Admission’s Process

Admission Criteria and Procedures

1. Application Procedure

Submit the application form with the following documents:

Bachelors

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Degree: Maturité Fédérale Suisse (High School degree) or equivalent;
  • Transcript: Maturité Fédérale Suisse (High School degree) or equivalent University transcripts
  • English Proficiency Test: if your previous schooling has not been in English or if you are Non-Native English speaker (TOEFL, xxxx);
  • Proof of identification: Scanned version of the 1st page of your ID or passport;
  • Letter of Intent: Motivation for Program Acceptance, 250-word letter indicating intentions and interest.

Masters

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Degree: Bachelor Degree or equivalent or University diploma;
  • Transcript: University transcripts and diploma;
  • English Proficiency Test: if your previous schooling has not been in English or if you are Non-Native English speaker (TOEFL, xxxx);
  • Curriculum: Resume describing professional and academic experiences;
  • Proof of identification: Scanned version of the 1st page of your ID or passport;
  • Letter of Intent: Motivation for Program Acceptance, 250-word letter indicating intentions and interest.

Doctorate

  • Online Application and Fee;
  • Identification: Scan (front and back) of Government issued Identification. If seeking on-ground candidacy a scanned version of the 1st page of your passport is required;
  • Transcripts: Must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated English proficiency: Previous evidence or IELTS or TOFEL are accepted;
  • Letter of Intent and Motivation for Program Acceptance: 250-word letter indicating intentions and interest;
  • Resume: Description of professional and academic experiences;
  • Recommendation Letter: Letter from candidate’s previous educational institution or employer;

If applying for Professional experience validation for credits program, there will be an additional fee of CHF 2,500.

Students are expected to have some work experience prior to entering the Bachelor program, in order to optimize their applied learning capacity throughout their academic journey.

Students in need of a Swiss student visa for on-ground studies must also submit the following documents, required by the Swiss authorities, in addition to those listed above:

  1. Bank Statements showing at least CHF 9,000 or equivalent.
  2. Photocopy of a valid passport.
  3. Study Plan indicating why the student chose Switzerland, why Geneva, why UBIS, what the student plans to study, how long it will take, what degree(s) the student intends to achieve, and the student’s plans to leave Switzerland after completing his/her studies.

No originals by post, just official copies.
Please note than all official copies must be sent by post to:

Office of University Admissions
UBIS
Avenue Blanc, 46
CH-1202 Geneva
Switzerland

2. Application Fee

Pay a non-refundable CHF100 application fee via this link

Additional Information

Waivers

The number of credits necessary to graduate from a program can be reduced by waivers, granted on the basis of work experience (graduate or executive) or through examination. If the total number of credits for a program goes below the minimum residency per term (3 courses for undergraduate students and 2 courses for graduate students), additional courses will be added to the student’s program to fulfill the requirement.

Transfer Activity

Transferring undergraduate level credits to UBIS will only be allowed from institutions with good academic standing. Credits will only be accepted from courses in which the student has achieved at least a grade of B. All transfer credits must be relevant to the coursework at UBIS.  Undergraduate students will be allowed a maximum of 90 US / 180 ECTS transfer credits from similar studies or 60 US / 120 ECTS transfer credits from other programs than business schools.

UBIS candidates for the Master’s Degree can transfer a maximum of 6 credits of graduate course work taken at other universities. Transfer credits are allowed for courses whose grades must be a B at least from institutions with good academic standing.

Acceptance of transfer credit is always a decision of receiving institutions. UBIS does not guarantee transferability. Any student interested in transferring UBIS credit to another University or university should check directly with the receiving institution.

English Proficiency

Present proof of English language skills. International students can either:

  • Provide, in the form of official transcripts, successful completion of coursework from an accredited high school or English language school certified with SEVP,
  • Take either of the approved proficiency exams and meet the minimum score requirements:
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.0;
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English): 67 (at least 56 in each of the “Communicative Skills” sections);
    • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): Grade B;
    • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): Grade A;
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (internet-based): 75:
  • If the native language of the international student is English, and the University can confirm the native language, then the student is not required to take the TOEFL test. There is no limit to the number of times a student can take the test. TOEFL test scores are valid for two (2) years after the test date. The official scores become part of the permanent student record once the student has enrolled with the University.
  • Have an interview with the Dean or a designee to determine English language capability.

 

Graduation

Proof of Graduation consistent with the entry requirements for the program for which admission is being sought. Applicants that graduated from a foreign high school or secondary school must provide proof. A certified copy of credentials or official transcripts translated (if applicable) and evaluated by either the Dean, a designee, a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators, Inc. These documents must be submitted prior to enrollment in their unofficial format. Evaluation or translation must show equivalency to a Suisse Maturité Fédérale or U.S. high school. Official documents must be received by the beginning of the second semester.
Any foreign qualifications are assessed based on the official Swiss guidelines. Transfer of Credits from Postsecondary School International students requesting transfer of credits from a postsecondary school must have official transcript evaluated and translated (if applicable) from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).