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Spring LC in the Alps

Switzerland, Austria & Germany provide the perfect backdrop

to study the interaction between artistic & scientific innovation & invention.

The 2017 program is closed.  

We anticipate the program will return in Spring 2019.

Information will be available in Fall 2017.

The Innovation & Invention Learning Community in the Alps provides students the opportunity to expore some of the most important sites in Europe for technology, innovation, artistic and scientific discovery.  Students will spend Spring term at Augustana studying both the history of physics & engineering in Europe and ways in which location, innovation and technology have impacted music in the region, from the famous alpine horns to the development of brass instruments.   The on-campus courses then embark on a 3 week tour of southern Germany, Bern in Switzerland and Salzburg in Austria, where they will visit both the sites of historic discoveries, centers of musical innovation and tradition, and locations on the cutting edge of design and research today. 

Contacts: Dr. Dyer (Physics) and Dr. Keehn (Music)

Eligibility: This program is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors.  It does not require prerequisites in Physics or Music.  No knowledge of the German language is required. All coursework and readings are offered in English.

Recommended For: All majors are welcomed in this program.  This program will provide both Learning Community and Learning Perspective credit in the General Education Program (pending final approval).  Students of Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Music and Music Education may find this program particularly beneficial.

Anticipated Program Cap: 23 students

Academics: This is a 6-credit Learning Community (LC) program comprised of two courses. 

Physics 305 (PH): History of Physics & Engineering in Central Europe (Taught by Dr. J. Dyer)

Music 304 (PP): The Science of Musical Culture (Taught by Dr. S. Keehn)

Students who participate in this program must enroll for both courses during the Spring Term of 2017 in order to travel with the program to Europe.

Seniors should pay special attention to the timing of this program.  Senior students who need any portion of this coursework in order to complete degree requirements may not graduate in the spring. They must apply as a summer graduate, but can choose to participate in the commencement ceremony if they wish. Contact the Registrar for your questions. 

Cost:  The 2017 program feee is $3,330

Cost includes: Lodging, inter-city transportation, group site visits, health insurance and some group meals. 

Cost does not include: Non-group meals, discretionary spending, or airfare. 

Round trip airfare to/from Frankfurt, Germany should be purchased by students so as to be in Frankfurt on the date on which the program begins but may schedule so as to have time for independent travel after the program's conclusion.   Augustana is not responsible for student travel beyond the final date of the program and the costs for any such travel are not included in the program fee.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure, including those students completing their 6th term in Spring 2017.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana, including those completing a 3rd term in Spring 2015, are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.