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World Financial Centers

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The World Financial Centers (WFC) program includes a one-week travel experience to a financial center of global significance, following an immersion program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) and area institutions to acclimate students with the city to which they will be traveling. The program may be repeated once for credit in a different center and is usually offered every summer.


Knowledge of financial theory is highly desirable, as the program is intended primarily for MSF students. MA and MBA students with appropriate background knowledge in finance may also apply. Consult the Program Administrator for details including special costs, meeting times and overseas academic partners. 


  • Provides analysis of international financial markets, institutions, and regulatory systems in the host center
  • Explores their relationship with global financial trends and systems
  • Includes examining the microstructure of markets, equity trading, futures and options, mergers and acquisitions, banking and currencies, and regional issues of topical interest

Tuition and Fees

Tuition to the program is $4,000 for first-time participants and $2,000 for second-time participants. The tuition does not include airfare, accommodations, or meals. First-time participants will receive a travel scholarship from Brandeis IBS of up to $800 towards their airfare, reimbursed after the program; second-time participants will receive up to $400. Contact Karen Muise for more information on airfare reimbursement.