Forum Europe Summer 2018: 9 Cities in 1 Month

Netherlands - France - Switzerland - Italy - Greece

June 30 - July 28, 2018

Experience 9 great European cities in one summer

Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Chamonix, Lugano, Como, Milan, Rome, Rhodes

Travel, live and study with top students from all over the world!

30% of Forum-Nexus students come from outside the U.S.

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Travel

Travel, live, and study with 60 top students from all over the world

Earn Credits

Earn up to 8 credits transferable to your college or university

Professional Experience

Visit leading European companies and international organizations

Study

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

Tracks

Select from a wide variety of courses in the following tracks:

  • Art History and Architecture
  • Communication
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education
  • Engineering, Technology, and Innovation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Hospitality Management
  • Luxury Goods and the Fashion Industry
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med and Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Cultural Studies
  • Travel Photography and Filmmaking
  • Urban Planning
Courses for each Track

Earn up to 8 credits this summer while studying in 9 amazing European cities!

Acquire a solid understanding of the culture and politics of the European Union, as well as its changing economic and social environments.
Join Forum-Nexus Study Abroad for our 28th year of multi-country summer programs in Europe!
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Itinerary (Main Session)

Amsterdam (4 days)

June 30 - July 4

Opening session and orientation June 30
Cultural visit: Guided tour of the historical center of Amsterdam
Free afternoon for independent sightseeing
July 1
Classes + professional visit July 2
Classes + free afternoon July 3

Paris (5 days)

July 4 - July 9

High-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris July 4
Classes + professional visit July 5
Professional visit + free afternoon July 6
Free day for independent sightseeing July 7
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to the Palace of Versailles*
July 8
Weekend Excursion to Barcelona or London** July 7-8

Geneva

July 9

Bus from Paris to Geneva
Professional visits (United Nations and CERN)
July 9

Chamonix (4 days)

July 9-13

Arrival to Chamonix July 9
Classes + free afternoon July 10
Classes + free afternoon July 11
Classes (midterm exams) + free afternoon July 12

Lugano and Lake Como

July 13

Campus visit (Franklin University Switzerland) + sightseeing in Lugano and Como July 13

Milan (4 days)

July 13-17

Arrival to Milan July 13
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to Venice*
July 14
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to Florence*
July 15
Weekend Excursion to Berlin or Prague** July 14-15
Classes + free afternoon July 16
Professional visit July 17

Rome (5 days)

July 17-22

High-speed train from Milan to Rome July 17
Classes + free afternoon July 18
Classes + professional visit July 19
Classes + free afternoon July 20
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to the Island of Capri*
July 21
Weekend Excursion to Santorini or Athens** July 21-22

Rhodes (7 days)

July 22-28

Flight from Rome to Rhodes July 22
Classes + free afternoon July 23
Classes + FN Day Trip to Lindos* July 24
Classes + free afternoon July 25
Final exams + free afternoon July 26
Final presentations + farewell party and graduation ceremony July 27
Flights home July 28 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 4 professional visits.
Students enrolled in 8 credits are required to participate in 6 professional visits.

Accommodations

Forum-Nexus students, faculty, and staff stay in excellent hotels:

  • Two 4-star business class hotels in Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, and Rome; triple occupancy in Rhodes; and a combination of doubles and triples in Chamonix).

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Amsterdam

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Paris

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Chamonix

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Milan

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Rome

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Rhodes

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Forum-Nexus Study Abroad Itinerary

Cities

  • June 30 - July 4

    As a student with Forum-Nexus, you will arrive to Amsterdam’s Schiphol (AMS) airport in the morning on June 30, where you will be received by Forum-Nexus (FN) staff members who will coordinate your transfer to the hotel. Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, known for its charming 17th century canals, unique architecture, and rich history. While in Amsterdam, you will have the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum, explore the Rijksmuseum, tour the Anne Frank House, or take a bike ride around the city. You will also be able to participate in professional visits to leading global companies and international organizations.

  • July 4 - 9

    Together with Forum-Nexus staff and professors, you will travel by high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, the heart of French culture, politics, and business. In Paris, you will be able to 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 and international companies. On Sunday there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the famous Palace of Versailles, built by the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are London and Barcelona.

  • July 9 - 13

    From Paris we travel by private coach 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. After Geneva, we take a break from big cities in order to enjoy 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.

  • July 13 - 17

    From Chamonix we depart on a day trip to 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. 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.

    In the evening we arrive to 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 Universita Cattolica, housed in a 14th century monastery. On Saturday there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to Venice, and on Sunday to Florence. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Berlin and Prague.

  • July 17 - 22

    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 the famous Island of Capri. The suggested cities for the Independent Weekend Excursions are Athens and Santorini. Students choosing this option do not fly back to Rome, but rather fly to Rhodes on Sunday night.

  • July 22 - 28

    From Rome we will fly to Rhodes, one of Greece’s most attractive islands. We 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, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the hillside village of Lindos, including a visit to the stunning Acropolis overlooking the sea. On the last day of the program, there will be a festive farewell dinner and diploma ceremony featuring traditional food and music. You may fly home or to your next destination at any time on July 28.

Dates and Sessions

Main Session
Amsterdam to Rhodes: 9 Cities in 1 Month

Session Number: A1 Dates: June 30 - July 28, 2018 Cities included: Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Chamonix, Lugano, Como, Milan, Rome, Rhodes Courses:
  • 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

Optional
Intensive Sessions (2.5 to 3.5 weeks)

The full description for the intensive sessions is presented in the next section. More Information

Courses Offered

We offer three types of courses: regular courses, supervised independent study (SIS) courses, and internships.

Regular Courses

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 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
  • All students participate in the Section 02 International IQ Seminar from 10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
  • Section 03 classes are held from 11:45 a.m. - 1:20 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.

Internships

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

International IQ

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

Majors

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality Management
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning

You may enroll at the undergraduate or graduate level, based on your qualifications.

Sponsoring Universities

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.

Transcripts

You may elect to have your transcript issued by FUS or UCSC. We recommend that this choice be made in consultation with the study abroad and academic offices of your school.

Credit Transfer

Language

All classes and professional visits are conducted in English

Professional Visits

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. There are 6 professional visits included in the 2018 program itinerary. Students are required to attend 2 professional visits for every class they take. This means that students enrolled in 5 credits are required to participate in at least 4 visits, and students enrolled in 8 credits are required to participate in all 6 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 over the weekend, 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:

  • Sunday, July 8 - A half-day visit to the famous Palace of Versailles, a royal chateau just outside of Paris.
  • Saturday, July 14 - A full day visit to the charming city of Venice, with the opportunity to take a gondola ride on the canals.
  • Sunday, July 15 - A full day visit to the city of Florence, home to historical artworks and beautiful architecture.
  • Saturday, July 21 - A full day visit to the Island of Capri, a gorgeous paradise off of the Amalfi Coast.
  • Tuesday, July 24 - An afternoon and evening visit to the whitewashed hillside 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 their own during weekends throughout the program. Independent Weekend Excursions are organized by students prior to or during the program, and usually involve a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning departure by train or plane, and a Sunday night return to the Forum-Nexus base city. There are two suggested destinations for every weekend. Students must complete an Independent Weekend Excursion Form to inform Forum-Nexus staff of any travel plans outside of the FN itinerary.

  • Weekend #1
    July 6-8: London or Barcelona
  • Weekend #2
    July 13-15: Berlin or Prague
  • Weekend #3
    July 20-22: Athens or Santorini

Clubs

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 the Stade de France in Paris, and 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.

Application Process

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 two weeks of receiving the official acceptance letter a $650 confirmation deposit is due. The deposit is applied to the overall program price.

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Program Fees

The table below provides the overall program fees, including tuition, for the various sessions of the summer 2018 program.

Students can enjoy a substantial discount by participating in our Early Bird Discount program.

You now qualify for the December Early Bird Discount which entails a discount of $800 if you apply before December 31, 2017. The table below provides the overall program fees, including tuition, for the various sessions for the December Early Bird Discount.

Payment Options
Please note: The $800December Early Bird Discount has already been applied to the fees listed below.
Main Session

Session A1

Amsterdam to Rhodes:
9 cities in 1 month

(June 30 - July 28, 2018)
$10,185 5 credits
$11,355 8 credits


 
Intensive Session

Session A2

Paris to Rhodes:
8 Cities in 3.5 Weeks

(July 4 - July 28, 2018)
$9,473 5 credits
$10,643 8 credits
Intensive Session

Session A3

Amsterdam to Rome:
8 Cities in 3 Weeks

(June 30 - July 22, 2018)
$9,173 5 credits
$10,343 8 credits
Intensive Session

Session A4

Chamonix to Rhodes:
7 Cities in 3 Weeks

(July 9 - July 28, 2018)
$8,973 5 credits
$10,143 8 credits
Intensive Session

Session A5

Paris to Rome:
7 Cities in 2.5 Weeks

(July 4 - July 22, 2018)
$8,671 5 credits
$9,841 8 credits
Intensive Session

Session A6

Amsterdam to Milan:
7 Cities in 2.5 Weeks

(June 30 - July 17, 2018)
$8,571 5 credits
$9,741 8 credits

Fees include

  • Tuition for two or three courses (5 or 8 credits)
  • Accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast in all hotels
  • Professional visits
  • All transportation within Europe between Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam), and their flight home from the last city (usually Rhodes). From the U.S., the average cost is about $1,200.
  • Meals other than breakfast: the estimated cost is $25-30 per day.
  • The flight from Rome to Rhodes on July 22: This flight is not included, though students have the option of buying the ticket through Forum-Nexus by February 15, 2018. The estimated cost is $220.
  • Optional FN Day Trips
  • Independent Weekend Excursions: After the end of classes on Fridays, students will have free time during each weekend. They may elect to travel to another city/country over the weekend. These excursions are organized by the students themselves, however Forum-Nexus staff may provide helpful information, recommendations, and tips.
    The Independent Weekend Excursions typically involve:
    • Round trip inter-city transportation by train or plane (average cost is $100-180)
    • Hotel accommodation for one or two nights in a shared room (average cost is $50 per person per night)
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