Admissions FAQs

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Here you will find all the answers! We answer all your burning questions about our programs, entry requirements, fees, and Student Services. 

Our Programs

What programs do you offer?

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Executive MBA (IEMBA), and Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degrees with various specializations ranging from Digital Marketing to Sports Management to Entrepreneurship.

Can I select my own courses?

Yes you can. In each year you will choose Electives (Bachelor’s) or Sector Courses (Master’s). More information can be found here:

When can I start my specialization courses?

From the first year, you will start to study your chosen specialization. This means that you can delve into your area of interest from the moment you start your program. 

How long is a Bachelor’s degree?

A Bachelor’s degree takes 3 years of full-time study.

How long is a Master’s degree?

A Master’s degree takes 1.5 years of full-time study.

How long is an MBA?

An MBA degree takes 1.5 years of full-time study.

How long is a semester?

A semester is 16 weeks long.

How long is a term?

A term is 12 weeks long.

What is the difference between a Master’s and MBA?

A Master’s program allows students to extend their experience and academic background and add to their employment opportunities. It also enables a Bachelor student at Geneva Business School the opportunity to deepen their chosen specialization and gain expert knowledge in their field of study. An MBA is geared toward the ambitious employee who wants to advance their career as a leader. This is a course for students aiming for a top-level management position or to manage their own company.

What is the difference between an MBA and an International Executive MBA?

The MBA is geared toward the ambitious employee who wants to advance their career as a leader. The International Executive MBA (IEMBA) is designed for intrapreneurs, those who want to create a business within their company or develop a product or idea and see it go to market. The MBA is completed on-campus and the IEMBA is 100% online, both featuring two Leadership Development weeks on one of our campuses.

What is a DBA degree?

A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) combines some theory with research to solve a current business problem. A DBA will help you solve a current business issue and make a tangible contribution to the field in which you work. Aimed at individuals who are looking for an opportunity to deep dive into a problem or idea that requires research, analysis, and guidance from industry experts to develop recommendations and solutions. 

What is the difference between a PhD and a DBA?

A PhD is focussed on academic research to contribute to the body of academic literature on a topic, whereas the Doctorate of Business Administration focusses on applied research to solve a business problem or develop an idea.

How do the ECTS credits work, exactly?

The ECTS is a standardized system created in order to ease the comparison of the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the EU and other collaborating countries. It is mainly used to facilitate transfer and progression through the union. Read more here.

Are there any online courses available?

Yes - We currently have two online programs. Our International Executive MBA (IEMBA) and Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) are both fully online. The IEMBA requires you to attend two Leadership Development weeks per semester/term on one of our campuses.

What is project-based learning?

Projects undertaken in groups emulate the types of business environments that you find in the modern workplace. Learning how to complete a task in a group develops your knowledge and understanding of a topic but also creates coping skills, communication skills, and an understanding of cross-cultural communication which is valuable in a global business environment. 

Can I transfer between campuses?

Yes - We examine transfer’s requests on a case by case basis. However, non-EU students may have to reapply for a visa in order to ensure attendance on selected campuses. If you are studying for a Bachelor’s, you can transfer between Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid. If you are studying for a Master's you can transfer between Geneva and Barcelona.

Do I need to speak English to study at Geneva Business School?

All our programs are taught and studied 100% in English. We require a minimum of a CEFR B2 level of English but the requirements vary according to the program you apply to.

Do you offer English programs/ learning English?

Yes. In a Bachelor’s program, you can choose English as an elective. We teach Spanish A1, A2, B1 classes as an elective. We also have an English B2 class for students who need to improve their writing skills. On our Geneva campus, you can take French classes in levels A1, A2 & B1.

Bachelor's Study Plan

How do the intakes work?

There are two intakes per year, one in February and another in September.

Entry Requirements

What documents do you require for an application?

Bachelor Program Entry Requirements

 

Master Program Entry Requirements

 

MBA Entry Requirements

 

IEMBA Entry Requirements

 

DBA Entry Requirements

Please note that we do not require GRE or GMAT test. Any questions you may have can be answered by our Admissions Team. Please fill out the following form and an Admissions Manager will get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I submit my application?

The process is completed online. All transcripts and documents can be uploaded at the link below:

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When is the deadline for September intake?

We would recommend that you start your application as soon as possible

Applicants that require a visa need to submit their visa applications as soon as possible, at least 12 weeks before the start of the term.

Applicants that do not require a visa can submit their applications up to 3 weeks before the start of the term.

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When is the deadline for February intake?

We would recommend that you start your application as soon as possible

Applicants that require a visa need to submit their visa applications as soon as possible, at least 12 weeks before the start of the term.

Applicants that do not require a visa can submit their applications up to 3 weeks before the start of the term.

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What evidence do you require for the English CEFR level?

We accept official exam results from TOEFL, IELTS, and DET as evidence of your English level. 

The minimum requirements for our programs are as follows:

For Bachelor’s: IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 70 / DET 95-100 (official English exam results) 

For Master’s / MBA / International Executive MBA: IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL 74 / DET 105-110 (official English exam results) 

For DBA: IELTS 7.0 / TOEFL 85 / DET 115-120 (official English exam results)

How can I prove my English level if I haven’t taken any exams?

If an official English exam certificate is not available we will consider proof of any previous study in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 3 years or by conducting an official interview with our admissions department.

Do I have to speak Spanish or French?

No, speaking Spanish or French is not necessary to study at Geneva Business School, as all our courses are taught in 100% in English.

What is a business case study?

A business case study summarizes a real-life business issue faced by a company and looks at how it may affect society within a business context. When you apply to Geneva Business School you will be asked to write a 500-word response to a business case study. Read these tips on how to respond to a business case study. 

Can I work with Geneva Business School to reduce my tuition fees?

Geneva Business School has a limited number of opportunities each year. For more information get in touch with our Student Services Team.

Can I transfer credits from other universities?

Yes, you can transfer credits if you want them to be taken into consideration as part of your application. Be sure to supply the academic transcripts when you apply.

Can I do a master’s without having done a bachelor’s?

All Master's programs require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field and some previous business or professional experience.

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How many IB points do I need to be accepted into Geneva Business School?

We require 30 IB points to apply to Geneva Business School.

How long will it take to get a decision on my application?

You can expect a response in approximately 6 to 10 days.

Fees

How much is the application fee?

The fee to apply to Geneva Business School is 150€

What is the administration fee for?

Our Administration fee covers all onboarding processes and Student services activities that are conducted throughout the course of your program. This includes your graduation ceremony and entry to exclusive events and conferences.

How much is a Bachelor’s program?

If you are interested in studying a Bachelor’s you can find a list of all the fees here:

How much is a Master’s program?

If you are interested in studying a Master’s you can find a list of all the fees here:

How much is an MBA program?

If you are interested in studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) you can find a list of all the fees here:

How much is the International Executive MBA?

If you are interested in studying an International Executive MBA (IEMBA) you can find a list of all the fees here: 

How much is the DBA?

If you are interested in studying a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), you can find information about the fees here:  

Do you have flexible payment plans?

Yes. We offer flexible payment plans on a case by case basis. Monthly installments can be arranged please contact our Admissions team for further information.

Do you offer any scholarships?

Indeed, we offer two competitive scholarships: academic and community. Both are aimed at students with outstanding academics and financial need. Please note that only candidates who already received Conditional Acceptance can request scholarships.

Do you offer a discount if I continue my studies with Geneva Business School?

Students who complete a Bachelor at Geneva Business School will be entitled to a 10% discount on the first year of their Master’s program. You are also entitled to automatic admission, late enrolment, no administration fee, and transfer between campuses where possible.

Students who wish to continue on to study an MBA, International Executive MBA, or Doctorate of Business Administration after previously studying a Bachelor or Master program with Geneva Business School are entitled to the same discount with the sufficient amount of business experience required as outlined in the Entry Requirements for that program.

Do you have a referral program?

Yes, we do. If you refer a friend to study at Geneva Business School and they are successful in their application to one of our programs you will receive 10% discount for the following semester tuition fees. This amount is accumulative, so if you refer 10 friends, you could receive a 100% discount for a semester’s fees!

Student Services

Do you help students get their visa to study abroad?

We provide all relevant documentation to present your visa application to the embassy but each student must contact the embassy to attain the specific visa requirements, request an appointment, and so on.

How soon before my program starts should I arrive?

We recommend a couple of weeks before the program starts where possible. It will depend on your country of residence but as long as your visa is approved you can enter the country where you will be studying from the first day of your visa. 

How do I get a student visa for Spain?

Check with your local embassy or consulate.

How do I get a student visa for Switzerland?

Check with your local embassy or consulate.

Can I work when I study on a student visa?

Every international student can work a maximum of 20 hours per week. The Student Services department shares different internship opportunities on a weekly basis.

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What support do you offer for students with a disability?

Students will receive personalized support for each individual situation. 

Contact Student Services on your campus for all your needs.

Do you offer internships?

Yes, when you arrive on campus check with your Students Services Manager for any available options. Internships are not compulsory and are not a requirement of the program. Participation is entirely up to the student.

Do I have to leave the country once my studies are completed?

Your visa will state the amount of time you can stay or the date by which you must leave the country. These dates are set by the immigration authorities of that country and must be followed accordingly.

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