Suggested Summer Programs

** NEW FOR SUMMER 2019 **

Oaxaca, Mexico (First week in Middletown)
Dates: June 1 - June 28, 2019 

“ Other Worlds Are Possible: Life Against and Beyond Neoliberal Logics"

A Wesleyan faculty-led program with Professor Anu Sharma (
and Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra

This four-week intensive course examines radical challenges, in theory and on the ground, to mainstream neoliberal capitalism and development strategies promoted by international organizations such as World Bank and the IMF. After the 1980s, considered by many as "the lost decade" of development, some scholars and practitioners declared the development enterprise as fundamentally wrong: It was a misguided and violent neocolonial project that could never provide the answer to inequality and poverty. These radical critics argued for building a "post-development" era. In this course, we look at the conceptual history of the term "post-development" and also examine what post-development life looks like on the ground, among dispossessed communities. We will focus on lived and imagined challenges to neoliberal capitalism. We spend the first week at Wesleyan, brushing up on the critical ideas and movements that have emerged out of Mexico (and Latin America, broadly) over the past four decades in reaction to mainstream development discourse. We will then explore these ideas and lived alternatives in Oaxaca, Mexico. We will spend three weeks learning about and working with marginalized communities that are rejecting capitalist development and building and experimenting with living a "good life" (buen vivir) on their own terms

2-credit course ~ $7020 (limited Financial Aid available)

Application deadline: March 8th, 2019

Deposit of $800 due March 8th paid by check to Wesleyan University and delivered to the Office of Study Abroad

*Inquire about an alternative payment option that is being developed 


Chinese Studies

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship offers scholarships for students to undertake Huayu courses in Taiwan.

Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) offers opportunites for Chinese Language Learning and Taiwanese Cultural Experience. 

Classical and Latin Studies

Calder Classics offers intensive beginner and intermediate Latin and Greek summer programs in Italy and Greece for students of all ages.

Paideia Institute offers an intensive Latin experience in the city of Rome. For those with an intermediate or advanced background in Latin. 

Japanese Studies

Hokkaido International Foundation offers summer programs for Japanese language learners in Hokodate, Japan.

International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan offers summer courses in Japanese. 

Princeton in Ishikawa, Japan offers a Japanese language program.

Variety of Language Study

Critical Language Scholarships offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical-need foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu

Harvard Summer Program in Calabria, Italy

An opportunity to master the Italian language in the heart of southern Italy.  The program includes six weeks in Reggio Calabria and two weeks in San Demetrio Corone.  Pre-requisite: students must have completed one year or one accelerated semester of college-level beginning Italian.