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  • Locations: Chamonix, France; Courmayeur, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Salt Lake City, Utah, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Summer 2020 02/15/2020 02/22/2020 07/06/2020 07/18/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Students must arrive in the host city and check into the program housing on the program start date. The program officially ends on the end date, and students must check out of the housing facilities at that time. Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from the program and should WAIT to purchase airfare until they have been officially instructed by the Faculty Director, Program Provider, and/or Host University.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Hostel/Hotel, Other Click here for a definition of this term Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Undergraduate U of U Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency Click here for a definition of this term Badge Opportunities: Career Development
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility: Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18, OPEN to ALL Majors Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

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Wilderness Medicine 2017-2


This two-week program will give students the opportunity to get to know some of the most beautiful spots in the Alps.  The program will have instruction in the mountain village of Chamonix and hiking in the Alps as well as the mountain valley across from Mt. Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

Students will become familiar with the most common backcountry problems and practice evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings.

Students participating in this program will be required to attend a one day hike in the Salt Lake area prior to the trip to ensure hiking preparedness, equipment, and physical fitness. 

This program requires travelers to participate in strenuous activities. The strenuous activity associated with this program is hiking in the Alps. If you are not able to participate in this activity, alternative activities may be available. Accommodations can be requested by contacting the Center for Disability and Access at (801)-581-5020, your Learning Abroad Coordinator at 801-581-5849, or the Faculty Director. Accommodations must be requested in advance. Participants will not be reimbursed for activities in which they do not participate.


  • Available credit(s): 3
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course 
  • Courses are subject to change
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Hiking around Mont Blanc
    • Aiguille du Midi cable car
    • Montenvers train


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

This program automatically earns the Career Development Badge:

  • Career Development:
    • As part of the program, students interact with local experts to explore the dynamics of emergency medical care in remote areas.  Through this interaction, students gain valuable insights into crisis response and prevention that can be effectively applied in a variety of business, educational, and governmental settings.  
    • Additionally, the unique setting offers students the opportunity to work with educators, students, and professionals from a variety of countries and cultures.  This experience positions students to succeed in a variety of careers and can be highlighted on resumes, graduate school applications, and during job interviews.


  • Richard Ingebretsen, MD, Ph.D.


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost


  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information


The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2019 Participant
Super fun course! Great way to meet others in the medical field and experience France. I learned many things, but more of the information was pretty basic. I would have loved to learn about how to use resources you have outdoors in case of an emergency, as what we learned required equipment that isn't likely to be held on your everyday outdoor activity. Overall, it was an awesome experience that I would definitely do again.

Summer 2018 Participant
This was an absolutely phenomenal experience. It was humbling, enlightening and rewarding beyond words.

Summer 2019 Participant
Overall an amazing experience. I was happy with all the amazing things and sites we were able to see while in the Alps. I think that some of the organization at times was a little on the rough side but I do understand that we were a very large group compared to past years. I was sad that we were unable to do one or two of the expected hikes on the syllabus because of ill planning.

EMMA KOSBAB, Summer 2019 Participant
This program was amazing! You get the time to really become at home in Chamonix and the faculty and staff are so wonderful to work with.