Becoming a Sponsor for the Summer University Program in Computer Science

Summary of Program

For SJSU students to thrive in the highly competitive global economy, it is critical to develop international perspectives and knowledge. To this end, a collaboration was launched in 2006 with the Board of Higher Education of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. The Summer University is a consortium of universities that provides opportunities for top students to spend three to four weeks abroad studying, working, and socializing with their peers. The Goal of the program is to:

Produce globally prepared students able to collaborate across geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.

Provide students with a network of peers for possible future collaborations.

Provide a new skill set in communication not usually found in the academic setting.

Why be a Sponsor?

A select group of students participate in the Summer University program, identified by faculty and leadership from the participating Universities. There are at least ten students from each of the universities equaling 50-70 students who are considered high potential students. Selection is based on academic record and experience.

These are students who have chosen to devote their summer to learning about topics that might not be covered in a traditional curriculum. These are students who have chosen to devote their summer to becoming more prepared to work in an international environment. As a sponsor, you have the undivided attention of all of these students.

In addition, the Summer University programs have received press coverage. This is an opportunity for sponsors to show the world what they are doing to help future employees become globally prepared.

The Cost of Participation

The Swiss government generously subsidizes most student expenses when the program is in Switzerland. Unfortunately, US students are expected to pay their own fees, room, board, and transportation when the program is in the US. For one student this is about $2500 plus air fare.

Sponsoring Levels

Each year the SJSU Computer Science Department seeks sponsors for the Summer University program. Suggested levels of sponsorship are given below. Please contact the department chair if you would like more information:

Team Sponsor ($25000)

Ten scholarships

As the team sponsor, your donation will pay for housing for all ten students from SJSU. Students will wear the sponsor's logo during the opening and closing ceremonies and will be identified as members of the sponsor's team.

Exclusive Recruitment Mixer

The sponsor will host a mixer (pizza and soft drinks) where all 50 70 students in the program will hear from and meet with the sponsor's recruiters. This will be an exclusive event, no other recruiters will participate.

Press Release

News of the sponsor's donation will appear in SJSU Today ( where it may be picked up by other newspapers.

Guest Lecture

Sponsor's engineers will be given an opportunity to present a one hour technical talk to all 50 70 participants.

Exclusive Presence on all SU Web Sites

Sponsor's name and logo will be prominently featured on the SJSU Summer University web site (

Team Presentation

The sponsor's team will give a joint presentation on their activities (what they learned, how the program helped them, why future students should participate, etc.) The presentation will be given during the following Fall semester.

Team Blog

The sponsor's team will maintain a blog during the program. Team members will post photos and descriptions of activities on the blog. The blog will clearly be labeled with the sponsor's logo.

Team Supporter ($15000)

A team supporter provides six scholarships, co-hosting a recruitment mixer, a press release, and presence on the SJSU Summer University web site. Team Presentation & Team Blog are also included. No guarantee of exclusivity can be made as there may be one or two other sponsors at this level.

Team Friend ($5000)

A team friend provides two scholarships, may co-host a mixer if the schedule permits, and will be thanked on the SJSU Summer University web site

For more information contact

Dr. Jon Pearce
Chair of Computer Science


Carol Beattie

Director of Development, College of Science 408-924-132


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