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Switzerland: Exploring the Business of Global Nonprofits
Geneva, Switzerland; Zurich, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: December
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective
Program Description:


Switzerland is home to many profitable industries from chocolate and watches to international banking. Additionally, it hosts numerous international non-profit organizations (NPOs) such as the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, giving it the reputation as the worldwide center for diplomacy. Thousands of NPOs are headquartered in Geneva, the "Peace Capital," while Zurich, the "Economic Sector," hosts the majority of global research and development centers. Led by Dr. Melissa Markley of the Department of Marketing, this International Business Seminar provides students with an opportunity to interact with representatives from various non-profits to gain an understanding of the complex nature of their work in the current international climate. Students experience first-hand the history, culture, and impact of one of the richest countries in the world.



This program will be led by Melissa Markley, assistant Professor in Driehaus College of Business. 


The group meets both before and after the trip to Switzerland. In the autumn quarter, nine hours of course meetings help prepare students with background information about the not-for-profit organizations and the areas they will visit in Switzerland. After return, there is a follow-up session which completes the academic component of the program.

Course: ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar 
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Fall 2017
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by: Melissa Markley
Course Description: This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.


Students stay in hotels in double-occupancy rooms. All breakfasts are included, along with some group lunches and dinners.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee.  Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program.  If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available).  If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline.   Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.  Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Switzerland program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Elizabeth Hall.

 DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

This program is currently not accepting applications.