Finance for the Future:
Sustainable Finance and FinTech

UZH International Summer Schools 30 June - 19 July 2019

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. While Swiss banks will continue to orientate themselves along these four cornerstones, it will be essential to take recent developments such 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 get the immediate opportunity to put learning into practice.


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, 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 in  this PDF presentation (PDF, 1679 KB).

Hosting Institute: Department of Banking and Finance, UZH

Course Director: Prof. Dr. Marc Chesney

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 now open.

  1. Complete the Online Application Formand send your documents (PDF, 80 KB) to
  2. We will carefully check your documents and let you know within 4 weeks whether or not we can make you an offer.
  3. Once you have received your offer letter, you will need to accept your place by replying by email and pay your application fee (CHF 200) within 2 weeks to secure your spot on the program.
  4. You will need to pay the full tuition fee (as outlined in your offer letter) no later than 20 May 2019 to successfully enroll in the program. 
  5. Once we have received full payment, we will send you a letter confirming your successful registration and, if necessary, your visa invitation letter.

Application Deadline: 23 April 2019
Application Fee: CHF 200 
Tuition Fee Deadline: 20 May 2019


UZH International Summer Schools 2019 Regulations (PDF, 101 KB)

Information for students of the University of Zurich (UZH) 

Please note that this is a restricted seminar. UZH Students (Bachelor only!) need to apply for a participation at the seminar by 28 February 2019 via OLAT. Please visit the website of the Department of Banking and Finance for further information and links.  
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. A briefing for UZH students will take place on 17 May 2019, 12:15 - 14:00. Invitations will be sent out a few weeks ahead.

Fees and Discounts

The regular fee for this summer school is: CHF 2,500.

This includes:

  • Tuition and Application Fee
  • Final Certificate and Transcript of Records
  • Academic Trips to Zug and various Swiss banks and insurers
  • Various social events including a welcome dinner, a lakeside picnic, a trip to Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls and an optional day hike to the Uetliberg

Not included: Costs for room and board.


Students from UZH partner universities, particularly Strategic Partners and U21 network partners , may qualify for a tuition fee discount. 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 trip to Zug (Crypto Valley)
  • Study trips to Swiss banks and insurers
  • Various social events including a welcome dinner, a lakeside picnic, a trip to Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls and an optional day hike to the Uetliberg

Note: The program may be subject to change.

Practical Information


Accommodation in Zurich has to be organized by the participants themselves. If you struggle to find a suitable place to stay, the International Relations Office can provide some support. Depending on the desired degree of comfort, you should expect accommodation costs to range from about CHF 1,500 to approx. CHF 2,000 for the 3 weeks of the Summer School.

Here is a list of low-cost options for temporary living arrangements in Zurich:
Youth Hostel
City Backpacker
Oldtown Hostel Otter
Ibis Budget Hotel
Airbnb Zurich
Advertisements for Student Apartments (website only in German)

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)