SIT Study Abroad: Switzerland - Global Health and Development Policy

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Learn about global health and comparative public health systems within the framework of international and sustainable development, humanitarian action, human rights, and social justice, and compare the distinct public health systems of Switzerland... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.8
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I gained a new perspective on the world; staying in a homestay in Switzerland and Morocco and making connections with them opened my eyes to a different way of life and knowledge I will have and can use in future endeavors. The academics were so interesting and I learned so much about global health through engaging lectures. Som... - University of Vermont View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned about the cultures of the countries we lived in, and about how they approach issues of public health, government, diplomacy, etc. This was very beneficial to me in terms of thinking about future career paths. I continued to learn how the rest of the world views the US, which is not the way... - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
This was honestly one of the best experiences of my college career. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and I learned so many things that I would not have learned in the typical classroom setting. It gave me clarity as to what kind of career path I would like to follow post graduation. - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned more about what it is like to work in humanitarian aid and global health. By visiting and hearing from different organizations, I got a clearer idea of the possible careers and workplaces in this field. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I definitely learned that stepping out of my comfort zone was such a good thing. I feel like I can go anywhere now and have as many adventures as I want! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. With this program especially, you have to take and seek the opportunities given you. You won't be forced into it. TRAVEL. Switzerland is int he middle of Europe and traveling is super cheap. Definitely do it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I got a lot of life experience and a great overview of the health network globally as well as how policy is developed. It was worth it as I made some very great friends and loved working on/presenting my independent study project. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Good Experience
I learned much about Swiss and Moroccan culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Good Time
yes of course it was so worth it - Austin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT: Geneva - Global Health and Development Policy
Culturally, this program was challenging because it was difficult to get to know local Swiss people in such a short period of time (3.5 mo.). It wasn't until the program was almost over that I was able to begin forming true friendships with Swiss people in my village. Academically, this program only touched the surface of many... - Hope College View Entire Review
Past Review
Yes. Although Switzerland was far too developed and orderly for my taste, I learned a great deal about the study topics, linguistics and subtle differences in culture, met extremely influential contacts, and got a taste of the professional climate I am pursuing. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence and improved my research and time management skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Gained worldly exposure, learned from experts of humanitarian crises, had access to the UN European Headquarters in Geneva. Also was able to learn firsthand while living in a village in Morocco for a week - hands down a once in a lifetime experience! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
It was extremely worthwhile. I was able to expand my global lens and really learn what it means to be a citizen of the world! I gained a new perspective on the issues that our world is currently facing, and how I can utilize my education and skills to tackle these problems. I stepped out of my comfort zone and was able to become... - Oregon State University View Entire Review
I gained independence, became happier, became more knowledgable about the world and politics, learned to interact with different people and different cultures and much more! Definitely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
what you get out of this program is really what you put into it. For me it was incredibly worthwhile because I was able to accomplish many personal and academic goals. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
What didn't I gain/learn from this experience?! - Providence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Switzerland: Global Health & Development Policy
ABSOLUTELY WORTH WHILE! I learned so much through DOING and SEEING. Although the traditional academic setting (or traditional American academic setting) wasn't present, I was able to visit various UN organizations, the WHO, remote villages in North Africa (Morocco), etc. Every day was vastly different, yet enriching. I learned t... - Villanova View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. Learned to live independently, make big decisions all the time on my own. Learned to meet new people with different cultural norms and carry on conversation in a foreign language. Learned to take advantage of out of classroom learning and challenge myself. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, it was completely worthwhile. I was able to gain contacts working in the types of positions that I would love to see myself in 10 years down the line. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I have learned so much in respect to culture food, environment and politics. It makes me realize America needs a lot of work. It made me realize I NEED to work abroad and I hope I will- there are so many opportunities to do so, all you have to do is apply! I really want to work for international organizations that are creating c... - Austin College View Entire Review
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Learn about global health and comparative public health systems within the framework of international and sustainable development, humanitarian action, human rights, and social justice, and compare the distinct public health systems of Switzerland and Morocco.

Geneva is the world capital of public health and sustainable development organizations, making it the ideal place to study global health and development policy. Meet with experts for briefings and lectures at the World Health Organization (WHO), International Committee of the Red Cross, and IOM, among others. An eight-day excursion to Morocco, including the modern capital Rabat and a rural area, allows you to compare and contrast public health systems in two countries and contextualize the impact of development on health.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Health Law
  • International Relations
  • Medical Administrative Services
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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