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Languages and Cultures

Study Abroad

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair July 2016-June 2017

Spanish Study Abroad Programs

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

See detailed information for each of the programs below:

Programs in Spain
Programs in Spain
Faculty-led Barcelona (Spain) Summer I
  Salamanca (Spain) Semester/Year abroad/Summer programs
Faculty-led France/Spain/Marocco Winter Intersession
Programs in Latin America
Programs in Latin America
Faculty-led Costa Rica Winter Intersession
Faculty-led Costa Rica
Student Teaching
Fall semester
Faculty-led Ecuador Summer II (Spanish/Healthcare program)
Faculty-led Isla Mujeres (Mexico) Summer I

Barcelona (Spain) - Summer 2016

Summer 2016 Program brochure

Spend 3 or 6 weeks 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 in collaboration with local professors. The program is a collaboration between West Chester University and IAU College offering 3/6 credits, home stays, excursions to the Basque Country and France, and presentations by guest experts in art, culture and politics.

For courses offered in Summer of 2016, contact Dr. Van Liew, Dr. Pagán, or Dr. Johannes.


Salamanca (Spain) - Summer Semester Programs

Tracel and Education (T&E) Programs

Salamanca (Spain)

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.

Information on T&E Program Dates and Fees for 2016 can be found 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 2015. A $200 discount will be applied if two or more WCU students apply for the Fall semester.

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France/Spain/Morocco - Winter Intersession

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.

France/Spain/Morocco/Istambul 2014 Brochure

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Costa Rica Program

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Costa Rica (Student Teaching) - Fall Semester

Program Description
This program is designed to give teacher candidates (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate) in the Department of Languages and Cultures the opportunity to complete the second half of their student teaching assignment (EDS 412) in Guanacaste, Costa Rica teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) at the Academia Teocali. Only teacher candidates in the aforementioned department may apply.

Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


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Ecuador: Spanish and Healthcare - Summer

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Program Overview

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This summer earn credit toward your degree, serving others and discovering the culture and language of Ecuador. This program is appropriate for many majors but Spanish and Nursing students are especially encouraged to apply. You will spend your day taking language and content courses, getting to know your homestay family, and participating in a servicelearning project at a local nonprofit or foundation. A few examples of service sites include a public children's hospital, a home for the elderly and a foundation that supports developmentally disabled children. In the evenings and weekends you'll explore the city of Quito and travel through Ecuador. Don't worry, you'll have time to relax too!

Spanish Track

The Spanish-Track students will focus on Spanish language immersion and acquisition through classes, service learning, living with homestay families and excursions. Spanish Track students will work towards earning 3 or 6 credits. This program is good for students completing their language, minor, and major requirements.

  • Dates: 6 week program: July 2, 2016 to August 7, 2016
  • Cost: Spanish Track - $4315 (3 credits) - $4785 (6 credits); Nursing Track - $5290 (6 credits)
  • Included in cost of program: Homestay accommodation, 3 meals a day and laundry, all academic instruction, all excursions (travel, accommodation and food), transport to and from airport. Also, West Chester University Fees.
  • Not included in the cost of the program: Airfare, passport, spending money, local transportation.

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Isla Mujeres (Mexico) - Summer TBA

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What is Isla Mujeres? A small Caribbean island just 15 minutes by ferry from Cancun, Mexico. It's just 5 miles long and .5 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.

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