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Riva San Vitale, Switzerland: Salute – Food and Health in Switzerland

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Spend your fall semester with other food science and human nutrition, foods, and exercise students at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland! Explore Swiss culture, cuisine, food production, health, nutrition, and agriculture via place-based learning opportunities and required courses that count towards your degree progress.


This program will take place in a gorgeous Italian-speaking area in southern Switzerland full of culture, glacial lakes, and alpine peaks. You'll visit sustainable farms, wineries, culinary food labs, and creameries, and spend your weekends on recreational excursions discovering what else central Europe has to offer!

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This program was designed to fit into plans of study for second year students in HNFE and FST, but it is open to all majors and class levels. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have had CHEM 1036.

Student Spotlight

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Student Feedback

"I really love this program, and I think it really sets us up for success. I would do it over a million times."

"For us being the first group, it was well planned and organized. During our excursions, we learned so much, and it was more hands-on."

"By transporting their fall semester from the Blacksburg Campus to the Steger Center in Riva San Vitale, students gain knowledge, intercultural skills, and connect with the community through regular courses, field trips, excursions, and outings not available here. The perspective gained and the real-time integration of knowledge, experience, and activities outside of the classroom as they relate to food and health at this stage in their program is irreplaceable."

Brian Wiersema
Department of Food Science and Technology Study Abroad Program Coordinator



Need some additional help deciding? Contact us below:

Brian Wiersema

Renee Eaton

Ready for Switzerland?

Submit your application now via the Global Education Office! Still wanting more details? Browse the program guide below.

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