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
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, the WTI’s flagship master programme, are taught by a fly-in faculty of renowned experts and practitioners. The courses are either lecture-based or case-study-based.
The lecture-based courses consisting of 20 hours of interactive lectures by two or three experts are scheduled from Monday to Thursday. The lectures address both the theory and practice of the topics covered and often include classroom exercises. On Friday, participants who wish to do so may take a take-home exam.
The case-study-based courses are built around carefully designed case studies. Each course begins on Monday morning with a brief introduction of the topic, the assigned reading materials and the case study. Students then have until Wednesday noon to study the reading materials and work on the case study in small groups. The submission of the case study brief is usually followed on Wednesday afternoon by a lecture on the most recent developments. On Thursday and Friday, the students meet with one or two experts for a total of 10 hours to discuss the case study and receive detailed feedback.
As the number of participants in each course is limited, early registration is advised. The 2017 – 18 courses open to public and private sector professionals include:
Border Management I: Tariffs & Quantitative Restrictions
22 – 26 January 2018
Lecturers: Ilaria Espa & Paolo Vergano
Border Management II: Customs Procedures & Trade Facilitation
29 January – 2 February 2018
Lecturers: Davide Rovetta & Roy Santana
Trade Remedies II: Subsidies & Countervailing Measures
12 – 16 February 2018
Lecturers: Victoria Donaldson (TBC) & Victor Do Prado
International Investment Law I: Substantive Issues
12 – 16 March 2018
Lecturers: Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer & Rodrigo Polanco
International Investment Law II: Investor-State Dispute Settlement
19 – 23 March 2018
Lecturers: Georgios Petrochilos & Rodrigo Polanco
The Economics of Regional Integration
30 April – 4 May 2018
Lecturers: Joseph Francois & Frank van Tongeren
See also the Summer Academy 2018 page for courses in July.
For questions related to course content and selection, please contact our administration.
The MILE 2017-18 programme also includes a number of guest lectures. See the Events page for more details.
Fees and general information
Participants may join one or more course(s) of interest as a weekly student and receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion. The fee per course is 1,200 Swiss francs. For two weeks it is 2,200 Swiss francs, and for three weeks 3,200 Swiss francs.
Participants who complete 3 week-long courses à la carte and write 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. Participants who take 8 week-long courses à la carte and write 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.
The week-long WTI PhD courses and the courses offered in the context of the WTI Summer Academy also count towards meeting the requirements for a CAS or DAS.
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 WTI online course management system.
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 (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 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 course offering above and choose the weekly course or courses you wish to follow.
- Fill out the appropriate registration form (CAS/DAS application form or Weekly Course application form for weekly student participation) 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.