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About IFR

Switzerland, a country of stunning mountain vistas, truly lies at the crossroads of Europe.
It is among the top-rated countries in the world with regard to health care, environmental policy,
public transportation, infrastructure, live-able cities and healthy lifestyles. This experiential
learning program applies an ecological framework to better understand how culture, policy, and practice
interact to achieve a sustainable and healthy society.

During spring semester students attend a weekly seminar, complete background research,
and write a research paper. Students are assigned to a research team based on the theme they select.
For our Swiss academic program, we stay in Kandersteg, nestled in the Alps, travel to nearby cities and
hike to complete a series of related research exercises. Highlights include day trips to Geneva, Zurich,
Bern, glaciers and the Swiss people.

Research methods include visual digital storytelling, expert interviews, participant observation,
local informants, literature review, administrative and historical data, survey, and case studies.
Learn more about possible research themes here.

Competitive (up to) $1000 Travel fellowships will be available to qualifying