International Students

Short Courses Abroad (Faculty Led)

Last updated: October 15, 2018

Students with Dr Alba Skar in Puerto RicoWCSU student teaches (and learns from) a new friend in Nicaragua

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.

Italy – Winter 2018-2019 | Spain – Summer 2019

India – May 2019 | Costa Rica – Spring 2016

Faculty Handbook

India – May 2019


Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Art & Culture in Dharamsala, India

Summer Study Abroad 2019 — Earn 6 WCSU credits
May 25-June 23, 2019
Email Dr. Suzanne Ironbiter at for more information.
Application for Summer 2019

The area is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and home to a large refugee community around the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan scholars and teachers in exile from their homeland. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience and participate in a unique environment and culture.

Accommodation: Norling Guest House at Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Art & Culture. Click here for more information about Norbulingka.

Photos from past trips

Information Flyer


Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Art & Culture (PHI, HUM, HPX. 4 credits)

Tibetan Buddhist philosophy is a living tradition with a distinctive worldview, a deep commitment to non-violence, and a spiritual technology involving meditation and visualization practice. In the context of our experiential setting in the Tibetan exile community in India, we will examine its unique development from its Indian roots, its present role in Tibetan activism and cultural survival, its manifestation in Tibetan artistic practices, and its practical application to perennial questions of identity, moral choice and human purpose and to current ethical, social and psychological issues.

Tibetan Studio Arts (2 credits)

Foundational drawing of figures, images and symbols belonging to the Tibetan iconographic tradition. Students learn to prepare traditional materials and work with traditional tools in the process of completing a thangka painting, woodcarving or wood painting project under the supervision of a Tibetan master artist.


For more information, contact:

Prof. Suzanne Potter Ironbiter
Philosphy & Humanistic Studies
White Hall 324

Spain – Summer 2019

PROGRAM DATES: anticipated dates May 16 – June 16, 2019
Deadline to apply: February 08, 2019

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
1:30-2:00 pm
Warner Hall Lobby

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
2:30-3:00 pm
Warner Hall Lobby

Please email Dr. Bakhtiarova for additional information (

The program for 2019 is scheduled for May 16 into June 16 (subject to airfare availability)

WCSU is pleased to announce that Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova and Professor David Skora will again be leading a course to Spain in May/June 2019. This four-week study abroad program will offer classes in Spanish and Art that satisfy general education and major/minor requirements. The program will be based in Andalusia, a region on the Mediterranean with millennial history, and will include a weekend trips to Madrid, Seville and more. We will visit medieval castles, Roman monuments, bullfighting rings and many more. Spanish 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 will earn 6 credits (3 credits in Art and 3 credits in Spanish). Spanish credits satisfy Intercultural Competence/Language requirements. All levels are encouraged to apply. Independent study and honors options are available for advanced students.

Informational meetings will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6 and at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7 in Warner Hall Lobby. If you cannot attend the meetings, 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 8, 2019. 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 (family stay in double room), emergency health insurance, transportation in Spain, hotels and some meals while on the week-long trip, 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 8, 2019. Applications are due on this date as well.
2. Pay $1,500 by March 19, 2019.
3. Pay $1,500 by April 2, 2019.
All applications and fees should be submitted to the World Languages and Literature Secretary, Berkshire Hall 214, (203) 837-9166,

The program cost does NOT include:

  • WCSU tuition and fees (6 UG credits required; more are available for qualifying students)
  • Visa, if required / Passport (required)
  • Recommended trip cancellation insurance (available through an insurance company)
  • Some meals while traveling
  • 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, 2018 – January 17th, 2019

A helicopter view of the city of Florence, illuminated by a setting sun, with a river below and a mountainscape seen in the distance under a partly cloudy sky.

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.

The program will begin with one week of classes at WCSU in Danbury before leaving on a three week trip to Italy. Classes in Florence, the capital of Tuscany region, will be conducted at the Florence University of the Arts, a modern, state of the art facility in the historic center. Florence is the cradle of Italian Renaissance where such giants as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Donatello lived and worked. It was here that Dante penned the great work of Italian literature, the Divine Comedy . The city offers 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, the program offers immersion in Italian culture through multiple visits and field trips to places of interest and surrounding medieval towns. A hands-on Italian cooking class, our students’ favorite, is one of the staples of the program. It is included at no additional cost. Students will be housed in 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, 2018. Applications are due on this date as well.
2. Pay $1200* by October 16, 2018.
3. Pay $1350* by November 16, 2018.
* 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 2018/2019.

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, 2018; 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

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