Switzerland and Italy Summer 2024

Students will have four weeks to enjoy the vibrant multinational environment at the CERN IdeaSquare, which is a project incubator at the world’s largest, most advanced laboratory complex for High Energy Physics and for innovation.

Students will learn and contribute to a multi-disciplinary hands-on project that will be impactful for the society and/or for communities and/or developing countries. The theme will be organized in a way to be inclusive of varied student background knowledge and profiles, but students in engineering, physics, mathematics or related fields will find the project and environment at CERN most satisfying.

Students will explore Swiss culture around Geneva, and be introduced to the tumultuous socio-political history that led to the Christian Reformation. The last two weeks are set in Rome, to follow the origins of Christianity, visiting more important historical places. During these weeks in Rome we will live with host families, and connect with local churches and communities (Italian and Spanish), deepening cultural awareness.

  • Understand the social, economic and political contexts and expectations of the Roman Catholic world in pre-reformation Europe.  
  • Be challenged by the differences between American and European worldviews and resource consumption.
  • Homestays, tours, museum, church, and site visits will frame our learning.


Seminar Leader - Stefano Colafranceschi, Mathematics and Computer Science
Approximate Dates - May 15 – June 28, 2024
Estimated Cost  - $7,000 (subject to change) Includes tuition, travel, room & board
Enrollment - 16 students

Course Titles

ICSSC 201 Intercultural Social Science: Switzerland & Italy (3 SH)
ICREL 301 Religion and Identity in Contemporary Europe (3 SH)

Required Immunizations

  • Routine vaccines – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV
  • Hepatitis A 
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19 In an effort to maximize the safety of our hosts and our students, EMU Intercultural Programs requires all employees and students who plan to travel for intercultural immersion, both domestic and international, to have completed their vaccination regimen for COVID-19 more than 14 days prior to travel. This requirement is one of the standard immunizations required for enrollment, effective Mar. 1, 2021.

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.

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