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.

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

The following international programs were scheduled for Spring/Summer 2020 in the following locations: Guatemala, Belgium, Ireland, Costa Rica, West Caribbean Cruise, United Kingdom, China, Spain, U.S. Virgin Islands, Honduras, and Mexico.

Please note that all the programs below have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future programs will be updated on this webpage.  The programs listed below are intended to serve as examples of the faculty-led study abroad programs ESU offers and a reference for students who may be interested in studying abroad.

Guatemala: Global Health Program

  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: HLTH 470/573, Global Public Health

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.

Belgium: International European Union Simulation (Eurosim)

  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: POLS 441/541, Intro to International Security/ Seminar on International Security

Placed in the context of globalization, this course investigates new security threats to states and people globally. The course looks at contemporary international debates on social and political sources of violent acts, international and domestic laws on terrorism and counter‐terrorism, the balance of security versus individual rights, and organizations involved in security issues.

Ireland: Comparative Criminal Justice

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: SOC 487, Foreign Studies I, Comparative Criminology & Societies

Comparative criminal justice is primarily concerned with the study of crime, and criminal justice systems across various cultural and historical contexts. In particular, students will learn about the various ways in which crime and ‘the criminal’ are and have been understood throughout United States history. Moreover, these views will be compared and contrasted with those of other countries, with a specific focus on identifying many of the key social, political, cultural contexts in which these systems and system views reside.

Costa Rica: Biology of Tropical Ecosystems

  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: BIOL 493/593, Biology of Tropical Ecosystems

This course is designed to impart a thorough understanding of tropical ecology and the role played by the tropics in maintaining both our global environment and biodiversity. Lectures are conducted at ESU and during a week-long field experience where excursions into the field provide an opportunity to become familiar with forest structure and organisms that typify the tropical environment.

Costa Rica: Media Criticism/Comparison

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: CMST 348, Media Criticism

This course develops a variety of methods for analyzing both the functions and the products of mass media. After examining the cultural contexts in which the media operate, the course will establish important critical methods and offer opportunities to apply these methods in critical practice.

Costa Rica: Retail Management

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: MGT 354, Retail Management

The structure, strategy, and changing environment of retail management are presented in a comprehensive survey. The topics analyzed include retail institutions, site location, merchandise planning, customer communications, and retail pricing.

Western Caribbean Cruise

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: HRTM 281, Cruise Line Management

This course is a survey of the cruise line industry. Topics covered include service culture, diversity, employee motivation, technology, generational workforce changes, ethics, operations management, and sustainability in the cruise line industry.

United Kingdom: Comparative and International Issue in Sport & Physical Activity

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: SMGT 405, Comparative and International Issue in Sport & Physical Activity

This course studies form, regularity, and explanation of physical activity and sport in selected countries compared with the United States. It examines comparative strategies which can be used to answer questions or test hypotheses about international and international problems related to physical activity and sport.

China: Intro to Eastern Philosophy

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PHIL 212, Introduction to Eastern Philosophy

This trip will be an excellent opportunity to visit three 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.

Spain: MLSP Courses

  • Credits: 3 - 6, By arrangement with faculty
  • Course: Two courses will be offered by the Modern Languages Dept. in the discipline of Spanish.

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.

US. Virgin Islands: Cross-Cultural Counseling

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PSY 306, Cross-Cultural Counseling

This course will focus on the influences of culture on psychological problems and culturally specific counseling methods used to address the problems. Basic principles and techniques of cross-cultural counseling are covered. Students will then apply these principles in an international setting. Students will study major theories of cross-cultural psychology and consider the impact of culture on behavior.

Honduras: Coral Reef Ecology

Credits: 3

Course: BIOM 472, Coral Reef Ecology

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

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: CMST 410/510 - Comparative Media

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.

Guatemala: Comparative Education Abroad

  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PSED 503, Comparative Education Abroad

This study abroad fieldwork permits one to gain experience in his/her professional area abroad. One is assigned to a counterpart teacher/administrator abroad. During this time one may engage in independent teaching, team teaching, small-group work, individualized instruction and assistance with activities in the host school. Time should be available to discuss with staff in the overseas school such things as program, teaching methods and materials, organization of schools, and problems of education and curriculum.

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