Healthcare Delivery in Switzerland


This program offers you an opportunity to learn about health care, nursing education and culture in Switzerland. During this 2-week study abroad experience, you will visit various health care facilities in Switzerland. In addition, you will visit a BSN program in Berne and Basel where you will have the opportunity to compare nursing education in Switzerland to that in the US. The program includes excursions to Zurich, Berne, St. Gallen and Geneva. During the trip to Geneva, you will also visit the World Health Organization, United Nations, Red Cross Museum and International Council of Nurses. There is also an opportunity to visit attractions in the Swiss Alps.

Due to the nature of this program, the itinerary is subject to change. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Upper level Nursing students are encouraged to apply.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • to learn about healthcare and nursing education in Switzerland
  • to explore the role of the international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and United Nations in healthcare delivery and development
  • to shadow medical professionals at various healthcare facilities in Basel to develop a comparative perspective on healthcare systems in Switzerland and the United States

Basel is a beautiful city located on the Rhine River and on the borders of Switzerland, Germany and France. Basel is Switzerland's oldest university city. Historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. Home to 40 museums, the city of culture for connoisseurs has the highest concentration of museums in the country. 

The University of Basel is located in the older, medieval section of the city and an excellent train system allows access throughout Switzerland as well as to neighboring countries.

During the program you will also be able to visit Zurich and Geneva. Zurich is Switzerland’s centre of economic life and education. Located in the heart of Europe, the city offers all the modern amenities of a cosmopolitan metropolis, without sacrificing its natural side. Zurich has for years ranked among the world’s top cities in terms of quality of life. It is a boutique city that offers everything that implies, albeit in small and exquisite format.

Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace».

Where You'll Live: 

You will stay in a small apartment in the Youth Hostel located close to the main train station and with easy access to the University of Basel.

You can expect your housing to include:

  • double or triple occupancy room with shared bathroom
  • linens (except towels)
  • wifi
  • access to study space 
  • laundry and towels are not included

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

What You'll Study: 

You'll earn 3 credits on the Healthcare Delivery in Basel program. The course will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, city tours, and cultural activities. In the course you will be able to learn about healthcare and nursing education in Switzerland, and explore the role of the international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and United Nations, in healthcare delivery and development.

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found at


Healthcare Delivery in Switzerland (NUR1631)

This course is designed to provide the undergraduate nursing student with exposure to the culture and health care delivery in a foreign country.  Basel, Switzerland has been chosen for the study site in collaboration with the Institut fur Pflegewissenschaft in Basel.  Emphasis will be placed upon comparing the health care delivery and culture in Switzerland and the United States, and in exploring the purpose and functions of the United Nations, the International Council of Nursing, and the World Health Organization in Geneva.  Lectures will be provided by Swiss faculty in English, and clinical observations will be made in the hospital and community with Swiss nurses. A tour of the international organizations will be led by a Swiss faculty member who has worked for the UN in third world countries.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Lucinda Morgan

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Dr. Christopher Imes

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Acute & Tertiary Care at the School Nursing. My primary teaching responsibilities include the undergraduate diversity, Inclusion, and equity and ethics courses. I enjoy travelling, learning about new cultures, and seeing how the role of nurses and healthcare delivery varies throughout the world.

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition TBD TBD
Program Fee TBD TBD
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt TBD TBD

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,400
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000 - $2000


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • International Health Insurance
  • Lodging for the entire program
  • Breakfast every day + 2 dinners
  • Day trips 
  • Train passes between cities
  • Guided tours 
What Else You Need to Know: 
  • There are no course prerequisites for this program