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  • Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Nursing
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: Department-Led Program SDSU Office: Health and Human Services
Program Description:
Nursing Program in Switzerland
Lausanne, Switzerland

In order to complete this application you must have permission from the School of Nursing.
June 4 – June 28, 2018

Students must enroll in NURS 499 during the spring semester and attend the course in Switzerland June 4 – June 28, 2018.


TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $2,500 (see below)
This course provides nursing students with an opportunity to participate as student health professionals in another country. The course will focus on the development of cultural competence, professional networking, and a deeper understanding of differences in the social determinants of health from a variety of perspectives. Course products will be individualized to the relevant participating countries. Students traveling to Switzerland will participate in the Summer University 2018 at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, located in Lausanne. This course provides an opportunity for students and professors from different countries, working in the discipline of nursing, to come together in an intercultural and international context. Partners in this project include: Haute Ecole del la Santé la Source (Switzerland), Haute Ecole Cantonale Vaudoise de la Santé (Switzerland), National University of Singapore, PSG Coimbatore (India), Humboldt State University (USA), and San Diego State University (USA). The general concept was developed in Switzerland by the Department of Higher Education, State of Vaud, under the direction of the Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Mrs. Anne-Catherine Lyon.

Students must enroll in NURS 499 (1 unit) during the Spring 2018 semester.
Students will be given an add code by Dr. Dorothy Zirkle to enroll in the course before the add/drop deadline.
This course satisfies the CHHS requirement for an international experience.

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to Establish international networking skills; Compare and contrast the health care system of Switzerland, India, and China to the USA; Identify the top ten causes of morbidity and mortality in Switzerland, India and Singapore; Cite examples of how Disaster Preparedness Development Goals are being addressed in a variety of countries; Evaluate his/her individual contribution to fostering professional development within the SDSU and larger student course group on this trip; and develop several course products (individual portfolio and group report) that reflect how the experiences of this study abroad contributed to student understanding of global health issues and disaster preparedness.

Housing is provided by the program provider Haute la Source (Switzerland)
  • Four weeks of intense classroom lectures by professors representing each country regarding their health care systems, leadership, or disaster preparedness
  • SDSU students will have the opportunity to give a presentation on disaster preparedness in the USA
  • A visit to the National Red Cross in Geneva Switzerland
  • Mentoring opportunities for SDSU students to work in several different acute and sub-acute healthcare settings
  • Opportunities to work directly with other students from other countries on a joint research project
Dr. Dorothy Zirkle
Dr. Michael Gates

  • Tuition: SDSU students pay regular semester fees to enroll in the class
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $75
Payment Schedule
  • Insurance: May 2018 (billed through SDSU Student Account Services)
Included at no additional cost to students (paid for by the host institution)
  • Housing
  • Most breakfasts and lunches
  • Activities as listed above
  • Transportation to group activities
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
Participants are responsible for the following expenses
Based on previous programs, the cost is estimated to be $2,500
  • Airfare
  • Visa/ passport fees
  • Personal expenses
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance 
Withdrawal Policy
Student are subject to the SDSU’s standard Add/Drop Policies for course enrollment

Funding & Scholarship Information 
  • Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- San Diego State is a Commitment Partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and, as such, our students qualify for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. This means YOU – yes YOU – could be eligible to receive $2,000 to support your study abroad travel costs! Visit the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants website to learn more about the opportunity and program, including eligibility and deadlines/timeline. Submit your online application by October 17, 2017 for consideration of a Travel Grant to support your participation in a spring 2018 or summer 2018 study abroad program. Send questions to On the application please list Colleen Conniff <> as the SDSU financial aid contact.

Participants will need a passport valid for 6 months past the entry date.
SDSU Passport Office

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU SON students
  • SON SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

This Aztecs Abroad online application must be completed by February 2, 2018
Elena Jarin

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.