Trinidad and Tobago is the most southern Caribbean island, positioned off the northern edge of South America. St. Augustine is in Trinidad, the birthplace of soca and calypso music as well as the steel pan. It’s also home to the largest Caribbean carnival, which showcases the country’s creativity and talent as participants wear extravagant handmade costumes and dance in the streets for hours. As a BCA student you can learn about the significance of carnival through courses and activities at the university. You can also join in on campus activities and clubs, or volunteer in the local community, to further connect with local people.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) offers world-class accredited academic programs. The campus provides modern teaching and learning centers with committed lecturers who are highly accessible to you. You will have a diverse learning environment with faculty and student from more than 40 countries. The university offers programming in business, humanities, engineering, gender studies, sciences and social sciences. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses such as The History of Carnival in Trinidad and other courses in the Department of Festival Studies to explore Trinidadian culture and carnival year round!
As a native of Trinidad, your BCA St. Augustine Resident Director is the perfect cultural guide for your semester abroad. Through activities in St. Augustine and around Trinidad, your RD will help you get the authentic Trinidadian experience. You will also travel together outside of the city to connect to the cultural and ecological diversity Trinidad offers. Excursions vary by semester, but locations could include the Caroni Swamp, a large mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago; nesting grounds for the endangered leatherback sea turtle; or forest and beach hikes to view the natural beauty of the island.
Barcelona is perfectly situated between the ocean and the mountains, so you can go to the beach, hike or take advantage of city life. The city is known for its vibrant street life, incredible food and amazing architecture. You can enjoy Spain’s cultural dances such flamenco, salsa or swing by visiting a local theatre or partaking in community classes. Plus, you’ll live with a host family who can provide you with opportunities to discuss Spanish politics, social issues, pop culture and family traditions. Interested students can volunteer with local organizations or local festival committees to further connect to the city and people of Barcelona.
Your Resident Director is your guide throughout the semester and will help you maximize your time in Spain. Together you will behold the works of world-famous architect Antoni Gaudi, including Cascada Fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella – inspired by Rome’s Trevi Fountain – and his most famous work, La Sagrada Familia – the unfinished Catholic church. After your RD has familiarized you with the city, you can spend time navigating the maze-like streets of the Gothic Quarter and exploring El Raval on your own. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included Salamanca, Segovia and Cadaqués.
There are approximately 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) throughout six campuses, including 12,000 international students. As an advanced language student, you can challenge yourself and take UB courses alongside local students. If your Spanish is not as advanced, you can take a combination of BCA and UB courses. BCA classes are taught in Spanish, but are designed for students for whom Spanish is not their first language. Between the BCA and UB courses, students can find a wide variety of options in many academic disciplines including the arts and humanities, business, professional studies, social sciences and STEM.
As the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the ideal place for students of varying interests and major areas of study to enrich their academic experience. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city that is fashionable, creative and fun! The city hosts a wide variety of clubs and pubs as well as an excellent music scene with numerous rock, jazz, world music, techno and even folk festivals. Brussels is also the bilingual Capital of Belgium, with French and Dutch (Flemish) as official languages. It is a cosmopolitan city in which many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street.
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Live (and eat) like a local with the help of the BCA Brussels Resident Director, who takes you on a culinary tour of Belgium! Indulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites, and of course waffles and chocolate, and learn about their cultural significance. Venture outside of Brussels with our RD as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant places in Belgium. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester, but in the past have included Ypres and the North Sea.
Do your part and consider volunteering during your time in Brussels! Vesalius College works with Serve the City – an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals and friendship. Develop your expertise in European affairs by taking advantage of Brussels’ role as the “Capital of Europe” and attend lectures from important local and international leaders. You can also engage with the campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government and joining other clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another prospective of Belgian life and culture.
Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Exciting internship opportunities allow you to set yourself apart and show future employers that you have experience working in a foreign country, have a global network and can balance academics as well as professional commitments.