Lausanne Summer Program

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Summer GE Program

Lausanne is located in the heart of the French-speaking area of western Switzerland along the shores of majestic Lake Geneva. Founded originally by the Romans, the city boasts of a long history and offers visitors today a rich cultural life.  Lausanne has a perfect blend of options for the urban dweller (restaurants, shops, and entertainment), but also appeals to the swimmers, hikers, bikers, and skiers who love the rugged adventure that the Swiss Alps provide.  Its central location in Europe allows for easy train access to all the major cities of Europe: it is only 45 minutes from the Geneva airport, four hours from Paris by the high-speed train, and one hour from the best ski slopes in the Alps.

In the Lausanne Summer Program, students can complete 7 or more units of GE requirements in just 5 weeks!

Program Dates

May 6th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Room & Board: $3,252.00

Course Offerings

7 unit minimum requirement. All students enrolled in the Lausanne summer program are required to take either a French course or HUM 295.

  • Students who have not taken French before - even if they have met their language GE requirement with another language - will be required to enroll in FRE 121 (1 unit).
  • If a student has already completed FRE 151 or higher, they will be required to enroll in FRE 152 or HUM 295 (1 unit).


REL 102 - New Testament in Context (3 units)

  • Fulfills Christianity and Culture GE!
  • Prerequisite: REL 101
  • Literary, historical, and theological study of the New Testament writings, with attention to their origins in the Early Jewish and Greco-Roman world and their subsequent influence. Prerequisite: REL 101

REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3 units)

  • Fulfills Christianity and Culture GE!
  • Prerequisite: REL 102 (GE)
  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.

HIST 204 - History of the American Peoples (4 units)

  • Fulfills American Experience GE!
  • This course provides a historical overview of the American peoples from pre-colonial times to the present, exploring the variety of the American experience in the context of political, social, and intellectual developments. Satisfies in part the general education requirement in the American experience.

HIST 390 - Modern History of the Middle East (4 units) 

  • Fulfills World Civilizations GE!
  • An introductory course which explores the causes underlying the rise of sovereign nation-states in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the conflicts that have attended modern social, technological, and political change. In addition, particular attention will be paid throughout the course to Islam and its influence over the socio-political history of the Middle East. The basic tenets of Islam and its significance and role will be critically examined. Generally, the course will strike a balance between chronological and thematic/analytical approaches.

FRE 121 - French Language and Culture (1 unit)

  • Teaches basic, practical conversation and limited reading and writing skills along with a study of French culture (This course does not prepare a student to take FRE 152. Taught only in the French language program during the summer term).

FRE 152 - Elementary French II (4 units)

  • Prerequisite: FRE 151
  • Basic grammar and conversation. Reading, writing, and an introduction to French culture (Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses)

ENG 380 - Topics in Literature: Culture Clashes at Home & Abroad (4 units)

  • Fulfills Literature GE!
  • Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent
  • In this course, you will encounter stories from writers who claim, challenge, and complicate various dimensions of culture. The stories these authors tell take up some of the most pressing issues facing the world today: immigration, religious tolerance, political justice, racism, discrimination, and violence. As individual readers, you can "take up" these issues as well, and engage with them from new perspectives. As a classroom community, we can work through these texts together, challenging each other's assumptions and working through dynamics of diversity that shape the way we interpret and respond to difference.

PE 292 - Beginning Sailing (2 units)

  • Learn to sail on the vast waters of Lac LĂ©man against the backdrop of the soaring Swiss Alps!  Students will sail the same waters once crossed by Julius Caesar as they learn basic concepts of sailing, boat maintenance and safety, all while skippering a 20ft sailboat with local instructors.  An additional course fee of $500 will be applied to the student's account to enroll in the course. Enrollment is contingent upon acceptance into the course.  To apply, submit an application using the form below.

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience (Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only).

The Visiting Faculty

Dr. Heather Thomson-Bunn

Assistant Professor of English/Director of First-Year Writing, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College






Updated: 01.10.18