Wellesley Summer Travel Courses

Dates: TBD

Eligibility: Open to current Wellesley College Students 


  • Tuition: $2,800

  • Other: TBD



Wellesley College offers select summer studay abroad courses, allowing students to experience global learning.  All study abroad courses are taught by Wellesley Faculty.


ANTH 299: Home and Away in Iceland

Why are myths often tied to geography and why are particular locations charged with powerful cultural meaning? This anthropological field course in Iceland explores the diverse ways that humans interact with their surroundings to create culture. This intensive two-week excursion (followed by two weeks of follow-up assignments) examines the cultural and geographic significance of Iceland's unique landscape and settlements. Glacial lakes, bustling cities, remote fishing villages, and eerie lava fields provide the setting for an introduction to the fascinating field of cultural geography. Students gain hands-on experience with methods of cultural anthropology, including participant-observation, interviewing, writing field notes, photography, and critical analysis. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this course offers students a rare chance to conduct ethnographic research in one of the most stunning places on Earth!


WRIT 293: Adv Writing: The West of Ireland in Literature, Art and Culture

Why has the west of Ireland produced so many poets, lyricists, musicians, dramatists and fiction writers? This intensive, interdisciplinary writing course will allow students to engage that question as they are introduced to the terrain, villages, counties, cultural history, arts and people of the west of Ireland. In this two-week course in Ireland, students will explore and write about the cities of Letterfrack, Louisburg, Galway and Cork. Site visits will include Kylemore Abbey, the islands of Inishbofin and Achill, Bowen’s Court, Big House country, the Renvyle Peninsula. The course will comprise daily lectures by faculty, small group discussions, and daily writing, as well as visits by Irish poets and academics who contribute to the rich traditions of the Irish West.
Prerequisite(s): Fulfillment of the First-Year Writing requirement.


CLCV 220/MAS 220:  Digital Archaeology in Greece 

Course description to come.


THST 245: Theatrical Criticism: An Immersive Investigation at the Edinburgh Fringe

Add your voice to the global conversation through a new 2-week intensive course at the World's largest arts festival! Critics occupy a place of exciting responsibility in the evolving global conversation about theatre. Come amplify your own voice! Students will immerse themselves in the craft of criticism during an intensive excursion to the biggest arts and culture festival in the world. Daily theatre productions in myriad genres (and languages!) will be selected from hundreds of festival venues, be they castles, pubs, conference rooms, observatories, volcanic playgrounds, or even in the cobbled alleys of historic Edinburgh. Daily critical discussion in print and audio will be offered, evaluated, and published online. Reviews, profiles and more will employ succinct analysis, vivid description, informed perspective and provocative questions. Collectively, students will create a vibrant snapshot of the state of theatre in today’s world!


How To Apply

Students should not sign up for these courses through Banner.  Students must contact the the faculty member and sign up directly through them (ANTH 299 - Iceland is Justin Armstrong; WRIT 293 - Ireland is Heather Bryant; CLCV 220 is Bryan Burns; THST 245 is Marta Rainer ).  


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