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CLAHS: International Perspectives on Communication
Riva San Vitale, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer Session 1
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 06
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
2 Sophomore
Language Experience required for admission:
0 none
Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Communication College Sponsor: CLAHS
Virginia Tech Steger Center:
Program Description:
Riva San Vitale

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Field of Study

All majors

Program Information
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Additional Information

Come out to one of our interest meetings!
- Wednesday, October 19, 6pm, Shanks 043
- Tuesday, November 15, 6pm, Shanks 160

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (6cr.)

Study international communication, develop key communication skills, and gain career experience while immersing yourself in beautiful Switzerland!



Gallery photos of Riva San Vitale and neighboring areas by Jenn Burleson Mackay.
Riva San Vitale
Summer I, 2017 (May 26 - June 10)

International Perspectives on Communication

The program takes place during Summer I 2017, with two weeks of study abroad in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, plus completion of course work online. This program is designed for students who are unable to spend a whole semester abroad, but who are interested in the European experience.

The students spend two weeks surrounded by the Alps in beautiful Riva San Vitale Switzerland. Students live in a dormitory owned and maintained by Virginia Tech (Steger Center for International Scholarship) and earn credits from Virginia Tech faculty. The courses they take will fulfill requirements on their check sheets for Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, or Communication Studies. Students who aren't majors in the Department of Communication can receive elective credits for participating in the program.
Lake Lugano
Most students spend time traveling in small groups to Italy, France, Spain or other countries before classes begin, immediately after classes, or during our 3 day weekends.

Bring a notebook, pencil, and camera. 


Current rising sophomores and juniors; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


Participants will earn 6 semester hours of Virginia Tech academic credit during the summer semester for the following courses:
 - Comm 4074: Organizational Communication
 - Comm 4244: Topics in Public Communication - Perception, Persuasion and Propaganda

In the spring semester of 2017, students will enroll in a 1-credit study abroad course which gives students an opportunity to prepare for the trip and to get to know their classmates. Students will know the region and make travel arrangements. This ensures that you won't be traveling with strangers.


Program Fee

The program fee is estimated to be $5000. This includes room and board in Switzerland, excursions, health insurance and books. Students will want to bring additional spending money. The program fee does not include Virginia Tech tuition.

Because this study abroad program is a bit shorter than most programs, it tends to be less expensive than many alternative options. Scholarships also are available, please check here.

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:


Students will live at VT’s Steger Center in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.
Riva San Vitale


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Application Deadline: December 2nd

Contact Information

Stephanie Smith
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.

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