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Arthropod Diversity & Ecology of the Swiss Alps


Join Drs. Lorenza Beati and William Irby on a two-week field expedition to the scenic Swiss Alps.  Develop your professional field research skills and increase your expertise in arthropod diversity and ecology while living and working in an alpine ecosystem.  Students will enroll in this course for the Summer B 2018 term.


LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO APPLY (Deadline February 15, 2018)

Course Options:
Students will be required to enroll in 4 credit hours. Students have the opportunity to complete the following course:
BIOL 5543s – Arthropod Diversity and Ecology of the Swiss Alps

Biology students (or related field) must be in good academic standing at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.  Prerequisites:  Principles of Biology I & II (BIOL 2107 & BIOL 2108) or equivalent.

Dates of Program:
July 16 – August 1, 2018 (Summer Term B)
The first two weeks (June 20 – July 3) are spent on campus preparing for a foreign field expedition and learning basics of arthropod and alpine biology.  After a travel break, students will convene in Switzerland for two weeks from July 16 – August 1.  Students are required to attend all scheduled course meetings.

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; on site lodging for the duration of the program in Switzerland; 3 meals per day at the field site; and mandatory insurance coverage.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern tuition & fees for 4 credit hours of course enrollment; round-trip airfare to Switzerland; housing in Statesboro, additional meals beyond those provided; incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
Housed at the Center for Alpine Biology in Piora. The region provides a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.  Students will learn basic sampling and identification techniques for arthropods while on this program, and will gain an appreciation for the nature and challenges of field work in a foreign country.  This program emphasizes ecological studies on arthropod diversity and distribution and employs modern methods for collecting, identifying, and preserving samples and analyzing data.  Additionally, exploration of the program site location and surrounding area provides a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the historical, cultural, political, and economic development of Switzerland and Central Europe, as well as its impact on the Alpine environment.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Hands-on field research opportunities everyday
  • Visits to a dairy and cheese-making farm
  • Exploration of medieval Swiss-Italian towns
  • Ability to explore Northern Italian culture and cuisine
  • Opportunities to interact with local and international students
  • Hiking and outdoor activities in the Alps

Students should note that this program can be physically demanding.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application: Due February 15, 2018
1st Program Payment of $1,000.00: Due February 28, 2018
2nd Program Payment of $966.00 + $34.00 mandatory insurance coverage cost: Due March 31, 2018

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Arthropod Research Switzerland” Marketplace webpage that is shared with accepted students.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.

TO APPLY: Do not apply until you have met with Dr. Beati or Dr. Irby in person! A meeting for all interested students will be organized mid-January and will be announced on this web page.


Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to Int’l Programs & Services at P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Lorenza Beati, Department of Biology –
Dr. William Irby, Department of Biology –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 9/27/2017