Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy
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Students spend 12 weeks living with a Swiss or international family outside of Geneva 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, 15 minutes by train to the SIT center in Nyon and 20 minutes by train to central Geneva. Trains to Geneva run every 15–20 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 typically continue to live with their Geneva/Nyon homestay families during the ISP period.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Switzerland, Geneva/Nyon
Language Study: French
Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies, public health, or the social, economic, or political sciences. Read more...
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