Geneva, Switzerland Study Abroad

Geneva, Switzerland Study Abroad Program

Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad programs at the Fairbanks School of Public Health are not accepting applications at the moment.

This course provides an in‐depth introduction to a global model for health services delivery and provides you with the opportunity to compare and contrast systems in Switzerland and the United States. This course will feature a special focus on the World Health Organization (WHO), which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

You will spend substantial time out in the field meeting health experts and leaders from the World Health Organization, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Global Health Institute at the University of Geneva, the World Economic Forum, Lilly Corporation, and the Global Fund.

This study abroad experience is a 3 credit hour spring course entitled, Health Systems Around the World: Global Health Leadership in Geneva, Switzerland. All participants will be required to enroll in one of the following courses if accepted into the program:

  1. PBHL-P 450 (Undergraduate)
  2. PBHL-H 670 (Graduate)


Open to Indiana University students in good academic standing who meet these criteria:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • This program is designed for junior or senior undergraduate students who are interested in health and healthcare at an international level, but students of all majors are welcome to apply.
  • Students from other IU campuses will have the option to join the pre-trip sessions in person or via distance technology.
  • Although designed for students with a special interest in health, students of all majors and IU campuses are welcome to apply.
  • Graduate students from the Fairbanks School of Public Health may be permitted to attend with permission of the instructor (supplemental coursework will be assigned).
  • Students will be required to attend four mandatory pretrip sessions. 


The program fee is $3,600, which covers:

  • Accomodations (shared)
  • Welcome Mingle 

  • Lunch four out of five days 

  • Transportation as needed during the study tour 

  • Guided tour of the United Nations Office

Additional expenses will include:

  • Airfare 
  • Spending money for meals, excursions, theater tickets, and other incidentals (recommend $300 to $500).
  • Study Abroad fees of $83 for the international study fee and $32 for insurance.
  • Tuition and related fees to cover the required three-credit hour course (amount will vary based upon residency status and full/part-time status); visit the IUPUI cost estimator to determine how the three additional credits will impact your bursar bill for spring 2019.

Please note that travel inside Switzerland is exceptionally expensive. Housing and food costs are among the highest in Europe. We try our very best to keep costs as low as possible while maintaining acceptable standards and good value.

How to Apply

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program. For future reference, preference will be given to public health undergraduate students, however, graduate students and undergraduate students of other majors are welcome to apply. Here’s what you need to do to secure your spot:

Complete your application