those in England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Egypt, the Canadian province of Quebec, and Australia.  Students are also eligible to apply to colleges in Asia and Latin America.  Westfield has Affiliation agreements with some institutions that offer our students a preferential tuition rate for DIRECT ENROLLMENT.

To be qualified to participate in these Study Abroad programs, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 as well as the approval of their major department chairs and the director of the program.  General information meetings are held at the beginning of each semester.  The application deadline for fall term candidates is March1; the spring deadline is October 15.

Westfield State is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Academic Programs International (API), Global Learning Semesters (GLS), and the Center for International Studies (CIS), and is pursuing membership with other study abroad organizations.  Students may choose from programs around the world for a semester, summer, or full academic year.  Curricular options include intensive foreign language courses as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences, physical sciences, business, studio art and design, communication and marketing.


Exchange Programs are full-semester programs at one of our partner institutions.  Exchange Programs are an affordable alternative to Study Abroad.  Students pay tuition and fees to Westfield State University and pay only room and board at their host institution.  Currently, students may choose to study in China at Capital Normal University in Beijing or at United International College in Zhuhai outside of Hong Kong, at Krosno State College in Krosno, Poland, and at Jade University in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.  New for fall 2016:  the University of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, and Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan!  The university intends to enter into exchange agreements with other institutions around the world.


Accepted students remain as WSU enrolled students and pay their normal tuition and fees to Westfield State University; students are responsible for transportation and living expenses and pay room, board and textbook fees to the host institution. Student financial aid eligibility is continued at Westfield State University.

Capital Normal University in Beijing, China offers an intensive language program for Mandarin or Cantonese and some courses in English.
United International College in Zhuhai, China on the Chinese Riviera (a 70-minute ferry ride outside of Hong Kong); UIC's language of instruction is English.

Students interested in a semester or year exchange in China should consider taking LCHI 0101 Introductory Chinese.

Westfield has an Exchange Agreement with Krosno State College Located in Krosno, Poland where there are many courses offered through the Department of English.
Westfield has entered into an Exchange Agreement with Jade University of Applied Sciences.  Located in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, the university will exchange Economics majors with students from our Economics and Management department for a semester or an academic year.
New Exchange Programs beginning in fall 2016: the University of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey and Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan

Westfield has entered into agreements with the following institutions that offer our students preferential rates and support:

Dublin Business School, Dublin, Ireland
The DBS Study Abroad Program is a rewarding international learning opportunity where eligible American undergraduates spend a semester or full academic year at Dublin Business School/DBS School of Arts, Ireland’s leading private college.  The 16-week semester program includes: introductory course on Ireland, electives in a wide variety of disciplines, internships abroad, housing in an apartment or with an Irish family and two weekend field trips to enhance the classroom experience.

Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England
Edge Hill University is located in the heart of the North West, close to Liverpool and Manchester and accessible from the national road and rail network. The award-winning Campus is an outstanding study environment combining green spaces with well-equipped modern buildings.
Edge Hill combines over 125 years of academic excellence with state-of-the-art facilities, set in an award-winning campus of 160 acres of landscaped grounds. Application

Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy
FUA is a private university located in the heart of Florence's historic center.  FUA was founded to promote and renew creative disciplines and the humanities in a city renowned for its centuries-old artistic innovation. The institution's position places FUA in direct contact with the city's culture and events. FUA offers university-level academics and services that not only bring about learning, but most importantly an active understanding, participation and contribution to the city by students from all academic fields, personal backgrounds, and nationalities.

FUA gathers the following schools into one university:

APICUS International School of Hospitality, DICA School of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts, FAST School of Fashion and Accessories Studies and Technology, IDEAS School of Interior Design, Environmental Architecture and Sustainability, J SCHOOL School of Journalism Communications and Publishing, ISB School of Business SAS School of Arts and Sciences, SQUOLA School of the Center for Contemporary Italian Studies.

The Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland.   IT Sligo is one of Ireland’s most successful third level educational institutions.  A regional leader in education, innovation and economic and social development, we provide courses with the real-world skills that students need to thrive in the modern workplace. 

The Umbra Institute, Perugia, Italy
A custom study abroad experience in Italy’s college town! World-class academics, warm weather, incredible cuisine, and a young, vibrant atmosphere in the heart of a cosmopolitan city.

Perugia, Italy
A medieval hill town at the heart of Umbria, one of Italy’s most beautiful regions, Perugia is an intriguing mixture of wonderfully preserved 13th-century architecture and – thanks to its large student population – a very modern cultural scene. World-class public art and museums seem to come as standard in Italy, and Perugia is no exception, try the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria for excellent collections of fine art dating back to the Byzantine era. Each evening, it feels like the entire city emerges out onto the main strip by the Fontana Maggiore (Great Fountain) – it’s an endlessly fascinating display of outdoor theatre as students strum guitars, families share gelati and men gather to drink one more espresso in the pavement cafés. Even for Italy, Umbria is a particularly fine region for food; try the seasonal set menu at the traditional Ristorante dal Mi’Cocco for an exquisite no-frills taste of the local produce.

Semester At Sea
Studying abroad while sailing the globe is the unique invention of Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs.  Since 1963, Semester at Sea has stayed true to their mission as an educational non-profit: the development of global under­standing through life-changing international experiences.

Westfield students may also study abroad with these affiliated programs:  Search Programs 

  • Academic Programs International
  • American Institute for Foreign Study
  • Center for International Studies
  • College Consortium for International Studies
  • Council for International Educational Exchange
  • The Education Abroad Network
  • Global Semesters
  • GlobalLinks Abroad
  • Master's Degree Programs in English around the world
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Westfield State’s new education abroad program offers short-term study abroad opportunities during the semester breaks (January and May each year).  Developed and led by Westfield’s faculty, all courses carry credit and combine academic rigor with exploration abroad.  Apply now to earn academic credit while traveling in such locations as Costa Rica in January and in May/June, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Italy, and GuatemalaCheck out the 2018 SHORT-TERM COURSES!

Offered each January and May, Short-Term Study Abroad Courses are an alternative to full semester study abroad programs.  They are 3- or 4-credit courses that travel for approximately 3 weeks.  Taught and led by WSU faculty, students earn credit while traveling and studying with other WSU students!  Space is limited so apply early!


National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program that gives students the opportunity attend other NSE schools in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. for a semester or entire school year at either the home or the host school in-state tuition rate.  Click here to learn more about the features of the Westfield National Student Exchange program.

The National Student Exchange, a not-for-profit education consortium, provides affordable and practical opportunities for students enrolled at member campuses to study and live in a new location. NSE students have found their exchanges culturally enriching, academically rewarding, and one of the most significant experiences of their undergraduate education.

Nearly 200 member universities:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

The purpose of the International/Intercutural club is to provide students who have been on an international study experience or who are from another country studying at Westfield, the opportunity to share experiences and maintain a network once back on campus.  This group also sees themselves as mentoring each other, and in having an instrumental part in recruiting and preparing other students both for a study abroad/exchange experience and to return home.

The International Student Advisor counsels and advises international students, serves as a liaison with the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, oversees programming of international student activities, prepares the international student newsletter and directs the international student health insurance program, among other responsibilities.  International Students should contact the Advisor regarding any questions or problems encountered while at Westfield State University, and the Advisor will coordinate answers and solutions.

The International Programs Office at Westfield State University is an issuing office foriNEXT International insurance and Identification Cards.  The card covers a variety of protections and discounts including travel protection, medical protection, baggage protection, travel accident protection, and worldwide emergency services.  The card is recommended for students traveling abroad as well as faculty planning trips or courses abroad.  You do not have to be a Westfield State University student to purchase this card.  For more information, please stop by the office in Parenzo Hall.