Get an introduction to global health and the institutional and government complexities of Geneva, the world’s capital city of health and humanitarian action. Earn college credit as you investigate the specific contribution and impact of development agencies on public and global health.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
In Geneva, the global capital city of health and health governance, visit strategic international agencies in the fields of global health, humanitarian action and human rights. These may include the World Health Organization, Global Fund, Global Vaccine Alliance, International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Compare global and local Swiss public health systems and their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as you earn college credit and develop skills for college and your future career.
Learn about Switzerland’s history, including as an international center for humanitarian action, its culture and unique administrative system, and the country’s role in European and world affairs. Visits to sites such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Palais des Nations, as well as a three-day excursion to Bonn and Bad Godesberg, Germany, will deepen your understanding of public and global health.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Switzerland, you will learn:
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Orientation in Geneva
During orientation, you and your group will stay in a hotel/guesthouse.
Excursion to Bonn and Bad Godesberg, Germany
College credit-bearing programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty approved by the School for International Training (SIT). Faculty of record typically live in the country of study and are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. They work in close consultation with SIT’s Dean of Faculty and Experiment staff team and group leaders to craft an engaging, college-level curriculum and design field and internship experiences that match student needs and interests.
Alexandre Lambert is the Academic Director for SIT’s study abroad programs in Switzerland. Alexandre is Swiss and holds a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has been an academic director and lecturer with SIT in Geneva since 2007. He has been lead researcher for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the Graduate Institute, project officer at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, and a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Department of Defence. He belongs to nonprofit civil society organizations including the Swiss Foreign Policy Association, the European Consortium of Political Research, and European Research Group on Armed Forces and Society. He is a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Chicago and frequently provides policy advice to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, often regarding operations in the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Dr. Lambert has published in international politics and history, international security, and security sector governance.
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