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The Lausanne Year Program

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The Lausanne Family

The City

Lausanne is located in the French-speaking canton of Vaud in Western Switzerland, on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, nestled majestically among the Swiss and French Alps. Lausanne is situated near the headquarters for the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, and many other European companies and organizations. It is also a popular city for outdoor recreational activities such as sailing, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. It is known for being one of the safest cities in Europe with an outstanding public transportation system, and is centrally located granting easy train and plane access to most major European cities.

Maison du Lac

The Pepperdine facility at Maison du Lac is located near the center of Lausanne. The Lausanne house overlooks a view of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and the French Alps. The seven-story facility is equipped with the program office, three classrooms, student dorm rooms, the visiting faculty apartment, several study rooms, a library, a student center, a cafeteria, and a communal kitchen.


Students can enjoy a light breakfast in the house seven days a week. Lunches are provided in Maison du Lac Monday through Thursday. Group dinners are provided at several local restaurants three days a week. Students receive money Digitally Disbursed to an account of their choosing for dinners on Sunday and Thursday and lunches on Friday. There is a kitchen available in the house for student use, should students want to prepare their own meals. Meals while traveling on weekends will be the responsibility of the student.

Educational Field Trips

A weeklong educational field trip (EFT) is included in both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year program. Typically, one EFT goes to a destination where the program language is spoken, while the other is to a neighboring country. Some locations students in the Lausanne program have visited in the past include Greece, Corsica, Ireland, France, Belgium, and Israel.

The Listening Summit

The Listening Summit is a three-day gathering in each location, with a select group of Pepperdine students and local college students from the program cities who are committed to listening and engaging with one another. The summit features distinguished speakers, cultural exchanges, and interactive discussions that leave the student diplomats with an enriched experience and new friends in their host city.

Cultural Outreach Opportunities

In all of our International Programs, students are encouraged to join local organizations or participate in activities that allow them to meet and interact with locals for a more intensive intercultural experience. One organization students work with is Neighbors Global Connections (NGC), an international organization based in Lausanne whose aim is "to promote peacemaking, dialogue, and reconciliation between individuals, communities, and nations in conflict." Through its community outreach programs, NGC helps develop peacemaking skills within the local community. Another opportunity Lausanne students have is to volunteer at the Bethanie Elderly Home.

Past and current students have also joined local gyms, and have made friends with other local students by means of a tandem program run by the University of Lausanne. Students from both universities have teamed up with a class of high school students from the region to practice their English and French language skills.

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Last Updated on 9-1-15
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