The Swiss Government has provided a generous grant to promote interaction between Computer Science faculty and students from CSU and the faculty and students at HEIG-VD, a Swiss Engineering school. A limited number of students from the CSU system will be selected to participate. Participants will be able to receive a grant to cover most of the air fare (reimbursed up to $1,000). Accommodations and public transportation within Switzerland is included as are the expenses associated with activities that are part of the summer program. The complete funding package totals $2,000. Thus, your only expenses for the three weeks should be for food and drinks and any out-of-pocket expenses you might make during your stay, and payment of a tuition fee of $250. See the page on funding and activities for a breakdown.
For CSULB, the deadline to apply is now Friday March 31! See below for application details.
With 1,600 students, HEIG-VD is the largest partner within the University of Applied Sciences Of Western Switzerland (HES-SO). The HEIG-VD is ideally located on an urban campus in the town of Yverdon-les-Bains, which fosters its integration into the network of the economy as well as individual companies.
The 2008 summer program is organized by HEIG-VD (Switzerland) and will have faculty and students participating from HEIG-VD, San Jose State University (SJSU), California State University long Beach (CSULB) and Arizona State University (ASU). It will be held during 3 weeks from July 14 to August 1 at HEIG-VD in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland offering courses in Computer Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, Web Technologies, Bioinformatics, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence.
The goal of this summer school is to provide an opportunity for international collaboration and cultural exchange between American and Swiss students and faculty. Students from Switzerland and the US will have the possibility to attend courses taught in English by lecturers from all participating universities.
Additional information: course descriptions, and also a few words about available funding and activities for the summer. HEIG-VD has provided an information sheet (PDF) where the organizers describe the program.
Each participating University has the option to provide participating students with elective units of academic credit in their major. During the Swiss Summer Program, students will be evaluated via assignments, projects, and exams in every course. These evaluations will be used to determine a letter grade at your home institution. For CSULB, students can sign up for CECS 497 in Fall of 2008 with Dr. Monge as the instructor. To earn a letter grade and the units of elective credit, in addition to the assessment collected from all instructors, students will be asked to share their experiences in the Fall semester via a presentation and/or a written report.
Students from the participating campuses (SJSU, CSULB, and ASU) will be given priority over students from other campuses. CSULB students must be at least a junior or a graduate student in addition to satisfying the prerequisites for the courses of interest. Cal State Long Beach Students must apply locally by sending an e-mail to Dr. Monge firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should be "Swiss Summer Program Application". Your email (text or HTML only please) should contain the following information (it's recommended that you copy/paste this information and then complete it):
The deadline for applying is Monday March 31. Applicants will be notified via e-mail of the selections made. Selected applicants need to make a commitment to participate by purchasing a plane ticket.
An information session is scheduled for Tuesday March 18 at 4pm in VEC-418. In this session, brief overview of the program will be provided, questions will be answered, and students from last summer's program will share their experience.
For more information contact Dr. Alvaro Monge: email@example.com who will be the instructor of the course on search engine technology.