Deep Dive into Blockchain - Linking Economics, Technology and Law

**Important Update on COVID-19**

In response to the global situation with COVID-19, we have come to the conclusion, that we cannot go ahead with the "normal" planning of the UZH International Summer Schools 2020. We therefore will definitely not be able to host our summer schools with a physical presence of students.

At this point, we do not yet want to cancel the UZH International Summer Schools, but currently evaluate whether a credit-bearing “online summer school” could be provided.

You are welcome to state your interest in an online version of the UZH International Summer Schools by completing the online application form.

(updated 26 March 2020)

UZH International Summer Schools 5 - 24 July 2020

Blockchain Technology

Course description

This summer school program will give you a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field. Blockchain-based systems, with cryptocurrencies as the most prominent example, have disrupted and reshaped the way we now think about digital finance and other similar applications, such as supply chains. Blockchain and related technologies allow to store sequential, trustful information without enforced consensus by central authorities or trustees. 

For a full understanding of Blockchain, with all its implications and potential for application in practice, it is absolutely crucial to look at it from a multidisciplinary perspective. This is exactly what the UZH Blockchain Center offers during the three weeks of this course: you will understand the three key pillars of blockchain systems, namely the technology, the economics and the legal aspects behind it. Building on this, we will then explore other fields of application, such as forensics and data analytics. 

But most importantly, the program is highly interactive, with hands-on practice sessions and field trips to the blockchain hubs in Switzerland - the largest of their kind, worldwide!

Participating in this Summer School will not only allow you to get to know the University of Zurich, but also to experience Zurich as one of the world's most attractive student cities. As part of our social program, we will introduce you to some of the most beautiful spots in the city and the region, and provide you with plenty of opportunities to socialize and make friends.

You can find detailed information on the course and its learning outcomes here (PDF, 1129 KB)


Hosting Institute: UZH Blockchain Center

Course Director: Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

Language: English

Credits: 6 ECTS

Target Audience: Advanced Bachelor students and Master students

Entry Requirements and Application Process

Entry Requirements

  • Master students or good Bachelor students who have completed their first year of study are encouraged to apply. This course is open to students of all subject areas, preferably from the fields of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Banking and Finance, Economics Business or Law. Students from other fields of study with a strong technical and analytical background are welcome.

  • Students should have a strong interest in Data Science. Basic knowledge of programming is not required, but desirable.

Application Process

Applications are open until 26 April 2020. To apply, please complete the online application form and send your application documents (PDF, 49 KB)to


UZH International Summer Schools 2020 Regulations (PDF, 59 KB)

UZH Students please note that it is possible to register for this summer program directly via the regular module booking tool. Additional information on the course can be found in the course catalogue.
Participation in the UZH International Summer School is free of charge for UZH students. In return we expect some organizational support in running the summer school.

Fees and Discounts


The regular fee for this summer school is CHF 2,500. Tuition Fees will be reduced significally for an online course. More information will be shared as soon as possible. Further Tuition Fee discounts are also still available.

  • The fee includes: Tuition and application fee; final certificate; study trips; social program
  • Not included: Accommodation and subsistence costs


We offer generous discounts to students from certain UZH partner universities, including Strategic Partners and Universitas 21 and LERU universities. Once we have received your application, we will notify you of any potential discounts available to you.  

Schedule and Classes

The preliminary program includes:

  • Around 20 hours of classroom teaching per week
  • Study trips to the Swiss blockchain hubs
  • Guest lectures by world-leading experts from academia and industry
  • Various social events including a welcome dinner, barbecues, a trip to Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls and an optional hike to a local mountain!

Note: The program may be subject to change.

Practical Information

Visa Requirements

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland. Please make sure you fulfill the visa provisions that apply for your country before traveling to Switzerland.

EU / EFTA Nationals: EU and EFTA nationals may directly enter Switzerland with a valid travel document that is recognized by the Swiss authorities. 

Non-EU / Non-EFTA Nationals: Citizens of non-EU and non-EFTA countries require a visa to enter Switzerland. Please note that some non-EU / non-EFTA nationals do not need a visa if their stay is less than 90 days.

Overview of visa provisions according to nationality
List of Swiss embassies and consulates of Switzerland

Note: Please keep in mind that you will receive the official letter confirming your successful registration for this program only after having paid the full tuition fee. If you require this document for visa purposes, please make sure to plan enough time between the payment and your entry to Switzerland.

Arriving in Zurich

Zurich can easily be reached by train, plane, bus or car. The Zurich Tourism website has all the relevant information on how to reach the city.

Arriving in Zurich (Zurich Tourism)

Arriving at Zurich Airport: Zurich has a very well connected international airport. If you arrive at Zurich Airport, you can take a direct train or tram to the city center. Trains depart from the airport train station on the lower level, the tram and bus stops are located outside check-in area 3.

From Zurich Airport to Downtown (Zurich Tourism)