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Switzerland

CERN & the Future of Science

June 29 — July 12
July 13 — July 26
$7,990 + airfare

Switzerland

CERN & the Future of Science

June 29 — July 12
July 13 — July 26
$7,990 + airfare

Immerse yourself in diverse and cutting-edge scientific research this summer in three distinct regions of Switzerland, a country renowned for its cultural offerings, dramatic landscapes, and leading laboratories. On this high school travel program, meet with researchers in physics, biotechnology, astronomy, and climate science. See firsthand how their work is addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, expand your understanding of scientific advances, and explore possible career paths in science and technology.

• Visit CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator
• Raft down the River Lütschine into the turquoise Interlaken
• Work alongside robotics researchers at the Bern University of Applied Sciences
• Meet with climate scientists at the Jungfraujoch
“Bella had nothing but great things to say about her group and the leaders.”
—Kathleen F. & Michael D., West Roxbury, MA
Featured

Expert

An Expert joins each Career program for a portion of the itinerary, lending their insights and perspectives to the experience.
Tegan Wendland Headshot
Tegan Wendland
Tegan Wendland has reported on science and environmental issues for over a decade. Her stories have aired nationally and internationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Planet Money, Reveal, BBC, and the CBC, among many other outlets....
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Richard Harris
Richard Harris has spent his career as a journalist reporting about science. For 35 years, he was a science correspondent at National Public Radio. He has traveled to all seven continents, reporting from the South Pole, the Galapagos Islands, Timbuktu...
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Tegan Wendland Headshot
Tegan Wendland
Tegan Wendland has reported on science and environmental issues for over a decade. Her stories have aired...
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Richard Harris
Richard Harris has spent his career as a journalist reporting about science. For 35 years, he was a science...
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Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Geneva, Switzerland. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Geneva — 4 days

Begin in Geneva and get to know your peers and leaders with a group orientation. Then dive into the world of physics with a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, and birthplace of the World Wide Web. Visit biogen labs at Campus Biotech to understand the future meshing of carbon-based biology and silicon-based technology, and then dip into Swiss culture with a hands-on workshop at one of the oldest chocolate-making houses in Geneva. Take a lakefront train to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—Switzerland’s leading research university—and meet with scientists who blended computer engineering with forms from nature to create the world’s fastest bicycle.

Bern — 3 days

Travel north to learn from professors at the Bern University of Applied Sciences about robotics. Delve into the latest theories behind technology-enhanced communication and how humans communicate with robots. Discuss the human brain’s attempts to keep up with the evolution and performance of the machines we’ve invented, while exploring spaces designed for optimum collaboration between robotic and human workers.

Interlaken — 5 days

Slow down and relax on the shores of Interlaken, two lakes joined by the Aare River and ringed by snow-covered peaks. Explore the nearby valley by bicycle, ride on the elegantly engineered Schilthorn Cableway, or raft down the rapids of the River Lütschine. Then ascend by train to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Here, with the dramatic Jungfrau and Eiger peaks as a backdrop, meet with climate scientists who research the effects of climate change on the Alps’ glaciers. Take an evening trip to a nearby high-elevation observatory for an astronomy discussion and observation of celestial bodies. Present your independent project to your group and enjoy a final celebratory meal, reflecting on your experiences together and what you’ve learned.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Geneva, Switzerland, to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Geneva, Switzerland. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Geneva — 4 days

Begin in Geneva and get to know your peers and leaders with a group orientation. Then dive into the world of physics with a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, and birthplace of the World Wide Web. Visit biogen labs at Campus Biotech to understand the future meshing of carbon-based biology and silicon-based technology, and then dip into Swiss culture with a hands-on workshop at one of the oldest chocolate-making houses in Geneva. Take a lakefront train to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne—Switzerland’s leading research university—and meet with scientists who blended computer engineering with forms from nature to create the world’s fastest bicycle.

Bern — 3 days

Travel north to learn from professors at the Bern University of Applied Sciences about robotics. Delve into the latest theories behind technology-enhanced communication and how humans communicate with robots. Discuss the human brain’s attempts to keep up with the evolution and performance of the machines we’ve invented, while exploring spaces designed for optimum collaboration between robotic and human workers.

Interlaken — 5 days

Slow down and relax on the shores of Interlaken, two lakes joined by the Aare River and ringed by snow-covered peaks. Explore the nearby valley by bicycle, ride on the elegantly engineered Schilthorn Cableway, or raft down the rapids of the River Lütschine. Then ascend by train to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Here, with the dramatic Jungfrau and Eiger peaks as a backdrop, meet with climate scientists who research the effects of climate change on the Alps’ glaciers. Take an evening trip to a nearby high-elevation observatory for an astronomy discussion and observation of celestial bodies. Present your independent project to your group and enjoy a final celebratory meal, reflecting on your experiences together and what you’ve learned.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Geneva, Switzerland, to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Featured

Leaders

Meet some of our featured leaders. Please note that these may not be your leaders for the program. 

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Megan Krueger
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Sanjeev Menon
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Featured

Leaders

Meet some of our featured leaders. Please note that these may not be your leaders for the program. 

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Megan Krueger
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2023_CSWITZA_PCCUICE_Sanjeev Menon
Sanjeev Menon
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About the Destination

Perhaps known best for its stunning lakes and snowcapped mountains, Switzerland is also home to renowned scientific laboratories addressing the world’s most pressing problems. Landlocked at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe, the country boasts incredible diversity linguistically with four national languages, and culturally, with strong influences from Italy, Germany, and France.

Language

Switzerland has four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.

Climate

Summer weather in Switzerland is generally pleasant and warm. Average daytime temperatures range from 80–90°F (65–75°F in the mountains), while nighttime temperatures average 60–70°F (50–60°F in the mountains).

Cuisine

Swiss cuisine features myriad culinary styles and regional influences, in particular from Germany, France, and northern Italy. Enjoy raclette, fondue, and rösti, pasta and pizza, and many other specialties that reflect the diverse cultural composition of the country.

About the Destination

Perhaps known best for its stunning lakes and snowcapped mountains, Switzerland is also home to renowned scientific laboratories addressing the world’s most pressing problems. Landlocked at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe, the country boasts incredible diversity linguistically with four national languages, and culturally, with strong influences from Italy, Germany, and France.

Language

Switzerland has four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.

Climate

Summer weather in Switzerland is generally pleasant and warm. Average daytime temperatures range from 80–90°F (65–75°F in the mountains), while nighttime temperatures average 60–70°F (50–60°F in the mountains).

Cuisine

Swiss cuisine features myriad culinary styles and regional influences, in particular from Germany, France, and northern Italy. Enjoy raclette, fondue, and rösti, pasta and pizza, and many other specialties that reflect the diverse cultural composition of the country.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Program Themes

Physics, Biology, and Robotics: Throughout your program in Switzerland, you will interact daily with researchers, instructors, and university students in their various scientific fields. The labs we visit are expressly committed to science education, and the researchers we meet are excited to work with students, passionate about their fields, and committed to educating the next generation of science leaders, particularly from underrepresented groups. A typical day will involve a laboratory visit followed by a hands-on activity designed to immerse you in the scientists’ work. Scientists will often join us for a meal, coffee, or small-group discussion after our visit, when a more informal talk about a life in science is possible.

Independent Project

In addition to the topics explored during daily activities and workshops, students pursue an independent project that allows you to delve deeper into a scientific subject that interests you. Explore the ethical implications of artificial intelligence research or create a blog featuring interviews with particle physicists. Analyze technology used to replace damaged neurological tissue or develop a podcast episode describing the effects of climate change on snowpack in the Alps.

Language Practice

Proficiency in French or Swiss German is not required, however students who study these languages in school will have opportunities to practice while communicating with local people. Students who don’t speak French or Swiss German will have the opportunity to learn some basic language skills.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities, including rafting, hiking, and city walking.

Altitude

This program visits high altitude destinations—the group will spend one day at elevations over 11,000 feet/3,353 meters while visiting the Jungfraujoch, and may hike at elevations around 10,000 feet/3,048 meters on other occasions.

Accommodations

Throughout our time in Switzerland, the group stays in small family-run hotels and inns within walking distance of parks, restaurants, and museums. In Geneva, our home is a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood near Lake Geneva; in Bern, a comfortable hostel just outside of the Old Town; and in Interlaken, a cozy and classically Swiss family-run hotel.

Meals

Breakfast is always taken at our hotel. Other meals are eaten at restaurants or picnic style, depending on the day’s activities.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Program Themes

Physics, Biology, and Robotics: Throughout your program in Switzerland, you will interact daily with researchers, instructors, and university students in their various scientific fields. The labs we visit are expressly committed to science education, and the researchers we meet are excited to work with students, passionate about their fields, and committed to educating the next generation of science leaders, particularly from underrepresented groups. A typical day will involve a laboratory visit followed by a hands-on activity designed to immerse you in the scientists’ work. Scientists will often join us for a meal, coffee, or small-group discussion after our visit, when a more informal talk about a life in science is possible.

Independent Project

In addition to the topics explored during daily activities and workshops, students pursue an independent project that allows you to delve deeper into a scientific subject that interests you. Explore the ethical implications of artificial intelligence research or create a blog featuring interviews with particle physicists. Analyze technology used to replace damaged neurological tissue or develop a podcast episode describing the effects of climate change on snowpack in the Alps.

Language Practice

Proficiency in French or Swiss German is not required, however students who study these languages in school will have opportunities to practice while communicating with local people. Students who don’t speak French or Swiss German will have the opportunity to learn some basic language skills.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities, including rafting, hiking, and city walking.

Altitude

This program visits high altitude destinations—the group will spend one day at elevations over 11,000 feet/3,353 meters while visiting the Jungfraujoch, and may hike at elevations around 10,000 feet/3,048 meters on other occasions.

Accommodations

Throughout our time in Switzerland, the group stays in small family-run hotels and inns within walking distance of parks, restaurants, and museums. In Geneva, our home is a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood near Lake Geneva; in Bern, a comfortable hostel just outside of the Old Town; and in Interlaken, a cozy and classically Swiss family-run hotel.

Meals

Breakfast is always taken at our hotel. Other meals are eaten at restaurants or picnic style, depending on the day’s activities.

A Day in the Life: Geneva​

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Geneva.
9:00am
Eat a hearty Swiss breakfast at your hotel with your group
10:00am
Ride the city’s tram to Campus Biotech for meetings with biotechnology lab researchers
12:00pm
Join scientists for lunch at Campus Biotech’s cafeteria
2:00pm
Stroll along the Lake Geneva shoreline and take a water taxi to a lakeside café
4:00pm
Join award-winning chocolatiers for a hands-on chocolate-making workshop
6:00pm
Enjoy some downtime at the hotel and work on your independent project
8:00pm
Walk to a neighborhood restaurant and sample Swiss favorites like rösti and fondue
10:00pm
Meet as a group to reflect on the day and discuss tomorrow’s schedule

A Day in the Life:
Geneva​

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Geneva.
9:00am
Eat a hearty Swiss breakfast at your hotel with your group
10:00am
Ride the city’s tram to Campus Biotech for meetings with biotechnology lab researchers
12:00pm
Join scientists for lunch at Campus Biotech’s cafeteria
2:00pm
Stroll along the Lake Geneva shoreline and take a water taxi to a lakeside café
4:00pm
Join award-winning chocolatiers for a hands-on chocolate-making workshop
6:00pm
Enjoy some downtime at the hotel and work on your independent project
8:00pm
Walk to a neighborhood restaurant and sample Swiss favorites like rösti and fondue
10:00pm
Meet as a group to reflect on the day and discuss tomorrow’s schedule
“It was so great to be experiencing new things and learning about new places again!”
—Kedhar B., Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, NJ

This Program is Directed by

Julian Hartmann-Russell

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

This Program is Directed by

Julian Hartmann-Russell

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

Enroll in two programs & save $1,000!

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Switzerland
CERN & the Future of Science

2024 Dates
June 29 — July 12
July 13 — July 26

Duration
14 days

Tuition
$7,990 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
14–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York


 

Additional Info

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 29 — July 12
July 13 — July 26

Duration
14 days

Tuition
$7,990 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
14–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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Croatia & Slovenia
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Faroe Islands & Iceland
Italy & Greece
Japan
Kilimanjaro
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Patagonia: Skiing
Spain, France, & Portugal
Switzerland, Italy, France, & Holland
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