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Short Courses Abroad (Faculty Led)

Last updated: March 28, 2014

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.

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Wintersession in Florence, Italy - December 26th, 2014-January 10th, 2015

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 (farinap2000@hotmail.com) 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, 2014. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1200* by October 14, 2014.
3.    Pay $1350* by November 14, 2014.
* amounts are still subject to change

Applications and checks should be dropped off addressed to Patrizia Farina, c/o Martha Palanzo, in the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Warner Hall 300.

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 2014/2015.

In order to apply, please download the PDF application and return it to Professor Patrizia Farina, c/o Martha Palanzo, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Warner Hall 300.   Be sure to fill out all sections completely.  The final deadline is  September 25,  2014; 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 (farinap2000@hotmail.com) 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 WCSU / Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences / Warner Hall 300 / 181 White Street / Danbury CT, 06810.
For additional information, please contact Patrizia Farina at  farinap2000@hotmail.com.

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

 

 

Spain - Summer 2014

Madrid and San Sebastian
PROGRAM DATES: (May - June 2014)
Deadline to apply: February 13, 2014

Information Sessions:

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
12:15-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
12:30-1:30 pm
Warner Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
12:15-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
12:15-1:00 pm
Warner Hall


Please email Dr. Bakhtiarova for additional information (bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu)

Details:

The program for 2014 is scheduled for May into June
WCSU is pleased to announce the Dr. Bakhtiarova will again be leading a course to Spain in May/June 2014.  This year the class will spend 4 weeks in the beachside town of San Sebastian near the French Border in Basque Country.  In addition to intensive Spanish classes, students will take another class taught by a WestConn professor.  Various field trips will be conducted to monasteries and sites along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, which is still travelled by thousands of people every year.  Students will earn 6 WCSU credits, and classes will count towards major, minor, and general education requirements.  Although students must have one semester of Spanish or the equivalent, all levels are welcome.  Independent study and honors options are available for advanced students. 

The estimated travel fee for the program is $4500.  A non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of the application, no later than February 13, 2014.  The travel fee i
ncludes 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 and various activities. (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 any personal expenses.  Tuition (6 credits) 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 (bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu) or go to www.wcsu.edu/spain

 

Itinerary and Fees:

The travel fee is $4,500.  WCSU tuition and fees are extra.  The travel fee is due in three installments:

1.    Pay $1,500 by February 13, 2014. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1,500 by March 14, 2014.
3.    Pay $1,500 by March 31, 2014.

All applications and fees should be submitted to Martha Palanzo, in the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Warner Hall 300.

The program cost does NOT include:

  • WCSU tuition and fees (6 UG credits)

  • Visa, if required / Passport (required)

  • Meals/Books

  • Recommended trip cancellation insurance (available through an insurance company)

  • 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

 

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