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EU Alliance Summer School on Sustainability and Mobility in Switzerland

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Lucerne, Switzerland
Course # SA 10929
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2019 07/06/19 to 07/20/19

Program Leader

Name Kirk Alter

Program Description

European Alliance Summer School on Sustainability and Mobility in Switzerland

Be a specialist in your field of study, meet students from all over the world and work in multidisciplinary teams! Lucerne University’s project-based course on the theme "Sustainability and Mobility", will this year be organized by Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture in the center of Switzerland.

During the course of two weeks, the Alliance Summer School is offering you the chance to develop your creative thinking, to be a specialist in your field of research and perform under real life working conditions. Among other things, you will meet students and teachers from all over the world, work across multidisciplinary fields and acquire useful experience in preparation for the
future. Which will also be a good addition to your CV!

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Engineering and Architecture is organizing the Alliance summer school in collaboration with its alliance partner universities. Participants will work in small teams where all members combine their knowledge and experience to find exciting solutions to the challenges posed by the project in your area of expertise.

This is also a unique possibility to study and visit Switzerland, experience Swiss culture together with students from various countries. You will experience inspiring lectures around the theme of Sustainability and Mobility, where qualified lecturers from all Alliance Partner Universities will share their knowledge. Together with the other students, you will also have the opportunity to see Lucerne and fascinating nature of the Swiss Alps and Lakes, go for day trips and participate in other social activities.


Preliminary Itinerary

Sunday, July 7th

Monday, July 8th
     09.00 Welcome to the Alliance Summer School
     10.30 Coffee
     11.00 20 important things to know about Lucerne
     13.00 Lunch,
     14.00 -16:30 Introduction and start of each project
    17.00 Dinner preparations by the students. Group 1 (the students will be divided in 4 groups that will prepare dinner during the four first evenings for all participants)
     18.30 Dinner and project presentation by responsible lecture +group

Tuesday, July 9th
     09.00 Guest lecture
     10.30 Project work
     12.00 Lunch and lunch-lecture
     13.00 Project work
     17.00 Dinner preparations by the students, group 2
     18.30 Dinner
     20.00 City walk (optional)

Wednesday, July 10th
     09.00 Project work
     12.00 Lunch and lunch-lecture, thc
     13.00 -16.00 Project work
     17.00 Dinner preparations by the students, group 3
     18.30 Dinner

Thursday, July 11th
     08.30 Project work
     12.00 Lunch and lunch-lecture?
     13.45 Project work
     17.00 Dinner preparation by the students, group 4
     18.30 Dinner

Friday, July 12th
     study visits

Saturday, July 13th
     optional Excursion, all-day event, outdoor activity

Sunday, July 14th
     optional Excursion, all-day event, outdoor activity

Monday, July 15th
     09.00 Project work
     12.00 Lunch
     13.00 Project work
     17.00 Leisure/activity

Tuesday, July 16th
      09.00 Preparing posters and presentation for Thursday
     12.00 Lunch
     13.00 Preparing posters and presentation.
     17.00 Leisure/activity

Wednesday, July 17th
     09.00 Project work and finalizing presentation for Thursday
     12.00 Lunch
     13.00 Finalizing the project work

Thursday, July 18th
     09.00 Presentation
     10.45 Coffee
     11.00 Presentation
     12.00 Lunch
     13.00 Presentation
     14.30 Coffee
     15.00 Presentation
     19.00 Closing dinner

Friday, July 19th
     10.00 Summing up
     11.00 Farewell Coffee

Saturday, July 20th
     Return home


Contact program leader Kirk Alter via email or program contact Misty Clugh via email with your questions.

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Academic Credit

TECH 399 (3 credit hours)

Program Cost

Estimated expenses for this experience are: $1,700 (not including airfare or passport costs.)

Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship from Purdue Moves Summer Study Abroad Scholarship.

Application Deadline

To enroll in this program click the "Click here to enroll in this program" link under the program leader name and map at the top of the page.

Be prepared to indicate your 1st and 2nd project preference when contacted by Kirk Alter or Misty Clugh. Project descriptions.

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