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East Stroudsburg University is excited to announce international programs for Summer 2016 in the following locations: China and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands., Taiwan, Ghana, Africa and Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Business Program

  • Date: May 14 - 21, 2016
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: To be determined by Department Chairs
  • Faculty Leaders: Steve Ives

Ghana, Africa

  • Date: July 5 - 21, 2016
  • Credits: 3
  • Courses: POLS 548-Developing Countries or POLS 223-GE: Developing Countries
  • Faculty Leaders: Dr. Sam 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 studing energy policies and the importance of the Hyro Electric Projects and the Akosombo Dam.

Meet and watch Parliamentarians delilberate and legislate on national issues.

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

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

St. Croix, Virgin Islands: Psychology and Service Learning

  • Date: May 25 - June 15, 2016
  • 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

Costa Rica

  • Dates: May 23 - June 2, 2016 (Annually Pre-Summer Session)
  • 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 2016 program will mark the program's 12th 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

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

Featured ISEP summer programs:

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.