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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

WCSU recognizes that international education is a necessity, not a luxury. Our world continues to change and as a result, it is imperative that Western students have as many opportunities as possible to complement their studies in Connecticut with study abroad.

Study abroad is beneficial because it creates global awareness, enhances academic learning, develops leadership skills, advances career opportunities, and facilitates personal growth. And, for many, it is a terrific opportunity to learn another language.



Given the long-term uncertainty associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as well as the indeterminate status of federal and local agencies whose operations support exchange and study abroad students, Western Connecticut State University made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend WCSU’s inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs for fall 2020.

Please note that international students studying at WCSU for the entirety of their degree program are not affected. These students will continue their programs without disruption.

Inbound and outbound exchange programs for the fall 2020 are suspended. Those programs are:

  • ISEP Exchange
  • All faculty led programs to include Intersession in Italy
  • Exchange Students Impacted
    • Outbound exchange students are WCSU students who are attending an ISEP partner institution abroad for one or two semesters and pay tuition to WCSU.
    • Inbound exchange students are international students who are coming to WCSU for one or two semesters, then returning to their home university to finish their degree. These students pay tuition to their home university, not to WCSU.

We know that many students had been planning to study abroad in the fall semester or for the upcoming academic year. With that in mind, the ISEP Coordinator is available to support them as they explore opportunities available during future terms or subsequent to graduation. We are here to answer any questions students may have, and as always, are committed to supporting global learning and the success of our students.

As the global situation evolves, we will continue to share information and encourage you to check WCSU’s COVID-19 site https://www.wcsu.edu/reopen/ which is updated regularly.


WCSU student Lindsay Castner studied a year in Sydney, Australia with ISEP

WCSU student Amy Wheeler spent a semester in Italy with ISEP

WCSU student Alexandria Almeida spent a semester in The Netherlands with ISEP