Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy


At a cheese and fondue demonstration with a homestay family

Students spend 13 weeks living with a Swiss or international family outside of Nyon in a small city, town, or village. Most of the host communities lie northeast of Geneva between Nyon and Morges.

Families typically are middle class and reflect the cultural diversity of Switzerland. Host parents and siblings may speak more than one language, e.g., German, English, and/or Italian, in addition to French. 

Most host families are located, on average, 20 minutes by train to the SIT center in Nyon and 20 minutes by train to central Geneva. Trains to Geneva run every 15 minutes.

Students might undertake a variety of outings with their host families; activities could include skiing, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and/or hiking. Cultural offerings are vast and include music festivals, art exhibitions, museums, and theaters.

During the program’s excursion in Morocco, students stay with a host family (two students per family) in the historic city center (medina) of Rabat.

Students continue to live with their Geneva/Nyon homestay families during the ISP period.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Nyon/Geneva

Language Study: French

Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies, public health, or the social, economic, or political sciences. Read more...

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