Finance for the Future: Investments, Sustainable Finance and FinTech

**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

Sustainable Finance

Course Description

Stability, universality, responsibility and excellence – these are the four cornerstones of Swiss banking. These values are the foundation of the success of the Swiss financial center. Today, Switzerland is the leader in cross-border asset management, 27.5% of cross-border assets around the world are managed in Switzerland.


However, it is important to keep up with the most recent trends and developments that are promising for the future. The Swiss banks will on one hand continue to orientate themselves along these four cornerstones. On the other hand it will be essential to take recent developments as FinTech and Sustainability into account in order to stay competitive in the long run.


Students participating in this Summer School at the University of Zurich will not only learn theoretical aspects about finance, but also experience as well as apply their acquired knowledge in different settings at and around the campus.


In this Summer School, you will:

  • get to know the past, present and future development of the Swiss financial system and the wealth management in Switzerland.
  • enhance your knowledge in macroeconomics and finance (financial instruments, asset classes, portfolio management, behavioral finance).
  • learn from scientists and practitioners about the most recent and promising trends in FinTech and Sustainable Finance.
  • test and apply your gained knowledge in a portfolio management game.

The program is coordinated by the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, with various distinguished lecturers. 

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 program including its learning outcomes in  this PDF presentation (PDF, 1668 KB).

Hosting Institute: Department of Banking and Finance, UZH

Course Directors: Dr. Benjamin Wilding and Anja Zgraggen

Language of Instruction: English

Credits: 6 ECTS

Target Audience: 2nd or 3rd year 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 from all subject areas
  • Applicants need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall
  • Prior knowledge in finance is not required, but a basic understanding of economics and an interest in statistics are 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 Regulations 2020 (PDF, 59 KB)


UZH Students 

Please note that this is a restricted seminar. UZH Students (Bachelor only!) need to apply for a participation at the seminar. Please consult the course catalogue for more information on the application process for internal students.
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
  • Full day study trips
  • Various social events including a welcome dinner, barbecues, a trip to Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls and an optional day 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 be easily 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)