• Study Away

    Whether you are a student or faculty or staff member, you can participate in, help develop, and promote academic and cultural exchange, world travel, and global understanding at Worcester State University. We are committed to the internationalization of our campus, and our extensive study-away programming and International Programs Office support that goal.

    We encourage you to spend time studying away or participating in international service-learning programs. As a Worcester State student, you will be able to choose from short-term, faculty-led programs and longer term programs that involve travel abroad for a summer, a semester, or an academic year to places like Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific, the Middle East, or Europe. Our membership in the National Student Exchange, an extensive domestic exchange network, increases the number of experiences in which you can participate.

    Cross-cultural experiences give you a broader perspective and a greater maturity and readiness to accept cultural differences. In fact, data shows that students who participate in study away programs have higher graduation rates, higher GPAs, and are more employable upon graduation. On average, they also take home higher salaries.

    Program Options

    You can choose to study away through one of over 300 opportunities around the world for as short as a week or as long as an academic year.

    Faculty-Led Programs

    Faculty-led programs are short-term trips (1 to 3 weeks) led by Worcester State faculty members. They integrate international travel and field research with classroom experience. Programs usually run in January, March, May, June, and December. Upcoming destinations include Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Czech Repbublic, India, Ireland, and Portugal.

    Students: Learn more about Faculty-led Programs [Worcester State login required]

    Faculty: Learn more about how you can lead a program [Worcester State login required]

    Exchange and Partner Programs

    You can study abroad at exchange partner institutions in the Czech Republic, China, England, Portugal, South Korea, and Thailand for a semester or academic year while paying Worcester State University tuition and fees.

    Affiliated Providers

    We partner with more than 12 affiliated providers to give you access to their summer, semester, and academic year programming across the globe. To learn more, click on any of the following:

    National Student Exchange:

    Our membership with the National Student Exchange offers you the option to study for a semester or academic year at one of nearly 200 universities in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. You can choose to pay WSU tuition and fees or the in-state tuition and fees of the host institution.

  • Drop-in Virtual Advising

    Join us for a “virtual” drop-in advising session.

    Monday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Tuesday: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Advising: Drop-In Now

    Or call 646-876-9923
    Meeting ID: 958 9641 4508

    International Programs
    Student Center
    Office SC-317

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    Study abroad students

    are employed 12 months after graduation

    Higher starting salaries

    for students who studied abroad

    Acceptance rate

    into their 1st or 2nd choice graduate school

    Higher GPAs

    for students post-study abroad


    Spencer Perry Photo 1

    Gyeonbokgung Palace

    The structure behind Spencer Perry '14 houses a throne room located inside the Gyeonbokgung Palace in Seoul, which was constructed during the Chosun Dynasty.

    Lanterns Along the Eightfold Path

    Lanterns along the Eightfold Path

    These lanterns hang above the Eightfold Path, the quadrangle at the heart of Dongguk University's campus. The lights commemorate the birthday of the Buddha.

    Cave on Jeju Island

    Cave on Jeju Island

    While on an excursion to Jeju Island, Spencer Perry '14 went cave exploring with other international students studying at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, inside of an extinct lava tube.

    Blossoming Cherry Trees

    Blossoming Cherry Trees

    The blossoming of the cherry trees in South Korea is a special event for South Koreans and tourists alike. When the weather is nice, people enjoy walking along scenic trails to view the flowers.

    Chungmuro Station

    Chungmuro Station

    Chungmuro Station is located a few blocks from Dongguk University. Seoul's subway system provided Spencer Perry '14 with convenient access to most places in Seoul.

    National Folk History Museum

    National Folk History Museum

    The National Folk History Museum (background) in South Korea, housed within the Gyeonbokgung Palace grounds, showcases Korean artifacts dating from ancient times to the present day.

    Lotus Lantern Festival

    Lotus Lantern Festival

    The annual Lotus Lantern Festival celebrates the birth of the Buddha. This year, the ceremony also served as a somber memorial for the victims of the Sewol Ferry accident.

    Seongsan Ilculbong on Jeju Island

    Seongsan Ilculbong (Sunrise Peak)

    While on Jeju Island, Spencer Perry '14 hiked up Seongsan Ilculbong (Sunrise Peak) with a group of international students from Dongguk University. Overlooking much of Jeju Island.

    Spencer Perry Photo 1
    Lanterns Along the Eightfold Path
    Cave on Jeju Island
    Blossoming Cherry Trees
    Chungmuro Station
    National Folk History Museum
    Lotus Lantern Festival
    Seongsan Ilculbong on Jeju Island