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Lugano: Creating Sustainable Social Change

Fall Semester 2020

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This program is an international service learning experience that will change how you view the world. With 9 weeks in Europe and 4 weeks in Africa, you will experience the world like never before, all while earning 18 credits.

Visit our Program Website at www.linkinglives.org

European Experience

During the European component of the program, you will be based in Lugano, Switzerland.  Lugano is located in Canton Ticino, the only Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland.  You'll live at the Montarina Hostel, rated in a Washington Post article as one of the 8 top youth hostels in the world.  For 9 weeks, you'll take classes from Virginia Tech professors and have the weekends to explore the surrounding areas of Europe. You'll be required to visit at least the following cities:  Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich.  Funding for this is listed in the cost section under Required personal travel.

African Experience

You will spend 4 weeks participating in a service learning project in Ethiopia or Rwanda. 

Your service learning experience will depend on the needs of our non-profit partner organizations in Africa.  Students will participate in a human-centered design project and collaborate with local schools to develop curricula in areas such as:

  • ESL (English as a second language)
  • Basic computer and programming skills
  • US culture
  • Professional development

During your time in Africa, an excursion will be planned for you.

You will receive 18 credits:

  • Marketing, society, and the public interest (3 credits)  MKTG 4644
  • International development (3 credits)  UAP 4764
  • Communication Campaigns (3 credits)  COMM 4304
  • Field practicum (6 credits)  MKTG 4964
  • Study abroad (3 credits)  MKTG 3954

Preparing:

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country.

Frequently Asked Questions 

General

Do I need to contact the embassy in the countries where we are staying?

We will enroll you in the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  This registers you with the nearest embassy or consulate.

The fees include international medical insurance; what kind of coverage is it?

Our policy comes from Cultural Insurance Services International.  You can find the policy brochure here.

Who should I contact in case of an emergency while we are abroad?

You should contact the local coordinator or faculty member living with you.  You will be given their local and US-based numbers before you leave.

How much should I budget for traveling and personal expenses?

We recommend budgeting $1200 for travel (flights, hostels, etc.) and $1800 for personal expenses (food, entrance fees to sites, souvenirs, etc.).

Europe

Which airport does the group depart from when traveling from the US to Europe?

The group flight departs from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Where are we staying in Lugano?

You are staying at the Montarina Hostel.

Which meals are covered at the Montarina?

The Montarina provides dinner Monday-Thursday night.  Breakfast and lunch are not provided during our stay, but you will have access to a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and cooking/eating utensils.

Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?

Sheets and towels are provided by the Montarina.  You might want to bring your own sheets or towels for your travels.

How will I do my laundry?

The Montarina provides laundry service twice a week. All clothes are washed on hot and dried on high, so expect your clothes to shrink. There is a small, coin-operated washer and dryer in the Montarina for clothing items that require special care.

Will I have internet access at the Montarina?

Yes, the Montarina has wireless internet. 

Are there any sites or destinations I am required to visit while in Europe?

Yes. As part of the study abroad program you are expected to visit historic and cultural sites in these cities:  Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, and Munich.

Can I get my books shipped to the Montarina?

Yes.  Books can be shipped to:

Your Name
c/o David Brinberg
Montarina Hostel
via Montarina 1
CH-6900 Lugano

Africa

Where are we staying in Africa?

You will stay in a hotel or guest house near your assigned non-profit's volunteer site.

Which meals are covered in Africa?

All meals are provided.

Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?

Sheets and towels are provided by your accommodations.  You might want to bring your own towel and might want to bring a travel sheet for your stay. 

How will I do my laundry?

Laundry service will be provided once a week.

Will I have internet access while in Africa?

You will not have internet access at your accommodations, but internet cafes are available in some towns.

Can I drink the water in Africa?

No; bottled water will be provided for you.  Boiled water is also okay.

Preparing

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport in Squires Student Center.

You should insure that you have the proper vaccinations for this program. This can be done through a county health department or your family physician. You can see a list of recommended vaccinations and other health information at the CDC travel website.

These sites have additional information:

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Lugano fall 2020 bookmark.pdf

Program fees are $11,200. A non-refundable deposit of $1,200 payable online, is due after acceptance into the program.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until full.

Cost Summary (estimated)

 

 

Pre-trip Personal Costs:

 In-State

 Out-of-State

VT GEO Application fee

$50

$50

VT GEO Participation fee

$50

$50

Books & Materials

$200

$200

Immunizations

$200

$200

Passport  

$145

$145

Visa

$100

$100

 

 

 

Pamplin billing:

$11,200

$11,200

Airfare & Rail pass

Included

Included

 

Included

Included

Lodging

Included

Included

Required Group Travel

Included

Included

Medical Insurance

Included

Included

 

 

 

VT tuition & fees-estimated based on 2019 rates

$5,035

$12,405

 

 

 

Funds required during program:

 

 

Required Personal Travel

$2,000

$2,000

Meals not provided

$1,200

$1,200

 

 

 

Total Estimated Costs

$20,180

$27,500

Note: Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:  Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.  In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Affairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131.  The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance, and be reimbursed with any payouts later.

The program is now accepting applications here.

Eligibility

All students with sophomore standing at the beginning of the Fall term and GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Participating in study abroad does not allow a student any exceptions to meeting Policy 91 requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to understand their college's specific Policy 91 requirements.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your financial aid eligibility may apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office. Go to Scholarship Central for more information. Pamplin also lists Pamplin College of Business study abroad scholarships here.

In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Affairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. Another great resource is Pamplin’s International Program’s Funding Opportunities Page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance and be reimbursed with any financial aid payouts later.