Students participating in the 40th edition of the University of New Orleans-Innsbruck International Summer School are taking advantage of both their Alpine environment and learning more about the history and industry of the region. In addition to attending classes, students also took part in academic field trips and other extracurricular activities.
After the first week of classes, on topics ranging from Alpine geology to Nazi Germany and international management, more than 200 of the 270 students participated in a day trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site outside of Munich, Germany. The somber excursion was made even more poignant when students met with Holocaust survivor Rita Prigmore, who, as a child, endured cruel medical experiments by the Nazis and dedicated her life to fighting against racism and anti-Gypsy attitudes. Some students hiked to a nearby glacier and, armed with goggles and hammers, hunted for garnets and other rocks. Some visited nearby businesses including Riedel Glass, Swarovksi, BMW and GE in Tirol. Other activities were a field trip to "Mad King Ludwig's" Neuschwanstein Castle and a visit to a local food kitchen to prepare jambalaya.
The International Summer School is a six-week program held annually in one of the most scenic and historic areas of Europe. Students may earn six to nine credit hours taking courses in English. An important aspect of the program is the inclusion of about 60 University of Innsbruck students in its classes, as well as some European professors among its faculty. This allows for a lively exchange of ideas and opinions, and grants the American students the opportunity to meet their local peers, and forge trans-Atlantic friendships.
Students live and study in Innsbruck, in the heart of the Alps, and during three-day weekends, they have opportunities to travel and discover Europe. More than 10,000 students have participated in the program, which was founded in 1976.