The Swiss Program for Beginning Doctoral Students in Economics consists of a mathematics review (four days, optional) as well as sequences in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. In each sequence, leading international academics teach four week-long courses. Each course includes formal lectures of three hours per day as well as exercise review sessions. Course weeks start on Monday at 10:30 and end on Friday at noon. Returning to their home institutions in the periods between the course weeks, participants review and prepare the material covered in class, solve mandatory take-home problem sets, and study for the exams. On successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a Certificate.