Wesleyan Programs Abroad

Wesleyan Programs Abroad

Wesleyan administers immersion programs in Italy, Spain, and France for students with the appropriate linguistic preparation:

ECCO: Eastern College Consortium in Bologna (Italy)
VWM: Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Madrid (Spain)
VWP: Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris (France)

Home campus oversight committees establish the criteria for admission, process the applications, and set all policies for these programs. The on-site staff abroad includes a faculty resident director from the home US campus, an assistant to the director, and student interns from the local university. The local staff is responsible for enforcing program policy and facilitating students’ academic assimilation and cultural immersion.

These programs offer instruction in all disciplines, either through direct enrollment in regular university courses or through courses taught by French, Italian, or Spanish faculty specifically for foreign students. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Housing options vary and ordinarily include homestays with local families (France and Spain) or residence in a student dorm (Italy). All three programs organize a rich calendar of extracurricular activities and cultural events which are educational in nature and aimed at enhancing the students’ cultural immersion.

Given the quality of these programs, Wesleyan’s careful oversight, and the myriad of opportunities they offer for direct enrollment and cultural immersion, we expect Wesleyan students interested in France, Italy, or Spain to consider them first when weighing study abroad options.

To apply for a Wesleyan program, students need to complete ONLY the Wesleyan permission application to study abroad, and compose their essay in the target language of the program being applied for.

Deadline for fall semester: February 22
Deadline for spring semester: September 30