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Short-Term & Summer Study Abroad Programs

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Summer Abroad

Summer Abroad programs are different from a regular exchange experience

In a typical summer abroad program, you will find-

  • A group of ESU students will travel together to a foreign destination from a 1 to 4 weeks
  • Students will travel with an ESU faculty member
  • The program includes seminars, lectures, workshops, and excursions
  • The program is typically centered on specific themes that might relate to the history, culture, environment, and language of the host country
  • English is typically the language of instruction

Summer programs are shorter and offer limited opportunities to integrate with local students, compared to semester programs.

However, they may be a great opportunity for students who prefer structured and organized programs and those schedules do not allow for a long term exchange experience.

The following international programs are scheduled for Spring Break/Summer 2017 in the following locations- Costa Rica, Cuba,
China, St. Croix, Sweden, and Ghana.

Germany: Seminar on Transatlantic Relations

  • Dates: March 9 - March 21, 2017
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: POLS 399
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Johan Eliasson

The program offers an introduction to economical, political and environmental issues facing the US and Europe today.

This seminar will be held at the The European Academy of Otzenhausen. It is located near the European capitals of Luxembourg, Brussels, and Strasbourg. The department of International European Studies gives participants a deep insight into key issues of European integration, combined with the experience of practicing European politics “on site.”

This joint ESU-WCU Seminar will feature:

  1. Presentations by leading European policy makers,
  2. Lectures by American and European academics and business professionals, as well as civil society representatives,
  3. Interactive lectures and professionally designed workshops Intercultural exchange and social activities in the region,
  4. Excursions to the most important EU institutions such as the European Parliament, European Commission, European Central Bank.

For more information, please contact Johan Eliasson.

Costa Rica: Business Program

  • Dates: March 10 - March 18, 2017
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: TBD
  • Faculty Leaders: Steve Ives and Dr. Sheila Handy


  • Dates: May 15 - May 22, 2017
  • Credits: By arrangement
  • Course: By arrangement
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Annie Mendoza and Dr. Nancy Van Arsdale

Program itinerary and pricing.

Contact Annie Mendoza or Nancy Van Arsdale to discuss possibilities to earn credit and how to finance your trip.


  • Dates: May 14 - May 31, 2017
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: Chinese Philosophy
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Tim Connolly

This trip will be an excellent opportunity to visit two major Chinese cities with ancient historical roots, to learn about Chinese philosophy, and to visit important cultural sites like the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Shaolin Temple.

The three credit course will be taught in English. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required.

Scholarships available.

Contact Tim Connolly with questions.

Costa Rica: Global Health

  • Dates: May 15 - May 24, 2017
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: HLTH 473/HLTH 573 Global Health
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Lori Pierangeli

This is a 3-credit course titled Global Public Health. The 2017 program will mark the program's 13th consecutive year. Participating students spend 10 days in San Jose, Costa Rica studying the political, economic, and cultural determinants of global health. While in Costa Rica, students also analyze the nation's health care system. The course is coordinated with the public health program at the Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE), a major Costa Rican university in San Jose.

The course is open to graduate students as well as undergraduate juniors and seniors. The course will include daily lectures as well as field placements in hospitals, clinics, and public health programs (depending on student interest). Interested students should contact Dr. Lori Pierangeli at

St. Croix, Virgin Islands: Psychology and Service Learning

  • Dates: TBD (Last year's dates were May 25 - June 15, 2016)
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PSY 306 - A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Behavioral Therapy
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. Anthony Drago

The course is imparted partly at ESU and partly on-site in St. Croix during summer pre-session. The program is oriented to advanced Psychology majors.

For the on campus portion, the course meets for about 18 hours for intensive instruction on behavioral therapy and an overview of major theories used to compare cultures.

Following, participants travel to St. Croix and tour the island for two days with focus both on social service delivery systems and historical sites. Students then work with a not-for profit agency that provides psychology services and therapies to the community.

Students also keep a journal and write a reflection paper on cultural similarities and differences they observe in the therapy setting and in day-to-day activities on the island.

For more information, please contact Anthony Drago.


  • Dates: July 14 - 30, 2017
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: CMST 410/510 - Comparative Media
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. Rob McKenzie

This course will be taught online for the first week and then involve travel to Lund University in Sweden for two weeks.

For more information, please contact Rob McKenzie.

Ghana, Africa

  • Dates: TBD July 2017 (Last year's dates were July 5 - 21, 2016)
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: POLS 333: Africa or POLS 520: Area/Studies (Africa)
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Samuel Quainoo

Come share in the excitement of firsthand learning about a developing country (Ghana) and its culture, cruise on the Volta Lake in a luxury boat while studying energy policies and the importance of the Hydro Electric Projects and the Akosombo Dam.

Meet and watch Parliamentarians deliberate and legislate on national issues.

Enjoy the pristine beaches of Ghana in a tropical climate while studying the environmental programs/policies advanced in Ghana.

You will find warm welcome in a safe and secure environment while experiencing traditional Ghanaian hospitality at its fullest.

For more information, please contact Samuel Quainoo.

Other programs

In addition to ESU faculty-led programs, students can study abroad through ESU affiliate institutions.

ISEP offers many interesting opportunities for ESU interested in studying or completing internships abroad.

Programs imparted in English are available in Estonia, Finland, India, Italy, Korea and Thailand.

In addition, students can go abroad and study in a foreign language. Some of these options include Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico.

For more information, please visit the ISEP website.

In addition, ESU as a Member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), allows students to participate in any of the faculty-led programs sponsored by any of the PASSHE universities.

Some program-specific restriction may apply.