The SBS Swiss Business School Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a full-time, 180 ECTS program that is divided into three years of two semesters each. Classes are lectured by qualified faculty and take place at SBS Swiss Business School campus in Kloten-Zurich. Students also participate in internships, company visits and excursions, forums and symposia, guest speaker presentations and more.
The program culminates with the submission and defense of a thesis, on a business-related subject of the student’s choosing. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from the SBS Swiss Business School.
We utilize an innovative approach to team-based learning as we strongly believe that this approach reflects today’s progressive workplace. The SBS Swiss Business School’s Bachelor of Business Administration is the program that will open the door to the international career opportunities that you have dreamed of, by preparing you for the world of global business.
My knowledge about the business world has expanded, and it would not have been so without the amazing classmates I was presented with throughout all three years! Their different backgrounds, cultures and experiences also helped to make me better in many aspects. I am excited to see what the future holds, and I wish everyone coming to SBS Swiss Business School much success! BBA Student
I would say that this was one of the best academic experiences I have ever had. I was able to gain so much knowledge and experience from the great faculty and staff that SBS Swiss Business School had to offer. I was able to learn so much more than just theoretical knowledge but also practical knowledge about the business world. The various courses benefited me by providing me with a range of useful business skills such as: team-work, networking and strategically framing thought processes. I was able to create relationships with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. They were bright, highly motivated and dynamic individuals who offered me a different perspective of the world. BBA Alumna
The Bachelor program at SBS was a very valuable experience for me. It has helped to understand the fundamental principles of economics and management and has taught me to apply these in a realistic context. After successfully finishing my studies at SBS I will return to pursuing my scientifical education, studying chemistry at the ETH. Therefore I value the experience at SBS for having provided me with a business and management view of things. Having finished my secondary studies I intend to work in the energy industry, focusing on sustainable solutions for replacing fossil fuel based energy. BBA
During my studies I enjoyed the cultural diversity of SBS’ teaching staff which taught me to look at things from different angles and to consider different points of view. I also viewed it a big advantage that classes at SBS tend to be smaller than is the case with state universities and lager business schools. As a result, the learning process was very focused and efficient. The lecturers were always easily accessible and ready to help with further explanations and discussions.
Finally, when I started to apply for jobs I was positively surprised by the good standing SBS Swiss Business School enjoys in the market. It took me only a few applications to find a job in wealth management, the area I was most interested in. All in all I would say that my studies at SBS Swiss Business School were a good investment. BBA
The dean, professors and administrative staff were always striving to meet the highest possible service quality. It is the dedication and commitment of their team that sets SBS apart from other schools. BBA
Fall Semester 2017
College Prep Week: 18 – 22 Sept. 2017 (compulsory for BBA1)
Registration Day: Friday, 22 Sept. 2017 (BBA1: 10:00-11:00, BBA2, BBA3: 11:30-12:30)
Thesis Submission Deadline: 12 Jan. 2018
Thesis Defense Day: 26 Jan. 2018
Week 1 25 – 29 September Week 2 2 – 6 October Week 3 9 – 13 October Week 4 16 – 20 October Week 5 23 – 27 October Week 6 30 Oct. – 3 Nov. Fall Break 6 – 10 November Week 7 13 – 17 November Week 8 20 – 24 November Week 9 27 Nov. – 1 Dec. Week 10 4 – 8 December Week 11 11 – 15 December Winter Holidays 18 Dec. 2017 – 5 Jan. 2018 Week 12 8 – 12 January Week 13 15 – 19 January Make-up & Study Week Week 14 22 – 26 January Final Exams Week 15
12 – 16 February
Spring Semester 2018
Registration day: Friday, 26 Jan. 2018
Week 1 5 – 9 February Week 2 12 – 16 February Week 3 19 – 23 February Week 4 26 Feb. – 2 March Week 5 5 – 9 March Week 6 12 – 16 March Week 7 19 – 23 March Spring Break 26 March – 6 April Week 8 9 – 13 April Week 9 16 – 20 April Week 10 23 – 27 April Week 11 30 April – 4 May Week 12 7 – 11 May Week 13 14 – 18 May CBE Exam & Study Week Week 14 21 – 25 May Final Exams Week 15 11 – 15 June Retake Exams
Other Important Events & Dates
MINT Forum: 19 April 2018 Thesis Submission: 24 August 2018 Thesis Defense: 6 – 7 September 2018 Graduation: 15 September 2018
Fall Semester 2018
College Prep Week: 17 – 21 Sept. 2018 (compulsory for BBA1)
Registration Day: Friday, 21 Sept. 2018 (BBA1: 10:00-11:00, BBA2, BBA3: 11:30-12:30)
Thesis Submission Deadline: 11 Jan. 2019
Thesis Defense Day: 25 Jan. 2019
Week 1 24 – 28 September Week 2 1 – 5 October Week 3 8 – 12 October Week 4 15 – 19 October Week 5
22 – 26 October
Week 6 29 Oct. – 2 Nov. Fall Break 5 – 9 November Week 7 12 – 16 November Week 8 19 – 23 November Week 9 26 – 30 November Week 10 3 – 7 December Week 11 10 – 14 December Winter Holidays 17 Dec. 2018 – 4 Jan. 2019 Week 12 7 – 11 January Week 13 14 – 18 January Make-up & Study Week Week 14 21 – 25 January Final Exams Week 15
11 – 15 February
Spring Semester 2019
Registration day: Friday, 25 Jan. 2019
Week 1 4 – 8 February Week 2 11 – 15 February Week 3 18 – 22 February Week 4 25 Feb. – 1 March Week 5 4 – 8 March Week 6 11 – 15 March Week 7 18 – 22 March Week 8 25 – 29 March Week 9 1 – 5 April Week 10 8 – 12 April Spring Break 15 – 26 April Week 11 26 April – 3 May Week 12 6 – 10 May Week 13 13 – 17 May CBE Exam & Study Week Week 14 20 – 24 May Final Exams Week 15 10 – 14 June Retake Exams
Other Important Events & Dates
MINT Forum: 28 March 2019 Thesis Submission: 23 August 2019 Thesis Defense: 5 – 6 September 2019 Graduation: 14 September 2019
How to Apply?
Applicants must provide the following documentation:1Completed and duly signed application form2Certified copy of high school degree3Official academic transcripts4Write a motivation letter ca. one A4 page (accepted formats: PDF/Word)5A SAT score of minimum 1200 (if applicable)6Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent)7Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.-8One High-resolution picture (passport photo style) in .JPG, .PNG or .GIF format
SBS Swiss Business School welcomes students who want to transfer from recognized educational institutions around the world. It is the responsibility of the student to have all official transcripts sent to the Admissions Office at SBS Swiss Business School. The admissions officer will decide on the transfer of credits based on the results of each subject. Credits can only be transferred for courses completed with grades of “C” or higher.
You begin your business education in the first semester of your freshman year at SBS, and you distribute your study of business over six semesters. As a freshman, you'll jump right into the basics, which positions you for the advanced options you'll choose from later. SBS Swiss Business School's undergraduate curriculum is designed to give you the maximum degree of choice and flexibility, while also providing insights into all the major fields and functions of management. You will take business courses from many different disciplines and have the opportunity to concentrate in one or several major fields.
INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT • MARKETING • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Course ID Course Title ECTS ENG 110 English 4 ACT 102 Accounting 4 MIS 102 Information Systems 4 MKT 103 Marketing 4 MGT 101 Management 4 MGT 105 Project Management 4 MAT 100 Mathematical Tools for Business 4 FRL 100 Foreign Language 3 COV 100 Company Visits 2
Course ID Course Title ECTS ENG 115 Commercial Correspondence 4 ECO 100 Economics 4 BUS 109 Law for Business Professionals 4 STA 110 Managerial Statistics 4 FIN 107 Principles of Finance 4 COM 100 Communication Skills 4 FRL 105 Foreign Language 3 COV 105 Company Visits 2
Course ID Course Title ECTS Core Business Courses ACT 200 Advanced Accounting 5 FIN 201 Venture Capital and Private Equity 5 MGT 209 Human Resource Management 4 MKT 230 Marketing 5 FRL 205 Foreign Language 3 ITP 200 Internship 3 COV 200 Company Visits 2 International Management Specialization Courses FIN 207 Money & Banking 5 Marketing Specialization Courses MKT 207 Public Relations 5 Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses ACT 207 Financial Statement Analysis 5
Course ID Course Title ECTS Core Business Courses ECO 210 International Economics 5 MIS 220 Information Systems 4 MGT 217 Strategic Sales Management 5 FIN 220 Principles of Finance 5 FRL 210 Foreign Language 3 COV 205 Company Visits 2 International Management Specialization Courses BUS 245 European Business 5 Marketing Specialization Courses MKT 295 Advertising 5 Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses ENT 230 Small Business Field Studies 5
Course ID Course Title ECTS Core Business Courses FIN 310 International Finance 5 MKT 315 Strategic Marketing 5 MIS 320 Information Systems 5 FRL 310 Foreign Language 3 ITP 300 Internship 3 International Management Specialization Courses MGT 310 Negotiation Skills 4 MGT 320 Total Quality Management 4 Marketing Specialization Courses MKT 310 Consumer Behavior 4 MKT 320 Retail Strategy 4 Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses ENT 310 Family Business Management 4 ENT 320 Cases in Entrepreneurship I 4
Course ID Course Title ECTS Core Business Courses FIN 320 Financial Planning and Budgeting 5 MGT 330 Strategic Leadership & Change 5 BUS 315 Business in a World Economy 5 FRL 320 Foreign Language 3 THE 350 Thesis 6 International Management Specialization Courses MKT 335 Cases in Marketing 5 FIN 340 Cases in Finance 5 Marketing Specialization Courses MKT 330 New Product Development 5 MKT 340 Services Marketing 5 Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses ENT 330 Cases in Entrepreneurship II 5 ENT 340 Mergers and Acquisitions 5
Bachelor of Business Administration
Course Descriptions (Excerpt)
In-depth analysis of challenging accounting areas. Topics include fixed assets, contributed capital, revenue recognition, cash flow statements, preparing and analyzing cash flows statements.
Cases in Finance
These courses address financial concepts and their applications to the management of an organization, and present a framework for financial decisions in organizations.
English and Commercial Correspondence
Introduction to writing techniques with an emphasis on correctness. Students learn to develop and structure ideas in writing through a variety of one-page or longer assignments, and through discussions concerning grammar, spelling and usage.
This course focuses on the international environment in which the financial manager operates. Foreign exchange risk, working capital management, long-term investments and financing are examined.
This course focuses on the tension between global product development, the needs and wants of different cultures, and the necessity of tailoring investment risk to the knowledge of specific marketplaces. There is an emphasis on relationship marketing, strategic alliances, competitive benchmarking, and new multi-functional product marketing and operations.
Application / Arrival
Do I have to notify the university that I have accepted the study place?
We ask all candidates to send us an e-mail confirmation about accepting the study place.
Do you have an application fee?
Yes, all applicants need to pay SFr. 150.-. The application fee needs to be paid at the time of applying so we can start working on your application upon receipt. The application fees are non-refundable.
How do I apply?
- Fill out the online application form.
- Make sure all documents are attached to the online application. Documents in foreign languages need to be translated into English, German, French or Italian. Translations must be notarized or certified.
- Submit your online application . Check that it is complete. Incomplete applications will delay the application process. If you successfully submitted your online application you will receive an instant e-mail with confirmation of receipt.
What documents do I need to submit for application?
Please ALWAYS go to the program site to see the most current list of required documents before sending your applications package.
Typically the following is required:
- filled out online application form
- copy of highest degree/diploma and copy of transcripts/mark sheets in the original language (with certified or notarized English/German/French/Italian translation)
- official test results of English language proficiency
- curriculum vitae (CV) including a brief description of responsibilities
- copy of the identification document
Some programs also require:
- reference letters (professional or academic)
- motivation letter
- research proposal
What is a certified/notarized copy of a document?
A certified/notarized copy is a copy made of an original document where the "true copy" status is confirmed by a notary or by the school who issued the original document.
What is a certified/notarized translation of a document?
A certified/notarized translation is a translation of an original document into English, and confirmed by a notary or by the school who issued the original document.
When do I need to arrive in Zurich?
The fall semester starts mid-September. There is a college preparation week for undergraduate students to introduce SBS which will help the students to get to know our environment.
When is the application deadline?
- For Swiss/EU applicants: 1st August, for international applicants 30th June.
When will I learn about the status of my application?
Once you apply, we will contact you via email to organize all necessary steps of the application process. The official enrollment letter will be sent upon successful completion of the application process and submission of the payment upon acceptance fee.
Where should I send my application documents?
Please apply online via our website.
If you cannot send your documents online, please send them by post to:
SBS Swiss Business School
How is the credit system arranged at the SBS?
The grading scale can be seen in our brochures, or can be requested with the Program Manager in charge. The system of credits in use (ECTS) is a cumulative calculation of credit points based on the workload of a student. It is a student-centred credit system to measure the workload required to achieve the objectives and learning outcomes of a curriculum. One credit point corresponds to 26 hours of studies (lectures, seminars, practice, homework or independent work, assessment of learning outcomes) performed by a student. ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer Accumulation System) are allocated to course units and are awarded to students who successfully complete the course by satisfying the assessment requirements.
How many ECTS do I have to get?
Exchange and visiting students: there are no limits for the credits. Degree students: the volume of a curriculum per one official standard academic year is 60 credits in the European credit transfer system. Degree students have to gather at least 60 ECTS in order to get transferred to the next academic year of the respective full-time program.
How much does it cost to study at the SBS?
The tuition fees at SBS are SFr. 20’000.- per academic year. SFr. 10’000.- per Semester (BBA programs).
I want to learn German. Is it possible during my main studies at the SBS?
SBS Swiss Business School offers all Bachelor students courses in German.
What is the duration of a semester at SBS?
One Academic Year consists of 2 semesters or 4 terms. The BBA fall semester is from September to January and the spring semester from February to June. Please check the academic calendar for the specific dates.
What programs are instructed in English at the SBS?
All our programs are taught in English.
Can I stay in Switzerland after my studies?
International students can stay in Switzerland for the time specified on their residence permit to study. It is against the law for one to stay in the country over the permitted time period. Applications for extensions can be submitted at the local immigration office.
If after completing your studies at SBS you are looking to work/live in Switzerland long-term you need to consult with the local immigration office on the process of getting a residence permit and work permit. Your future employer should facilitate you in this. SBS only provides assistance with getting residence permit to study for admitted students.
Do I need a visa to come to study in Switzerland and how do I get it?
Before you can start your studies in Switzerland, you have to make various arrangements with regard to accommodation, insurance, entry and residence. The conditions depend on your country of origin/nationality. It is the student or prospective student's responsibility to get information on the entry formalities in due time and make the necessary arrangements.
Contact your nearest Swiss embassy or consulate for specific information. You may find more information on the website for the Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM (State Secretariat for Migration SEM):
- State Secretariat for Migration SEM - General Information
- State Secretariat for Migration SEM
- List of Swiss embassies and consulates abroad
IMPORTANT: A tourist visa DOES NOT allow you to pursue studies in Switzerland.
Students from EU/EFTA countries and students from other countries (so called third-country nationals) must meet several conditions to enter Switzerland:
You should apply for your visa at least four months before the start of your studies at the Swiss embassy or consulate in your home country.
Do I need to speak one of the native languages (German, French, Italian) to live in Zurich/Switzerland?
English is widely spoken in Switzerland. You do not need to speak any of the native languages in order to live and study here. However we encourage international students to take German (the local language in Zurich) as a foreign language during their studies to feel more comfortable in the country and understand better the country and its people.
How can I travel from SBS to Zurich main station?
There are two possibilities by train: either by line S7 from station Balsberg direction Rapperswil, or by bus line 768 to the Airport and from the Airport with tram number 10 on to the Zurich centre.
How much does it cost to live in Zurich?
Food and other personal expenses are minimum approx. CHF 2000.- per month.
How to find an apartment?
If the life in the student houses (listed on our website) seems not to be of your style, you could rent an apartment. The prices range from approximately CHF 700.- in the farther parts of the town to CHF 3000.- or more in the center (1-2 rooms). Information on apartments for renting is available on our website. You could also ask for assistance from your program manager.
Is it legal for a foreign student to work part-time during his/her studies in Switzerland?
A student who has been issued a residence permit for study (Permit B) may take employment without a work permit in order to participate in practical training pursuant to the curriculum, and maximum to 20 hours a week. Students awarded permit L are not able to work during their studies. Otherwise he/she may take employment in Switzerland only on the basis of a work permit but only outside of school hours on condition that such employment does not interfere with studies. Application for any other type of work permit must be submitted to the local regional department of the Citizenship and Migration Office. SBS is not responsible for such action, and will not support students who like to apply for a work permit. Additional information concerning work permits can be obtained from the Citizenship and Migration Office.
Is it possible for student to find a job in Zurich?
It is possible but most of places require that you would speak German, French or Italian. Indeed, many companies have English as corporate language too.
What are the Swiss like?
The character of Swiss has inevitably been shaped by their country's history and its natural environment. It's the long, dark winters that have most likely fostered their self-absorbed and silent manner.
Swiss are third-generation city people at most, so almost all families have relatives living in the country. Childhood memories will undoubtedly include summers spent in the country. The somewhat grim and reserved Swiss of the winter months undergoes a significant change in summer: he will ask friends out for a picnic, meet new people, get in a boat to cruise on a lake, or climb a mountain. The Swiss are also passionate skiers. A foreigner is well advised to bear in mind that in human relations, Swiss try to avoid sentimentality. Much of what other nationalities voice without hesitation, Swiss may reveal only once they know a person quite well.
What is the weather like in Switzerland?
Switzerland has mild summers and cold winters. Temperatures in Zurich range from a summer average of 24°C to a winter average of-5°C. Being on the Lake of Zurich, the city is subjected to lake breezes and humidity.
The cold winter (wintertime from December to March) does not necessarily mean constant snow; in fact snowfalls are few and far between. Summertime (from June to August) and fall (September to November) brings unexpected rain showers, so an umbrella and light raincoat are recommended.
Tuition fees at SBS Swiss Business School can be paid in full or in installments according to the payment plan below.
Application fee (non-refundable) CHF 150.- Payment upon acceptance*: CHF 3’000.- First and second semester CHF 8'500.- per semester Third until sixth semester CHF 10'000 per semester
*Part of the program tuition fees. Only refundable in case of Student Visa rejection by the Swiss Immigration Authorities.