General Orientation on Swiss Business, Relations and Policies

The programme is designed for present or future managers of multinational teams and policy makers who are required to communicate in complex business situations and negotiations, especially with participants from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, and who would like to enhance the effectiveness of their communication skills and their understanding of the Swiss business environment.

The GoSwiss! programme offers an original combination of cultural and communication skills transmitted by seasoned specialists over a flexible timeframe. The basic building blocks are four three-day teaching units that can be attended either separately or jointly.

  • The first two units (module 1) develop fundamental communication skills and techniques, as well as key negotiation tactics and approaches, and the issues that may arise due to intercultural differences.
  • The last two units (module 2) expose the specificities of Swiss institutions and practices in two crucial domains i.e. banking and industry on the one hand, and energy and environment on the other hand. Each module also includes business-oriented language courses in English (or in French as an option).


Target audience

Participants following the full programme will

  • Expand their knowledge about Swiss culture, values and policies

  • Develop intercultural sensitivity and a global mindset

  • Identify potential business opportunities in new markets

  • Familiarize themselves with recent developments in international business studies

  • Increase awareness of today's and tomorrow's business challenges

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

  • Exchange information, compare and contrast experiences, with other participants of the programme as well as challenge current viewpoints 

  • Gain a unique and unforgettable learning experience

  • 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 their understanding of the global market
  • Programme Highlights






    The programme fee covers all other necessary expenses, which are part of the studies. This includes lectures, workshops and study materials, meals, public transport, local visits, gala dinner and accommodation in a lakeside hotel.
    Drinks and extra expenses are not covered. Participants cover visa costs, air and transport tickets related to their timely arrival to Neuchâtel.

    • Participants will enjoy the stay in a charming hotel set on the banks of the lake of Neuchatel and overlooking the Alps.
    • 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 will network with business practitioners, politicians, policy makers, UN officials, international business consultants, professors and linguistic experts that are involved in the programme
  • 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 their 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.

    With its unique combination of ethnic diversity, political stability and economic openness, Switzerland provides the ideal context to develop such competences.

    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 insight into the complexities of a culturally diverse environment.

    This Advanced Studies programme introduces the participants to the Swiss business relations, 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.     

  • Academic Board and Faculty

    Academic Board and 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 Prof. 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
  • Have advanced English language skills confirmed by a diploma


Unit 1a/1b or 2a/2b (3 days): certificate 3 ECTS
Module 1 or 2 (one week): certificate  6 ECTS
CAS Full programme: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) 12 ECTS

 ECTS = European Credit Transfer System credits (see www.swissuniversities.ch)


La formation est reportée.


Participation in each unit or module is limited to 20 participants.
Application form and all required documents have to be sent by email to: katarzyna.jagodzinska@unine.ch​

Receipt of the application is acknowledged. A review of the application and candidate profile is then performed. Final registration can only be confirmed if the programme is run and once complete payment has been received.


Fee for a separate unit (Unit 1a /1b or 2a /2b)
CHF 2'750.- (Early Bird fee 2'300.-)

Fee for a single module (Module1 or 2)
CHF 4'250.- (Early Bird fee 3'400.-)

Fee for the full CAS Programme
CHF 7'500.-
(Early Bird fee 6'400.-)

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

Cancellation policy: see Brochure


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

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Les modules de formation sont reportés.


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Programme Director 
​Prof. Kasia Jagodzinska
Institute of Management (IMN)
​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
2000 Neuchâtel