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Short-Term & Summer Study Abroad Programs

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East Stroudsburg University is excited to announce international programs for Summer 2015 in the following locations: China and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands., Taiwan, and Costa Rica.


  • Date: May 23 - June 14
  • Credits: 3 or 6
  • Courses: MLCH 116 (Chinese I) or THTR 325 (Asian Theatre). Students with a more advanced level in the Chinese language will have the opportunity to study Chinese 2 or 3 with Dr. Yan through individualized instruction.
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Wenjie Yan and Dr. Margaret Ball

The program is open to all ESU students. Not prior knowledge of Chinese language is required to participate in the program. All courses will be taught in English. To earn credits from ESU, students must be in good academic standing and must register in or both of the ESU courses offered as part of the program. The professors who supervise the program reserve the right to select final candidates.

The program, based in Shanghai, the most modern and vibrant city in China, will also take you to visit the scenic city of Hangzhou, and Beijing, the capital of China. In Beijing you will have the opportunity to hike the Great Wall and visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and other famous cultural sites.

For further information, please contact Dr. Wenjie Yan at or 570-422-3744.

St. Croix, Virgin Islands: Psychology and Service Learning

  • Date: May 18 - June 8
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: PSY 306 - A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Behavioral Therapy
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. Rick Wesp

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 Dr. Rick Wesp via email or telephone (570) 422-3750


  • Dates: May 23 - June 3
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: HRTM 439 Touring Abroad
  • Faculty Leader: Dr. Stanley Li-Ming Chiang

This program is open to all ESU students in good academic standing. Taught by Dr. Stanley Li-Ming Chiang, the course is designed to be an educational experience combining classroom instruction in the basics of international travel and understanding the travel and tourism industry in Taiwan. One of the best practices of tourism is life-seeing tourism; you will visit a variety of hotels, resorts, night clubs, experience different cultures, and participate in a wide variety of special events.

The Faculty-Leader who supervises the program reserves the right to select final candidates.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stanley Li-Ming Chiang at (570) 422-3624 or

Costa Rica

  • Dates: May 18 - 27, 2015
  • Credits: 3
  • Course: HLTH 473/HLTH 573 Global Health
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Alberto Cardelle and Dr. Lori Pierangeli

This is a 3-credit course titled Global Public Health. The 2015 program will mark the program's 11th 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. Cardelle at

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 Summer Program website

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PASSHE Universities

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.