Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE)


Be a MILE ahead!

Looking to embark on a rewarding career in international trade? The Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme is designed for students and professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of international trade and investment in the fields of law, economics and political science.

Applications for the Fall 2024 intake are now open! Secure your spot now!

Contact / Request Information Apply now 

Why the MILE

The MILE programme is unique because of the interdisciplinary approach to the study of international economic governance.

Prof Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies

Established in 1999, the MILE is the flagship programme of the World Trade Institute. It is one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation and has close ties to the WTI’s research portfolio. The programme uniquely combines a multidisciplinary perspective with a strong applied focus. In addition to our resident faculty, we bring in the world’s leading trade experts from law firms, international organisations, policy research institutes and top universities.

To find out if the MILE programme is right for you, check out the 'frequently asked questions (FAQs)'.

What we offer

  • A one-year, intensive graduate programme (can also be taken part-time)
  • Teaching and guidance from world-class scholars and practitioners - recruited from leading universities, international organisations, think tanks and global law firms
  • Highly applicable real-world knowledge and the latest research developments in international trade and investment regulation, and economics
  • A vibrant alumni network with over 600 members worldwide
  • Strong networks and mentoring programmes to help students secure internships and entry-level positions. More info here.

What you bring

  • The MILE is designed for students and professionals with a background in law, economics, international relations or political science, who wish to embark on a career in international trade and investment

For information about living and studying in Switzerland, click here.




  • Early bird: 1 December (applications submitted before this deadline will be given priority)
  • Regular deadline: 31 January (applications submitted after the deadline will still be considered if space allows, however please be mindful of Visa regulations and timings for your nationality)


To be considered for admission to the Master of Advanced Studies in International Law and Economics (MILE) programme at the World Trade Institute, we require you to have completed, at minimum, an undergraduate degree.
The majority of our students have a background in law, economics or political sciences. If you have a background in a different field, you are nonetheless encouraged to apply. A graduate degree in a related field and/or work experience in the field of international trade give you a bonus when the selection committee evaluates your application.


To be considered for the MILE programme, please make sure to upload in the online application ALL the documents below. Please upload electronic copies of your documents, preferably in PDF format (jpg/png/gif are accepted), limited to 20MB:

  • Detailed CV
  • Letter of motivation (write about your academic & professional accomplishments, and explain why you believe the MILE will benefit you and your career)
  • Transcripts and degrees of all completed college/university courses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of English proficiency for non-native speakers (please see requirements above)
  • A two-page essay in English (instructions can be found here)


To apply for the MILE programme, and for details of our requirements, please use our online application form.


About the English language requirements

The MILE programme is taught exclusively in English and you need to arrive at the WTI with a level of English that allows you to fully benefit from the courses. In particular, your level of English needs to allow you to express yourself effectively in and outside the classroom, deliver on weekly writing assignments and adequately cover a weekly reading load of up to 200 pages.

When evaluating your application, the selection committee pays close attention to evidence of your proficiency in English. As is common for graduate programmes, you are required to submit objective test scores of one of the accepted tests listed below:

Test                          Minimum Score  
TOEFL ibT                100 points or above   

TOEFL Paper           600 points or above   

IELTS                        7.0 or above   

Cambridge CAE        A    

Cambridge CPE        C or higher   


The following applicants are exempt from submitting test scores:

  • Native English speakers
  • Students with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from an institution in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, where English was the primary language of instruction and the degree was awarded no longer than five years ago.

You may be exempt from submitting test scores if you are:

  • A student with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction and the degree was awarded no longer than five years ago,
  • A student who has completed at least one year of study in an English-speaking country and at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction immediately prior to joining the MILE programme.

Please contact us if you are unsure of your exemption status and we will be glad to help. However, please be advised that exemptions from the language requirement are rarely granted. Important: If you believe you are exempt from an English test score, please add this to the comment box in the online application form.

Tuition and registration fees

Tuition for the TRAIL+ programme is CHF 18'000 for both full and part-time studies.

You may benefit from either one of the following two payment methods:

  • A 2% discount is applied if you pay your entire tuition fee prior to the first day of the programme.
  • If you are not able to pay in full, there is the opportunity to pay in installments. Please contact us to discuss.

Registration fee
Application for the TRAIL+ programme is free.

A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of CHF 200 is required upon admission to the programme. We will provide you with bank details once we confirm your admission to the TRAIL+ programme. Any charges incurred during transfer of the tuition fee or registration fee must be borne by the applicant.

Financial support
Opportunities for financial aid are available here.

Interest Form