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  • Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland; Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Psychology
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Thriving on Diversity and Multiculturalism in Milan and Lausanne

"I really liked the program. It was an intense two weeks, but we had time enough to learn, explore the cities and have fun."
-Erika A., Summer 2017

"Traveling with a group of SDSU students made the experience so much more comfortable, and I would highly recommend a faculty-led trip to someone who is feeling uneasy about studying abroad on their own."
-Meghan U., Summer 2017
Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below 
Course Dates: 
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA 


Summer 2018: Application Closed
Course Dates: 
May 14 - June 11.2018
Dates Abroad: May 14 - May 26, 2018
Price: $4,091
NOTE: Information below is for 2018. Subject to change in 2019. Updates coming soon.


Increasingly, the notions of diversity and multiculturalism are used to describe important facets of many social environments. In a world characterized by a globalized economy, movements of populations, and new communication technologies, individuals are increasingly immersed in diverse and multicultural settings. These societal changes influence the frequency and nature of intercultural contacts and also shape people's understanding of who they are. The unprecedented degree of social and cultural diversity can be source of both aspirations and concerns. This study abroad program prepares students to navigate a diverse and multicultural world, focusing on the psycho-social dynamics coming into play in diverse and multicultural settings. During two weeks, participants will be exposed to a variety of relevant research perspectives, will learn about these topics through multiples instructional methods, and will interact with international experts on these themes. In addition, students will be immersed in two contrasting cultural and national contexts (Milan, Italy and Lausanne, Switzerland) giving them the opportunity to experience firsthand the benefits and challenges of multiculturalism.

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Milan is the commercial, economic, fashion and industrial hub of Italy. Its location in northern Italy makes it an important hub for international travel so be prepared to experience modern Italy in this truly international city, but don't be fooled by this fast-paced city. Milan is home to famous cultural sites such as Leonardo's Last supper, the 5th largest gothic cathedral in the world - the Duomo, and the world's oldest shopping mall - the Galleria. Milan's metro and tram systems are easy to navigate and will quickly get you around the city as you explore all that the city has to offer.

Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city center


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • PSY 344: PSYCHOLOGY AND CULTURE (3 units)*
* Required Prerequisite: PSY 101. This needs to be complete by the end of spring semester 2018.

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Thierry_DevosDr. Thierry Devos is Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University. He was born in Belgium, earned a Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California - Santa Barbara and at Yale University. He is teaching courses on cultural psychology, prejudice and stereotyping, and the psychology of diversity and multiculturalism. His research interests are primarily in the area of intergroup relations, social identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Devos enjoys working collaboratively with diverse colleagues and students. Being himself the product of a multicultural education, he cherishes opportunities to make undergraduate students benefit from his connections with universities in Switzerland and Italy.


Participants will be housed in shared rooms at a hotel for the duration of the program in Milan and a hostel for the duration of the program in Lausanne. Participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner meals with the exception of group meals as noted on the program itinerary.

ISA will arrange two group meals in Milan and Lausanne for the San Diego State University participants and faculty. A welcome meal helps establish a sense of community among the group and serves as an introduction to the Italian and Swiss gastronomy and culture. Likewise, a farewell dinner acknowledges the importance of the experience and provides a sense of closure to the program. Group meals may be prix-fixe or buffet-style. Additionally, students and the faculty leader will be provided with 3 lunches at the local university cafeteria in Milan and 4 lunches at the local university cafeteria in Lausanne.

  • Walking tour of Milan
  • Welcome dinner
  • Meet and Greet with Local students
  • Navigli Neighborhood Tour
  • Day trip via train to Venice, including guided tour and gondola ride
  • Walking Tour of Lausanne
  • Guided Tour of Art Brut Collection
  • Day trip to the Alps, visit of a cheese factory/museum, Gruyere Castle and the Cailler chocolate factory
  • Visit to local NGO
  • Farewell dinner

Payment Schedule:
$596      Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$2,400   Second program payment due to our partner WorldStrides ISA by April 15, 2018
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
$4,091   Total Program Fee 2018 * **
*A $500 refundable housing deposit is not included in the program fee (to be paid by students directly to WorldStrides ISA)
**If more than 20 students enrolled in the program by March 15, 2018, our partner WorldStrides ISA will offer a discount of $200 per student. This discount will be applied to the second payment due to WorldStrides ISA by April 15, 2018.

Included in the Fee:
  • SDSU Tuition
  • Housing
  • Activites as listed above
  • Seven lunches and two dinners
  • Group airport pickup in Milan
  • Transportation pass for both Milan and Lausanne
  • Travel medical & repatriation insurance
  • Onsite orientation
  • 24/7 on-site support
Not Included in the Fee:
  • International Airfare: arrive in Milan, depart from Lausanne
  • Airport dropoff in Lausanne
  • $500 refundable housing deposit
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Most meals
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
  • For the second payment, for withdrawals after March 15, 2018 but before April 15, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee
  • For withdrawals on or after April 15, 2018, no refunds will be issued 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


The application for Summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list below.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader Dr. Thierry Devos at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Philip Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.