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Lausanne Summer Program

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 5 or more units of GE requirements in just 5 weeks!

Program Dates

May 7 - June 9, 2023

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


Tuition: $1, 955 per unit (same as Malibu tution per unit)

Room & Board: $3, 210

Program Specific Costs: 

  • City Bed Tax: $104
  • Swiss Health Insurance: $264 
  • Global Health Fee: $162

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

  • Visa Copy (if applicable for non-U.S. passport holders): April 22, 2023
  • Dates are subject to change

Course Requirements

5 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.

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

  • HUM 295 ≠ FRE 121 A
  • FRE 251 ≠ HUM 212 ≠ PSYC 200
  • REL 301 ≠ HUM 313 ≠ BIOL 107

Course Offerings

For a visual layout of Summer 2023 classes, please click here.

BIOL 107: Plants and the Environment (4)

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. Two sections offered.

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. 

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 295: 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.


HUM 313: Western Culture III (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisite: HUM 212

Focused on a particular topic in modern culture, the course will use historical narrative of the time period 1815 to the present as a background for investigation into a particular theme or themes. Students will engage with and assess varying cultural and historical interpretations. Students will achieve cultural literacy in the modern period and demonstrate their skill in synthesizing and evaluating diverse historical and cultural interpretations. 

PE 191: Individual Exercise (1) 

Extra fee required.


PSYC 200: Introduction to Psychology (3)

GE: Human Institutions and Behavior

A general introduction to the study of the science of psychology, intended for non-psychology majors. Consideration is given to the basic issues and research in human growth and development, perception, sensation, learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, personality, assessment, psychotherapy, and social behavior. Students majoring in psychology should take PSYC 210. 

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.


Faculty in Residence

Steve Rouse

Steve Rouse

Professor of Psychology
Social Sciences Division
Seaver College

 Office: Appleby 243
Office Hours: M (4-4:50), T (10-10:50), Th (12-12:50)

Steve Rouse is in his 25th year of teaching Psychology at Seaver College, especially teaching classes about personality and psychological tests. He and his spouse (Stacy) have served as the Faculty in Residence in Florence and Heidelberg, and they are excited to get to know Lausanne as well. Although their sons came with them on previous IP programs, both of them are students at different colleges, so they won't be able to join us this time. We both love cooking (and eating!) and playing games, so we look forward to sharing meals and game nights with you as we share this adventure.



Updated: 9.1.22