The exchange is a four part program:
1. During five weeks from late May to late June, SDSU students enroll in the program and take two classes at UniPi E280 and GENS450. Both classes are required of all SDSU engineering students. The classes are taught in English at the University of Pisa. The students participate in field trips to engineering sites and are also exposed to the Italian culture by going on extended trips to Rome, Venice, Pompeii, Verona, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, and Volterra. The SDSU students have extensive interactions with the Pisa engineering students.
2. During the first five weeks of the fall semester an equal number of UniPi engineering students come to SDSU to take an engineering class and an English class used to improve their command of the spoken and written language. The Italian students are exposed to the American engineering field by participating in numerous field trips: NAVAIR, SDGE, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich, Solar Turbines, etc.
3. UniPi students can also stay for one or more semesters at SDSU to take full semester classes with our students. The University of Pisa will then recognize the completion of these classes as being part of their UniPi work.
4. UniPi students can also work with our engineering faculty members by arranging their M.S. thesis to be performed at SDSU. Again the University of Pisa will recognize this work as satisfying the requirements for their UniPi program.