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Short Courses Abroad (Faculty Led)

Last updated: October 15, 2015

Short courses abroad are an excellent opportunity for learning about a new culture while being taught and mentored by WCSU faculty. National trends show an increase is short courses abroad and that can be seen in the increasing participation in WCSU's Global Academy. WCSU will be adding more short courses to our growing list of opportunities for the upcoming academic year.

Costa Rica - Spring 2016 | Spain - Summer 2016 | Barbados - Summer 2016

Italy - Wintersession 2016-2017

Costa Rica - Spring 2016 - March 19 - 27, 2016

Spend a week studying at the tropical
Goldring Field Station in Playa Grande!

  • Bio 107: Scientific Inquiry In The Field in
  • 4 WCSU credits
  • Fulfills general education lab science requirements
  • Limited to 15 students
  • $2,500 fee covers airfare, two meals per day, local transportation within Costa Rica, course activities and supplies
  • Watch the 2014 Trip

Course Info:



For information contact: Theodora Pinou at or call at (203) 837- 8793

Spain - Summer 2016

Malaga and Morocco
PROGRAM DATES: (anticipated dates May 19- June 19, 2016, subject to change)
Deadline to apply: February 12, 2016

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:30-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
12:30-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Please email Dr. Bakhtiarova for additional information (

The program for 2016 is scheduled for May 19 into June 19 (subject to airfare availability)

WCSU is pleased to announce the Dr. Bakhtiarova will again be leading a course to Spain in May/June 2016.  This travel-study program will take you to the artistic heart of Spain, Andalusia for three weeks and to Morocco for a week where we will continue our journey of cultural and artistic exploration.
The program includes a three-week stay in the majestic city of Malaga on the Mediterranean with exceptional beaches and fascinating culture; day trips to Granada, Seville and Cordova, cities with a rich artistic and architectural legacy.
After three weeks of Spanish and Art classes in Malaga at sites that include The Picasso Museum and Birthplace, The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Pompidou Museum, among many others in this magnificent city, we will continue our journey of exploration through the north of Africa in Morocco, a land of exceptional beauty, hybrid culture and outstanding artistic and artisanal traditions. We will travel in Morocco for seven days exploring cities such as Tangier, Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca and many more.
Participants will earn 6 credits or more for General education/Intercultural Competence requirements. Although students must have one semester of Spanish or the equivalent, all levels are encouraged to apply.  Independent study and honors options are available for advanced students. 

Informational meetings will be held at 12:30 pm on November 10 and November 11 in Warner Hall Lobby
For more information and inquiries please contact Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova at

The estimated travel fee for the program is $4300. 

A non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of the application, no later than February 12, 2016.  The travel fee includes round-trip airfare from the NY/NJ metro area, transportation to/from the US airport, accommodation in Spain (double room), emergency health insurance, airport transfers in Spain; transportation, hotels, excursions and two meals a day while in Morocco; various activities and museums while in Spain, trips to Seville, Granada and Cordova. (There is an additional approximate fee of $90 to cover the additional charge for emergency health insurance for anyone 50 - 64 years of age. Over 65 years is $300 additional. These are direct costs charged by the insurance company.)  Students are responsible for their meals and any personal expenses.  Tuition will be billed separately.**Students in need of financial aid should contact the Student Financial Services Office IMMEDIATELY. Although financial aid in not available for the summer term, students are permitted to take out additional loans for the Spring semester to cover the cost of the program. For more info, email Dr. Bakhtiarova ( or go to

Itinerary and Fees:
The travel fee is $4,300.  WCSU tuition and fees are extra.  The travel fee is due in three installments:
1.    Pay $1,300 by February 12, 2016. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1,500 by March 14, 2016.
3.    Pay $1,500 by March 31, 2016.
All applications and fees should be submitted to Beth Koschel, in the World Languages and Literature,  Berkshire Hall 214, (203) 837-9166,
The program cost does NOT include:

  • WCSU tuition and fees (6 UG credits)
  • Visa, if required / Passport (required)
  • Recommended trip cancellation insurance (available through an insurance company)
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses / incidental items
  • Local transportation

Information - including pricing and itineraries - are subject to change.

A brief report about Spain, Summer 2013

The four-week program started in Madrid where classes were held at the Palacio Real, Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Plaza de Toros and Teatro Fernán Gómez.
The next three weeks, students were immersed in the Spanish and Basque cultures while studying and living with families in the charming city of San Sebastian in the Basque country. Weekend trips took us to the caves of Altamira in Cantabria where we explored the Neolithic drawings; amazing medieval sites in Santillana del Mar and Hondarribia; lavish palaces in Comillas in Cantabria and Olite in Navarra; Antoni Gaudí’s early masterpiece Villa el Capricho; a Cistercian monastery where we had a chance to attend a mass with Gregorian chanting and learned about centuries-long traditions of producing olive oil and making wine. A day trip to France offered us a new perspective on multiculturalism and links between two major European nations. The crown jewel of the program was a four day trip to Extremadura where we admired the fascinating Roman artifacts in Merida, the former Roman colony of Emerita Augusta. Visits to historic sites in Trujillo, monasteries of Guadalupe and Yuste enriched students’ understanding of the complex history of Spain and Europe.
A picture is worth a thousand words, therefore I decided that the best way to tell the story of the WCSU seventh successful summer program in Spain will be through pictures by Sydney Putnam and Galina Bakhtiarova.

- Dr. G. Bakhtiarova



Wintersession in Florence, Italy - December 27th, 2016 - January 15th, 2017

Italian Language and Culture - IT 198

Students will earn 3 credits that fulfill the general education language requirement if taken in conjunction with IT 162 prior to the Intersession in Italy, or if they take IT 164 after the Intersession.

Please contact the faculty leader, Professor Patrizia Farina ( for additional information.

Students will begin with one week of classes at WCSU in Danbury before leaving on a two week trip to Italy where they will receive 2-3 hours of instruction per day.  Classes will be conducted at the Florence University of the Arts, a modern, state of the art facility in central Florence.  The Tuscany region is considered to be the birthplace of the Italian language and home to the most pure dialect of the language.  Indeed, it was here that Dante penned the great work of Italian literature, the Divine Comedy.  The city is home to a plethora of historical and artistic landmarks, such as the Medici Palace,  the Ponte Vecchio, the Galleria degli Uffizi and Michelangelo’s David, making it an ideal location to explore Italian language and culture.  In addition to language classes, field trips to Roma, Pisa, Lucca (a gorgeous walled city where some of Italy’s finest olive oil is produced), and/or San Gimignano (known for its medieval towers and artisan shops), as well as a hands-on Italian cooking class, will be included in the program cost (Final arrangements are still being made so specific locations may change.  Please check back later). Students will be housed in double-apartments within walking distance of the school.

Itinerary and Fees:

The travel fee is $3750.00* (at this point still subject to change).  WCSU tuition and fees are extra.  The travel fee is due in three installments:

1.    Pay $1200*  by September 25, 2016. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1200* by October 16, 2016.
3.    Pay $1350* by November 16, 2016.
* amounts are still subject to change

Applications and checks should be dropped off addressed to:

Patrizia Farina
c/o: Beth Koschel
214 Berkshire Hall
(203) 837-9166

Includes: airfare and transfers from WCSU campus to the airport; mandatory health insurance; lodging in shared apartments, (a single room supplement is $200); two field trips and cultural activities; local phones; 15 meals at a restaurant operated by Florence University of the Arts; an Italian cooking class with a professional chef and more.

Cost does not include: most meals, incidental expenses, local transportation (Florence is a walkable city, you will mostly be walking everywhere), tuition and fees for 3 CSU credits. Please consult the WCSU web site for the updated cost and fees for academic credits during the Intersession 2016/2017.

In order to apply, please download the PDF application and return it to Professor Patrizia Farina, c/o Beth Koschel 214 Berkshire Hall.   Be sure to fill out all sections completely.  The final deadline is  September 25,  2016; however, students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited to 15 participants and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis.  A non-refundable deposit will be required with the application.  The remainder of the fees will be due in installments throughout the Fall semester.  If students have questions/concerns about the application procedure or payment schedule, they are strongly encouraged to contact Patrizia Farina ( as soon as possible. 

Non-WCSU students are invited to apply.  However, due to the limited number of spaces, current WCSU students will be given priority. Applications can be submitted in person to Patrizia Farina in the World Languages Department or by mail to:

Patrizia Farina
c/o: Beth Koschel
214 Berkshire Hall
(203) 837-9166

Information – including pricing and itineraries – are subject to change.



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