The Summer University is a unique opportunity, offered by CHANGINS and its partner institutions, for students of viticulture and oenology from all over the world to get together for 4 weeks of education and exploration in different wine-growing regions of the world.

the Mission

"To sow the seeds - the seeds of knowledge, the seeds of understanding, the seeds of friendship" - Anne-Catherine Lyon, head of the Department of Education, Youth and Culture of the State of Vaud.

the objectives

  • To improve international perspectives on viticulture, enology and wine business management through study and sharing between teachers and students from all over the world
  • To enable students to meet experts, and to gain awareness of the many production and management techniques used worldwide
  • To strengthen personal communication skills
  • To guide students in their career in the grape and wine industry

The Summer University offers a study environment based on:

  • Sharing of knowledge, through group presentations made by students and by learning about the special features of different regions by mixing with other participants, both teachers and students
  • In-depth discussions to promote critical thinking and practical application of concepts taught
  • The opportunity to form friendships and build a worldwide network of contacts

Students are viewed as ambassadors for their respective university programs and for their regions when travelling the world and interacting with others in different parts of the world.

Coming soon: program 2016

The Summer University is a 4-week program of advanced study, offered as an option and sponsored by the Department of Higher Education of the State of Vaud (DGES) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO). Bachelor’s degree students enrolled at CHANGINS or one of its partner institutions can apply to participate. CHANGINS and its partners in the United States of America, Australia and South Africa take turns to organize the program.

The following Summer Universities have taken place since 2008:

2008 Changins: Switzerland, Italy, France
2009 CalPoly and Fresno State University: California (USA)
2010 Changins: Switzerland, Italy, France
2011 CalPoly and Fresno State University: California, Oregon (USA)
2012 Charles Sturt University: Australia
2013 Changins: Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany
2014 CalPoly: California, Oregon, Washington (USA)
2015 Stellenbosch University: South Africa

the partner Universities

  • Brock University, CCOVI (Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute), St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (
  • Fresno State University, Department of Viticulture and Enology, Fresno, California, USA (
  • California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) San Luis Obispo, Wine and Viticulture Department, San Luis Obispo, California, USA (
  • Charles Sturt University, National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia (
  • Stellenbosch University, Department of Viticulture and Oenology, Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences, Stellenbosch, South Africa (