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Italy/Switzerland: ENGR 3000 Global Leadership for Engineers

Learn what it takes to be a global engineer!  Experience Italy and Switzerland’s rich culture and history, while taking in the magnificent feats of engineering in Bern, Lucerne, Milan, and Bologna! Take this opportunity to learn more about some of most advanced engineering wonders in the world; from the Duomo in Milan to the Grimsel hydroelectric power plant in the heart of the Swiss Alps, these wonders are only a few of the marvels that only a handful of travelers get to see, and you could be one of them!

Earn 3 credit hours of Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science

With the goal to train our engineers to be successful in the 21st century global market, this course provides students with introductory global competencies in leadership and management in the engineering profession through professional development sessions, as well as corporate and cultural site visits in Switzerland and Italy.

All classes are taught in English.

Program Dates

Predeparture Course*

April 1, 2019 – May 10, 2019

Travel Dates

May 20,2019 – May 30, 2019

*Predeparture classes are held once weekly for 2 hours.  Specific class locations and times will be announced ASAP.


Bern and Lucerne, Switzerland and Bologna and Milan, Italy

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Switzerland on an organized group flight.
Day 2-3: Arrive in Lucerne and get acclimated to your host country.  Tour bioenergy facilities in the area to learn about the latest green energy practices.  Enjoy some free time to hike through the Alps!
Day 4-5: Visit engineering companies and businesses throughout the area of Bern before departing for Italy.
Day 6-9:  Sightsee some architectural marvels in Milan such as the Duomo di Milano, before heading to Bologna to tour the Lamborghini and Ducati museums and factories.  Finish your time in northern Italy with a tour of the Barilla pasta-making factory where a four-course lunch will then be provided.
Day 10: Depart Milan for the United States or continue with your technical summer course in Europe.


Hotels and hostels located in the heart of the cities of Bern, Lucerne, Milan, and Bologna.


Open to all engineering departments, MU majors, UM System students and SEC students

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors

No course pre-requisites


Program Fee: $3,300*

*Includes housing, international health insurance, Engineering Study Abroad fees, International Center fees, cultural excursions, partner university lectures, company visits and some meals.

Additional Costs

  • Tuition & Educational Fees (3 credits hours):$1,516*

*Based on Missouri Resident tuition & fees

  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,250
  • Personal Expenditure Estimates

Meals & Local Transportation $500

Click here to check itemized costs for Missouri Residents.

Click here to check itemized costs for Non-Residents.

These budgets are an estimate valid at the time of printing and are subject to change.  Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided. The given amounts are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host program or institution. 

Financial Aid

All eligible students may apply for scholarships through the College of Engineering Study Abroad programs found here.

Financial Aid packages are typically granted in the form of low-interest student loans that cover all trip related expenses (tuition, fees, accommodations, activities and personal expenses)

To be considered for aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a study abroad trip
  • Complete your financial aid worksheet with your study abroad advisor
    • Take the sheet to Student Financial Aid in 11 Jesse Hall to meet with a financial aid advisor (no appointment necessary or an appointment can be made through MU Connect).

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule.


Applications can be submitted here.

First come, first serve basis until the course is full (Limited to 30 students). 

Registration deadline: February 14, 2019

Maximize your Italy summer experience and earn 3 additional credits with a technical course in Milan, Italy or Galway, Ireland. Find out more.

Course Instructor

Lindsey Wisnewski

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