WCSU to host information forum Feb. 1 for 2016 study-abroad program

Image of Guggenheim Museum from Spain study-abroad tripDANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University will present a public forum at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, to provide information about a four-week study-abroad program from mid-May to mid-June that will offer the opportunity for participants to pursue courses in language and art while experiencing immersion in the cultures of Spain and Morocco.

The information forum will be on the first floor of Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited to attend.

The program, organized by the WCSU Department of World Languages and Literature, will include intensive course work in Spanish and art with Western faculty members during a three-week stay in the city of Malaga, as well as extensive travel in the Andalusian region of southern Spain and a weeklong tour of historic cities along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. Participants will depart for Spain on or about May 18.

Department Chair and Professor of Spanish Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova will be joined by Professor of Art David Skora to conduct program courses that fulfill university language and applied arts requirements. Bakhtiarova noted that instruction will be provided on an individual basis to meet all levels of language proficiency and artistic experience, and will be complemented by the experience of full immersion in the language, art and culture of Andalusia and exposure to the cultural cross-fertilization of the cultures of southern Spain and northern Africa.

“This program is about living in and understanding another culture, which will help participants to understand their own culture,” she said. “In an immersion program, they are not merely tourists in another country, but rather live as the people in these countries live. We will explore in depth the hybrid nature of European culture and the mutual influences between the Christian, Islamic and Judaic cultures.”

Malaga has been chosen as the base of instruction for the 2016 study-abroad program in part because of the artistic treasures of its many museums including the Museo Picasso Malaga, which houses an extraordinary collection of works by the city’s native son, Pablo Picasso. Bakhtiarova observed that Malaga also is centrally located to provide ready access to other centers of Moorish and Spanish culture, architecture and cuisine including Granada, Cordoba and Seville. Participants’ three weeks in Spain will prepare them to experience another crossroads of cultural influences during a weeklong visit to northern Africa to tour Moroccan cities including Tangier, Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat and Casablanca.

The program cost of $4,300 includes round-trip airfare from the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, transportation to and from the U.S. airport, double-occupancy apartment accommodations in Spain, emergency health insurance, airport transfers in Spain, and tours to Granada, Cordoba and Seville. The package also provides transportation, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, some meals and a seven-day bus tour during the Morocco portion of the program. A non-refundable $1,300 deposit is due no later than Feb. 12 with submission of the program application, which may be obtained at the Warner Hall information forum or accessed online at www.wcsu.edu/spain.

For more information, contact Bakhtiarova at bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu or call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


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