World Class:
The Food and Culture of the Mediterranean Coast of Spain


The CCSU Center for International Education is pleased to announce its premiere World Class program!  Designed to engage members of CCSU’s extended community – alumni, faculty, emeriti, donors, friends of the University, and more – this non-credit cultural enrichment program will take participants to the East of Spain where they will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and enjoy the food of two fascinating regions: Cataluña and Valencia. The program will be led and narrated by Dr. Paloma Lapuerta, a native of Spain and expert on the region to be visited, and professor of Spanish at CCSU.  She will be accompanied by Dr. Pam Perry, founder of CCSU's University Singers, who will direct a select group of participating CCSU alumni to provide brief musical performances relevant to the places visited. 

The Program

The program will start in the city of Barcelona where the participants will spend two days visiting the old city, the harbor area and some of the buildings representative of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The participants will also visit the market of the Boquería, a temple of Spanish gastronomy, and they will be introduced to tapas and regional specialties. In addition, they will participate in a cooking class and a wine tasting.

From Barcelona, a day excursion is planned to Figueras, hometown of painter  Salvador Dali, to visit his museum and to the medieval city of Girona, where the participants will visit the Jewish quarters and will taste the specialties of the Ampurdan region, known for its variety of cheeses and charcuteries, among other delicious dishes.

From Barcelona the program will take its participants on a fascinating trip through the Maestrazgo region, which is a mountainous rural area, off the beaten track, but full of castles and other historical sites, such as the walled cities of Morella and Ares del Maestre.  The night will be spent in the village of Cantavieja, where the participants will be able to enjoy a very special meal.

A dramatic landscape of olive and almond trees will be appreciated on the descent toward the coastal city of Valencia where the participants will spend two nights. Valencia is a vibrant and welcoming place. The participants will visit the city of the Arts and the Sciences, which was built by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, and they will enjoy the old market, the narrow streets of the old city, the beaches and the paella, which is the local specialty, and nothing similar to what you think this dish is all about.

The sight of the Mediterranean sea and orange orchards will accompany the participants during the trip from Valencia back to Barcelona, where they will spend an afternoon of free strolling and shopping.

Program Cost and What's Included

The price of the program is $3,595 per person, based on double occupancy (single supplement an additional $750.)  The cost includes: round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare; double occupancy hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch or dinner daily; special gastronomique experiences; entrance fees to all scheduled site visits; and private motorcoach transportation in Spain throughout the program. 

Registration and Cancellation Policies

To register for the program, download the program registration form by clicking on the Registration Form button in the top right corner of this page. Submit the completed registration form, along with a $1,000 ndeposit (check made payable to CCSU), to the CCSU Center for International Education (Attention: Lisa Marie Bigelow, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT  06050), no later than December 6, 2013,  The balance is due January 1, 2014.  Space is limited; early registrations will be accepted.

The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Cancellations received before close of business on Friday, December 6, 2013: deposit is refunded
Cancellations received December 7-31: deposit is non-refundable;
Cancellations received January 1 - 31: deposit is non-refundable; 75% refund of balance;
Cancellations received February 1 - 14: deposit is non-refundable; 50% refund of balance;
Cancellations received February 15-28: deposit is non-refundable; 25% refund of balance
Cancellations received March 1 to date of departure: no refunds.

Registration Form


$3,575 per person, based on double occupancy; $750 single supplement for those wishing private accommodations.

Registration Deadline:

December 6, 2013

Travel Dates

March 15 - 23, 2014

Program Directors

Prof. Paloma Lapuerta
Modern Language Department
(860) 832-2884

Dr. Pamela Perry
Professor of Music Emeritus


Program Sponsorship

This program is co-sponsored by the CCSU Center for International Education and the Department of Modern Languages

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