Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

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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 the 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.

Three Majors To Choose From

International Management

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Marketing

Learning Outcomes

1

Students will demonstrate knowledge of principles of business administration

2

Students will demonstrate a high level of global mindedness

3

Students will exhibit a strong civic engagement and behave ethically in their community

Department Contact Info

Bachelor Of Business Administration

Franziska Klauser
BBA Program Manager
+41 44 880 00 88
[email protected]


Flughafenstrasse 3
8302, Kloten-Zürich
Switzerland

Mon – Fri 08:30 – 18:00

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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.

The final degree will be awarded by SBS Swiss Business School upon completion of the BBA/ACC-BBA program.

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BBA Admission Requirements:

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Admission Requirements

 

Language Requirements for BBA students 

Applicants interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Business Administration program are required to provide evidence of English language skills.

Recognized English Language Certificates:

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Certificate Score/Result
Cambridge Proficiencypass
Cambridge Advancedpass
BEC Higherpass
IELTSminimum 6.5
TOEFL90
Any other internationally accredited certificate on C1 levelMinimum 90 points
Foreign certificates

On a case by case basis

 

Transfer Credits

The English exam can be waived if the student completed their studies in English or have English as their first language.

Students that transfer from universities or Fachhochschulen(FH) need to provide an English certificate as stated in the above table if their courses were taught in a foreign language.

These requirements are adapted from the document Zulassung zum Bachelorstudium an Fachhochschulen – Best Practices from 29 October 2015 which was issued by the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences of swissuniversities.ch.

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.-
Administration Fee (non-refundable)*:CHF 3’000.-
First and second semesterCHF 8’500.- per semester
Third until sixth semesterCHF 10’000 per semester

*Administration Fee: CHF3, 000.- (One-time fee, refund of 80% if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities)

BBA - Application / Arrival

We ask all candidates to send us an e-mail confirmation about accepting the study place.

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.

  1. Fill out the online application form.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

For Swiss/EU applicants: 1st August, for international applicants 30th June.

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 did not attach all documents with your online application, please send the remaining documents online to [email protected]

If you cannot send your documents online, please send them by postal mail to:

SBS Swiss Business School
Registrar’s Office
Flughafenstrasse 3
8302 Kloten-Zurich
Switzerland

BBA - Practical Aspects

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 about the process of getting a residence permit and work permit. Your future employer should help you with this. SBS only provides assistance with getting a residence permit to study for admitted students.

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.

Entry Requirements
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):

Student Visas
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.

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 better understand the country and its people.

Please refer to our visitor information guide.

Food and other personal expenses are an approximate minimum of CHF 2000.- per month.

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.

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 at maximum of 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 and on the 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 would like to apply for a work permit. Additional information concerning work permits can be obtained from the Citizenship and Migration Office.

It is possible but most places would require that you speak German, French or Italian. However, many companies have English as corporate language too.

 The Swiss character has inevitably been shaped by the 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: s/he will ask friends out for a picnic, meet new people, get on 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.

BBA - Studies

The grading scale can be seen in our brochures, or can be requested from 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.

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.

The tuition fees at SBS are SFr. 20’000.- per academic year. SFr. 10’000.- per Semester (BBA programs).

SBS Swiss Business School offers all Bachelor students courses in German.

All our programs are taught in English.

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  • My motivation to study at SBS Swiss Business School and join the Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration was to complete my previous business studies. It was important for me to complete a Bachelor degree. That the whole program was in English was a plus for me. The whole program in English was my true and real motivation. The education at SBS helped me to find a new challenge. In the meantime, I found a new job and I believe this was because of SBS. The great thing about SBS is its multicultural approach. Generally said, the bologna system standardized the studies around the globe but even though, SBS found a unique way for a Bachelor program. Overall, it was a great experience for me. It was a very intense but interesting time. I very much liked the multicultural environment. Especially in a time where everything is “harmonized” in education, SBS was able to create a USP for their study programs. I can recommend SBS, because especially the AAE program for me it is a USP (part of supporting lifelong learning). Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to have the possibility in Switzerland of a program fully in English.

    Rudenz Aebi
    ACC-BBA Alumni
  • 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!

    Samuel Chamberlin
    BBA Alumni
  • SBS Swiss Business School provides education of high standard. Therefore, studying at SBS Swiss Business School is a great opportunity to receive education for career success. The past three years at SBS Swiss Business School were an amazing start for my career and receiving a business degree in an international environment was the best thing for me. Education at SBS Swiss Business School introduced me to the world of business and how it operates as well as meeting people having different cultural backgrounds. I would recommend SBS Swiss Business School for everyone wishing to receive a Bachelor degree in business education.

    Anna Zubovskaya
    BBA Alumni
  • I joined SBS Swiss Business School because I was interested in an accelerated program to build a new career. I decided to join in the Accelerated BBA because it was the perfect match for me to balance between my family and my studies. I would recommend SBS to any person who is looking to get an education in a professional working environment. I truly have to say my experience at SBS was unforgettable.

    Claudia Ciambara
    ACC-BBA Alumni
  • My academic year at SBS Swiss Business School was an enriched with the business knowledge which is the vital step for a person to enter the business world. Second, it was an enjoyable one for I was very glad to be introduced to friends and professors from different cultural backgrounds. This multi-cultural environment provided by our school helped me understand other cultures. It was a practical experiment to see how I would react in a multicultural workforce later on. Finally, it is an unforgettable experience with all the SBS family who, all, showed generous support to me and my classmates. I was honored to have the SBS family by my side through this academic year.

    Ghida Moukalled Mustapha
    ACC-BBA Alumni
  • I wanted to achieve something that hasn’t been done by anyone in my family and with this achievement, it would be easier to accomplish a few of my life goals. I choose SBS because SBS had the proper format and flexibility that were not readily available at other schools. SBS has helped in many different aspects of my life. The most important way it has helped so far is that it taught me the basics needed to be a productive and valued added asset in the Swiss work force. I really liked that the lectures had the willingness to go the extra mile for all their students. My experience had several ups and downs but none the less very rewarding. I mean, what is life without the low and high points?

    Mathew John Weber
    ACC-BBA Alumni
  • Having previously studied International Business in Canada, I was looking for a school which could further my knowledge with hands-on learning within a very international surroundings. There was always additional support from professors, program managers and the administration team if needed. An international student body also made for a personal learning experience. Understanding and learning about different cultures is something I always find interesting. I chose SBS Swiss Business School for the large range of programs as well as practical professional experiences next to studying. I was able to obtained two internships in large global industries, along with a part-time job throughout my studies where I was able to put theory into practice. I would recommend SBS Swiss Business School to anyone looking to improve the business knowledge from professors who work or have previously worked in the field they are teaching.

    Natalie Beishuizen
    BBA Alumnii
  • Since I did my High School in an international environment, I was looking to do my university degree in an international environment in order to have new experiences. SBS Swiss Business School provided it and it was and is a great education program. At SBS I was able to develop skills in the real business world and gain more knowledge in regards to the finance sector. Which is the sector I am now working in. The international environment and the staff were amazing and of course my classmates.

    Nulfi James Koithara
    BBA Alumni
  • I choose SBS because I wanted great education, new challenges, to build and learn more about my passion and interest in finance and I wanted to be in an international environment. My three years at SBS gave me knowledge in various aspects related to business, provided with both theoretical (lectures) and practical (company visits) experience and helped to secure a job in Switzerland.

    Alexey Ivanov
    BBA Alumni
  • Studying at SBS was a wonderful experience. For starters as an international student, it was a new experience learning in Switzerland, new country, new culture, new language, new everything! SBS definitely helped me settle into this new environment. It is diverse and brings people from other countries so we got to share these new experiences together.

    The lecturers are also from different places so when learning you not only get to learn of your current business environment but environments from around the world. In all research projects I was encouraged not think of the area I was in but to think of the world and how each place has to be tailored to it’s needs. I think this helped me most because I have been able to come back to my home country and apply all I have learnt.

    Geania Kabolesha
    BBA Alumni

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