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Lausanne Summer Program

Lausanne 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 6 weeks.

Program Dates

May 8, 2022 - June 17, 2022

*Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $1,865 per unit (same as Malibu tution per unit)

Room & Board: $3, 678

Program Specific Costs: 

  • City Bed Tax: $104 (approximate) 
  • Swiss Health Insurance: $160 (approximate)
  • Global Health Fee: $126

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary
    • Programs departing in May 2022: Due March 11, 2022
  • Visa Copy (if applicable for non-U.S. passport holders): April 22, 2022

Course Requirements

7 unit minimum requirement. Students must take FRE 121 if they have no previous French language experience, even if they have met their GE language requirement with another language. Students that have already completed FRE 151 or higher must enroll in HUM 296.

Course Offerings

BIOL 107 Plants and the Environment (4)

BIOL 107 Lab

GE: Lab Science

Studies the relationships of plants to the environment, with emphasis on the importance of plants to humans for food, fiber, fuel, and medicine. Emphasis will also be given to the management and preservation of our natural vegetation resources of Swiss Alpine plants, vegetation, trees, and high-altitude meadows. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Does not count for major credit, nor does the grade received count in the major GPA. Tier I laboratory fee will be assessed. 

FRE 121 French Language and Culture (1) 

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 251 Second–Year French I (4) 

Prerequisite: FRE 152 or equivalent competency

GE: Language requirement 

Emphasizes language production skills and interactive language use with a concentration on conversation. This course also develops reading strategies and examines complex grammar structures. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. 

HIST 390 Modern History of the Middle East (4)

GE: World Civilizations

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.

HUM 212 Western Culture II (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisite: HUM 111, ENG 101 (or GSHU 121 or SAAJ 121)

An analysis and interpretation of six major historical “events” during the time period 1300–1815 and their cultural implications: Renaissance, Reformation, Intercultural Encounters, Science, Enlightenment, the French Revolution. Students will achieve cultural literacy in these areas and develop skills in cultural interpretation and analysis. 

HUM 296 Enriching the International Experience (1)

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.

NASC 101 Science as a Way of Knowing (4)

NASC 101 Lab

GE: Lab Science

This course centers on a number of topics of common interest to different fields of science. Emphasis is given to the nature of the scientific process as one way in which humans attempt to describe and explain natural phenomena. Historical examples are drawn from a number of areas of the natural sciences, with special attention given to the structure of the atom, the functions of living cells, genetics, and evolution. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week. Tier I laboratory fee will be assessed. Does not count for major credit.

PE 151 Beginning Sailing (2) 

This class is physically demanding and requires swimming abilities which will be verified by the instructor at the first class meeting. Instructor permission required. Extra fee required. 

PE 191 Individual Exercise (1) 

Extra fee required.

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3) 

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

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.

The following courses are scheduled at the same time and therefore cannot be taken in combination:

  • FRE 251 ⇏ NASC 101 ⇏ HUM 212
  • REL 301 ⇏ NASC 101 ⇏ BIOL 107
  • HIST 390 ⇏ BIOL 107 ⇏ PE 151


Faculty in Residence

Jim White

Dr. James "Jim" White

Professor of Chemistry, Natural Science Division, Seaver College

Office: RAC 130

Jim White is a professor of organic chemistry for 35 years, 27 of those years at Pepperdine. He is a graduate of UCLA, Texas and did postdoctoral work at Harvard. His wife Penny is a children's minister at church and their two children, Rachel and Jonathan, have both gone to Pepperdine. Their family has been the faculty-in-residence in London for the academic year on three occasions and have visited the Lausanne and Florence programs as a family. Rachel and Jonathan as students have also been part of the Lausanne and London programs. Jim and Penny are looking forward to drinking hot chocolate in Lausanne, using the Swiss train system that is always immaculate and always on time, walking through the vineyards along the shore of Lake Geneva and eating fondue. 


Updated: 08.16.2021