Semester or Year in Switzerland

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Study through ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht in Switzerland.
Location: Switzerland
Language of Instruction: GermanFrenchEnglish
Academic Disciplines: -Open to All Majors
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht are total immersion programs. In most cases, ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

To learn more about the opportunities offered in Switzerland, check out ISEP Switzerland.

To learn more about the opportunities offered in  Switzerland, check out MAUI-Utrecht Switzerland.

Snow-covered Alpine peaks, geopolitical neutrality, high-tech watches, gourmet chocolate, yodeling mountaineers, and sophisticated banking are the Switzerland you know. However, ISEP’s and MAUI-Utrecht's Swiss institutions offer exciting academic and extracurricular opportunities to immerse yourself in the dynamic, youthful, and high-tech Switzerland that you have yet to discover. 

Through ISEP you can explore the linguistic diversity of the Confederation by studying at Fribourg, Europe’s only French- and German-speaking university. Or you can perfect your skiing and sailing skills while mastering your French along the majestic lake town of Lausanne. For those interested in studying politics in German and economics in English while watching high profile politics and economics unfold before your eyes, there is no better place than the capital city of Bern. Through MAUI-Utrecht, you can attend the largest carnival in all of Switzerland in Basel while also learning the French and German languages since Basel borders both countries.

ISEP Universities:

Universität Bern

Université de Fribourg, Suisse

Université de Lausanne

Universität Zürich

MAUI-Utrecht University:

Universität Basel: Most faculties are taught in either French or German, but there are certain courses that can be found in English. In addition, Basel offers summer courses for exchange students. The university will reimburse students for one preparatory language course. For more information about French, German, and English Course Options, check out the University of Basel's Course Directory.

MAUI Utrecht Housing

Housing options are available, but they are not guaranteed. Housing information can be found at University of Basel Accommodation. There is no campus meal plan, but there are lunch and snacks available for purchase in the university cafeteria. 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

For more information about ISEP, contact Kaitlyn Johnson at or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. 

For more information regarding the MAUI-Utrecht program, please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising.

For specific information regarding costs and deadlines, please contact the appropriate program coordinator.