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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Opportunities

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Faculty-led Study Abroad programs are different from a regular exchange experience

In a typical faculty-led study 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

Faculty-led Study Abroad 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/Summer 2018 in the following locations: Belgium (Brussels), Canada (Montreal), China (Kaifeng and Beijing), Costa Rica (San Jose), Germany, Ghana (Accra), Honduras, Sweden, and the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix).

Belgium: International European Union Simulation (Eurosim), Brussels

  • Dates: January 4 -7, 2018
  • Credits: By arrangement with faculty
  • Courses: By arrangement with faculty
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Johan Eliasson

The International European Union Simulation (Eurosim), is a rigorous four-day exercise that strives to enhance knowledge of the European Union (EU), international law, diplomatic protocol, and diplomatic procedures by negotiating real problems and issues presented to the delegates. Students assume the roles of various European policy makers; prepare at their home institutions by reading up on the EU, the topic of the simulation, and their country and roles, before applying their knowledge at the simulation where the rules of negotiations and real diplomacy apply.

Advanced degree programs and professional settings, including the military, government, and multinational corporations, recognize the utility of sophisticated and challenging simulations to enhance individuals’ understanding of particular issues and crises, while building preparedness and capability.

Canada: Comparative Media, Montreal

  • Dates: TBD, Spring 2018
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: CMST 410, Comparative Media
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Robert McKenzie

This course will expose students to media from around the world. Students will learn how to compare media content, formats, systems, and ownership structures in an effort to better understand underlying assumptions that help shape our perceptions of the world.

China: Intro to Eastern Philosophy, Kaifeng and Beijing

  • Dates: May 13 - May 30, 2018
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PHIL 212, Introduction to Eastern 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.

This course will present the ideas of thinkers from cultures as diverse as those of India, China, Japan and the Middle East. The main areas of concern will be metaphysics, logic and epistemology. Excerpts from texts by numerous authors will be read and discussed.

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

Costa Rica: Latin America Business Program, San Jose

  • Dates: March 10 - March 18, 2018
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: HRTM 439, Touring Abroad
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Li-Ming (Stanley) Chiang and Steve Ives

This course is designed to be an educational experience that combines classroom instruction in the basics of international travel and tour operations within an authentic setting.

Germany: Seminar on Transatlantic Relations

  • Dates: March 8 - March 20, 2018
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: HIST 350, Evolution of Western Capitalism
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Chris Brooks

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.

Ghana, Africa: Summer Session in Ghana (Accra)

  • Dates: TBD, July 2018 (Last year's dates were July 12 - 26, 2017)
  • 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.

Honduras: Coral Reef Ecology, (Roatan)

  • Dates: TBD, May 2018
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: BIOM 472, Coral Reef Ecology
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. James Hunt

This course investigates coral reef structure, formation, types and the relationship of reef organisms to their environment. Emphasis will be given to species diversity/identification, symbiosis, and effects of temperature, salinity, light, nutrient concentration, current predation, and competition on the abundance and distribution on coral reef organisms. This course will be offered at the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Va., with a portion taught in Honduras.

US Virgin Islands: Psychology and Service Learning, St. Croix

  • Dates: TBD (Last year's dates were May 18 - May 30, 2017)
  • 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.

Sweden: Comparative Media

  • Dates: July 13 - 29, 2018
  • 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. This course will also expose students to media from around the world. Students will learn how to compare media content, formats, systems, and ownership structures in an effort to better understand underlying assumptions that help shape our perceptions of the world.

Two students share their perspectives and experiences from trip abroad to Sweden.

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.