Alternative Educational Opportunities

|| National Exchange Program || Study Abroad ||

Westfield State College is affiliated with a host of academic institutions on the state, national and International level. This affords students a number of alternative educational opportunities.

National Exchange Program

National Student Exchange (NSE) is a network of 148 colleges and universities in the United States which generally allow students to attend other NSE schools at either the home or host school's in-state tuition rate. NSE gives students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and explore a particular academic interest. The student can live in a different geographic and academic setting, while experiencing new cultures.

An NSE applicant must be a full-time student at the time of application, complete full-time study the semester prior to exchange, have a 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) at the time of application and at the end of the semester prior to exchange, be a sophomore, junior, or senior (freshmen are not eligible). Students may go on exchange for one term or one year, whichever they prefer.

For further information such as length and cost of exchange, please contact the Registrar's office at 572-5240.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad program offers diverse opportunities for students in all majors to take classes and to participate in practicum placements or internships.

Among the study abroad opportunities available at pre-approved locations are those in England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Cairo, Egypt, the Canadian province of Quebec, and Australia. Students are also eligible to apply to colleges in Asia and Latin America.

To be qualified to participate, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 as well as the approval of their major department chair and the director of the program. General information meetings are held at the beginning of each semester. The application deadline for fall term candidates is April 1 and for spring term candidates, November 1.

For further information, contact Professor George Psychas, Director of International Education, Wilson 160, Auditorium C, 572-5340; Professor Bernard McMahon, Advisor, Parenzo, 572-5384; or Professor Catherine Shannon, Advisor, Bates, 572-5345.