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International Programs Office

International Programs at Westfield State University

The Go Global Newsletter of the International Programs Office at Westfield State University


GO GLOBAL WITH WESTFIELD STATE!

Experience a World Outside Westfield!  Here at Westfield State University, students have the opportunity to travel to many places in the world and earn academic credit!  The International Programs Office is here to help students make it happen.  Our staff will assist you in deciding where to go, which travel option is the best fit for you, and assist you with all the procedures that accompany studying away.  Stop by our office to speak with us.

STUDY ABROAD
The Study Abroad program offers students in all majors the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year in over 36 countries.  Among the study abroad opportunities available at pre-approved locations are those in England, 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.

To be qualified to participate, 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 1.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
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 the Institute of Technology, in Sligo, Ireland, Krosno State College in Krosno, Poland, and at Jade University in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.  The university intends to enter into exchange agreements with other institutions around the world.

SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD 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
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

Students participate in NSE to:

  • Broaden personal and educational perspectives
  • Experience new cultures
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Learn from different professors
  • Access new courses
  • Experience personal growth
  • Meet new people
  • Make new friends
  • Acquire life skills
  • Live in a different area
  • Investigate graduate schools
  • Seek future employment
  • Become more independent and resourceful

INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL CLUB
ipo@westfield.ma.edu
The purpose of the International/Intercultural 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 mentor each other, and have an instrumental part in recruiting and preparing other students both for a study abroad/exchange experience and in returning home.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISING
The International Student Adviser 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.

INTERNATIONALTRAVEL INSURANCE AND  I.D. CARDS
The International Programs Office at Westfield State University is an issuing office for iNEXT International travel 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.


Parenzo Hall, RM 130 (Lobby)
Email:  ipo@westfield.ma.edu
413.572.8819
fax: 413.572.8967

Cynthia Siegler
Director, International Programs and Student Exchanges
csiegler@westfield.ma.edu
413.572.8819

Danielle Emerson
Operations Manager/Budget Officer
demerson@westfield.ma.edu
413.572.8035

Vera Vlasenko
International Student and Scholar Advisor  
vvlasenko@westfield.ma.edu
413.572.8834

Robert O'Neill
Office Assistant
roneill@westfield.ma.edu
413.572.8819