The Steger Center in Switzerland

“The Steger Center provides Virginia Tech students with unique learning opportunities in an overseas setting of tremendous beauty. Students report that their time there is memorable and often life-changing. For the university as a whole, this Center is a shining example of our commitment to international education.”

President Charles W. Steger

"This place is special."

Distinguished Professor, first director Olivio Ferrari

Virginia Tech’s Steger Center for International Scholarship (Steger Center) (formerly known as CESA) is the university’s European campus center and base for operations and support of its programs in the region. The center’s location in Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland, is also close to major northern Italian cities such as Milan.

A wide variety of semester-long and summer study abroad programs provide diverse learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The residential learning communities based at the center go far beyond the traditional classroom experience and take advantage of Ticino’s strategic location. With spectacular natural beauty, varied educational opportunities, and rich cultural and historical heritage in the area, the Steger Center offers the potential for a unique international experience. Italian language courses are provided to semester long programs. A faculty member from nearby Lugano provides language instruction. Most other courses are taught in English by faculty members from the Blacksburg, Virginia home campus of the university.

While many the Steger Center programs are tailored for the educational and research development of Virginia Tech faculty members and students, another important focus is collaboration with nearby institutions to arrange faculty and student exchanges.

Virginia Tech foresees even greater successes in facility and program development to further the university’s missions of research, teaching, and outreach.



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