Through the SIT: Switzerland Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility program, students can examine macroeconomics and the global finance system through the lens of social responsibility and the ethics of sustainable business. The program is centered outside Geneva, and students take additional excursions to Lausanne and Zurich. Additionally, the program spends more than three weeks in Greece, primarily in Athens.

Student Blog:

Ema Di Fruscia | Spring 2018

Fields of study:

Economics, Finance, and French


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement). Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in economics, finance, accounting, math, or statistics as assessed by SIT.

Language Prerequisites:



16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
International Financial Institutions, Financial Crises, and Social Responsibility (4 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics of Banking and Finance (3 credits)
French Language (3 credits)*
Independent Study Project  in Finance (6 credits) or Internship and Seminar in Finance (6 credits)

*Whitman students who have completed 4 semesters of French, or the equivalent (FREN 200 at Whitman), are allowed to take Alternative Financial Systems and Intermediation (3 credits)in place of French.

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students choose between an ISP and an internship. Interns are placed with organizations working in areas of e-governance, e-commerce, alternative financial services, micro-finance, currencies, sustainable development, and human rights.


12-week homestay outside of Nyon, Switzerland in a small city, town, or village. During the 3-week excursion to Greece, students stay in student dorms, hostels, or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, late January – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Information

Program Link:

SIT: Switzerland Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility