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 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.