ZurichSummer Study Tour

While being Switzerland’s largest city and an affluent and global center of banking and finance, Zurich is also where Analytical Psychology originated and is the home of the Carl Gustav Jung Institute. From Jung and his work sprung the concept of individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self. Today, picturesque and culturally vibrant Zurich provides an exciting environment in which to explore Lifespan Psychology. On this study tour we will examine the legacy of Carl Jung and other theorists. We will investigate the latest research and meet locals from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds. Meanwhile, Zurich’s highly international population provides an opportunity to explore how life changing transitions and cross cultural issues can affect our lives, our identities and our relationships.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain insight into the theoretical foundations of the development of the self and elaborate on the theoretical framework of two of psychology's pioneers, Jung and Freud, as well as explore current perspectives
  • Learn about current research in the field of lifespan psychology in different academic and cultural hubs in Zürich
  • Explore the impact of the international and multicultural environment as regards the formation of the individual and interplay of the self with the environment

Possible Activities

  • Visit to the Carl Gustav Jung Institute as well as the Sigmund Freud Institute and discuss the two theoreticians, who both significantly influences the theory of the development of the self
  • Visit local research labs and practitioners at e.g. the University of Zurich, the Zürich University Hospital, and the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich) to investigate how personality traits are formed and changed throughout our lives
  • Explore the expat community in Zurich in relation to identity challenges from being in a new cultural context