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Università della Svizzera italiana - USI

Application and Information

Lugano Campus, Main Building
Lugano Campus, Main Building

 

 

Application

Interested candidates apply to the PhD program via the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) platform. See the SFI official website for complete application requirement and deadlines.

The following complete documentation is required:

  • CV and statement of purpose
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Two reference letters
  • Certification of proficiency in English

Strong preference in admission will be given to students who submit GRE scores.

The first deadline for sending applications is January 15th. The successful candidates should expect to be notified by February 15th. An extended, but final, deadline is on March 31st. The successful candidates should expect to be notified by April 30th.

Candidates applying by the first deadline have a higher likelihood of admission. The program starts mid-September.

Financial Support

The first year of the PhD program in Finance requires a full‐time commitment to studies. To make this possible, the Swiss Finance Institute provides (tax‐free) yearly grants of about CHF 30’000 (plus adjustment for the cost of living) to admitted candidates. Tuition and fees are also covered.

Starting from the second year, as the course load lightens and the emphasis turns to research, candidates are employed as teaching and research assistant in the Institute of Finance. Teaching experience is an integral part of the PhD program, and candidates are encouraged to do some teaching from the second year.

Visiting Students

Visiting students may attend doctoral courses for which they will be issued a certificate of attendance.