Could you benefit from a refresher course at the WTI? Are you interested in our programmes but cannot commit to an entire year? Now is your chance to get a taste of what we offer and earn a certificate of attendance, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS).
CAS and DAS Programmes
For public and private sector professionals
The WTI offers you a unique opportunity to update and deepen your knowledge of international economic governance, trade and investment by participating in intensive, week-long courses on a wide range of topics. These interdisciplinary courses, which are part of the Master in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme and the Master in International Trade and Investment Law (TRAIL+), are taught by a faculty of renowned experts and practitioners.
Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (CAS ILE)
Participants who earn 8 ECTS in course work (3 courses) and 4 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (CAS ILE).
Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (DAS ILE)
Participants who earn 22 ECTS in course work (8 courses) and 8 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (DAS ILE).
If you cannot commit to a CAS, you can take single weekly courses on à la carte basis, as a part of our Winter and Summer Academies. Visit the Winter and Summer Academy page for a current list of à la carte courses, course descriptions, and fee information.
For the CAS/DAS programmes, we accept applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in law, economics, finance, commerce, international relations, or political science, or in an unrelated field when supplemented by relevant working experience. Participants are expected to have a strong command of written and spoken English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the courses. Students whose first language is not English are required to provide TOEFL or IELTS test results (see MILE Admission). Exceptions may be granted on further examination, particularly where students have obtained their previous degree from a programme conducted entirely in English.
For the CAS and DAS programmes, applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic ability and provide credible references bearing witness to their research abilities. They also should possess at least one year of professional experience in a related field (lawyer, diplomat, export industry representative, trade economist, civil servant, etc). Exceptions to this rule may be granted upon reviewing individual applications.
How to apply
If you are interested in pursuing a CAS or DAS programmes, please:
- Consult the course offering above and choose the courses you wish to follow.
- Express your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are accepted until the maximum number of participants is reached.
The following deadlines and penalties apply for persons who apply and have been accepted to the programme, but who subsequently withdraw:
- Cancellations 8 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds the tuition fee but deducts a 100 Swiss franc administration fee
- Cancellations 4 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds 70% of tuition fee
- Cancellations 2 weeks before the course: the WTI refunds 50% of tuition fee
- No show = no refund
Tuition fees are due prior to starting your course(s). Information on courses will not be provided until the tuition fee has been paid.
The CAS and DAS tuition fees do not cover costs such as meals, housing or local transportation.
Participants may join one or more course(s) as a weekly student and receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion.
The tuition per week is 1,200 Swiss francs.
*Week-long WTI PhD courses also count towards meeting the requirements for a CAS or DAS.
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Participants who earn 8 ECTS in course work and 4 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics.
The tuition fee for a CAS is 4,000 Swiss francs.
Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)
Participants who earn 22 ECTS in course work and 8 ECTS by writing a research paper are awarded a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics.
The tuition fee for a DAS is 10,000 Swiss francs.
Special rates apply to students registered at the University of Bern.
A 50% tuition waiver is applicable to participants affiliated with the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (staff and students of university and think tank members, with proof of institutional affiliation and/or registration). For detailed information, please visit the UNCTAD VI website.
If you are a Bulgarian national, you are eligible for the exclusive financial support of the Fonds Katzarovi, specially designed for Graduate and PostGraduate studies in Switzerland. Deadline 15 March. More info here.
The WTI does not offer tuition waivers for CAS/DAS programmes or weekly courses. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other organisations or institutions.