Short-Term Faculty-Led Courses


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Apply now to earn academic credit while spending your winter break with Westfield faculty in Costa Rica, Florence, Italy, or Guatemala.  Spend an alternative Spring Break in Guatemala or spend two weeks in late May in beautiful Amsternam, Netherlands and Wilhelmshaven, Germany!

There are limited spaces in each course, so apply now!

These courses are open to First-year students and all majors:
In January, Environmental Science in Costa Rica, Global Civic Engagement in Guatemala, and Inspiration of Place in Florence.

Westfield State has made a good faith effort to anticipate the dates, itineraries and costs for these programs. Westfield is not responsible for changes in dates or costs that are outside of its control (such as airfare, departure taxes, currency fluctuations, and in-country taxes and fees), and reserves the right to pass those along to students. Estimated costs include, in most cases, tuition and fees, round-trip airfare, lodging, most excursions, entrance fees, and some meals. Students are responsible for the costs of their passports, any visas and required immunizations, baggage fees and any additional airline taxes. Students are also responsible for personal, out-of-pocket expenses, typically one or more meals per day and gratuities. 

Application/Payment Deadlines:

Applications are being accepted beginning on July 1; faculty have final approval of students in their courses. Apply early, space is limited to approximately 15 students per course!


Application ($40 application fee) and $100 deposit deadline: October 18, 2019
Balance due by: November 15, 2019


Application ($40 application fee) and $100 deposit deadline: November 15, 2019
Balance due by: February 14, 2020




Application Deadlines:

Part I

To apply, log into your MyWestfield student account, Click the Academics tab at the top;
Click Access/Apply for International Programs tab, bottom right corner;
Click Submit; Click Search Programs and the Featured Programs tab will take you to a list of all of the Short-Term courses.  When you find the one you wish to apply for, click on the Title and it will bring you to the homepage for that course.  Click the Apply Now tab to apply and create your Application.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with the Application; a recommendation from  the Course Leader is also required.  The Recommendation Form is in your on-line Application and you may email it directly to the Faculty Leader.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 413 572-8819,, or stop by the International Programs Office in the Parenzo Lobby.

NEW!  An Installment Payment Plan is available*!  A $150 deposit is due at application, and payments will be spread out until the  balance due deadline.


Part II

Emergency Contact Form
Health Form
Student Participation Agreement

*Students may be eligible for loans; contact the Financial Aid Office about eligibility

Westfield State expects students who provide a written commitment to participate in a program, including but not limited to making a required advance deposit for participation, have undertaken an obligation to pay the full cost of the program fee whether or not the student actually attends or completes the study abroad program. That program fee is subject to billing through a student’s account at Westfield State.

Solely in its discretion, Westfield may reduce a billing for this program when a student informs the International Programs Office in writing that he or she is withdrawing in advance of the program’s commencement, consistent with any policies IPO may from time to time set. There will be no refunds for program cancellation less than 30 days in advance of a planned program departure, or for withdrawal once the program has commenced. Should a student be suspended from a study abroad program, all resulting costs associated with the student’s return home are the sole responsibility of the student. Students who miss scheduled advance payments may be dismissed from a program.