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International studies

Diploma in Financial Management

Etudiants internationaux et un professeurs dans l'Innovation Lab

Discover the Swiss finance ecosystems

An in-depth understanding of financial topics is an important prerequisite for a successful professional career and admission to business courses at universities.

This semester program is designed for undergraduate students and introduces the basic concepts and models of modern financial theories via lectures, texts and case studies, and company visits.

You will learn how assets and companies are valuated. Projections of future cash flows, capital budgeting, the trade-off between risk and return, risk management, and the valuation of securities are further courses offered in this program. Practical work close to life in corporations is an important part of the program.

Erick Perez

I got to apply more of the financial technics I learned at the Silicon Valley

Erick Perez

Program prospects

Students of the Diploma of Financial Management will be able to understand and apply financial management principles to investment strategies and securities valuation, estimate the cost of capital and risk assessment, construct an investment portfolio, illustrate how derivative instruments can be used to manage risk and explain the role of financial institutions. Students will strengthen their reflections on the intercultural challenges related to the Swiss finance system and learn more about finance ecosystems from Switzerland.

This international focus is strongly supported by the close partnerships we maintain with academic partners, start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies from several continents.

Admission

This program focuses on undergraduate students with excellent academic achievement.

  • Previous knowledge of finance is necessary to follow this program.
  • English Skills at B1 European level or higher are essential.

Credit points

The Program is made up of six modules, an applied finance project and a “French as a foreign language” option. It is an excellent opportunity for you to certify your knowledge.

It is built on 30 ECTS and takes place every Spring semester in Fribourg, Switzerland.

At a glance

Degree awarded

Diploma in Financial Management

ECTS Credits

It lasts one semester in Fribourg Switzerland and 30 ECTS will be accredited at your university.

Study duration

One semester

Study start

February 2020

Study dates

Spring 2020 : February to June

Study language

English

Enrollment information

Enrollment is closed, the next program starts in February 2021.

Fees

Please contact our International Office for more information

Place of study

HEG-FR/HSW-FR (Fribourg, Switzerland)

Modules and course structure

Financial markets and derivatives (5 ECTS)

This course provides an introduction to Financial Markets and Financial Assets by measuring returns and volatility. It furthermore introduces concepts for measuring risk and risk-adjusted returns as well as derivatives of risk diversification and portfolio risk calculation. Assessments of unsystematic vs. systematic risk and beta calculation are discussed and the asset allocation decision is investigated. Furthermore, we will look at derivative and how it’s used in formulating investment strategies and hedging policies; futures and forwards stocks, futures valuation and cost of carry model are also analyzed.

 

Financial valuation (5 ECTS)

This course will provide students with the necessary tools to formulate an investment strategy, to determine an investment approach and to evaluate the different possibilities of implementing the investments. Before addressing these important questions, the class will first review the main risk characteristic of traditional individual investments like bonds and equities. The orientation of this course aims to be resolutely practical. About 50% will be dedicated to practical exercises, realized by means of Excel.

 

Applied finance project (5 ECTS)

The main objective of this team work is to create a report on a specific topic in applied finance: 1/3 of the work will develop the theory and the methodology: 2/3 of the work will be an application of real information/ data. The report will be read by at least 2 professors of the school and students will make a presentation. Length: no less than 80 pages (without appendices).

 

Applied corporate finance (5 ECTS)

This module teaches basic concepts, such as the time value of money; corporate governance (bond holders vs. equity holders) and capital structure. Besides investment planning, there remain cost of capital estimation, cash flow calculation and financial projections; Budgeting and investment decisions. In addition the mergers and acquisitions stay strategy analysis and valuation; Takeover process and bidding strategies; Structuring and financing a transaction.

 

Risk management (2.5 ECTS)

During this module students will learn how important risk management is to an organization and how corporate risks are managed. This module imparts threats and risks, risk definitions and the different kinds of risks, the definition of risk management, risk areas, risk treatment (avoid, reduce, retain, transfer), the risk management process, risk reporting and monitoring and risk assessment.

Questions? Contact us

Elizabeth Andrea Rohrer

Deputy Manager - Project Manager Americas / Collaboratrice scientifique HES

+41 26 429 63 38

International Office

+41 26 429 63 38