Immersive Pre-Health Adventure Course

Want to escape your generic pre-med classes? Interested in emergency medicine, climate change, or wilderness medicine? Want to travel abroad and gain real-world medical experience? This program is for you!

Come explore the beautiful Swiss Alps and learn from physicians who work around the world. Adventure through high elevation mountains, earn your WFR certification, and take part in real-world medical training as you build your resume and network.

Taught by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Franklin University Switzerland, this three-week program provides six credits of hands-on introduction to emergency, and wilderness medicine class. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, students will get to know successful medical school faculty and physicians, and get the inside scoop on the medical school application process and a career in healthcare.

Program Includes:

This course targets undergraduate students who wish to learn about wilderness medicine as well as understand how climate change affects human health. Set in the Swiss Alps, students learn:

• How to understand the context of wilderness and the particular challenges it presents for humans;
• How to assess and treat medical conditions that relate to the various body systems, wounds, injuries, and exposure to natural elements in wilderness settings;
• How to prepare for trips into the wilderness and how to manage emergencies; and
• How climate change is changing environmental health.

Finally, students interested in careers in the health and medical sciences can learn about future careers with the course instructors. Students who successfully complete the course also obtain a Wilderness First Responder certificate.

Upcoming Swiss Alps Courses

Join us this summer!

Current Franklin students: simply register for this course through Self-Service (see: Interim Session 2)
Non-Franklin students: Apply here.

Questions? Reach out to us today!

Upcoming Dates

December 15 – 23, 2022

Reserve your spot in one of our upcoming courses by paying a $500 deposit. Remainder of the total balance required 30 days prior to the start of class. These classes are expected to run as planned with consideration to COVID-19. All students are required to show proof of vaccination.