Programme overview

This compact online seminar deepens the knowledge of newcomers and career changers of the international insurance industry.

Over a period of five weeks (with a time investment of 3.5 hours per week), this online seminar will deepen your understanding of how the insurance industry works and the challenges it faces today. In compact units, you will gain a basic understanding of the structures of national and international insurance markets and the special features of market services in life and non-life insurance. The processes of product development, sales and claims management are explained. This will prepare you to understand better the technical and financial aspects of insurance management.


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Target Audience

The basic seminar Fit for Insurance is aimed at managers with limited knowledge of the industry as well as career changers who need a professional insight into important markets, products and mechanisms of the insurance industry in a short time.

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In your professional development to date, have you worked in a sub-sector of insurance or, as a career changer, are you looking for an overview of how the insurance industry works and the current challenges it faces? Then we cordially invite you to check out our intensive seminar. In response to the growing need for a condensed introduction, we developed – on the basis our our well-established three-day on campus seminar – an English-speaking basic seminar Fit for Insurance solely offered virtually.

In compact learning units, we convey a basic understanding of of the structures of national and international insurance markets as well as the special features of market performance in life and non-life insurance. We shed light on the processes in product development, in sales and claims management and and claims management, and develop the actuarial and financial fundamentals. The broad mix of participants brings together a wide range of perspectives from different countries countries, lines of business and companies and enables an enriching exchange on current practices and challenges.

Your Benefit

In five units, this online course will give you an overview of the structures of national and international insurance markets and the special features of insurance-specific market services and business processes. You will learn the fundamentals of insurance and finance and discuss the significance and impact of current industry topics.

Program structure

Online Learning Methodology

This course is conducted 100% online. The learning methodology is accordingly geared towards distance learning and consists of three parts:

  • Flexible Learning
    Before starting the course, you will be given access to the online learning platform of the I.VW-HSG and set up the zoom account to be able to participate in the live sessions. This will enable you to prepare for the individual modules, exchange with colleagues and learn at your own pace.
  • Live sessions with faculty
    You can log into the zoom session from the comfort of your home, office or on the road. Each zoom session lasts about two hours with the respective professor. During the live sessions you will actively exchange ideas with the other participants, give feedback or solve problems. This includes time for preparation and follow-up of the session.
  • Lessons learned / transfer
    You have the opportunity to check the knowledge you have learned in the session as well as the documents and videos for the respective unit with a multiple choice assessment. You will also formulate measures for yourself to put what you have learned into practice.
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Course curriculum & Faculty


  • Unit 1 – Insurance Markets: August 14, 2023, 2023 (2 – 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 2 – Insurance Products: August 21, 2023 (2 – 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 3 – Insurance Value Chain + Trends: August 28, 2023 (2 – 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 4 – Insurance Processes: September 4, 2023 (2 – 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 5 – Insurance Techniques: September 11, 2023 (2 – 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)

Your Faculty Director

The design of this online programme is guided by I.VW-HSG as well as insurance experts, who will share experiences and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Martin Eling is doing empirical research in the intersection of insurance management, mathematics, and economics. After his doctoral degree in 2005 he joined the I.VW-HSG as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2008 he was visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Then in 2009 he was appointed Professor of Insurance at the University of Ulm. Since November 2011 he is Director of the I.VW-HSG and holds the Chair for Insurance Management at the University of St.Gallen. The Chair was established with support of the Swiss insurance industry.

Special Discounts

For members of the Future.Value partnership network, a contingent of free places is available to the approximately 40 member companies, depending on the respective contractual scope. If your company is one of the members of the Future.Value partner network of the I.VW-HSG and you would like to take advantage of a free place, please note this when registering. Here you will find a list of our partner companies:

Your application

If you want to attend this course, please register here online.

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

This is what distinguishes the HSG
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