Those who are at home in the world of finance are no doubt also familiar with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) study program. After all, the CFA Institute is one of the world’s leading associations of investment professionals. ISM has been a member of the University Affiliation Program of the CFA Institute since 2017 and as such is allowed to award scholarships for CFA exams to its students. “The scholarships significantly reduce the registration fees for the CFA exams,” explains ISM lecturer Prof. Dr. Michael G. Schmitt, who is also the first point of contact at ISM for all queries regarding CFA. “Students can easily save themselves several hundred dollars.”

 One of the scholarship recipients is Florian Preisak, who is currently completing the first semester of his M.Sc. Finance course and has already commenced the CFA study program. “On the first day at ISM, Professor Schmitt informed us about the CFA program and I was immediately interested. I’d like to work in the field of Asset Management, so the credential will be very helpful,” Florian says. At present, he is preparing for his Level 1 exam. “I’m preparing for the exam alongside my other study commitments; it involves about 300 hours of learning for each level. However, I’ve noticed that it’s possible to link a lot of the content with the topics from my course. This makes it much easier for me.”Candidates can apply through the CFA Institute website.