When the winter breezes start to blow, there’s no need to hibernate – you can keep your body and your mind warm at WEA Sydney! Join one of our winter courses, and enjoy stimulating teaching, great course content and good company, all delivered in WEA’s custom-built rooms in its own building, perfectly located for all city transport hubs at 72 Bathurst St in the centre of Sydney.

Browse through our full list of courses and you’ll see there’s a course for everyone’s taste or interest, be it for practical work reasons or to explore your favourite topic in history, literature or music.

Planning a trip away in the European summer? WEA is the place to start learning that language, whether it’s French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Swedish. We also have language classes for travellers closer to home, with beginners courses in Chinese and Japanese. And there are intermediate or advanced programs for continuing students in these options, too.

If you’ve never taken a WEA course in a humanities subject, why not start with a One Night Only special; meet some of WEA’s best tutors, and discover some interesting topics.Study can change your life!

Bathurst St will also be changing during Winter, with a large development program continuing at 286 Sussex St, the old Standards/Nestlé building next door to WEA Sydney (corner of Bathurst and Sussex Sts). This site is part of the City of Sydney’s planned gateway to the redesigned Darling Harbour. While WEA may suffer some inconvenience during the process, the end result will be a fresh, modern and revitalised Bathurst St.

Enjoy your Winter at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • Barcelona Nights (and Days)

        The Catalonian Capital is not only the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean, but a vibrant economic hub, steeped in over two thousand years of history and is one of the major tourism destinations in Europe. The city hosted Columbus, Picasso and the Olympic Games, surrounded by mountains and beaches, teeming with culture and home to unique architectural masterpieces, Barcelona offers nights (and days) to remember!


        • Historical and Geographical Overview
        • Barrio Gotico & The Cathedral of the Sea
        • The Sagrada Familia & other Gaudí Masterpieces
        • The Beaches, Las Ramblas & Nightlife
        • Catalonian Cuisine

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Describe the unique blend of Barcelona’s attractiveness
        2. Distinguish between the different historical periods and their impact on the city
        3. Identify historically and architecturally significant sights in Barcelona
      • Post-secular Turkey
        With the arrival of the Islamist AKP party over a decade ago, the political landscape has seemingly changed forever in Turkey. The pace of change towards a more Islamic oriented public life was slower in the beginning of the AKP rule. However, under the leadership of Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan the last few years, and especially the months following the coup attempt in July, the rapid changes are slowly eroding the seemingly secular nature of the Turkish Republic.
      • Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade

        Richard was a younger son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, ending up as King of England, Duke of Aquitaine and Overlord of Brittany! He was a fearless warrior and renowned military leader, in England and France, and also during the Third Crusade to the Holy Land, where he lay siege to Jerusalem. Despite neglecting England, treating the English as no more than an income stream for his endless wars, he is revered as an iconic figure of justice and righteousness.s.


        • Flori, Jean. (2007), Richard the Lionheart: King and Knight
        • Madden, Thomas F. (2005), Crusades: The Illustrated History, University of Michigan Press,
        • Nelson, Janet L. (ed.), Richard Coeur de Lion in History and Myth, 1992
        • Runciman, Steven., A History of the Crusades, 1951.
        • Penman, Sharon K., Lionheart (Plantagenets #4)
        • Penman, Sharon K., A King’s Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
      • Splendour of Medieval Pisa
        Most people head to Pisa to spend an hour or so in the amazing Piazza dei Miracoli, with its Romanesque cathedral, baptistery, and celebrated Leaning Tower. But the city has a lot more to offer, as its status as pre-eminent maritime republic of the Western Mediterranean (ca 1000-1400) ensured great wealth and artistic cross-currents with the Normans in the south and with the exotic East. We go beyond the Leaning Tower, exploring Romanesque architecture, Gothic exuberance, and the dawn of the early Renaissance in sculpture and fresco.
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