Healthcare Delivery in Basel

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 Basel, Switzerland. In addition, you will visit a BSN program in St. Gallen 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.

See the sample program here.

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 2 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 here.


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

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at or 412-383-3237!


Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Sandra Engberg

As Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education, my administrative responsibilities include academic affairs related to curricular enhancement and innovative program development for the Master’s and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs. I am also administratively responsible for the Educational Technology, the Skills Laboratory and international student activities.

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  $3,199 $3,399
Estimated Additional Expenses $1,700 $1,700
Total Estimated Cost $4,899 $5,099

Final program costs will be available by November 15.

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 2 credits
  • International Health Insurance
  • Housing in Basel
  • Excursion to Geneva
  • Train pass for 2 weeks
When You'll Go

Start date - early May
End date - mid May

What Else You Need to Know
  • There are no course prerequisites for this program
  • Students must be enrolled in the School of Nursing