Sofia Labrecque-Nieves

Class of 2021 - Public Policy & Global Health
Duke in Venice & SIT - Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

I'm so lucky to have been in the Duke environment for the last few years, but I wanted my study away experience for the semester to be a totally new and challenging thing. I made a ton of friends from other schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Public health and international public health is my main interest, and Geneva, Switzerland is one of the hugest hubs in the world for public health.

I'm on full financial aid, and it was a really easy process both times [I studied abroad]. The financial aid officers are always so helpful in breaking down how your aid is going to work when you're abroad.

It was awesome to get to do an independent study in another country, and to take everything I'd learned at Duke and my US-centric education and then be challenged in a new country to apply those things and compare and contrast.

There was a lot of support. Professors and host families were absolutely incredible.

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