Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048
Jerome Williams

Study Abroad Programs in Spanish

The following programs are currently available through the Department of Languages and Cultures.

See detailed information for each of the programs below:

  • Barcelona (Spain)

Summer I

  • Salamanca (Spain)

Semester / Year abroad / Summer programs

  • Costa Rica
Winter Intersession
  • France/Spain/Marocco
Winter Intersession
  • Rosario (Argentina)
Summer I
  • Isla Mujeres (Mexico)
Summer I
  • Cuba
Summer I



Summer 2015

Spend a month in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, practice your Spanish and enjoy all the advantages of a multicultural, multilingual environment. A different kind of summer program with an innovative approach where the city will be your primary classroom.  Barcelona is full of linguistic, cultural and aesthetic messages to be encountered, read, decoded and... enjoyed! An unforgettable learning experience on the Mediterranean, organized and led by West Chester University faculty.  The program is a collaboration between West Chester University and IAU College offering 6 credits, home stays, excursions and presentations by guest experts in art, culture and politics.

For ourses offered in Summer of 2015, contact Dr. Van Liew.

[Past program example: Summer 2014 Program brochure]

Contact person:

Dr. Maria Van Liew / 123 Mitchell Hall / (610) 430-4746 /



Summer - Semester Programs


Travel and Education (T&E) Programs
(For all levels of Spanish: Summer-4wks, Semester, Year-Long, Internships,

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals)

Travel and Education (T&E) is a consortium of Spanish academic institutions with Spanish governmental backing which has established a local presence in the US for the purpose of facilitating enrollment of US college and university students in the prestigious academic institutions of the historical regions of Castilla y León, deemed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. T&E's mission is to afford US students the opportunity of living the quintessential history of Spain and of experiencing Spain as a major international contender in the global economy. Through its exclusive US presence, T&E is able to offer local students unique study abroad opportunities at very affordable prices. Also, T&E takes pride in its ability to offer to local US universities a full service package including the personalized attention that is the mark of Spanish tradition.

Patrizia D'Adamo, US Director of T&E comes to campus to meet with students.

For information on T&E Program Dates and Fees for 2015, click here.

For more detailed information on summer, semester, and year-long programs

at the advanced, intermediate or elementary level see the 2015 T&E brochure.

Check the Travel and Education website:

T & E (Travel and Education) will wave the $95 application fee for WCU students who apply for study in Salamanca, Spain in Fall 2105. A $200 discount will be applied if two or more WCU students apply for the Fall semester.

Check previous West Chester participants and pictures.

Contact person:

Dr. Andrea Varricchio / 227 Mitchell Hall  /  (610) 436-2169 /





Winter Intersession 2014


-- Download the Costa Rica 2014 Winter program flyer! --

Winter Intersession 2014 information:

  • 3 WCU credits: ESP 300 (Latin American Culture & Civilization - in English)
  • Live with a Costa Rican family.
  • Cost of the program : $2320.00 + AIRFARE
    • Includes: Cultural field trips (see flyer for specific information), Room & Board with a Costa rican Host Family, Salsa and Merengue classes, Induction at UNA (Universidad Nacional).

Contact person:
Ana Sánchez / 122 Mitchell Hall / (610) 436- 0185 /



Winter Intersession 2014

Videos by Ellie Weeks (’13 participant)

Winter Intersession Tour of France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar and Istambul to explore “Spain’s connection to the Islamic World.” Dr. Maria Van Liew and University of California vice-Provost of International Programming, Dr. Carl Jubran, joined their expertise of Spain and Morocco to guide a group of nine students through twelve cities to highlight the historical relationship between Catholic, Islamic, and Jewish cultures.

Each January, WCU in collaboration with IAU College sponsors a Traveling Seminar (3 credits), a 19-day academic and cultural tour of 12 key cities in France, Morocco, Spain, as well as Gibraltar (a British territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean) and Istambul. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading European academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. Participants will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, history and culture.

Courses/Credit: The Traveling Seminar can be treated as a stand-alone program (3 credits). Credit can be earned in one of six courses: 

  • Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance; 
  • Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World; 
  • French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World; 
  • History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World; 
  • Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World; 
  • Spanish 320: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World.

- Download the France / Spain / Morocco / Istambul 2014 brochure here -

Contact person:

Dr. Maria Van Liew / 123 Mitchell Hall / (610) 430-4746 /

Summer I Program


Students in Argentina.  Students in Argentina.


The Rosario program is not running in Summer 2015

Contact person:

Dr. Marcos Campillo-Fenoll / 129 Mitchell Hall / (610) 436-2466 /


Isla Mujeres Street View Volladolid colonial city

Playa view Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins


What is Isla Mujeres?  A small Caribbean island just 15 minutes by ferry from Cancun, Mexico.  It’s just 5 miles long and  ½ miles wide – small, friendly, walkable and ecologically unique.  Ever seen the “Find your beach” commercials?  They were filmed on Isla Mujeres!

Why should I study abroad there?  It’s the perfect way to jump-start your Spanish language learning in a beautiful, friendly, safe environment.  You’ll meet wonderful local people and volunteer in the community, while learning the basics of Spanish. 


Contact person:

Dr. Alice Speh / 226 Mitchell Hall / (610) XXX-XXXX /



Summer I 2015

Open the 2015 flyer for the Summer Program in Cuba

The 2015 Cuba program has been canceled

Contact Dr. Gloria Hernández for further information


(West Chester students and professors with students from the University of the Arts

in Havana, Cuba. January 2014)

  1. May 26th to June 5th at WCU
  2. June 6th to June 22th in Cuba
  3. Approximate Cost of trip: $2500. Including:

      RT Philadelphia-Miami and hotel for one night in Miami.

      RT Miami-Havana.

      9 nights with breakfast in Havana (double occupancy).

      Transportation and 2 nights in Trinidad town (UNESCO’s World Heritage).

      Visa, Medical Insurance, Service and Mailing fees.


Contact person:

Dr. Gloria Hernández / 228 Mitchell Hall / (610) 738-0511 /