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International Training & Assistance (ITA)
for Bank Supervisors

International Banking School, Session 1Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Courses

Type of Participant Targeted

The International Banking School is a specialized course not intended for all bank examiners. Rather, it is designed for examiners who have supervisory responsibilities for regional or multinational banks that are actively engaged in international banking activities and for U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks. This course is considered inappropriate for those who do not have international supervisory responsibilities. Participants should have examination or other agency responsibilities in international banking that occur at least occasionally, if not frequently.


Examiners who have limited international banking knowledge are required to complete the FFIEC Basic International Banking Self-Study course prior to attending this course. This prerequisite may be waived if the participant can demonstrate significant international experience. It is recommended that attendees have at least six months to one year international banking examination experience.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, a participant will be able to

  • Identify current key regulatory and market issues in examining and supervising financial holding companies and banks with international banking activities
  • Analyze the major forces driving structural changes in international financial markets and the impact of these changes on the banking community
  • Discuss best practices in risk management at international financial holding companies and banks
  • Define all macro and financial risks and identify how they materialize at financial institutions
  • Identify key global organizations and their influence on international banking
  • Evaluate the role of global rating agencies and their impact on banks' capital adequacy and their capital markets transactions
  • Discuss major components of Basel II and its influence on international financial markets
  • Identify significant issues in emerging markets and compare and contrast key countries with international banking activities
  • Analyze the various types of foreign exchange (FX) spot and derivatives transactions and their risks
  • Review trends in accounting frameworks at international financial institutions
  • Discuss mechanics of and trends in global loan, debt, and equity issuance underwriting
  • Analyze trade finance activities and their risks
  • Provide strong support in examinations of small-scale international banking activities

Course Requirements

Participants should complete pre-course assignments sent to them prior to attending the school and bring a calculator capable of calculating present value.

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Last update: January 18, 2012