Global Perspectives from Switzerland offers a great opportunity to gain exposure to another culture. For students who prefer to travel with a group, this program provides an excellent option to explore different countries. 

May 2024 – Destination: Switzerland

Global Perspectives from Switzerland

Austria Alps Lake

The Swiss culture is distinguished by its diversity, as the country lies at the crossroads of several outstanding European cultures.

This customized trip for Gaston College includes breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, housing and transportation. 

Each day will begin with an excursion into the surrounding area, followed by instructor-led session. 

Great food, fun and friendships await you. Make plans now by completing the interest form.


Day 1 – Sunday, May 19
Departure from Charlotte

Day 2 – Monday, May 20
Arrive in Geneva; orientation walking tour; old town historical and cultural walking tour; welcome dinner

Day 3 – Tuesday, May 21
Chocolate walking tour; CERN guided tour

Day 4 – Wednesday, May 22
Train to Lausanne; Olympic Museum; boat trip to Villeneuve; Lakeside walk to Chillon Castle

Day 5 – Thursday, May 23
Train to Bern; Bern walking tour; Einstein house

Day 6 – Friday, May 24
Train to St. Niklaus; Bosch Plant visit

Switzerland SupercolliderDay 7 – Saturday, May 25
Chartered Bus tour; Stop in Jungfraujoch; Grimsel Power Plant

Day 8 – Sunday, May 26
Lucerne cultural walking tour; Swiss Museum of Transport

Day 9 – Monday, May 27
Train to Zurich; Zurich cultural walking tour; Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

Day 10 – Tuesday, May 28
Free day in Zurich; Farewell dinner

Day 11 – Wednesday, May 29
Departure to Charlotte

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Trip cost information (Review program highlights and what is included)


International Travel:

Get your passport ready.

How to apply:

Step 1: Complete the interest form.

Step 2: Make sure you have been vaccinated and have had a booster shot for Covid-19. Make copies of your shot records.

Step 3: If you do not have a passport, fill out the paperwork and get it submitted. It takes several weeks/months to get a passport back. Passports must be valid until at least six months after the trip.

Step 4: Make a $600 deposit at the College Business Office to hold your spot by December 21, 2023.  This will be applied to the total program cost ($100 of the deposit is non-refundable). Payments can be made in person or over the phone by calling 704.922.6435.

Step 5: Register for the HUM 120 course for Spring 2024. All participants must register for this class.



Please contact Dr. Christopher Thurley at or Scotty Brooks at

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Global Perspectives: Switzerland