Why study global finance in Switzerland?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one week online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country. The program will conclude with one final week online. During this week you will present your Independent Research Project or Internship Paper along with final synthesis sessions to reflect on your time abroad.
Combine your interest in ethical banking, sustainable finance and circular economy in Geneva, one of the world’s leading financial centers and a major international hub for international organizations and NGOs. While learning about macroeconomics and global finance from a socially responsible and sustainable business perspective, you’ll build networks with experts at leading financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations, universities and think-tanks. You’ll have the option to intern with a sustainable development company, start-up, or intergovernmental organization or a Swiss or international NGO or conduct research in sustainable development and finance, circular economy, ethical banking, or impact investing.
During a one-week excursion to Austria and day trips to Hungary and Slovakia, you’ll gain insight on the COVID-19 global health crisis and examine its impact on the European financial system, economy, and society. You’ll get a first-hand view of the recovery from local and international experts on the ground. You’ll also experience the richness of the Austrian and Central European cultures, languages, history, and cuisine.
- Get a background in ethical banking and sustainable finance.
- Learn from experts at top international organizations and financial institutions.
- Conduct field research, do interviews with experts and explore professional development opportunities.
- Visit Vienna, the vibrant capital of Austria and go on day trips to Budapest, Hungary, and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Previous college-level coursework and / or other significant preparation in economics, finance, business administration, or alternatively in public policy, international relations / government / sociology, ethics and social responsibility, as assessed by SIT.