Examining Socially Responsible Banking and Finance
The Switzerland: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility program offers your students the opportunity to study international financial systems, financial crises, and the ethics of banking and finance through a social justice lens.
This program leverages our deep networks in Geneva to investigate issues prominent in the field of international banking and finance. Students will learn through onsite briefings and lectures from experts from banks, financial institutions, international NGOs, and governmental agencies.
An excursion to Greece provides context to observe and study the impact of financial crises on national economies, institutions, and society. Students will also be able to assess the debate on the Euro currency and EU policy from the perspective of Greek economists and finance experts.
For the final five weeks of the semester, students can choose either to conduct fieldwork or to complete an internship in Geneva and will be challenged to design an innovative business or finance project that promotes growth and social progress.
Some questions that will drive course content include:
- What are the causes of the unstable global financial economy?
- Can solidarity economies allow profitable businesses to help reduce social injustice and global poverty and protect the environment?
- What do recent changes in the global finance architecture and resulting social impact mean to the social responsibility of international financial institutions?
Advising tips: This program will be of interest to students studying international or global studies, business, economics, finance, accounting, math, statistics, management, marketing, or information management systems.
Students will not be enrolled in language courses. They will live in student dormitories, small inns, or other small hotels.
Click here to read program highlights and syllabi.
New Horizons Grant
SIT is announcing the New Horizons grant for students who participate in one of SIT's new summer 2016 or fall 2016 semester program. The award amount will be $1500 for summer and $2500 for semester. These grants are available to students who demonstrate any need and will be awarded in addition to other SIT awards including the Pell Grant Match and the SIT general scholarship fund. Interested students should fill out the standard SIT scholarship application.
The new programs are:
Extended Deadlines for Select Programs
We've extended the deadline for a number of spring 2016 programs:
Africa, South of the Sahara:
North Africa and the Middle East:
SIT at Upcoming Conferences
The following SIT staff members will be attending these upcoming conferences. If you, your staff, or your faculty members are attending any of these conferences and would like to set up a meeting, please let me know.
- Academic Director Imraan Buccus and Marianne Jorgensen—African Studies Association Conference in San Diego
- Academic Director Lu Yuan—ACTFL Conference in San Diego
- Academic Dean Said Graiouid and Wanda Dutton—Middle East Studies Association Conference in Denver
Opportunities for Students to Present ISP Research
SIT is pleased to support the 8th Annual Human Development Conference. This student-run event is sponsored by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The theme of this year's conference is Re-Imagining Development: Pursuing Good in a Changing World.
All undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract of their research project by the extended November 16 deadline.
Alumni of SIT programs are eligible for a $200 grant to off-set travel costs to attend the conference. Students should apply via email to Amy Burrows with name, home college/university, SIT program(s) of participation, title and abstract of their paper, and an estimate of costs to attend the conference (i.e. mode and cost of travel). Funding awards will be communicated two weeks after the Notre Dame student committee announces accepted papers.