Westfield State students who return from an international education experience agree: study abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity you can’t afford to miss.
Besides being fun and exciting, study abroad is a unique life changing experience that will help you grow academically, personally and prepare you for your career. At Westfield State, opportunities to study abroad range from 3-week trips during semester breaks to semester or year-long programs in every world region.
Westfield students agree that study abroad:
- prepares you to live and work in our increasingly multi-cultural world
- teaches you to maneuver in a new city, with different customs and language
- provides language immersion and first-hand experience of a country’s history, art and culture
- stimulates academic discipline; learn to function in a different system and earn academic credit
- encourages your independence, and enhances future job prospects
- catches the attention of employers who seek graduates with your unique global experience
- enhances your flexibility, creativity, and self-confidence
Westfield State students that go abroad return exhilarated by the experience. They bring fresh perspectives to the Westfield campus and are more confident about living in today's world.
GO GLOBAL WITH WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY!
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. Check out the latest Go Global brochure, search through all of the offerings at Westfield State University and stop by our office to speak with us.
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!
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.
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, and at Krosno State College in Krosno, Poland. The university intends to enter into exchange agreements with other institutions around the world.
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
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
THE INTERNATIONAL/INTERCULTURAL CLUB
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.
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.
The International Programs Office at Westfield State University is an issuing office for iNEXT International insurance and IdentificationCards. 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.