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).
Courses à la carte
CAS / DAS
Choose your programme
Designed for public and private sector and civil society professionals, our courses à la carte are a simple way to enhance your knowledge of select areas in international economic law and policy: you join one or more weeks of the MILE, TRAIL+ or Summer Academy programme, while taking minimal time off from your job.
Attending our programmes for a week will earn you a certificate of attendance. The price for one week is 1,800 Swiss francs.
If you are interested in challenging yourself further, you can take a number of MILE, TRAIL+ or Summer Academy weekly courses and obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) or a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics.
A CAS is awarded after earning 12 ECTS (around 3 weeks of course work plus a scientific research paper) and a DAS after earning 30 ECTS (around 8 weeks of course work plus a scientific research paper). With some exceptions, the tuition fee for courses leading to a CAS is 5,000 Swiss francs and for courses leading to a DAS it is 12,000 Swiss francs.
Consult the curricula for the MILE, TRAIL+ or Summer Academy programme and choose the weekly courses you wish to pursue à la carte. For questions related to course content and selection, please contact our Academic Coordinator.
Due to the limited availability of student accommodation and high prices of apartments in Bern, it is highly recommended that you rent a room (double or single) in one of the student residences run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association. Please note that the WTI is not in a position to guarantee accommodation in Bern and cannot rent an apartment for you.
Participants registered for weekly courses à la carte or for CAS or DAS programmes, will have access to the course syllabi and readings through the online course management system of World Trade Institute.
Students need to apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate in their home country. The visa application process should be started as early as possible, as it can take several weeks for the Swiss immigration office to correspond with its Swiss embassies abroad. Citizens from EU and EEA countries do not require a visa.
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 EELTS test results. Exceptions may be granted on further examination, particularly where students have obtained their previous degree from a programme conducted entirely in English.
For CAS and DAS, 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
Applying to our courses à la carte is straightforward:
- Consult the MILE, TRAIL+ or Summer Academy curriculum and choose the weekly course or courses you wish to follow.
- Fill out the registration form and send it, together with a copy of your CV, a short biography and portrait photo (head and shoulders) of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We charge a non-refundable registration fee of 50 Swiss francs which will be offset against the tuition fee.
Payment must be made in Swiss francs. Due to the limited number of places, payment is due upon admission to the course(s). Please note that the above fees do not cover other costs such as meals, housing or local transportation.
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.
Applications are accepted until the maximum number of participants is reached.
The following deadlines and penalties apply for people 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
The WTI does not offer scholarships for courses à la carte. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other donor organisations or institutions.