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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2021
    September 6, 2021 to December 19, 2021
  • Spring 2022


Rebecca Dlubac

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Study in Geneva, the world capital for international organizations dedicated to public health, human rights, social justice, and sustainable development.

What is unique about this program?

Through coursework and an independent study project, you will:

  • Investigate links between health, the environment, and development
  • Examine healthcare interventions in complex emergencies
  • Study policies and organizations working  with vulnerable groups such as migrants
  • Explore questions of access to medicines, health security, and mental health

Conduct an independent study project under the guidance of expert mentors on a variety of topics including:

  • Development and health in complex emergencies
  • The healthcare sector in humanitarian relief
  • International human rights to health
  • Mental health in developing countries
  • Migration and health
  • International, national, and regional response to epidemics and pandemics
  • Water and health
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • The paradox of malnutrition
  • Public health and food security in least developed countries

Check out past participant's Independent Study Projects and research!

What is unique about Geneva?

From your base in Nyon, outside Geneva, along with multiple excursions and work with leaders in the field, you will gain an inside, lived-experience to the pressing questions in the field of global health policy development.

Note: This program will not have a homestay housing option for fall 2021

How do I learn about SIT?

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process.  You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself. 

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.


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