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University of Neuchâtel

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The University of Neuchatel was officially given university status in 1909. However, the roots go back to 1838 when the Academy of Neuchatel was established. There are four faculties; Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics and Business. There are 4284 Bachelor’s and Master’s and 612 doctoral students with around 782 staff members. Approximately 22 % of the students come from abroad representing nearly 100 nationalities. The Tin Higher Education ranking has placed the university among the Top 50 of the 200 most international universities. The Times higher Education (THE) has placed the university in the Top 20 Small Universities in the world.


CHF 26,100

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CHF 26,100

Average Living Expenses (Masters)



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The university is located in the city of Neuchatel, Switzerland. The city of Neuchatel is strategically placed at a central location in Switzerland and Europe. It is at the foot of a mountain on the shores of a very large lake.


The Library of the Faculty of Economics and Business contains many features; advanced literature search, quick delivery of documents (printed and online), research support, data management on the UniNE portal and RERO DOC, bibliographic data migration between programs, guidance and support for Open Access publishing, help with account set up in ORCID, bibliography and citations corrections, information booths, courses and workshops and other services useful to students. There are over 100 000 monographs and 300 journals. It also provides free WiFi, printer, computers and work stations, daily news papers, a gift shop, white boards and EverBlocks.

The language Center provides an opportunity for the university community to improve their language skills in English, German, Spanish,and Italian. Weekly courses during semesters and intensive courses in the spring are conducted. Independent Self-learning methods are encouraged and thus a multimedia self-access learning center has been established.

Residing Options

The options are either in university hostels, in private homes or in a shared apartment. The UniNE maintains a database listing housing offers which is accessible to students enrolled at the university. The Accommodation services offer over 300 rooms spread over 4 sites as well as private rooms. The university internal community ads, housing in a student residence, private offers and offers from private agencies are options that are available in finding suitable accommodation in Neuchatel.


The Master of Science in Finance is a 2 year full time degree program with a strong focus on financial analysis and portfolio management. It consists of 4 semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. The first semester concentrates on core courses in foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods and economics. The 2nd semester moves towards case solving as emphasis is placed on applications. The 3rd semester covers advanced topics in finance and provides exposure to the profession. Based on student;s professional goals the curriculum could be customized through options in elective credits. The 4th semester is devoted to the completion of the master thesis. This carries 30 ECTS. During this period the student is undergoes a training in an financial institute. This program is approved by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA Institute ), and prepares the student for the CFA exams.

The Master of Science in Applied Economics consists of 3 semesters. The first two semesters are devoted to core and optional courses. The last semester is focused on writing the masters thesis. The students have the option of combining the thesis work with an internship program. The programs aims to equip the graduates with tools required by social scientists such as ; models (or abstract simplifications ) capturing salient aspects of social interactions in a given context; empirical methods employed to quantify the relevance of causal mechanisms with real world data.

The Master of Science in Information Systems is a 3 semester course of study. The first two semesters are given for course work while the 3rd is devoted for writing the Master Theses. The course work includes selection of 5 modules from the fields of Management Information Systems and Information Systems Engineering. The thesis carries 39 ECTS credits.

The Master in General Management is aimed at providing a solid foundation in core management disciplines. The first two semesters cover fundamental courses in core management disciplines with 54 compulsory ECTS. The final semester involves a business game integrating acquired knowledge and enhancing strategic thinking and decision making. The students have the option of selecting electives, to follow an internship program and participate in an exchange program.

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The Msc in Finance graduates are suitable for positions of financial analyst, portfolio manager, investment adviser in financial institutions and insurance companies. The Msc in Applied economics is tailor made for employment in public entities at all levels, international organizations and NGOs and financial institutions requiring in-house expertise in economic analysis. Msc in Information Systems is more suited for positions as information system analyst, information system architect , chief information officer, chief technology officer, logistics manager, information security officer and business analyst.

The career center provides all assistance and guidance in preparing the student to face interviews, employment, and develop professional and personal skill.

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