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Become Immersed In Spanish Culture By Studying Abroad At Danbury's WestConn

Western Connecticut University will hold a forum to discuss their Hazard Mitigation Plan on Friday, Feb. 5.
Western Connecticut University will hold a forum to discuss their Hazard Mitigation Plan on Friday, Feb. 5. Photo Credit:

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University in Danbury is hosting three information sessions about 2017 study-abroad opportunities in Spain for students.  

The sessions will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. 

The sessions will be free and the public is invited. 

During the four-week program in Spain from May 17 through June 19, 2017, participants will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture as they become immersed in the Mediterranean lifestyle. 

Coursework will enable participants to enhance their knowledge of the Spanish language, while experiencing the art and cultural heritage of Spain through trips to museums, historical sites and cultural attractions. The study-abroad program will allow WCSU students to earn six credits that will fulfill intercultural competence and language requirements. 

Galina Bakhtiarova, chairman of the WCSU Department of World Languages & Literature and a professor of Spanish, will lead the excursion. 

Destinations in the itinerary will include Malaga, a Mediterranean city with a history dating back nearly three millennia; a weekend trip to Madrid to explore the Spanish capital’s cultural treasures; and a weekend visit to the Mediterranean resort, Marbella, to relax by the seaside. 

“Studying abroad is a necessity, not a luxury,” Bakhtiarova said. “It opens a world of opportunities.” 

One student who participated in a previous WCSU short course abroad in Spain said, “The trip was the most profound experience of my life. I saw and learned things that I never thought would be possible.” 

Another participant said, “This trip was marvelous. I learned not only about art, but also about life, culture and myself.” 

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