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Roanoke College Students



Spend 2 months in Switzerland and 1 month in Eastern Africa! 

You will be based in Lugano, Switzerland, located in Canton Ticino -- the only Italian speaking Canton in Switzerland. You will take classes from Roanoke College and Virginia Tech professors at a local university and live at the Montarina Hostel, rated in a Washington Post article as one of the 8 top youth hostels in the world.

In September and October, you take classes from US professors and have the weekends to explore the surrounding areas of Europe. Lugano is on a major rail line between Italy and the rest of Europe. You can reach many wonderful cities in a few hours. Past students have visited cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich.

In November, you participate in an experiential learning project in Rwanda. Your project will depend on the needs of our non-profit partner organizations. Students collaborate with local schools and non-profit organizations to develop, implement, and deliver curricula in areas such as:​

  • ESL (English as a second language)

  • Cultural exchange discussions

  • Basic computer skills

  • US culture

  • Professional development

To learn more about the Africa experience, check out our Service Learning and Impact pages.

You also go on a safari excursion, reflection retreat, and other local activities. You return to Lugano for about one week to complete your semester-long project and reflect on your experiences. 


$18,469 Tuition ​

  • Billed in July, due in August

  • You will continue to receive your normal financial aid package while on the program

$8,248 Room, Board & Fees

  • Billed in July, due in August

  • This charge will pay for housing for your semester abroad, dinner 4 nights a week and lunch meal card in Europe, 3 meals a day in Rwanda, airfare to/from Europe and Africa, Eurail Pass, safari excursion, weekly laundry, international health insurance, Visas 

  • This is the same as standard room, board, and fees for a semester on campus at Roanoke College


$4,000 Out of Pocket Expenses

  • Not billed, just recommended out of pocket expenses. 

  • Weekend travel, textbooks, souvenirs and gifts, breakfasts & lunches, toiletries, etc. 

TOTAL: $30,717

Your cost to participate in the program, travel throughout Europe and in Rwanda IS THE SAME as if you remained on campus for the semester. 


You will receive 5 units:

  • BUAD 300 -  Social Marketing (1 unit)

  • BUAD 343 - Buyer Behavior (1 unit)

  • COMM 416LL - Community Internship (1 unit) 

  • ROA 218 - Digital Storytelling for Global Learning (0.5 unit) 

  • ROA 219 - Digital Storytelling for Global Learning (0.5 unit)

  • POLI 246 - Justice, Revolution, & the Good Society (1 unit) 

Experiential field study with international organizations and semester-long grant proposal project - looks great on resume! Opportunity to intern with Linking Lives the summer after participating in the program.

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