The Environmental Education Program in Bregenz, Austria, has been developed for teachers, educators and persons interested in comparing the environment in which they live with Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Lake Constance, the summits of the Swiss mountains, and the gentle rolling hills of Southern Germany provide the natural geographic borders for Bregenz. It lies just a few miles from the German and Swiss borders, which makes it an excellent place for exploring the historical, ecological and cultural aspects of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Green space has been designed into the city plan, with walking paths through Bregenzer-wald, a wooded area that represents diversity in both plants and wildlife.
Bregenz provides the home base for the program because of its strategic location
between Germany and Switzerland. It is a medium-sized town and is small enough to allow students to get to know the town and its people. Bregenz contains shops, churches, the Old City and natural areas, all in an inviting environment that encourages one to learn and explore.
The program will last 15 days. While in Bregenz, the Institute will sponsor numerous opportunities to visit important natural, cultural and historical sites in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. These excursions will provide participants with active, hands-on experiences to assist in assessment and comparisons of environmental education and the associated values, ethics and responsible human actions that are a part of these cultures.
Course Offerings (3 credit hours each):
EDU 400 Investigations in Education: Environmental Education in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
ENVE 585 Special Topics in Environmental Education
Credit will be awarded by Western Kentucky University and will be transferred to a student’s home institution
The program is designed primarily for professionals and graduate student participants. Interested undergraduates should contact the program director before applying. Participants may opt for academic credit or professional program, but all participants will be required to attend program activities and events. An orientation for all participants will be held prior to program departure.
Excursions and in-class activities will be in English. However, it would be a good idea to seek out a basic German language book since it is a way of showing a willingness to connect to persons in the countries to be visited. Participants will attend classes at the Studienzentrum, located in the center of the city, which will also act as a place from which findings will be discussed at the conclusion of field trips. Classes will prepare participants for excursions.
July 6 – July 21, 2010 (2 weeks)
Program Fee: $2,795
Application Fee: $150
Program fee includes:
Round-trip transportation from Zurich to Bregenz, Austria¹
Breakfast,Lunch or Dinner²
Organized excursions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
Comprehensive medical insurance
Security evacuation protection
Three credit hours awarded by Western Kentucky University
Program fee does not include:
Transportation to and from the US airport of departure
Independent weekend travel expenses
Weekend Excursion in Munich
One meal each day
 For those meeting at the designated time and in the Zurich airport.
 If a participant chooses to remain in Bregenz on the weekends, both room and meals will be provided; the Institute does not cover personal expenses for food and lodging when the participant is away from Bregenz.
Participants will need to make necessary flight arrangements to arrive in Zurich, where they will be met at the airport. KIIS can arrange a group flight from the U.S., if 10 or more applicants wish to travel together as a group. If a group flight is arranged, the cost of the program plus group flight, and the tentative group flight itinerary will be posted on this web site when available
Most participants will live in private homes, double occupancy, in and around Bregenz. Others may reside in small family-owned pensions. In all cases, breakfast will be provided at home.
Participants should be aware that they will walk a great deal. The classroom building; most places where participants will be living; the program restaurant and shopping are within walking distance of each other, but participants should expect to walk several miles per day.
Participants will be given the opportunity to travel with the group to Munich on one weekend, and be given the opportunity to travel independently on another weekend. It is strongly recommended that participants purchase one of the popular guides to Europe (Fodor's is recommended) before departure.