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Short Courses Abroad (Faculty Led)

Last updated: March 7, 2017

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.

Spain - Summer 2017

Italy - Winter 2017-2018 | Costa Rica - Spring 2016 | Barbados - Summer 2016

Wintersession in Florence, Italy - December 27th, 2017 - January 15th, 2018

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, 2017. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1200* by October 16, 2017.
3.    Pay $1350* by November 16, 2017.
* 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,  2017; 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

Spain - Summer 2017

Malaga, Madrid, Marbella
PROGRAM DATES: anticipated dates May 17- June 19, 2017
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:30-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Wednesday, October 5 and 12, 2016
12:30-1:00 pm
Warner Hall

Please email Dr. Bakhtiarova for additional information (

The program for 2017 is scheduled for May 17 into June 19 (subject to airfare availability)

WCSU is pleased to announce that Dr. Bakhtiarova will again be leading a course to Spain in May/June 2017.  This four-week study abroad program will take place in Malaga, a beautiful Mediterranean city with millennial history. A weekend trip to the Spanish capital Madrid will introduce you to the artistic and cultural riches of this majestic city. To celebrate the end of the program, you will spend a weekend at the acclaimed Mediterranean resort Marbella where we will continue our journey of cultural and artistic exploration and relax at the seaside.

The program includes a four-week stay in the magnificent city of Malaga on the Mediterranean with exceptional beaches and fascinating culture. Malaga is the city of multiple museums and cultural attractions, such as a Medieval Moorish castle, the birthplace of the artist Pablo Picasso, a Roman amphitheater and a bull-fighters school. Its culinary traditions are outstanding and you will have an opportunity to taste and learn how to make authentic paella and tapas. All these and many more are included in the program. 

Participants can earn up to 6 credits (3 credits required) for Intercultural Competence/Language 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 October 4, 5 and 12 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 15, 2017.  The travel fee includes round-trip airfare from the NY/NJ metro area, transportation to/from the US airport and airport transfers in Spain, full room and board while in Malaga (family stay in double room), emergency health insurance, transportation to Madrid and Marbella, hotels and some meals while on weekend trips, excursions, various activities and museums while in Spain. Students are responsible for their personal expenses, local transportation and incidentals.  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 15, 2017. Applications are due on this date as well.
2.    Pay $1,500 by March 10, 2017.
3.    Pay $1,500 by March 31, 2017.
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 (3 UG credits required; up to 6 available for qualifying students)
  • Visa, if required / Passport (required)
  • Recommended trip cancellation insurance (available through an insurance company)
  • Some meals while on weakened trips
  • 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



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

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



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