University of Oregon

SIT: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility in Geneva

Program Overview

Through this program, you will gain a background in international banking and finance through a social justice lens via an experiential, case-study approach. The international environment of Geneva offers an opportunity to meet experts and academics at banks, financial institutions, and Swiss and international NGOs, all while examining macroeconomics and the global finance system as it applies to social responsibility and the ethics of sustainable business.

This program addresses the causes of the unstable global economy, alternative systems of intermediation, and the implications of financial crises on economies, in the classroom and through briefings at financial institutions and NGOs.
The first ten weeks of the program will focus on classes in financial systems and reforms, international banking and related ethics, sustainable business and intermediations of risk and crises from a social responsibility standpoint. This will be combined with your choice of independent research or an internship. 

Near the end of the semester, you will travel with your cohort to Greece, where you’ll examine the impact of the recent economic crisis on the Greek financial system and society while you experience Greek culture, history, and cuisine. Coursework examines international financial crises and social responsibility, and includes a 10-hour Modern Greek language course. You will hear lectures from experts and visit financial institutions such as IOBE, a leading think tank on economic research, and ELIAMEP, an independent, nonprofit, and policy-oriented research and training institute researching European integration and international relations.

For more information go to SIT: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility in Geneva.

Housing Description

You will spend about 10 weeks living with a Swiss or international family outside of Nyon in a small city, town, or village. Activities during the homestay may include skiing, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and hiking. Swiss cultural offerings are vast and include music festivals, art exhibitions, museums, and theaters.

Families are usually middle class and reflect the cultural diversity of Switzerland. Host parents and siblings may speak more than one language, often German, English, or Italian, in addition to French. Many families are in Lausanne or Montreux, and most are about 40 minutes by train to the SIT center in Nyon and one hour by train to central Geneva. Trains to Geneva run every 15 minutes.

You will continue to live with your homestay family during the Independent Study Project in Finance or Internship in Finance period.
During the excursion to Greece, you will stay in student dorms, hostels, or small hotels.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply early.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for the program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/20178/23/201712/5/2017
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Late JanuaryMid-May

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.