You will stay in Lugano, Switzerland which is located in Canton Ticino, the only Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland. You will take classes from 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. You will have the weekends and 3 one-week breaks to explore the surrounding areas of Europe. Lugano is on a major rail line between Italy and the rest of Europe and you can reach many wonderful cities in a few hours. You are required to travel to the United Kingdom and to visit at least the following European cities during the program: Rome, Florence, Venice, Prague, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Munich.
NOTE: Students cannot remain in the Schengen region for more than 90 days in a 180 day period.
Optional Africa Experience
During your last one-week break, you have the opportunity to participate in an experiential learning project in Ethiopia or Rwanda. Your project will depend on the needs of our non-profit partner organizations in Africa. Students will collaborate with local schools to develop and implement curricula in areas such as:
ESL (English as a second language)
Cultural exchange discussions
Basic computer skills
Contact the program leaders if you have questions or are interested in this opportunity.