General Orientation on Swiss Culture, Policies and Values

Certificate of Advanced Studies 1st Edition: August 2018 Programme

The Advanced Studies programme GoSwiss! (General Orientation on Swiss Culture, Policies and Values) is an innovative programme launched in 2018 by the University of Neuchâtel to attract international students eager to deepen their understanding of Switzerland. The participants of the programme will learn about Swiss values, policies, business practices, ethics and institutions, which are crucial for understanding the way business is conducted in Switzerland.    


Target audience

The participants of the programme will: 

  • Expand their knowledge about Swiss culture, values and policies;

  • Identify potential business opportunities in new markets;

  • Familiarize themselves with recent developments in international business studies and increase awareness of today and tomorrow's business challenges;

  • Enlarge their network by interacting with professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and business sectors.

  • The course is designed for policy makers and managers of multinational teams holding an academic degree or equivalent who are required to perform in complex business situations, cooperate with participants from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, and who would like to enhance their intercultural sensitivity as well as understanding of the global market. 
  • Programme Highlights






    The following benefits are all included the Programme fee:

    • Participants will enjoy the stay in a 4-star Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac set on the banks of the lake of Neuchatel and overlooking the Alps, ideally situated within walking distance to the University and the city’s main attractions
    • Buffet lunches will be served on the terrace of the VIO Lifestyle Restaurant which offers a wide variety of customized dishes that the guests create according to their individual tastes. Apart from the exceptional dining experience, the highlight is the view of the lake and the Alps
    • Welcome and gala dinners will be held in exquisite settings to make the moments shared together memorable
    • Participants of the Programme will network with business practitioners, politicians, policy makers, UN officials, international business consultants, professors and linguistic experts that are involved in the Programme
    • Visits of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, the Swiss National Bank and the Parliament are an integral part of the Programme and will allow the participants to gain more individualized insights into Swiss policies and values
    • Visits of local factories (Philip Morris and a watchmaking company) and natural landmarks (trips to Lucerne and Berner Oberland) will be an opportunity to discover the vigor of the business environment in Switzerland, the richness of its traditions and the breathtaking beauty of the country.
  • Programme description

    Programme description

    As the business world becomes more multicultural, competitive and complex, professionals are looking for new ways to interact optimally with customers, business partners, suppliers, employees, and other constituencies in this environment.

    Managing diverse teams requires understanding such key determinants as language, culture, history, tradition, customs, and diverse business practices. Consequently, the importance of cross-cultural competences and international exposure increases.

    Nestled at the heart of Europe and home to United Nations institutions, to headquarters of the worlds’ biggest corporations and to renowned banks, Switzerland is the melting pot of Europe. It is the perfect place to gain insights into the complexities of a culturally diverse environment.

    This Advanced Studies programme introduces the participants to its culture, policies and values. The programme explores strategic aspects of international business practice, provides an introduction to the Swiss regulatory framework, and invites its participants to explore the richness of its cultural and natural life.     

  • Porgramme Outline

    Programme Outline

    The programme includes five modules spread over the timeframe of 2,5 weeks.

    • "Introduction to Culture and Values" (Module 1) - Week 1
    • "Labor Relations" (Module 2) + "Banking & Industry" (Module 3) - Week 2
    • "Institutions" (Module 4) + "Political Landscape" (Module 5) - Week 3  

    The programme encompasses lectures, workshops, language courses and student presentations sessions. Lecturers are recognized experts in their fields, combining academic, business and political acumen.


    • Business English course: business oriented vocabulary, or French for beginners: basic grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills. These courses are combined with a presentation of the Swiss linguistic heritage.
    • Discovering the Swiss historical, natural and cultural legacy: visits to museums, natural landmarks and emblematic sites in the region.


    • Introduction to Swiss labor relations, industrial structure, institutions and political organization.
    • Theory and practice. Rigorous exposition of the fundamental concepts combined with practical application of the acquired knowledge through experiential learning exercises, managerial simulations, and in class discussions.
    • Guest speakers share their professional experience, comment on case studies and provide their recommendations on interacting with Swiss business partners.


    • Regional, National and International Outlooks.
    • Visiting companies and organizations from the region to discover Swiss corporate values and negotiating activities.
    • Individual skill advancement.
  • Academic Board and Faculty

    Academic Board an Faculty

    Our faculty members are recognized experts in their fields, combining academic, business and political acumen.


    Grether_Jean-Marie-teaser.jpg (Jean-Marie Grether) Prof. Jean-Marie Grether
    ​ Vice-rector, Professor of international economics 

    Jean-Marie Grether (born 1960) is professor of international economics at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He is a trade economist with teaching and research experience in several Swiss and Latin American universities, the World Bank and the European Union. His main research area is the interrelationship between trade and the environment, with additional interests on migration and political economy issues.

    Schulthess_Daniel-teaser.jpg Prof. Daniel Shulthess​
     Vice-rector, Professor for the history of philosophy

    Daniel Schulthess (born 1954) is professor for the history of philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He has held visiting positions at various universities in Europe and abroad. His work is mainly concerned with modern European philosophy, including Leibniz and Thomas Reid. He tries to keep a balance between the openness that history requires, the sense of speculation that is manifest in the classical systems, and the aspirations to clarity and detail characteristic of analytical trends in the discipline. He has an open eye for the connections between philosophy and the social sciences broadly speaking, including law and economics.


    Jagodzinska_Katarzyna_teaser.jpg Dr. Kasia Jagodzinska
    ​ Lecturer and Programme Director

     Dr. Kasia Jagodzinska brings a wealth of international managerial experience from the EU, US and the Middle East, which she combines with an academic career. Dr. Jagodzinska is recognized as the National Expert to the European Parliament in cross border mediation. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the United Nations in Geneva on matters concerning ethical business conduct and conflicts of interests. As an International Business Consultant at the European Center of Negotiation in Paris, Dr. Jagodzinska conducts executive education trainings for clients in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Poland. Her repertoire of experience also includes working as a Lecturer and Visiting Professor at several universities in Switzerland, France, Italy and Poland. She is responsible for MBA programs at Swiss and Polish universities.


    Kaufmann_Daniel_teaser.jpg Daniel Kaufmann 
     Assistant professor of applied macroeconomics

    Daniel Kaufmann is assistant professor of applied macroeconomics at the University of Neuchâtel and associated research professor at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich. He also taught occasional courses at the Study Center Gerzensee, the University of Bern and the University of Notre Dame. Before turning to academia, he worked as a Senior Economist at the Swiss National Bank.


Admission conditions

Participants are expected to:

  • Hold an academic degree or equivalent;
  • Use their personal computer during the program;
  • Have advanced English language skills confirmed by a diploma.​


Upon successful completion of the program each participant will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) issued by the University of Neuchâtel. The program is worth 12 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. 


From the 15th of August until the 1st of September 2018.
The modules will be taking place from Monday to Friday from 08:00  - 18:00.
Saturdays and Sundays will be reserved for discovery of the local culture and the region and are integral parts of the programme.


For more information and registration please contact us via email: katarzyna.jagodzinska@unine.ch​


Fee per participant: 10’250 CHF, including accommodation, meals and transport within Switzerland during the duration of the programme.
Application deadline: June 30th
Payment deadline: July 16th

Early bird fee: 8’950 CHF if the application is sent before June 16th 2018.
Payment deadline: June 30th

Participants cover the transport costs related to on time arrival to Neuchâtel (air and railway tickets).

Cancellation policy: see Brochure


Contact Programme Director
​Dr. Kasia Jagodzinska
​Enterprise Institute
​University of Neuchatel
+41 32 718 15 67


Deadline for Application

30th June 2018

To register please download the Application Form:

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For more information please contact us via email: 



15th of August until the 1st of September 2018 


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Programme Director 
​Dr. Kasia Jagodzinska
​Enterprise Institute
​University of Neuchatel
+41 32 718 15 67

Academic Director

Professor Jean-Marie Grether
Vice-Rector of Finance and Accreditation
University of Neuchatel


University of Neuchâtel​
Faculty of Economics and Business
Avenue du 1er-Mars 26
CH-2000 Neuchâtel