Becoming an Investor: An Inside Look at Finance

How do investors create wealth? What are the impacts of fintech and cryptocurrencies? What really happens to a stock once you buy it? This fascinating course navigates the complex world of finance by breaking down the basic mechanics of financial markets. You’ll learn how valuation models are used to determine a company’s value and how its value affects the price of its stock. You’ll apply what you learn to create an investment portfolio that meets your investment goals. If you see a future investing for individuals or for companies, this course is for you.

Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13 and up



Enter the Dynamic World of Investing

Explore the Foundations of Finance and Investing.

Learn what investment is, and what it isn’t. Begin to understand how people use markets to achieve financial gains and how markets provide social benefits.

Build an Investment Portfolio.

Identify how various types of investors manage their investments. Learn the characteristics of a strong portfolio. Evaluate portfolio risks, diversification, and constraints. Build your own investment portfolio.

Navigate the Financial System To See What an Investment Nets You.

Discover the steps to buying a stock. Learn about market “plumbing,” and how prices are set. Explore shareholder status to understand what you “get” as an investor.

Learn About Valuation Approaches To Determine an Asset’s Worth.

Calculate an asset’s worth—what you’re willing to pay and ROI. Understand pricing models. Describe why they’re useful, yet imperfect. Create a case study referencing a historical example.

Explore the World of Fintech and the Future of Finance.

Understand the union of technology and finance. Using fintech examples, identify current trends, like cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Show how fintech helps build future cash flows.

Consider College Majors and Future Careers in Investing.

Topics in this course offer a foundation for potential college majors and careers related to investing, consulting, fintech, monetary policy, financial planning, accounting, and more.

How You Will Benefit

  • Describe financial markets and explain how to make money through investing.
  • Determine how stock markets work by explaining the stock trade process in the U.S.
  • Explain the process of wealth creation.
  • Identify how valuation models are used to determine a company's value and how that affects the price of its stock.
  • Identify fintech opportunities and explore digital and crypto assets. 
  • Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.

Student completing Georgetown's investing course

Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Capstone Project

This course culminates with a special capstone project where you will analyze a public company to determine its potential for investors, by:

  • Estimating the returns and risks for investors.
  • Determining how to set an appropriate price on the company.
  • Describing advantages for shareholders.
  • Valuing the company based on its comparable competitors.
  • Identifying future opportunities for the company.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your Final Capstone Project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

June 30 - July 14

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 7 - July 21

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

July 7 - July 14

Length: 1 week

Cost: $1,795.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Type: Enrichment

Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty

James Angel | Investing Course Instructor | Georgetown University

Professor James J. Angel, Ph.D.

Academic Director, FINRA-Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional

Professor Angel specializes in the market structure and regulation of global financial markets, and he has visited over 75 financial exchanges around the world. He teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses, including Fintech, and Investments. ''Dr. Jim'' has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets, has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles, and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. Professor Angel is also a co-inventor on 12 fintech patents.

Meet Your Mentors

Hammad | Georgetown Investing Course Mentor


Works at a startup company with many years of professional experience.

Abdul | Georgetown Investing Course Mentor


Student working towards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Has many years of personal experience investing.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

  • Haven’t applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
  • Applied to the program and didn’t fill out a scholarship request, resume your application and click “Apply for Scholarship”.
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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.