Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q. Is GBS an accredited institution?
A. Yes, Geneva Business School is an accredited member of a number of Accrediting Bodies. The full list of which can be found HERE on our website. 

Q. Do you have on-campus residence?
A. Currently we do not have halls of residence on campus, however we do have members of staff who are on hand to help you get in touch with accommodation companies.

Q. How many students do you have in each campus?
A. Around 170 approximately.

Q. How many nationalities do you have at GBS? 
A. We currently have students from over 50 nationalities and we are happy to say these numbers continues to rise with each intake.

Q. How many campuses do you have?
A. We have 3 main campuses and 7 partner campuses located around the world. 

Q. Can I visit Geneva Business School?
A. Yes, we welcome you to visit us on campus whenever you like, but you should call us for our opening hours. 

Q. What support do you offer for students with a disability?
A. Students will receive personalized support for each individual situation.

Q. How much does it cost to study at GBS?
A. If you are interested in studying a bachelor’s you can find a list of all the fees HERE
If you are interested in studying a master’s you can find a list of all the fees HERE
If you are interested in studying a Doctorate you can find a list of all the fees HERE

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. We would recommend that you start your application as soon as possible. We are a boutique school so our classes cannot be bigger than 20 people.

Q. Will my degree be recognized by institutions in other countries?
A. Yes, our degrees are recognized by private institutions. However if you are interested in a publicly recognized degree, we offer a top up degree program that might be suitable for you.

Q. How do I apply to GBS?
A. The process is completed online, you can access the application page HERE

Q. How do the intakes work? 
A. There are two intakes per year, one in February and one in September.

Q. Are there any online courses available?
A. Yes, we do have an online program.

Q. Is transferring between campuses mandatory?
A. No, there is no obligation to transfer between campuses.

Q. Do you offer Language Courses?
A. Our Barcelona Campus offers Spanish and English language courses, you can find out more HERE


Q. Can I join in the middle of the year?
A. No, you can only join in September or February on the start date of each of the semesters.

Q. How can I prove my English level if I haven’t taken any exams?
A. If an official English exam certificate is not available we will consider proof of previous study in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 3 years or by conducting an official interview with our admissions department.

Q. Do I have to speak Spanish or French?
A. No, speaking Spanish or French are not necessary to study at GBS, as all our courses are taught in English. 

Q. What documents do I need to send?

  1. Photocopy of all required academic diplomas and academic certificates obtained.
  2. Official academic transcript from your university stamped and signed.
  3. Photocopy of valid passport / national identity card or permit.
  4. Resume / C.V.
  5. Motivation letter providing reasons for wishing to study at GBS (Transfer credits request should also be included in this letter, if applicable).
  6. A 400-600 word essay. (Please refer to the application form for details).
  7. One academic / recommendation letter.

Q. Can I transfer my credits from another university? Is it mandatory?
A. Yes, you can transfer credits if you want them to be taken into consideration as part of your application.

Q. Can I do a master’s without having done a bachelor’s?
A. All master’s require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field (plus 2 years work experience for an MBA).

Q. What if my current or predicted grades do not meet your entry requirements?
A. We evaluate every case individually.

Q. How long will it take to get a decision on my application?
A. 10 days approximately.

Q. My degree transcripts/references are in a language that is not English, is this ok?
A. No, all transcripts and references should be translated to English.


Q. Would you help me with my visa documents?
A. We give you the guidance, but the documents must be submitted by the student.

Q. What if I don’t have enough time for my visa or I’m short on time?
A. You will receive a Late Arrival Letter, stating that you are allowed to come 3 weeks after the classes started. If you are arriving later than this, you can start your classes as a distance learner until your visa is obtained.

Q. How much time should I allow for getting my visa?
A. Depending on which country you are coming from, we recommend you start at least 1-5 months in advance.


Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. Bank transfers, credit card.

Q. Do you have a payment plan?
A. Yes, they adapt to every individual case.

Q. Are there scholarship opportunities?
A. Yes, they change every year and in each campus, consult your local officer about the available scholarships for your specific case.

Q. Are the study materials included in the Tuition fees?
A. No, they are not included.

Q. Is the graduation cost included in the Tuition fees?
A. Yes, it’s included in the administration fee.

Q. Are the application, tuition and administration fees refundable?
A.The application and administration fees are not refundable, nevertheless, the tuition fees are refundable
*Restrictions apply, see refund policy for further information.

*Refund Policy
Refund of 100% of the tuition fee if the University receives written cancellation more than 8 weeks before the official start date of the course.
Refund of 50% of the tuition fee if written cancellation is received by GBS between 4 and 8 weeks before the official start of the course.
Refund of 100% of the tuition fee if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities and the student hasn’t yet started the courses.
Refund of 100% of the tuition fee in the case of “force majeure”.
No refund if the University receives written cancellation within 4 weeks before the official start of the course.
No refund at any time if the student receives a positive decision for their entry visa. No refund if an admitted student postpones his/her entry to GBS and then postpones or cancels the registration again.
No refund of Application fees or Administration fees at any time after the application form has been submitted.
Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal. GBS must be notified if any student wishes to leave the program.
If the student is on a student visa, withdrawal from GBS will invalidate the student visa and immigration authorities will be notified.

Internship and employment

Q. Are internships mandatory?
A. No, internships are not mandatory, but they are encouraged.

Q. What about Internships, do you have an agreement? Which are the companies you usually work with?
A. We have different agreements depending on the campus and the student profile. 

Q. What are the employment prospects after graduation?
A. Depending on your migratory status and the completion of the program, we have a selection of openings for graduate students.

Q. Do you offer guaranteed jobs once the program is finished?
A. No, we give students job opportunities, but it is entirely up to them to get the job.

Q. Can I work while I study?
A. Yes, you can work and study. 


Q. Can you tell me how much I need to spend per month on accommodation?
A. If you decide to study in Geneva, the average spend in a student residence would be 550 CHF with shared facilities, or 700 CHF for a private apartment. If you decide to study in Barcelona your rent could be anywhere from €400 to €1300 per month.

Q. Do you offer on-campus accommodation?
A. We do not currently offer on-campus accommodation.

Q. Is accomodation included in my tuition fees?
A. No this is not included.

Q. Can you help me find accommodation?
A. Yes, we have members of staff who can help you contact accommodation companies.

Q. What are my accommodation options?
A. You can live in student accommodation with shared or private facilities, or in an apartment on your own, or shared.