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 2019 in the following locations: Belize, China, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the US Virgin Islands. The Spring/Summer 2020 faculty-led programs will be updated by mid-October. Please contact the office of International Programs for more information.

Belize: Touring Abroad

  • Dates: March 8 - 16, 2019
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: HRTM 439, Touring Abroad
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Li-Ming (Stanley) Chiang and Steve Ives
  • Email: lchiang@esu.edu or sives@esu.edu

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.

Japan: Asian Theatre

  • Dates: March 8 - 17, 2019
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: THTR 325, GE: Asian Theatre
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. Yoshinora Tanokura
  • Email: ytanokura@esu.edu

This course will provide an overview of Asian theatre with emphasis on its texts, theatrical aesthetics, and conventions of production. Cultural and historical contexts of diverse Asian theatrical styles and their influences in world theatre will be examined.

Puerto Rico: Active Warriors All Year (AWAY) Service Learning Project

A.W.A.Y. (Active Warriors All Year) is an initiative of the Office of Student Engagement which engages students in altruism and social justice initiatives. We will be going AWAY to Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria relief. We will spend our Spring Break serving in the south eastern communities of the island, where the hurricane made landfall. In partnership with four municipalities and other civic organizations, we will have three teams of service that students can sign up for:

1. Brigades: We will travel to four different municipalities providing training brigades in First Aid, Crisis Management, Yoga, and children services.

2. Seniors: We will be serving the most affected by Hurricane Maria. We will be trained as caretakers of Puerto Rico’s largest demographic, helping with health needs, as well as home maintenance.

3. Conservation: We will be helping provide maintenance to devastated areas in national and state parks, as well as the development of street signs to replace those blown away in numerous communities.

China: Intro to Eastern Philosophy

Dates: May 14 - June 3, 2019

Credits: 3

Course: PHIL 212, Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

Faculty Leader: Dr. Tim Connolly

Email: tconnolly@esu.edu

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

Dates: May 12 - 19, 2019 - Itinerary

Credits: 3

Course: MGT 362: Globalization & International Management

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Daisy Wang

Email: dwang2@esu.edu

Economic, political, and technological forces are acting together to create a new system called globalization. This course will examine the forces of globalization and the new system they have created. After a brief survey of the economics of international trade and finance, the course will focus on the challenges of global management including understanding political, economic and cultural differences and adapting the organizational systems and strategies of research, product development, supply, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and human resource management to a global business environment.

Spain: MLSP Courses

Dates: May 15 - June 2, 2019

Credits: 3 - 6, By arrangement with faculty

Course: Two courses will be offered by the Modern Languages Dept. in the discipline of Spanish.

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Esther Daganzo-Cantens

Email: edcantens@esu.edu

This is a language course designed for the student who wishes to acquire conversational skills which will enable him to travel more efficiently and with greater language ease in Spanish speaking countries.

Honduras: Coral Reef Ecology

Dates: May 18 - June 1, 2019

Credits: 3

Course: BIOM 472, Coral Reef Ecology

Faculty Leader: Dr. James Hunt

Email: jhunt@esu.edu

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.

Mexico: Comparative Media

Dates: May 18 - June 1, 2019

Credits: 3

Course: CMST 410/510 - Comparative Media

Faculty Leader: Dr. Rob McKenzie

Email: mckenzie@esu.edu

This course will be taught online for the first week and then involve travel to Mazatlan, Mexico 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.

US Virgin Islands: Psychology and Service Learning

Dates: May 22 - June 2, 2019

Credits: 3

Course: PSY 306, A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Behavioral Therapy

Faculty Leader: Dr. Anthony Drago

Email: tdrago@esu.edu

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.

Kenya: Global Health Program

Dates: May 20 - June 6, 2019

Credits: 3

Course: HLTH 470/573

Faculty Leader: Professor Elaine Rodriguez

Email: erodriguez@esu.edu

The course is designed to familiarize the student with international health problems and the social, physical, emotional, and spiritual complexities related to changing health status. Emphasis is placed on how change instituted for improvement of physical health may positively or negatively affect the total well-being of people.

Other programs:

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

Center for International Studies

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

Study abroad Italy (SAI)

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

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.

Contact Us

Contact Steven Ives to schedule a 45 minute information session to learn about how to begin your study abroad application and review all the options that best suit your academic and professional goals.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 103
(570) 422-3527
(570) 422-3579 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Interim Director International Study Programs
Steven Ives
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