Industries & Functions

Fit for Insurance

Basic seminar for newcomers and career changers in the insurance industry


Programme Description

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.

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.


Start Dates
5 weeks (3.5 hours per week)
Application Deadline
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
High Potential
Programme Type
CHF 1'900.-
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


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.

Programme Benefits

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.

Course 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.

Content & Faculty

Course curriculum / dates

  • Unit 1 - Insurance Markets: January 16, 2023 (2 - 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 2 - Insurance Products: January 23, 2023 (2 - 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 3 - Insurance Value Chain + Trends (Agenda 2025): January 30, 2023 (2 - 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 4 - Insurance Processes: February 06, 2023 (2 - 5.30 pm, Zurich-time)
  • Unit 5 - Insurance Techniques: February 13, 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.

How to apply

Your Application

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

Further information

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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