Netherlands, Utrecht (NL) and St. Petersburg (RU)

New Financing Models in a Changing World

when 27 July 2015 - 7 August 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1370

Since the credit crisis in 2008, banks are focused on improving their image and balance sheets. The standards for providing loans have been raised so far that SMEs hardly can fund new investments. Also startups have difficulties in raising funds. This trend will continue and therefore small and medium sized companies are sourcing their funds in alternative ways. We also see other financial institutions starting innovations. In short the financial world is changing and new models of financing will conquer the world.

This course will give you insights in the developments within the financial industry in Europe and beyond as well as the alternative ways companies are funding new investments. The course consists of two parts, of which the 2nd part will take you to the International Banking Institute in St. Petersburg (Russia).
This course is searching for new ways to fund (SME-) companies. In the first part in Utrecht you will learn about alternative sources: How can crowd-funding provide equity and debt, could banking unions be helpful, how about pension funds, what is the impact of peer-to-peer lending? This will be reached through a mix of lectures, hands on exercises, cases and site visits.
The Russian financial industry is lagging behind the European developments. The number of banks today is approx. 1000 and is expected to be reduced to say 100 over a couple of years due to mergers and bankruptcies.
This will have a huge impact on the markets. The question is how customers will cope with this. Are there also opportunities for the Russian market like in Europe? Will crowd-funding and family lending be adopted in the Russian markets? Or will we see completely new models comparable to innovations like banking via mobile phones as we have seen in Africa? What can Europe learn from Russian market developments? The International Banking Institute in St. Petersburg will give insights in these developments during the second week of the course.
Lecturers have extensive experience in the international financial world and in teaching finance and banking courses in an international environment.

Course leader

Jelly J. Offereins

Target group

Students from all levels (Bachelor and Master); a business programme background is not required. This course is for you, if you are following the news on the financial crisis and/or when you have an interest in Finance and Banking, and are curious to explore new financials models and innovations. If you have no or a limited background in Finance or Banking we advise you to first take part in the course ‘Introduction to Finance & Banking’ and take this 2 weeks’ course as a follow-on course.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to understand new financing models in a changing world, within and outside the traditional banking industry. You will learn about alternative sources: How can crowdfunding provide equity and debt, could banking unions be helpful, how about pension funds, what is the impact of peer-to-peer lending?

Credits info

4 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1370: Course + course materials + housing

Fee includes a trip to St. Petersburg (transfer, accommodation and course fee)
EUR 1030: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course

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