Switzerland: Computing and Information Systems

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2021. Details below are subject to change.

Zurich, Switzerland: This program is a two-way exchange of a cohort group of students from both GVSU and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).  A group of 10-12 students from GVSU travel for an intense two-week course in Python hacking of big data and SAS data analytics.  In that course GVSU students are joined by 10-12 students from ZHAW.  Both groups of students then return to Allendale for a two-week course in Data Mining and Visualization.  

In addition to lectures and lab time, there will be field trips to the unique geographic and cultural experiences of the country.  Students will have the opportunity to hike the Swiss Alps and visit unique sites related to the discipline. 

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The next application period opens August 1, 2020

2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2020

Program Dates: July 9, 2020 - July 25, 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2021

Estimated Program Dates: July 2021 - July 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Opens August 1, 2020)

July 9 – 25, 2020  (2 weeks in Switzerland)
July 27 to Aug 9, 2020 (2 weeks in Allendale) 




Students will register for a total of six (6) credits:

CIS 380-01: Big Data Analytics (3 credits) two weeks in Zurich AND

CIS 380-02: Data Mining/Visual Analytics (3 credits) two weeks in Allendale

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required.

Language of Instruction: English


Students will live in apartments near campus.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $3,980


  • Airfare
  • Housing in Switzerland
  • Meals
  • Field trips

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,396)
  • Passport ($150)
  • Additional meals ($50)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,804


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

COMPUTER SCIENCE & INFORMATION SYSTEMS STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000 average): Scholarships are available to CS and IS majors who study abroad at an institution of higher learning in another country. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide students with greater opportunities in their study of computer science or information systems.  APPLY NOW

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2020
Paul Leidig
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2021
Paul Leidig
Program Director

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