|6 electives||30 credits|
|up to 6 courses||30 credits|
Our academic calendar is based on a quarter system (1 quarter = 10 weeks). Because of the program's flexible structure and modular design, multiple starting dates are available at the start of every Quarter, in October, January, April, July, and exceptionally also in Term B of the Summer Quarter in August. All campuses follow the same academic calendar.
Full-time students can earn an Undergraduate certificate in 2 quarters of 15 credits each, or in 1 quarter of 20 credits combined with Term A or B of the summer quarter for the remaining 10 credits.
Courses are available in various formats, including daytime courses between 8.30 and 18.30, seminar courses with visiting professors on consecutive days, and several online courses available 24/7, or any combination in a blended format. Courses are scheduled typically in sessions of 3 hours each. Connect with an admissions advisor, or refer to the course planning once enrolled to find out more about course availability in specific formats throughout the academic year.
All courses are taught entirely in English across the campus network. Students should have a certain proficiency in English when they start. Refer to the Admissions Catalog for further details. Typically, non-native speakers who studied in English before or those who had advanced English lessons during previous studies, and with sufficient confidence, perform well. Because of the multi-cultural environment, only a relatively small percentage of students are native speakers.
Our Admissions Department applies a rolling admissions process and does not set deadlines to submit applications because of the multiple starting dates available. Applications are reviewed continuously troughout the year. Only in case a student visa is required do we recommend to apply 1-3 months prior to the intended starting date.
Students should be fluent in English, and have obtained a high school diploma (or equivalent) that allows access to higher education in the country of origin. Refer to the application process for further details on the recommended English language levels.
Students who are 17 or older who have completed less than 12 years of formal education and who do not hold a high school diploma that allows access to higher education in the country of origin should earn up to an additional 60 credits in the Pre-Bachelor program. e.g. Students who wish to earn a Bachelor degree and who are required to complete the Pre-Bachelor program will need to earn 60 + 180 credits.
The Admissions Catalog is the most comprehensive overview of all programs and courses offered by the school, and also includes all information regarding the admission process. This document is considered the most up-to-date in case of inconsistencies with the website.
Program fees are calculated pro-rata per campus where the student completed courses and earned credits. The total fees are due payable on a quarterly basis on a fixed payment schedule. Program fees cover matriculation and tuition fees but do not include the cost of living, housing, travel, transport, health insurance, study materials and other expenses. For more details, refer to the document attached.
Bachelor programs consist of 180 European credits, equivalent to 120 American semester credits. Courses are assigned a number of credits, indicating the estimated workload. Each credit equals up to 30 learning hours, including contact hours, exam hours, self-study hours and group-study hours. Contact hours vary depending on total student enrollments per course. The workload of a typical full-time undergraduate student amounts to 20 credits and 600 learning hours per quarter, for a total of 60 credits and 1800 learning hours.
|Program||European Credits (ECTS)||American quarter credits||American semester credits|
Students are assessed on a combination of attendance, participation, individual assignments, group assignments and exams. Assignments may include reading materials, term papers, reports, presentations, and others. The combination of these assessments provides students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. The minimum passing grade is D (60%). In case of an FX grade, students have the option to request a second exam in order to obtain the minimum passing grade of 60%.
|90 to 99||A||Excellent|
|80 to 89||B||Good|
|70 to 79||C||Average|
|60 to 69||D||Poor|
|50 to 59||FX||Unsatisfactory|
|0 to 49||F||Fail|
Students who achieve a certain GPA (Grade Point Average, or the weighted average of all grades earned, calculated on a 4.0 scale), will have their academic honors listed on the academic transcript issued together with the diploma.
|90||3.6||Summa Cum Laude|
|85||3.4||Magna Cum Laude|
Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private undergraduate certificate or degree awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned. Learn more about the school's private degrees and accreditation.
Each academic year, students from all campuses in Europe, as well as students from our academic partners can join our Global Study Trip to Tokyo, Japan. The weeklong trip is packed with cultural trips, company visits, social activities and an Asian Management seminar.
|6 electives||30 credits|
|up to 6 courses||30 credits|
Electives can be any course scheduled that does not already count towards other program requirements.
The Summer School option allows students to accelerate their studies by earning up to 20 additional credits per academic year. Summer school is available at most main and satellite campuses.
The Private Tutoring and Private Coaching options allow students to schedule additional one-on-one sessions with professors or study coaches to catch up on missed contact hours or to receive additional academic support. Sessions are charged per hour and take place on-campus at a time that is convenient for both the student and professor or coach.
Earn a global degree at UIBS by studying in Europe and Tokyo, and finishing with one of our academic partners in New York.
Earn a second degree at UIBS for an additional 60 credits, or continue with one of our academic partners around the world.
Spend one or more quarters at our satellite campus in Tokyo, Japan and experience all the city and country have to offer.
"The school had an incredible nurturing environment that I felt comfortable growing in. It was very challenging as well; I felt very open talking to my professors and fellow students about pushing myself forward academically and as a person." Scarlett, Bachelor Student
"I’ve been able to create long-lasting friendships with international people from all over the world. UIBS has given me all the professional skills and tools I needed to develop in my career." Elvitz, Master Student
The school is so diverse; you have the possibility to travel the world and change campuses. During the global study trip, so many campuses came together, and even if you don’t know the students, you have something in common and everybody is just one big family." Philip, Bachelor Student