Aviation Global Education Courses

The Center for Aviation Studies in partnership with the Office of International Affairs at Ohio State has created two global education courses that have an aviation theme.  International Perspectives on Aviation and Drones and UAS in Switzerland. These classes are open to all students at Ohio State and not tied to any particular major. However, given their theme they do attract students from Aviation, Aviation Management Air Transportation, Aerospace Engineering, and other technical related fields.  

International Perspectives on Aviation


Explore aviation topics in France and Spain during the International Perspectives on Aviation spring break trip. The travel is the highlight of the semester-long ENGR 5797.25 course. Led by lecturers Matt Dreher and Brian Strzempkowski, students will take part in an immersive experience intended to further their knowledge and understanding of aviation as a truly global network while also preparing them to operate in an international setting upon graduation. Weekly meetings throughout the semester will cover topics ranging from international aviation governing bodies, differences in the regulatory environment and general cultural awareness.

The location of this trip will rotate on a four year cycle, and will repeat so that students have the opportunity to experience their preferred location during their academic careers.

Year One (Spring 2023 & 2027): United Kingdom

Year Two (Spring 2024): France, Andorra, Spain

Year Three (Spring 2025): Brazil

Year Four (Spring 2026): TBD, but possibly Spain & Morocco 



Highlights of France, Andorra, & Spain trip

  • Visit Paris, Saint Nazare, Bordeaux, and Tarbes, Fr. Andorra la Vella. Barcelona and Madrid, Es.
  • Major Aviation Museums in Paris and Madrid, Air France HQ, Daher Socata, Airbus & ICAO
  • Palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Baking Class in Paris, Loire Valley Chateau, Mountain Hike in Andorra, Tapas in Barcelona and Flamenco in Madrid among many others!
  • Currently Recruiting Participants for this trip. Deadline for applications are due Wednesday, October 25th. Click here to apply!


Cranfield University

Highlights of United Kingdom trip

  • Visit London, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Duxford, and Salisbury, UK.
  • Airbus production facility, British Airways training and maintenance base, Multiple aviation museums, Cranfield University, the Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Major sites in and around London and the city of Bristol, Roman Baths, Phantom of the Opera showing, and five Concordes!! 

The program is open to students of all majors and ranks. Applications are accepted through October 5, 2023. Please visit the Office of International Affairs study abroad website for requirements, cost and details.

Drones and UAS in Switzerland

In addition, students can learn about many facets of the drone and uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) ecosystem by examining the state of the industry in Switzerland, a world innovation leader in this area. The ten-day Drones and UAS in Switzerland trip is part of the summer session ENGR 5797 course. Join Chris Strasbaugh and Melanie Dickman, lecturers, as they lead the class in examining the regulatory, cultural and economic factors that have resulted in the current state of the industry in Switzerland, the wider European Union and the United States.

This trip will repeat each year allowing students to have exposure to some of the leading companies in the world in the field of drones and UAS.

Highlights of Switzerland trip 

  • Visit Zurich, Luzern, Laussane, & Geneva, Su.
  • Wingtra, Zurich University of Applied Science, Matternet, Pix4D, Federal Office of Civil Aviation, & Flyability.
  • Zurich Lake Cruise, Lindt Chocolate Factory & Museum, Summit of Mt. Pilatus, Old City Bern - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tour of Geneva, United Nations Headquarters.

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. The application deadline is January 9, 2024. The Office of International Affairs’ study abroad website has detailed information on requirements, cost and more.

Application Deadlines

Upcoming Information Sessions

International Perspective on Aviation

  • Friday, September 1, 2023
    • 3-4pm, Enarson 160 & Zoom
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    • 10-11am, Baker Systems 140 & Zoom


Drones & UAS in Switzerland

Standby for upcoming dates

Program Contacts

International Perspectives on Aviation

Matt Dreher, Resident Director     dreher.60@osu.edu

Brian Strzempkowski, Resident Director     strzempkowski.1@osu.edu

Alyssa Kyff, Global Educ. Manager & Resident Director     kyff.6@osu.edu

Drones & UAS in Switzerland

Chris Strasbaugh, Resident Director     strasbaugh.2@osu.edu

Melanie Dickman, Resident Director     dickman.49@osu.edu

Alyssa Kyff, Global Educ. Manager     kyff.6@osu.edu

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