CAS International Leader & Entrepreneur


Participants are conceptualizing, evaluating and establishing a social enterprise in a growing developing market in Asia or South Africa. In order to implement the specific project, they will be utilizing and developing their skills in agile project management, finance and intercultural and entrepreneurial leadership.

The CAS International Leader & Entrepreneur can be booked as a stand-alone CAS or as part of the MAS Leadership & Management or MAS Business Innovation Engineering for Financial Services.

At a glance

Qualification: Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Leader & Entrepreneur (15 ECTS)

Start: 21.10.2020

Duration: 18 days

Costs: CHF 13,900.00

Comment on costs: excl. travel costs

Location: IAP Institut für Angewandte Psychologie and various locations in and around Zurich

Language of instruction: English

Objectives and content

Target audience

This course addresses leaders, project managers and change responsibles who want to commit themselves to an intercultural cooperation and seek to experience international leadership and entrepreneurship first hand.


Participants will learn to


Together with IAP coaches and our partners from the Bookbridge Foundation, participants establish a social enterprise in a growing economy in Asia or South Africa. For 2020/21, the team will work with partners in South Africa. During their six months learning path they will work with a local partner team and strengthen their financial, entrepreneurial, and team working skills. They will build up cross-border thinking skills, deepen their understanding of the community needs and create a business plan in close cooperation with their partners abroad.

Intercultural leadership, management and entrepreneurial competencies of the participants will be reflected with the help of a coach and incorporated into the professional context of each participant. The tangible result of the program is the opening of a social enterprise during a trip to the partnering country. Long-term sustainability of this enterprise will be monitored and ensured by the Bookbridge Foundation.


Blended learning with virtual team work

Director of studies Stefanie Neumann explains to whom this course addresses to.

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Information for applicants

Course dates

Course 1 - October 21-23, 2020
Course 2 – November 18-20, 2020 (2.5 days) or November 14-22, 2020 (on-site module in South Africa)*
Course 3 - January 13-15, 2021 (2.5 days)
Course 4 - March 17-19, 2021 (2.5 days) or March 20-28, 2021 (on-site module in South Africa)*
Course 5 - May 6-7, 2021

*the decision, at what time the group will travel abroad, will be taken in July 2019 depending on the project. Please reserve both dates until then.

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Starting dates and application

Start Application deadline  
21.10.2020 Application via Bookbridge

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