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Students abroad in Jordan

Study Abroad

Begin your global adventure now!

Studying abroad is a unique educational experience that provides global learning opportunities that are critical to a student’s success in the 21st Century. Students who have studied abroad have greater intercultural understanding, better grasp the complexity of global issues, and are better equipped to work with people from other countries. Studies have even shown a positive correlation between students who study abroad and higher grade point averages and degree completion rates. And this is especially true for underrepresented and at-risk students.

In a globalized economy, these skills are increasingly important and valued by employers.  Research from the University of California showed that 97% of college students who studied abroad were employed within 12 months of graduation, compared to only 49% of those who didn’t.  Job applicants with study abroad experience are seen as more flexible, adaptive, and prepared to work in increasingly common multicultural teams.  A 2014 survey of 800 U.S. business executives, found that 75% of the companies indicated that a global perspective was important for their staff and 80% believed their overall business would increase if more of their staff had more international experience. A quality study abroad program helps students gain the knowledge necessary to compete in the global economy and provides future entrepreneurs and business leaders a worldwide network that will be indispensable once they graduate.

Besides being fun and exciting, studying abroad is a unique life changing experience that will help you grow academically, personally and prepare you for your career. Students have the opportunity to travel to many places in the world and earn academic credit! 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.


STUDY ABROAD:  the minimum is a 2.75 gpa and second semester sophomore status (some programs have higher requirements).
NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE:  some programs are open to first-year students, but most require sophomore status; 2.5 gpa (some programs have higher requirements).
SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD COURSES: 2.25 gpa; most courses are open to any major and any class level, check course descriptions. 

To search Programs:  go to myWestfield and click on the Academics tab, select Access/Apply International Programs.  
Non-Westfield students, go to Create Account and click on non-WSU login; you will be given credentials to log into the Program database.

Interested? Our International Programs Office is here to make this dream a reality.  We'll assist you in deciding where to go, which travel option is the best fit for you, and help you with all the procedures that accompany studying away. 

Academic Considerations

From speaking to your advisor to preparing course work it's important to chart your study abroad trip early.

Financial Resources

We know that deciding how to finance your trip abroad can often times be stressful. There are financial aid and scholarship opportunities that may be available for you.

Health and Safety Advice

Do you have food allergies? Diabetes? A disability? Before you pack your bags make sure your health and safety questions are answered.

Parents & Family

We understand that your child's health and safety is important to you. Find out what you need to know before sending your child on one of the best, most positive and rewarding experiences.

Tips & Travels Resources

What do I pack? What time zone will I be entering? Can I bring my cell phone? We know you have a lot of questions. That’s why we've made this section just for you.