Study Abroad in Europe! Sustainability & Global Economy - Summer 2009
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Sustainability and the Global Economy
July 7 to July 31, 2009 (Summer II)
Riva San Vitale, Switzerland
Field trips to Milan, Lugano, Zurich, Freiburg, etc.
Examines best practices in economic competitiveness and sustainability in
Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
Includes field trips and site visits with businesses, chamber of
commerces, urban planning agencies in Milan (Italy), Lugano and Zurich
(Switzerland), and Freiburg (Germany).
Open to all graduate and undergraduate students with interests in
sustainability, business, global economy, and European studies.
Collaborate with students from Germany while studying in Europe.
Instructor: Dr. Heike Mayer, Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and
Contact Info: via E-mail at heikem@... or phone (703) 706 8122
For more information see
Application Deadline: Febuary 20, 2009
Space is limited, registration will be on a first-come/first-enrolled
basis from qualified applicants until all spaces are filled.
Cost: The program fee is $3,900 (subject to change). It includes housing
and three meals per day, transportation costs and lodging for field trips,
and administrative costs. Students will also be charged summer tuition,
and will be expected to cover their own out-of-pocket expenses.
Personal expenses are estimated as follows:
Roundtrip airline ticket - $1,400
Passport - $100
Health Insurance - $50
Books and supplies - $50
Personal expenses* - $400 (will be affected by individual travel,
souvenirs, and other items)
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due immediately upon acceptance. The
balance of the program fee will be due by June 10, 2009.
Housing: Housing and three meals per day are provided in Virginia Tech's
campus in Switzerland, known as Villa Maderni. Students usually stay in
double rooms although we may use some triple or quadruple rooms as well. A
field trip to Freiburg and Zurich is included.
The focus of the summer study abroad program in Riva San Vitale,
Switzerland, is sustainability and the global economy. We will examine the
ways in which the global economy operates and how sustainability is
practiced at the local level. We will focus on the role of European cities
and regions and the ways in which they develop competitive yet sustainable
environments. The class will focus on the following two topics: ?Cities,
Regions and Firms: The Role of the Global Business Environment and Local
Economies? and ?Sustainability and Cities?. The last week of the program
will include a workshop with students from Germany. Course numbers are UAP
5954 or UAP 3954 Study Abroad.
Cities, Regions and Firms: The Role of the Global Business Environment and
Paris and Milan are the fashion capitals of Europe. London, Zurich and
Frankfurt are the centers of the banking industry. Munich and Stuttgart
are home to numerous high-tech and biotechnology firms. Cities have always
played an important role in the global economy and firms take advantage of
being located in regions that are known for their industries. In this
class, we will examine the issues confronting businesses in the global
economy and we will pay particular attention to the role of urban and
regional economies. How do firms operate in the global business
environment? In what ways are cities and regions important for the
location of businesses? What is the role of local economies? Topics will
include understanding geographical, political, cultural, social and
economic issues that influence the global and local business environment.
Studying in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, will give us the opportunity to
experience Europe. Field trips to Zurich and Milan will allow us to
examine the ways in which major European cities function as locations for
globally operating firms.
Sustainability and Cities
European cities and regions have been at the forefront of sustainability.
We will focus on innovative best practices in sustainable development and
examine the economic, environmental and social aspects. We will focus on
the Slow Food and Slow Cities movement and visit small towns in Italy,
Switzerland and Germany. Students will participate in group excursions and
independent field work in and around Riva San Vitale.
Instructor: Heike Mayer is a professor in urban affairs and planning at
Virginia Tech?s Alexandria campus. A native of Germany, she specializes in
regional economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and
How to Apply:
APPLY ONLINE! http://www.educationabroad.vt.edu
The following items are required for Virginia Tech students. They should
be submitted to the Education Abroad office at Virginia Tech:
Submit online application
Signed and dated Program Liability Agreement
Authorization to Release Information (optional)
Statement of purpose essay (submit online as a questionnaire)
Contacts for further information:
Heike Mayer, Instructor: heikem@...
Casey Dawkins, Faculty Coordinator: dawkins@...
Paul Knox, Faculty Coordinator: knox@...
For applications and more information:
Assistant Program Director, Education Abroad
Office of International Education, Research and Development (OIRED)
526 Prices Fork Road, Room 131
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia USA 24061
The Contemporary Europe summer program is organized by Virginia Tech?s
School of Public and International Affairs.
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