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SIT Study Abroad: Switzerland: Food Security and Nutrition (Summer)

Geneva, Switzerland
Terms offered: 
Summerterm
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.5
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,French

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SIT Study Abroad: Switzerland: Food Security and Nutrition (Summer)

Major Topics of StudyUN

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Slow Food culture in the contexts of Switzerland and Istria
  • Public health and non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity, under-nutrition, and inadequate nutrition
  • Infant and child feeding

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:

  • Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
  • Throughout the summer students participate in:
    • thematic seminars and educational excursions
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • one to two homestays, typically.
  • On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
  • At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/15/2017 01/01/2017 06/04/2017 07/18/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor/host university website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.