Healthcare Delivery in Switzerland


This program offers you an opportunity to learn about the culture, health care delivery, and nursing education in a Switzerland. During this 2-week study abroad experience, you will visit various academic, health care, government-supported, non-governmental, and private organizations focusing on educating nurses and advancing health care. The program includes overnight stays in Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Geneva and an excursion to Interlaken. During the trip to Geneva, you will visit the World Health Organization, United Nations, Red Cross Museum, and International Council of Nurses.

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

This program is for students enrolled in the School of Nursing who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application.



What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
· Learn about health care and nursing education in Switzerland
· Explore the role of the international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and United Nations in health care delivery and development
· Tour several health care facilities to develop a comparative perspective on health care systems in Switzerland and the United States

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.

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.

Bern is the capital of Switzerland and lies along a narrow loop of the Aare River. Old Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage, has 2 miles of covered arcades, towers, and 16th-century fountains. Other Old Bern highlights include the famous Clock Tower and bear pit. Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts houses the world’s largest collection of works by the Swiss painter Paul Klee.

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 hotels and hostels. You can expect the lodging to include:

· Double or triple occupancy room with private bathrooms

· Linens

· Wi-fi internet

· Some locations may offer laundry services for an addition fee

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


Health Care and Nursing Science in Switzerland (NUR1651)

Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide the undergraduate nursing student with exposure to the culture and health care delivery and nursing education in a foreign country. Emphasis will be placed upon comparing the culture, health care delivery, and nursing education in Switzerland and the United States, and in exploring the purpose and functions of the United Nations (UN), the International Council of Nursing (ICN), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Lectures and presentations will be provided by Swiss faculty in English, and clinical observations will be made in the hospital and community with Swiss nurses.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Seminar
Grade Component: Letter Grade

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 $2469 $2669
Program Fee $1931 $1931
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4700 $4900

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