Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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 Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Swiss Streets

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. 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. Click here for a video about the program.

Melissa Markley joined DePaul’s business faculty in 2008. She has coauthored articles that have been published in the Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, and Journal of Business Research, among other journals.

Her industry experience includes work as a senior research analyst for The Martec Group, Inc., a global strategic marketing research firm.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Liberal Studies domain 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'.
Additional course information 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.
  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.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Switzerland program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Buy lunches at grocery stores to save money, as Switzerland is a very expensive country.
  • Bring really warm clothes and coats.
  • Bring snacks from home in case you get hungry while out-and-about.
  • Set your expectations for the trip--what do you want to get out of it?/If something isn't "ideal," how are you going to make sure you're still fully enjoying your trip?
  • Be prepared to be on your own for some time, and plan ahead for free time. It will be worth it if you put in the time to ensure that you do what you want to on the trip, especially during that free time. Do research beforehand so you’ll know what you want to see or do while you’re there.
  • Make sure you take care of yourself by drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep.
  • Familiarize yourself with the current events happening in the country.
  • Get to know, then utilize, the public transportation system. It’s very reliable and convenient to use.
  • Bring more money than you’d expect to spend as Switzerland is expensive and there are lots of shopping opportunities.

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.

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.