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European Financial Markets and Institutions

In order to understand European financial markets, institutions and their economic decisions, this summer course focuses on the policy measures taken in this respect and their effect on financial markets and the broader economy. The programme includes a two day trip to the European Union institutions in Brussels and an excursion to Amsterdam Exchange and the Dutch National Bank.

Did you know that the European Union (EU) is a political-economic union of 28 member states, of which 19 member states use the euro as their legal tender? Do you realize that the EU has the largest economy in the world, with a combined population of over 500 million inhabitants? Did you know how our European authorities deal with a crisis?

Following the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, which spread from the US to Europe, the stabilization of financial markets through financial sector reforms became a top priority in order to create a safer and sounder financial sector in the EU.

In order to understand European financial markets, institutions and their economic decisions, this summer course focuses on the policy measures taken in this respect and their effect on financial markets and the broader economy.

The programme includes a two day trip to Brussels, where students visit the European Commission and the European Parliament, and have the opportunity to speak to delegates and officials.

Overall this course presents a unique opportunity to understand Europe by offering a prime selection of the most challenging topics on European financial markets and institutions.

At the end of this summer course, students are able to:

  • Conduct a fresh analysis of the European financial system from different perspectives.
  • Explain how institutions as the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank cooperate in practice.
  • Explain the emergence of the global credit crisis and the EU sovereign debt crisis.
  • Give an overview of the crisis responses by our European authorities with regard to this crisis.
  • Evaluate the effectivity of these measure taken by the European authorities.

Through lectures, group-assignments, lunch discussions and visits to important institutions in Amsterdam (The Dutch Central Bank and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange) and in Brussels (European Commission and the European Parliament), students will learn more about European financial markets and institutions.

Course level/ Entry requirements

Basic knowledge of Economics
Undergraduate level with good command of the English language (upper intermediate level).
Also suited for graduate level students and professionals​

 Language English
 Start and end-date Monday 3 July - Friday 14 July 2017
 Study load

Summer Course, two weeks of lessons, workshops or group activities from 9.30-17.00. Excluding time spent on homework and project preparations (140 hrs).

Pre-departure theory exam 50-60 hrs, post course paper 70-80 hrs.
 Credits 4 EC
Tuition fee (including excursion to Brussels – hotel and travel)  € 910,00

 
Early bird discount (apply before 1 April 2017)

 € 50,00
Discount for students from partner universities  € 50,00
 Type of diploma

Certificate Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

More details about the course

In order to understand European financial markets, institutions and their economic decisions, this summer course offers a prime selection of the most challenging topics on the subject of European financial markets.

The course focuses on the policy measures taken in response to the outbreak of the 2008 financial crisis, and their effects on financial markets and the broader economy.
Type of assessments Summerschool report (mandatory)
Pre-assignment, post paper (optional)
Course readings
  • Haan, J. de, Oosterloo, S. en Schoenmaker, D. Financial Markets and Institutions, second edition, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1107635920
+ Handouts and readers

Course leader and contact

The course leader for this Summer School course is Paul Feenstra and Michel Knoppel.

If you have any practical questions please send an email to: auassummerschool@hva.nl

Location Summer School course

Published by  Faculty of Business and Economics 20 July 2017