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How Switzerland got rich - What defines a country's success, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
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This How Switzerland got rich - What defines a country's success course at University of Zurich looks at the development of Switzerland into one of the richest and most globalized countries in the world.
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Find out how Switzerland became an international finance center, how some Swiss companies evolved into big transnational corporations and how they manage to export Swiss-made goods under the condition of a strong currency, the Swiss Franc. 

During these three weeks in the How Switzerland got rich - What defines a country's success course at University of Zurich, you will learn about the country’s roots and study its worldwide successful industries like watchmaking, pharmaceuticals, and food processing, through talking to leading experts. 

We will further compare Switzerland to other countries and will explore their similarities and differences. By doing so, we will examine which historical, sociological, and political factors have to be taken into account when explaining a country’s success. Last but not least, this will also help us to understand why countries react differently to crises such as the one we are all currently witnessing with COVID-19.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Podcasts and Livestreams: Watch sessions on our online platform and interact with  lecturers during live sessions or watch them again if they have been recorded 
  • Q&A and mentoring sessions: Ask your questions to your Course Director 
  • Group work: Interact with other students and work together on your projects 
  • Individual presentations: Improve your presentation skills, discuss your project and get immediate feedback from classmates and your Course Director 
  • Comparative analysis and discussion of recent topics: Benefit from a diverse  classroom and discuss about commonalities of different countries

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
    • Duration description

       5 - 24 July

  • Credits
    6 ECTS
    • Students will still be able to earn 6 ECTS and will receive a Transcript of Records from UZH
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Main Learnings

  • Understand Switzerland’s preconditions and historic experiences in economic development 
  • Identify Switzerland’s singularities and commonalities with other countries 
  • Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the «Swiss model» and how its elements fit together 
  • Draw conclusions for ongoing debates on the relevant factors for successful economics and crisis management of countries

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Master students or good Bachelor students who have completed their first year of study are encouraged to apply. This course is open to students from all subject areas.
  • Applicants must possess a sufficient command of English (broadly CEFR B2 or equivalent) to be able to actively contribute to classes. This needs to be visible from your motivation letter, previous studies or work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1331 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1331 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1331 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1331 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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CHF 1,400. 


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