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  • Locations: Bern, Switzerland; Freiburg, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Karlsruhe, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Physics
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
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Program Description:

USA Physics in Europe

CERN3D dipole integration showing several parts with an interconnection open. Image courtesy of CERN.

Program Dates:

Students enrolled in this program will spend one week on campus beginning on May 11th,  and two weeks in Europe.

Departure Date for Europe: May 16, 2020
Start Date: May 17, 2020
End Date:  May 30, 2020

Program Overview

Physics students, future engineers, and physics enthusiasts:  have you ever wished for an insider's tour of some of the premier physics research facilities in the world? Join Professor Martin Frank for an in-depth tour of the world-famous CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland, the Paul Sherrer Institute in Zurich, and other European centers of particle physics research.  Meet with scientists conducting research at these facilities; hear on-site lectures at, for example, the Large Hadron Collider where the Higgs Boson was discovered in 2012; visit Albert Einstein's house in Bern; visit European museums of science and engineering.  This study abroad course will introduce students to particle detector concepts and will survey the design and the physics motivation driving the foremost particle physics experiments in Switzerland and Germany.  In addition to physics students, this course is directly relevant to engineers interested in nuclear applications and pre-medical students interested in radiation detectors (e.g. PET scans, CAT scans, X-Rays), but all interested students who have completed PH 115 or 202 are welcome.  After an intense week of on-campus lectures at South surveying introductory material such as relativity, nuclear physics, and particle physics, we will travel to Geneva and from there to Zurich and western Germany to visit other research sites. Particle detector topics covered will include the passage of radiation through matter, ionization detectors, scintillation detectors, and semiconductor detectors.

Course Information:

Course Number: PH 290
Course Title: Special Topics -- To the LHC and Beyond: A Study Abroad of European Particle Detectors
Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: PH 115 or PH 202

Program Costs:

The cost of the USA Physics in Europe program is $5,489.00. Program costs include: 
  • Tuition for three (3) credit hours
  • All program-related, in-country transportation
  • All program-related housing: Shared occupancy in centrally located hotels/hostels (Single accommodations are available for an additional charge)
  • All program-related excursions listed in the itinerary
  • International health insurance & emergency assistance
  • Airport pickup for those who arrive on the assigned day and time
  • Daily breakfasts
  • A welcome and departure dinner in-country
***Please note: International airfare is not included in the price of the program. The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. You should budget additional funds for international airfare, meals other than breakfasts and specified dinners, and personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based on individual spending habits. 

Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.​

See Summarized Cost and Payment Information: Physics in Europex.pdf

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The first 5 USA students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program making the cost of the program $4,989. Students must complete the "Study Abroad Conditional Scholarship" application in Jagspot.

Scholarships: Most students can apply their current financial aid (scholarships, grants, and/or loans) to the cost of the program. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. Additional scholarships for study abroad are available, but unlike institutional scholarships, you need to seek out these opportunities. For a list of scholarship opportunities please visit: and schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor. 

Financial Aid Awards: If you are interested in applying for or reviewing your financial aid award to use towards this program, please contact Stephanie Roote ( in the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. 

Payment Schedule and Important Deadlines:

Space on this program is limited. You can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, you can confirm your place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020. 
A program deposit of $350.00 is due when you confirm your place in the program. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program and must be made no later than the application deadline.

Final Payment Deadline: April 17, 2020

More information related to payments and deadlines is provided within your study abroad application: The Financial Agreement, IMPORTANT: Faculty-Led Program Deposit and Payment Information, and Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet. 

Refund Policies: 

Refunds for Program Fees: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. After the application deadline, OIE will begin to pay program costs (housing, travel, booking, etc.) on your behalf. If an expense is incurred on your behalf, you will be responsible for paying any program-related expenses regardless of your participation in the program. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.    

Refunds for Program Deposits: 
  • $300 is refundable should you chose to withdraw from the program BEFORE the application deadline.
  • Should you chose to withdraw from the program AFTER the application deadline you must do so in writing to OIE and your deposit will not be refunded.

For additional information, please contact:

Professor Martin Frank
Assistant Professor 
Department of Physics


You can book an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor at:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.