"The Summer School has definitively opened my mind much further to the importance of travelling abroad. It was probably the way best to learn and I was able to understand new concepts. I have some learning through experiences and coming from another country is the best way to learn about the culture."
Liam Gonyea, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States and other UoM participants, Robotic Summer School of Engineering 2017
Every two years after the spring semester, students of the ZHAW School of Engineering have the opportunity to participate in a global seminar at the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The three-week exchange semester provides a combination of technical training, familiarisation with American culture, visits to companies and an attractive leisure programme. Conversely, students from the University of Minnesota attend a three-week global seminar at the Institute for Mechatronic Systems (IMS) of the ZHAW School of Engineering.
Each year since 2013, a four-week summer school for students of the IT degree programme has taken place in Michigan with Grand Valley State University (GVSU). All students spend the first two weeks together at the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur. The programme for the following two weeks takes place at the School of Computing and Information Systems on the GVSU campus in Allendale in the USA. The students acquire technical knowledge and at the same time have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of English through collaborating in American-Swiss teams. In addition, they experience an American university campus in Michigan and get to know the country and the people during excursions.
Interested aviation students of the ZHAW School of Engineering can take an inside look at air traffic control at the Eurocontrol Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS) in Luxembourg during the ATM summer school. After preparing for the course on site with e-learning modules, students are given an introduction to the world of air traffic controllers by professional Eurocontrol instructors. Instructors outline the current state of air traffic control in Europe along with pending developments for the future. The ATM summer school consists of three parts: e-learning, a training week in Luxembourg, and the writing and presentation of a paper.
The China module organised by the ZHAW School of Engineering together with the Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) is designed for students of the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE). It consists of workshops and company visits in Switzerland, followed by a stay in China. The module imparts knowledge of innovation engineering and technology transfer, international value-added chains and intercultural management. On a journey from Shanghai and Suzhou via Guangzhou and Dongguan to Beijing, students visit various companies and hear lectures by selected managers, professors and diplomats.