Interested in broadening your knowledge of issues related to international law and economics? Our Winter and Summer Academies in Bern can be taken à la carte on a weekly basis or with the aim of obtaining a certificate or diploma. We also offer a Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy in Delhi with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. See below for details.
Winter Academy, Summer Academy, and more
Choose from a range of short-term study options
Winter and Summer Academy
The Summer Academy at WTI has it all - academic rigour, inspiring lecturers... and fellow participants who add both to the fun and your network.Ingrid E. Persson, Manager Government Affairs International Trade and Customs, Nike
The WTI Winter and Summer Academies cover cutting-edge issues in trade and investment law and policy. They are designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, renowned experts will teach you how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis. Becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.
Winter and Summer Academy modules can be taken individually on an à la carte basis. Students who take multiple courses in the Winter or Summer Academy can become eligible for a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Law and Economics. Visit our CAS / DAS Programmes page to learn more.
Winter Academy courses 2021
Winter Academy 2021* courses are as follows:
*Dates are subject to change
Please keep in mind that all courses will only be offered online.
Visit our CAS / DAS Programmes page to learn how you can apply these courses towards a certificate or diploma.
Summer Academy courses 2021
We accept individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in law, economics or political science, or in an unrelated field supplemented by relevant working experience. Participants are expected to have a strong command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during both the Winter Academy and Summer Academy.
How to apply
Applying to the Winter or Summer Academy is straightforward:
- Consult the course offerings above and choose the courses you wish to follow.
- Fill out the application form (found on the right side of this page) and send it, together with a CV, to us by email.
We charge a non-refundable registration fee of 50 Swiss francs which will be offset against the tuition fee, and is due at the time of application. See the application form for payment details.
Applications are accepted until the maximum number of participants per week 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
The tuition fee is due upon acceptance to the programme and must be made in Swiss francs. Information on courses will not be provided until the tuition fee has been paid.
The Winter and Summer Academy tuition fees do not cover costs such as meals, housing or local transportation.
Fee structure: Winter Academy and Summer Academy
- Tuition for one week is 1,200 Swiss francs
- Tuition for two weeks is 2,200 Swiss francs
- Tuition for three weeks is 3,200 Swiss francs
Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of each course.
Master's students registered at the University of Bern who wish to audit (without obtaining credits), can take Winter and Summer Academy courses for free. For Master's students who wish to obtain ECTS credits special rates apply. All University of Bern students who register need to provide a confirmation of matriculation 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.
The winning team in the Final Oral Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition are awarded a tuition fee waiver for two weeks of the Winter or Summer Academy. The winning team in any of the Regional Rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition are awarded a tuition fee waiver for one week of the Winter or Summer Academy.
In all other cases, the WTI does not offer tuition waivers for the Winter and Summer Academies. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other organisations or institutions.
Due to the high prices of hotel accommodation 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 or other accommodation for you.
Important IT information
Participants registered for the Winter and/or Summer Academy will have login information for the University of Bern/World Trade Institute online course management system sent to them via email in December and June respectively. With this login information, participants will have access to the course syllabi and readings.
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.
Joint Academy in India
The Joint Academy on International Trade Law and Policy run by the WTI and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is held annually in Delhi. It was established in 2014 to provide law students and legal professionals in India with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of trade regulation and governance issues.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2020 JOINT ACADEMY HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION. MORE INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW SOON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.