International Summer University – Computer Science

photoToday’s scientists and engineers are increasingly working in an international environments. Cultural diversity and communication in different languages are an enrichment of our work environment but they can also present challenges.

The goal of the International Summer University is to allow students from Switzerland and the United States to work together in an international environment to:

Following the success of the 2007 and 2008 edition of the International University in Computer Science and Networking that took place in Switzerland, the program 2009 will be hosted by in the United States.

Advanced courses in the field of information technology will be taught in English by international renowned experts from SJSU (San José State University), CSULB (California State University Long Beach), ASU (Arizona State Unversity) and HEIG-VD (Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud), located in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

This program rich in cultural and scientific exchange is undoubtedly beneficial, even necessary for future engineers.

In addition to the academic program, students and instructors will participate in cultural activities in order to foster cultural exchange between all participants.


This International Summer University 2009 in Computer Science is jointly organized by HEIG-VD, SJSU, CSULB and ASU. It will be held during 4 weeks from July 13 to August 7 at San José State University in California, offering courses in Computer Sciences and Networking. Company visits and talks given by guest speakers from the industry will be an essential element of the program.


·         Participation is free for students from all participating universities.

·         Each participating University has the option to provide participating students with elective units of academic credit in their major.



HEIG-VD together with the local government of the State of Vaud grants the following funding to candidates elected for participation:

·         Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to an amount of $500

·         Accommodations fees at SJSU university dorm will be fully covered.

·         Expenses associated with activities that are part of the summer program are also covered.

This covers most of the expenses, except meals, out-of-pocket money.





Student accommodations will be located in the campus of Sans José at the residence halls. The residence is a comfortable and convenient option for a short or long term stay during the summer.


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Company Visits

During the four weeks, we will visit the following companies.






During the four weeks, many cultural activities will be organized such as: