Switzerland

Global Health & Humanitarian Action

Get an introduction to global health and the institutional and government complexities of Geneva, the world’s capital city of health and humanitarian actionEarn college credit as you investigate the specific contribution and impact of development agencies on public and global health. 

  • College Credit

  • Health

  • Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

WHY STUDY GLOBAL HEALTH IN SWITZERLAND?

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 RightsCompare 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 three-day excursion to Bonn and Bad GodesbergGermany, 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.  

LEARN BY DOING 

The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Switzerland, you will learn: 

TECHNICAL SKILLS 

  • Research 
  • Academic writing 
  • College prep 

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Resourcefulness 
  • Intercultural communication and understanding 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Adaptability 
  • Relationship-building 
  • Critical thinking 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO  

  • Be prepared to be intellectually challenged by the course content and your learning community. Participants will be expected to complete required readings, assignments, exercises, and actively participate in course discussions.
  • In the cities, you can find different types of food to meet dietary requirements.  
  • Navigate the city using public transit; some commutes can be up to an hour. 
  • Some program activities will require a specific dress code based on specific site visits. More details will be given in the packing list.  
  • Access to the internet is limited and internet speeds and connectivity vary. 
  • The diverse personal and social identities of participants may, in part, shape their experience abroad. In-country partners will discuss cultural norms and the local context during orientation. Please read our approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for further information. All students will have a safe space within the program spaces and with the local staff and group leaders. 

AT A GLANCE

Program Availability

Filling

Program Date

Jul 1 - Jul 30

Prerequisite

None

Program Fee

TBD

Group Airfare Cost

TBD

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • College credit
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • All program activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Experienced group leaders

Sample Itinerary

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.

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Days 1-3

Orientation in Geneva  

  • Through a guided tour, begin to learn about the history and culture of the city of Geneva.  
  • Take a cooking class and learn about Swiss food and culture.  
  • Get to know other members of your group as you explore the city. 

During orientation, you and your group will stay in a hotel/guesthouse. 

Days 4-21

Thematic Focus 

  • Participate in academic sessions and activities introducing global health in global and local frameworks. 
  • Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) and receive a briefing from the WHO team on its role in addressing global health issues.  
  • Visit the International Committee of the Red Cross or Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) to understand their role in delivering emergency healthcare to the sick and wounded during armed conflict. 
  • Learn about humanitarian health relief organizations, health rights activism, and advocacy at the local and global levels.  
  •  Visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Palais des Nations (UN headquarters). 

Days 22-25

Excursion to Bonn and Bad Godesberg, Germany 

  • Discover Bonn and its architectural legacy from more than 2,000 years of history. 
  • Interact with a public health organization to understand the health system. 
  • Visit Wilhelminian style houses and the nationally known Museum Mile. 
  • Visit Bonn’s new international center, the UN campus.  
  • Appreciate the view of the Siebengebirge at the gateway to the romantic Rhine. 
  • Enjoy discussions on global health in urban spaces while appreciating the beauty of Bad Godesberg’s villas. 

Days 26-27

Excursion to Bonn and Bad Godesberg, Germany 

  • Discover Bonn and its architectural legacy from more than 2,000 years of history. 
  • Interact with a public health organization to understand the health system. 
  • Visit Wilhelminian style houses and the nationally known Museum Mile. 
  • Visit Bonn’s new international center, the UN campus.  
  • Appreciate the view of the Siebengebirge at the gateway to the romantic Rhine. 
  • Enjoy discussions on global health in urban spaces while appreciating the beauty of Bad Godesberg’s villas. 

Day 28

Departure 

Program experts

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, PhD

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.