International Students

Short Courses Abroad (Faculty Led)

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 2019-2020 | Spain – Summer 2020

India – May 2020 | Dublin – Fall 2019 | Costa Rica – Spring 2020

Faculty Handbook

Wintersession in Florence, Italy – December 28th, 2019 – January 19th, 2020

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: Applications can be submitted AFTER August 1, 2019

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, 2019. Applications are due on this date as well.
2. Pay $1200* by October 16, 2019.
3. Pay $1350* by November 16, 2019.
* amounts are still subject to change

Applications and checks should be dropped off addressed to:

Patrizia Farina
c/o: Krista Brooks
201 Higgins 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; two weeks of Italian cooking classes 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), WCSU 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 2019/2020.

In order to apply, please download the PDF application and return it to Professor Patrizia Farina, c/o Krista Brooks 214 Berkshire Hall. Be sure to fill out all sections completely. The final deadline is September 25, 2019; 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 Professor Patrizia Farina ( as soon as possible.

Non-WCSU students and non-matriculated adults 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: Krista Brooks
214 Berkshire Hall
(203) 837-9166

Spain – Summer 2020

PROGRAM DATES: anticipated dates May 16 – June 16, 2020
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2020

Please email Dr. Bakhtiarova for additional information (

The program for 2020 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 2020. 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. Students will live with host families in Seville and Malaga , and will participate in a variety of exciting weekend trips that will include national parks, medieval castles, Roman monuments, one in a kind Royal School of Equestrian Arts 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 can earn 6 credits. Spanish credits satisfy Intercultural Competence/Language requirements. All levels are encouraged to apply. Independent study and honors options are available for advanced students.

Dr. Bakhtiarova is on sabbatical in the fall of 2019, so please contact her for more information at at
The estimated travel fee for the program is $3,950.

A non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of the application, no later than February 20, 2020. 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, 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 estimated travel fee is $3,950. (Subject to change)  WCSU tuition and fees are extra. The travel fee is due in three installments:
1. Pay $1,300 by February 20, 2020. Applications are due on this date as well.
2. Pay $1,500 by March 19, 2020.
3. Pay $1,150 by April 2, 2020.
All applications and fees should be submitted to Krista Brooks, the World Languages and Cultures Secretary, Higgins Hall 201, (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.

Photos from past trips

For more information, visit

India – May 2020


Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Art & Culture in Dharamsala, India

Summer Study Abroad 2020 – Earn 3 WCSU credits in HUM/HPX

May 23 – June 14, 2020

Email Dr. Suzanne Ironbiter at for more information.

Application for Summer 2020

Photos from past trips

Information Flyer

We stay and study at Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Art and Culture in a village in the area of Dharmsala, India. 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. It is in the foothills of the Himalayas, with views of their snowy peaks. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience and participate in a unique environment and culture.


Course Description

In the context of our setting in the Tibetan exile community in India, students examine Tibetan Buddhism’s Indian roots and distinctive cultural features. Visits to local institutions and people engage us with Tibetans’ activism and struggles for cultural survival. In coordination with morning studio art classes, we explore Buddhist symbolism and contemplative culture in Tibetan artistic practices. In readings, class discussions and individual reflections, we examine Tibetan Buddhism’s practical application to perennial and personal questions of identity, moral choice and human purpose, as well as to current ethical, social and psychological issues such as the environment and mental health. We investigate psychological and neurologic studies of Tibetan meditation practices, and non-Buddhist applications of these practices.

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

Accommodation is clean and comfortable, with Western-style toilets, hot running water and access to the internet. Everyone eats together at most meals. Internet is available to allow you to connect with friends and family back home.

For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Potter Ironbiter, WCSU Department of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies, at

Costa Rica – Spring 2020 – March 14 – 22, 2020

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
  • $2,600 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