Travel, live, and study with 60 top students from all over the world
Earn up to 8 credits transferable to your college or university
Visit leading European companies and international organizations
Take classes and travel with experienced and friendly international professors
Be a tourist
Visit world-class museums, cathedrals, and architectural landmarks
Increase your Intl. IQ
Increase your international IQ and gain valuable international experience
Select from a wide variety of courses in the following tracks:
- Art History and Architecture
- Economics and Finance
- Engineering, Technology, and Innovation
- Environmental Studies
- Hospitality Management
- Journalism and Travel Writing
- Luxury Goods and the Fashion Industry
- Political Science and International Studies
- Pre-Med and Nursing
- Social Work
- Sociology and Cultural Studies
- Travel Photography and Filmmaking
- Urban Planning
Itinerary (Main Session)
Barcelona (7 days)
June 26 - July 3
|Opening session and orientation||June 26|
|Classes + professional visit||June 27|
|Classes + guided tour of Barcelona||June 28|
|Classes + professional visit||June 29|
|Classes + professional visit||June 30|
|FN Day Trip to Girona and Cadaques*||July 1|
|Free day for independent sightseeing||July 2|
|Weekend Excursion to Madrid or Berlin**||July 1-2|
Chamonix (4 days)
|High-speed train + private coach from Barcelona to Chamonix||July 3|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 4|
|Classes + FN Day Trip to Annecy*||July 5|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 6|
|Professional visit (United Nations)||July 7|
Paris (6 days)
|High-speed train from Geneva to Paris||July 7|
|Free day for independent sightseeing||July 8|
|FN Day Trip to the Loire Valley castles*||July 9|
|Weekend Excursion to Amsterdam or London**||July 8-9|
|Classes + guided tour of Paris||July 10|
|Two professional visits||July 11|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 12|
Milan (5 days)
|High-speed train from Paris to Milan||July 13|
|Classes (midterm exams) + free afternoon||July 14|
|FN Day Trip to Cinque Terre*||July 15|
|FN Day Trip to Venice*||July 16|
|Weekend Excursion to Florence or Prague**||July 15-16|
Lugano and Lake Como
|Campus visit + sightseeing in Lugano and Como||July 17|
Rome (5 days)
|High-speed train from Milan to Rome||July 18|
|Group pictures at the Coliseum||July 18|
|Classes + guided tour of Rome||July 19|
|Classes + professional visit||July 20|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 21|
|FN Day Trip to Naples, Pompeii, and Positano*||July 22|
|Weekend Excursion to Santorini or Athens**||July 22-23|
Rhodes (6 days)
|Flight from Rome to Rhodes||July 23|
|Classes + guided tour of Rhodes||July 24|
|Classes + FN Day Trip to Lindos*||July 25|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 26|
|Classes + free afternoon||July 27|
|Final exams + free afternoon||July 28|
|Farewell party and graduation ceremony||July 28|
|Flights home||July 29 at any time|
* FN Day Trip Optional day trips organized by Forum-Nexus
** Weekend Excursion Optional independent weekend excursions organized by students
Students enrolled in 5 credits are required to participate in at least 5 professional visits.
Students enrolled in 8 credits are required to participate in at least 8 professional visits.
Forum-Nexus students, faculty, and staff stay in excellent hotels:
- Two 4-star business class hotels in Barcelona and Milan
- A new 4-star hotel in Chamonix right next to Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe)
- Two 4-star tourist class hotels in Paris and Rome
- A 5-star beachside resort in Rhodes
Rooms are either double or triple occupancy (double occupancy in Barcelona, Paris, Milan, and Rome; triple occupancy in Rhodes; and a combination of doubles and triples in Chamonix).More Info
June 26 - July 3
Students arrive to the Barcelona airport in the morning on June 26th, where you will be received by Forum-Nexus (FN) staff who will coordinate your transfer to the hotel. Barcelona is a fabulous coastal city with beaches, mountains, outdoor markets, restaurants and museums. You will be able to admire the striking Art Nouveau architecture of Antoni Gaudi in the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and several other sites throughout the city such as Parc Güell, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Barcelona is a powerful center of industry and commerce with the largest port on the Mediterranean. You will visit Spanish and multinational companies and take classes at the campus of the AACSB-accredited IQS School of Management. On Saturday there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the charming medieval city of Girona (Game of Thrones!) plus the seaside village of Cadaques (considered the Santorini of Spain and made famous by Salvador Dali). The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Madrid and Berlin.
July 3 - 7
From Barcelona, the students and professors travel by private coach to the charming resort town of Chamonix, nestled in the French Alps, surrounded by mountains, lakes, and forests. Classes will be held in the morning in the hotel’s conference center. The afternoons will be free for you to explore the striking beauty of the area and participate in activities such as hiking to the Mer de Glace, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe, or taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car, offering a spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Mont Blanc. On Wednesday afternoon, after class, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the beautiful lakeside city of Annecy, famous for its cobbled streets, winding canals, and pastel-colored houses. On July 7 we travel to Geneva, Switzerland’s highly cosmopolitan city, where we will visit the European headquarters of the United Nations in the historic Palace of Nations building, an iconic landmark situated in a beautiful park overlooking Lake Geneva.
July 7 - 13
From Geneva we travel by high-speed train to Paris, the heart of French culture, politics, and business. In Paris, you can visit the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and stroll along the banks of the Seine River and the Champs-Elysées. There will also be opportunities to visit important French companies and international organizations. On Sunday there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the famous castles of the Loire Valley. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Amsterdam and London.
July 13 - 18
From Paris we travel by high-speed train to beautiful Italy: land of enchanting cities, scenic countryside, warm, friendly people, and world-class cuisine. Our first stop is the city of Milan, Italy's proud capital of business, finance, and fashion. The city is famous for the Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, the Castello Sforzesco, a huge medieval castle in the center of town, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper, and the world-class La Scala Opera House. Milan is considered a shopping paradise: the designer district around Via Montenapoleone is home to the flagship stores of Armani, Versace, Moschino, Prada, and many more. Classes will be held in the historic campus of the Universita Cattolica, housed in a 14th century monastery. On Saturday there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to Cinque Terre, featuring the colorful cliff-side town of Manarola. On Sunday, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to Venice, including a visit to the island of Murano, famous for its glass products. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Florence and Prague.
On July 17, we will visit the Lake District at the border of Italy and Switzerland. The first stop will be the picturesque lakeside city of Lugano, a popular tourist destination in Switzerland. Besides its natural beauty Lugano is also an important center of banking, business, and higher education. We will visit the pristine campus of Franklin University Switzerland, a U.S.-accredited liberal arts university with a highly international student body.
From Lugano we continue to the Italian city of Como before returning to Milan. The city has a charming historic center with many piazzas filled with restaurants and cafes, an impressive cathedral, and a very picturesque waterfront on Lake Como. The city built its wealth on the silk industry and it remains Europe's most important producer of silk products.
July 18 - 23
From Milan we travel by high-speed train to the eternal city of Rome! You will be able to visit the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, as well as the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. There will also be a professional visit to the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. On Saturday, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to Naples, Pompeii, and the enchanting town of Positano. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Santorini and Athens. Students choosing this option do not fly back to Rome, but rather fly to Rhodes on Sunday night.
July 23 - 29
From Rome you will fly to Rhodes, one of Greece’s most attractive islands. You will stay in a beautiful 5-star beachside resort, attend classes in the resort's conference center, and have the opportunity to visit the charming Old Town, encircled by medieval walls. On Tuesday afternoon and evening there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the hillside village of Lindos. On the last day of the program, there will be a festive farewell dinner and diploma ceremony featuring traditional food and music.
Session Number: A1
Dates: June 26 - July 29, 2017
Cities included: Barcelona, Chamonix (French Alps), Geneva, Paris, Milan, Lugano, Lake Como, Rome, Rhodes (Greek Islands)
Barcelona to Rhodes: 9 Cities in 5 Weeks
- Students enroll in either 5 or 8 credits
- All students must enroll in the International IQ Seminar (2 credits), plus 1 or 2 additional courses
- At least one 3-credit course must be selected from Course List #1 - Regular Courses (Section 01 or Section 03)
- An additional 3-credit course may be selected from either:
- Course List #1 - Regular Courses (Section 01 or Section 03)
- Course List #2 - Supervised Independent Study courses and Internships: In order to enroll in a Supervised Independent Study course or in an Internship, students must fill out the corresponding application forms and be accepted
The full description for the intensive sessions is presented in the next section.
Intensive Sessions (3 and 4 weeks)
We offer three types of courses: regular courses, supervised independent study (SIS) courses, and internships.
Classes for the regular courses are conducted on weekday mornings, either at a local campus or in the conference center of the hotel. The main professor for each course travels with the group from city to city. The professors are highly experienced, multilingual, friendly, and share a passion for traveling and learning. Each regular course (section 01 and section 03 courses) is worth 3 credits.
- Section 01 classes are held from 9:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
- All students participate in the Section 02 International IQ Seminar from 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
- Section 03 classes are held from 12:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Supervised Independent Study (SIS) Courses
Students enrolled in a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course pursue structured independent work, following a well-defined syllabus, under the supervision of one or two faculty members. Each SIS course is worth 3 credits.
Not every student is allowed to enroll in an SIS course. Interested students must fill-out the SIS Course Request Form justifying their suitability for the course and their ability to conduct independent work. Students enrolled in an SIS course are required to also enroll in a regular 3-credit course.
The Forum-Nexus Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable academic and professional experience while earning 3 credits for their experience. There is a very limited number of openings. There are three internships available:
- COM 310-05 Internship in Communication
- HSPM 310-05 Internship in Hospitality Management
- PHO 310-05 Internship in Photography and Videography
One of the highlights of Forum-Nexus programs is the emphasis placed on making sure that the participating students acquire a higher level of International IQ. We define international IQ as the minimum level of international knowledge that a student should have in order to come across as a cultured and educated individual in an international situation, such as a gathering of professionals from around the world, or an international negotiation.
All students participate in the International IQ Seminar, conducted by Dr. Hugo Hervitz, which is worth 2 credits and includes:
- World and European geography
- Current international events
- Essential European history
- Key international organizations
- Cultural characteristics of the European countries
- Familiarity with the pronunciation and basics of select European languages
- An overview of European art history
The full list of courses and their syllabi is available here:List of Courses
The program is suitable for students in all majors. In particular, students in the following fields will find one or more Forum-Nexus courses that are valuable for their majors:
- Art History
- Business Administration
- Environmental Studies
- European Studies
- Health Sciences
- Hospitality Management
- International Business
- International Relations
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Science and Technology
- Social Work
- Urban Planning
You may enroll at the undergraduate or graduate level, based on your qualifications.
Franklin University Switzerland
A prestigious liberal arts university accredited both in the U.S. (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools) and in Switzerland (Swiss University Conference).
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
A leading Italian private university in Milan, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart is fully accredited and a member of the ISEP network.
IQS School of Management
AACSB-accredited business school, part of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona.
You may elect to have your transcript issued by FUS, UCSC, or IQS. We recommend that this choice be made in consultation with the study abroad and academic offices of your school.Credit Transfer
All classes and professional visits are conducted in English
In addition to insightful classes, students learn a great deal from a number of professional visits, customized to complement the courses they are taking. Students will visit prominent companies, financial institutions, and international organizations. Most visits include detailed discussions with officials of the companies and organizations. Students enrolled in 5 credits are required to participate in at least 5 professional visits. Students enrolled in 8 credits are required to participate in at least 8 professional visits. Professional visits are usually held in the afternoon.Professional Visits
Optional FN Day Trips and Independent Weekend Excursions
On Saturdays and Sundays, you may elect to participate in optional FN day trips, organized by Forum-Nexus, or go on independent weekend excursions, organized by groups of students.
Optional FN Day Trips
As a complement to the itinerary of the program, Forum-Nexus offers exciting day trips to additional cities with great cultural and sightseeing value. Most of them happen on Saturdays, and provide students with an opportunity to enrich their travel experience around Europe. The average cost for an optional FN day trip is $100. The following is the list of planned trips:
- Saturday, July 1 - The charming medieval city of Girona (Game of Thrones!) followed by a visit to the seaside village of Cadaques (considered the Santorini of Spain and made famous by Salvador Dali).
- Wednesday, July 5 - An afternoon and evening visit to the beautiful lakeside city of Annecy, famous for its cobbled streets, winding canals, and pastel-colored houses.
- Saturday, July 9 - A full day visiting three of the most enchanting castles of the Loire Valley, such as Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceau, Usse, or Azay-le-Rideau.
- Saturday, July 15 - A full day of hiking and beaches at Cinque Terre, featuring the colorful cliff-side town of Manarola.
- Sunday, July 16 - A full day visits to the amazing canals of Venice, including a visit to the island of Murano, famous for its glass products.
- Saturday, July 22 - A full day visiting the Bay of Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and the enchanting city of Positano.
- Tuesday, July 25 - An afternoon and evening visit to the whitewashed hillside medieval village of Lindos, including a visit to its acropolis and to its beautiful beaches.
Independent Weekend Excursions
Groups of students may elect to travel to other cities on weekends throughout the program on their own. Independent weekend excursions are organized by students prior to or during the program, and usually involve a Saturday morning departure by train or plane, and a Sunday night return. There are two suggested destinations for every weekend:
- Weekend #1
July 1-2: Madrid or Berlin
- Weekend #2
July 8-9: Amsterdam or London
- Weekend #3
July 15-16: Florence or Prague
- Weekend #4
July 22-23: Santorini or Athens
Forum-Nexus encourages students to derive maximum enjoyment and benefits from their free time in Europe. In many cases, this will be achieved through group activities with all Forum-Nexus students, but at other times many students will enjoy the company of a smaller number of friends sharing specific interests.
In order to facilitate this process, Forum-Nexus encourages the formation of the following clubs:
- Fitness and Running Club - For active students wishing to explore each city by running before class in the mornings, hiking (where applicable), and staying fit while studying abroad.
- Photography Club - For photography majors and students who just love to take pictures, this club will meet to explore each city together to take photos of unique neighborhoods, small villages, mountains and lakes.
- Art and History Club - This club is ideal for students who would like to spend time exploring the amazing wealth of museums, cathedrals and historical sites in each of the European cities visited.
- Food Club - Students in the food club will enjoy visiting authentic and unique restaurants in each city, sampling the local cuisine as well as the gastronomic contribution of immigrant groups in each country.
- Soccer Club - Avid soccer fans will have the opportunity to visit Camp Nou in Barcelona or San Siro in Milan, attend some soccer matches together, or find opportunities for playing soccer in their free time.
- Music and Dancing Club - For students who have an appreciation for music and love to dance, this club may explore each city by attending concerts, listening to live music, learning about local dances in each city, and visiting the most popular venues.
Forum-Nexus is the facilitator of the clubs, but the initiative comes from the students themselves, usually starting via our private Facebook group 1-2 months before the start of the program.
Complete an online application free of charge here. Admission is on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
There is no application fee. Within 3 days of receiving the official acceptance letter a $650 confirmation deposit is due. The deposit is applied to the overall program price.Apply now! It's free! Application Process
The table below provides the overall program fees, including tuition, for the various sessions of the summer 2017 program.
- Tuition for 5 or 8 credits
- Accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- Professional visits
- Guided city tours in Barcelona, Paris, Rome, and Rhodes
- All transportation within Europe between Barcelona and Rome, by private coach or high-speed train
- Health insurance
- Welcome reception
- Farewell dinner
Please note the following items that are not included:
- Round trip ticket to Europe: Students are responsible for booking their flight to the first city in the program (usually Barcelona), and their flight home from the last city (usually Rhodes). From the U.S., the average cost is about $1,300. We recommend purchasing flight tickets through STA Travel.
- Meals other than breakfast: the estimated cost is $25-30 per day
- The flight from Rome to Rhodes on July 23: This flight is not included. We recommend Alitalia flight #730, which is the flight that Forum-Nexus faculty, staff, and many students will be taking. The price should be around $290. Students also have the option to take a different flight if they are electing to travel elsewhere that weekend, or if they have a different preference.
- Optional FN Day Trips
- Independent Weekend Excursions