University of Oregon

SIT: Global Health and Development Policy in Geneva

Program Overview

Note: This program will not be available after Spring 2017

In Global Health and Development Policy program you will study current questions and policies relating to development and public health in Geneva, the world’s capital for international organizations dedicated to public health, social justice, and sustainable development. Grounded in a framework of social justice, this program focuses on vulnerable groups and organizations that respond to their needs.

Classroom seminars are supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Red Cross, the International Labor Organization, and the World Health Organization. Interactive research studies and field excursions in Switzerland and France will deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by organizations that foster public health, human rights, peacebuilding, multilateral diplomacy, environmental accountability, and sustainable development.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Global Health and Development Policy in Geneva

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • Previous college-level coursework in and/or significant preparation in development studies; public health; or the social, economic, and political sciences, as assessed by SIT.
  • Prior French language study recommended, but not required.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester 20174/15/2017TBATBA
Spring Semester201810/01/2017TBATBA

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.