Admission’s Process

Admissions Requirements

UBIS does not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, or national origin in admission, access, treatment, or employment in any of its activities or programs. UBIS reserves the right to deny admission or re-entry to any applicant or student the University, at its discretion, determines is either: a) unlikely to benefit from its programs, b) discloses or is found to possess an adverse background that disqualifies them or c) whose presence in the program is considered by the administration to be disruptive and/or potentially harmful to UBIS students, faculty and/or staff.

All students admitted to UBIS must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, which prohibits conduct that significantly impairs the welfare or the educational opportunities of others within the University community.

Admissions Procedures

The UBIS Undergraduate programs admit students who are high school graduates or who have an accepted, equivalent form of high school completion. The UBIS Masters-level Graduate programs admit students who hold an Undergraduate degree or who have an accepted, equivalent form of undergraduate studies or experiences. The UBIS Doctoral programs admit students who hold a master’s degree or who have an accepted, equivalent form of master’s level studies or experiences. UBIS requires all applicants to complete the following process prior to admission:

Bachelors

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Online Application and Fee
  • Identification: scanned version of the 1st page of the applicant’s passport on Government ID.
  • Maturité Fédérale Suisse (Swiss High School degree) or equivalent
  • High School or University transcripts depending on program
  • English Proficiency, if previous schooling has not been in English or if the student is a Non-Native English speaker.
  • Letter of Intent and Motivation for Program Acceptance: 250 word letter indicating intentions and interest

Masters

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Online Application and Fee
  • Identification: scanned version of the 1st page of the applicant’s passport or Government ID.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, or University diploma
  • University transcripts
  • English Proficiency, if previous schooling has not been in English or if the student is a Non-Native English speaker.
  • CV/ Resume describing professional and academic experiences
  • Letter of Intent and Motivation for Program Acceptance: 250 word letter indicating intentions and interest

Doctorate

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Online Application and Fee
  • Identification: scanned version of the 1st page of the applicant’s passport or Government ID.
  • 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

Executive Program Tracks

In addition standard graduate program admissions requirements, executive program tack candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • 7 Years professional experience AND a Bachelor in Business
    • OR
  • 15 Years professional experience with P&L experience.
  • Professional Letter of Recommendation is required for all candidates.

Micro-Credential Programs

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Scanned version of the 1st page of the applicant’s passport or government ID.
  • University transcripts indicating earned Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, or University diploma
  • English Proficiency, if the applicant’s previous schooling has not been in English or if they are Non-Native English speakers

Nanodegree and Picodegree (Bootcamp or Skills Based Training)

Must submit the Application Form with the following documents:

  • Scanned version of the 1st page of the applicant’s passport or government ID.
  • University transcripts indicating earned Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, or University diploma
  • English Proficiency, if the applicant’s previous schooling has not been in English or if they are Non-Native English speakers

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.

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 an official transcript evaluated and translated (if applicable) to be reviewed and confirmed by the appropriate Academic designee.

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

For students seeking to attend classes on the Geneva Campus:

Other documents may be requested by the government authorities. For example, Financial Affidavit or Proof of Financial Support. International students must provide proof of financial support or financial affidavit that tuition and living expenses can be covered. The following are acceptable proofs:

  • Bank statements or letters from sponsors showing said evidence that tuition can be covered including living expenses for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Completed financial affidavit signed by the prospective international student and sponsor(s).

For students seeking to attend classes on the Barcelona Campus, other documents may be requested by the government authorities. For example, an official document that shows that the student has enough funds to cover living expenses and accommodation for the entire duration of the studies (€579.02/month according to the Spanish Index Iprem). This should be issued by the student or sponsor’s bank. In some cases, the student will need to provide proof that he/she has sufficient funds to return to the home country.

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