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  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy (Summer)

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore global health issues and compare public health systems within the framework of international and sustainable development, humanitarian action, human rights, and social justice.

WHY STUDY GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SWITZERLAND?

Geneva is the world capital of public health and sustainable development organizations, making it the ideal place to study global health and development policy. You will build your understanding of these issues through a combination of in-class lectures by academic and policy experts and site visits and briefings with leading intergovernmental and nongovernmental health and development agencies in Geneva. While on your program, you may have opportunities to meet with experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and UNAIDS, among others.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attend on-site briefings with experts at intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations like WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • Explore Switzerland with a travel pass offering free public transportation.
  • Rapidly improve your French language skills through intensive instruction.
  • Examine public health issues through site visits and lectures from professionals in the field.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Health security and international health regulations
  • Links between heath, human rights, the environment, and development
  • Understanding vulnerable groups, such as migrants and refugees
  • Healthcare interventions in complex emergencies
 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Global Health and Development Policy
  • Language instruction in French
  • All educational excursions including all related travel costs
  • Accident and Illness insurance throughout the entire program period
  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Nyon), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project or internship, and during the final evaluation period.
  • Six-week homestay in Nyon
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000 for summer programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

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