BCA Trentino, Italy [Summer]

BCA Trentino, Italy [Summer]

WHY TRENTINO
• Study in the beautiful Alpine region of Northeast Italy known for its breathtaking views, crystal glacier lakes and convergence of Italian and German culture.
• Analyze the complex interaction between people and their environment by focusing on sustainability and the food industry or public engagement with the past. Review it all from the Italian Alps’ perspective, a place renowned for its distinctive history, heritage, environment, and commitment to sustainability. 
• Choose a truly immersive academic program that combines interactive classwork, outdoor educational activities, and visits with local organizations.  You can also challenge yourself to get the most of your time in Italy by taking both courses!

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Bolzano: Tour the capital city of the Alto Adige/Südtirol region bordering Switzerland and Austria. This city is known for its medieval castles, jagged limestone mountain peaks and South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
• Trento: Visit the state-of-the-art science museum in Trentino’s capital city. Enjoy the museum’s rooftop garden, Glacial Experience and Biodiversity Labyrinth.
• Adamello Brenta Nature Park: Participate in a multi-day residential mountain lab where you’ll focus on mountain history or agriculture and local food production.

ACADEMICS
The Trentino program is designed to create intense cultural immersion opportunities for students interested in history or sustainability. You can take an experience-based course in public history focused on Alpine Italy and its thousands of years of history as a frontier area in the very heart of Europe. Or take the course “Sustainability, Food, and Landscapes in the Italian Alps” which considers issues of global concern such as sustainable agriculture practices, climate change and resource management with Trentino as your case study. In both courses, you will begin the program through a structured virtual pre-semester course component before traveling to the Italy where the Alpine region becomes your classroom as you visit villages, meet with local experts and connect to businesses and organizations.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Your BCA Trentino Resident Director, a native of Trentino’s capital Trento, will introduce you to the exceptional natural resources and warm hospitality that characterizes the region. You will also have opportunities to meet local students and young professionals through various community-based groups focused on connecting residents to the natural resources of the area. The region itself is known as an outdoor paradise where you can participate in biking, trekking and other outdoor sports. If you’re interested in the arts, Trentino has a wide variety of galleries, castles and museums, as well as historical and archaeological sites to visit during your summer.

Subjects

  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food Science And Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Development

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BCA Barcelona, Spain

WHY BCA BARCELONA
• Refine your Spanish skills while also learning about Spanish culture and history during BCA’s pre-semester course. This three-week course ensures that you’re set to succeed in your Spanish-language courses abroad and helps you begin to acclimate to life in Barcelona – one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world.
• Join intercambio – a program designed for English and Spanish language students to meet throughout the week to practice their language skills together. This program provides you with an opportunity to meet Spaniards of different ages, origins and diverse life experiences.
• Get to know your new home and meet new people by volunteering with local organizations working in the city. The BCA Resident Director can help connect you to a local community partner to learn more about the work they do and ways that you can be of service to their mission. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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 Gaudí, 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. The BCA signature excursion may vary by semester but in the past has included visits to the port city of Tarragona, famous for its ancient Roman ruins and Cistercian monasteries, the 10th century
Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the city of Gerona known for its Romanesque and Gothic influences.

ACADEMICS
There are approximately 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) across six campuses, including 12,000 international students. As an advanced language student, you can challenge yourself to 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.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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 joining 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.

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BCA Brussels, Belgium

Why BCA Brussels
·  Gain professional experience with an international internship! Apply to Vesalius College’s Internship Program to work with one of more than 40 local and international organizations with offices in Brussels including Human Rights Watch, Mission to Macedonia, Oxfam International, UPS, MasterCard and ING Belgium.
·  Examine the European Union’s perspectives on current world topics and learn from experts in the field by completing the college’s European Peace & Security Studies Certificate Program or join the Model European Union program.
·  Experience the diversity of Brussels, known as the de facto capital of the European Union, and its citizens through your coursework and homestay with a local family. 

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 locations in Belgium. BCA’s signature excursion may vary each semester but in the past students have visited the North Sea and Ypres to learn about the impact of WWI on the region and reflect on the way that the war is still being remembered today.
 
Academics
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 not only to develop skills and knowledge important for their future careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally 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.
 
Community Connections
Volunteer during your time in Brussels through Vesalius College’s partnership 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.

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