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FinTech Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study FinTech if you have an interest in how our global finance landscape is rapidly changing. No prior knowledge is required; just the desire to open your eyes to how to utilise and manage financial technologies in an increasingly digitalised world.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Financial Technology course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

Course Summary

In everyday life, we interact with and experience innovation in the way we use financial services. This emerging field, popularly known as FinTech, is rapidly changing the global finance landscape by introducing digitised technologies for peer-to-peer transactions, online mobile payments, budgeting, investment and trade. This has led traditional banks to have to reinvent the way they do business, by using innovative financial technologies to stay relevant.

Over the two weeks, you will be introduced to the fundamentals and building blocks of financial technologies. You will gain an appreciation of various FinTech applications (e.g. Venmo, PayPal, Kickstarter, Zelle) and how they work via a set of intuitive and exciting case studies. You will also learn about regulatory technology (used to regulate financial technologies) and the many forms of FinTech, namely peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, blockchain and bitcoin, robo-advising, mobile payments and insurance. You will be tasked with designing and deploying financial technologies for investment and personalised transactions in ways that give you a competitive advantage.

What will you get out of the FinTech Summer Course?

By the end of this two week course you will be able to distinguish between FinTech models, namely business-to-business (B2B), business-to-client (B2C) and client-to-client (C2C). You will also gain proficiency in setting up, deploying and managing investment portfolios whilst also managing risk. The course will provide you with valuable hands-on experience of creating and deploying blockchain applications and using cryptocurrency exchanges as part of a FinTech strategy. The concepts introduced in class, and the practical projects you will complete, will leave you feeling more confident about utilising and managing financial technologies to your own advantage in an increasingly digitised world.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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