Join us in the Alps for the Swiss Study Experience during 2018 Summer Term I
Join us in the beautiful Swiss Alps for two weeks of travel, scholarship, and adventure. Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime -- and earn six credits in the process! APPLY NOW!
We will spend two weeks surrounded by the Alps in beautiful Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, living in the Steger Center, an academic facility complete with dorms and dining owned and maintained by Virginia Tech.
You will complete two classes (totaling six credits) during the Summer I term. The first two weeks are "on-the-ground" in Switzerland, with the courses finishing online using Canvas for the final four weeks of the term. The two courses fulfill requirements on checksheets for Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, or Communication Studies. Students who aren't majors in the Department of Communication can receive elective credits from these two classes, too.
In the spring semester 2018, you will complete a 1-hour study abroad course to help you understand the logistics of international travel, gain an introduction to Switzerland, learn a few basics of the Italian language, and, most importantly, build community with fellow student scholars with whom you will share this adventure.
In addition to scholarship in Riva San Vitale and guided tours in other Swiss cities as part of the academic program, you will have the opportunity to take day-trips to nearby towns and villages, as well a longer voyage during our three-day weekend. Riva San Vitale is situated near the Italian border, with train schedules making cities such as Milan, Venice, Rome, Munich, Florence, and Nice (to name but a few!) a few short hours away.
Because our study abroad program is a bit shorter than most programs, it tends to be less expensive than many alternative options. Find scholarship information here. We will be working on a crowdfunding campaign in the Spring semester, and you may find a few dollars from your friends and relatives, too.
You will learn about a very important foreign culture from the perspective of communication during this program. Specific course topics and titles can be found here. For most Communication students, these courses will satisfy requirements for the three Communication majors, and for other majors as well. Please note, however, that students from outside the Communication major will need to meet with their advisor to confirm that these classes will count toward graduation.
Selections for the Summer I 2018 session have been made. Check your e-mail, and stay tuned to this site for updates on the Spring 1-hour course and our trip to Switzerland!
If you were not selected, know that we appreciate your interest. Study Abroad is one of the best things you can do in college, and we hope you apply again, either to this program or one of the other many great programs Virginia Tech has to offer.
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Gallery photos of Riva San Vitale and neighboring areas by Jenn Burleson Mackay.