World Trade Institute Summer Academy, Bern, Switzerland





Join us for the 11th edition of our five-week Summer Academy and receive an inside look at the hottest topics in investment and trade regulation, all while experiencing the beauty of Bern and Switzerland in summer!

The WTI Summer Academy provides you with accessible yet specialised knowledge of some of the most cutting-edge issues in investment and trade regulation and is designed for private, public and civil society professionals and higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, some of the world’s leading 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’ll establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.

The courses of the WTI Summer Academy can be attended in a flexible, ‘à la carte’ way: you choose to sign up for those courses which suit your needs and cover your interests! You’ll receive access to the WTI’s state-of-the-art facilities, online resources and extensive library.

Date: 8 July – 9 August 2013

Place: Bern, Switzerland


The Summer Academy, is essentially open to anyone who has graduated from a tertiary educational institution (bachelors degree or equivalent) or who is in the process of doing so (undergraduate students). Applicants should be able to demonstrate an excellent command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the Summer Academy.

When to Apply 

The WTI is currently accepting applications for the Summer Academy. However, spaces are limited and experience has shown that they tend to fill up quickly. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a “first-come-first-served” basis.

How to Apply

Applying to the Summer Academy is easy. Just fill out the form for the Summer Academy 2013 and send it, together with a copy of your CV to:  summer(at)
There is no application fee (however see our cancellation policy under the section on fees).

Please use only the electronic application form. To fill in the PDF you will need the latest version of Acrobat Reader. You will find both under ´more information´ on the right hand side.
Fee Structure

The fee for attending the full 5-week Summer Academy is 5,250 Swiss Francs (CHF). Applicants also have the option to attend any number of individual weeks.

  • 1 week = CHF 1,300
  • 2 weeks = CHF 2,500
  • 3 weeks = CHF 3,600
  • 4 weeks = CHF 4,500
  • 5 weeks = CHF 5,250

Payment must be made in Swiss Francs. Due to the limited number of places, payment is due upon acceptance to the programme. 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 to the university members and think tank members of the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (staff and students, with proof of institutional affiliation and/or registration). For detailed information, please visit the UNCTAD VI website.


The WTI is still accepting applications for the Summer Academy in 2013. Applications are accepted until the maximum number of participants is reached.


To download application form click here

For more information click here


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