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 6 weeks!

Or, perhaps you are interested in an internship in Lausanne?  The 8-week Lausanne Internship Program offers students placements in exceptional organizations - visit the internship website for more information!

Program Dates

May 5, 2019 - June 15, 2019

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


Tuition: $1,685.00 per unit (standard Malibu summer tuition rate)

Room & Board: $3,372.00

Program Specific Costs: City Bed Tax - $130*, Swiss Health Insurance - $200*

*charged to student account

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines:

Due January 8, 2019: Completed Personal Data Form, including Passport Copy

Due March 15, 2019: Completed Vital Document Submission Form, including completed Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (flight exempt students only)

Due April 26, 2019: Completed Visa Submission Form, including copy of Swiss Visa (Non-U.S. Passport Holders Requiring a Visa ONLY)

Note: If you are a non-U.S. passport holder attending the summer 2019 Lausanne GE or Internship programs, please contact immediately to understand your visa requirements.

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

ARTH 200 - World Art History I (4)

   GE: Fine Arts

  • A survey of world art and architecture from prehistoric times through the fifteenth century.


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)

    GE: Language (prerequisite: FRE 152 or equivalent competency)

  • 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 204 - History of the American Peoples (4)

   GE: American Experience

  • 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)

   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 296 - Enriching the International Experience II (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.


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.


PE 191 Individual Exercise (1)

  • International Programs only. Extra fee required.


PE 292 - Beginning Sailing (2)

  • Learn to sail on the vast waters of Lac Léman 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 HERE.

Due to scheduling (courses occurring at the same time), the following classes cannot be taken concurrently (⇏):

ARTH 200HIST 390PE 292

FRE 251HIST 204


Required Textbooks

Summer 2019 Textbook List


Faculty in Residence

Dr. Cynthia Colburn

Professor of Art History, Fine Arts Division, Seaver College

Professor Cynthia Colburn is a professor of art history who specializes in the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world. It was a study abroad program during her sophomore year in college that led her to a career in art history, so she is very excited to share this experience abroad in Switzerland with students.






Updated: 01.28.19