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
Summer 2018: Application Closed
May 14 - June 11.2018
May 14 - May 26, 2018
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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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.
, 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.
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Dr. Thierry Devos
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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.
HOUSING AND MEALS
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.
PROGRAM FEE, REFUND POLICY, AND FUNDING INFORMATION
- 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
$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
- 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
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:
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