With four languages and five borders, Switzerland is a truly international country. What's more, it's also home to some of Europe's top universities - making a Masters in Switzerland an excellent (and very popular) choice for postgraduate study abroad.
Switzerland has always been a cultural and intellectual meeting point, atracting international students for hundreds of years. Today the country has something to offer everyone: with degree programs in English, French, German and Italian and the chance to study historic universities or top modern busines schools.
Of course it's not just education that attracts visitors to Switzerland. Famous for its beautiful mountains and picturesque lakes, Switzerland is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Excellent news if you'd like to try your hand at boating or skiing whilst studying a Masters in Switzerland - or if you'd simply like to take part in a spot of sightseeing.
Nearly 45,000 students study abroad in Switzerland - making up around 20% of enrolments at its universities.
Swiss Masters degrees usually take between one and a half and two years. The academic year in Switzerland runs between September and June.
Fees for Swiss Masters degrees can vary between courses and institutions, but are usually somewhere between 1,000 CHF (roughly $1,100) and 8,000 (roughly $8,800) per year. Students from outside the EU and EEA will sometimes pay fees at a slightly higher rate.
There are three 'local' teaching languages in Switzerland. Institutions in the west of Switzerland tend to teach in French, those in the South (near the Italian border) teach in Italian and the remainder teach in German. Courses in English are also offered at some universities.
Though Switzerland is not part of the EU or the EEA it usually admits students from these countries without a visa. Other international students should check with their prospective university and / or a Swiss embassy in their home country.
For more information about the Swiss university system, degree structure, application requirements, visas, fees and funding, see our comprehensive guide to Masters study in Switzerland. For advice on living costs, accommodation and working alongside your degree, see our guide to postgraduate life in Switzerland.
The University of St.Gallen is a leading European business school located in Switzerland. Founded in 1898, today it has the leading business school in the German-speaking area, with more than 7,000 enrolled full-time students.
St.Gallen offers a full range of undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and doctoral Programmes, and is accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB. It benefits from a strong reputation for quality, particularly in the German-speaking countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is also recognized in major rankings, both at the MBA-level and the university as a whole. Students benefit from the University's close ties to leading international companies and 20,000 strong alumni network. The MBA programmes are part of the Executive School within the University of St.Gallen.
St.Gallen is located in Eastern Switzerland, one hour from Zurich city centre and 45 minutes from Zurich International Airport. It is at the heart of Europe, well-served by rail links to Paris, Geneva, Milan and Munich all a few hours away. St.Gallen lies near the shores of Lake Constance, and the borders to Germany and Austria. To the south of the city lie the Alps.
Core courses provide the broad range of skills that MBAs seek. Integration courses tie together the functional skills encountered in the Core phase. They are strategic and practical. Electives enable MBAs to narrow their focus and drill deeper into subject matter of personal or professional interest. MBAs work in-house with companies for 10-12 weeks. Students also have the option to write a business plan or a research paper, if this better aligns with pursuing their post-MBA career goals. Interaction with Career Services happens throughout the entire programme. The purpose is to deliver soft skill training and clarify post-MBA goals. Ongoing 1-to-1 support.
The 11 month Full-Time MBA programme is taught in English and has a weekly structure. The programme starts in September each year. In addition to the core and elective courses taught in St.Gallen Switzerland, students also have the opportunity to take a study mission to a foreign country. We offer exchange and elective options at Copenhagen Business School, Imperial College London, Macquarie University and Nanyang Technological University.
The following fees are for the 2018 intake.
Full-time MBA tuition: 56,500 CHF
1. Early Enrolment Discount
The early enrolment discount of CHF 5,000 is available to students who enrolled and paid the enrolment fee before 31 December 2017.
2. Early Payment Discount
Any fee payment, in excess of the application and enrolment fee, paid by 31 March 2018 prior to the start of the programme, will be eligible for a 5% early payment discount. Any remaining fee must be paid according to the payment schedule.
Scholarships and loans may be awarded. Please contact our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers for more details.
1. Bachelor's Degree
You are required to hold a degree from a recognised university or accepted institution of higher education. Please contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers for more information on whether your degree is from a recognised university.
2. GMAT, GRE, Admissions Test and Test Waivers
Applicants for the MBA programme are required to demonstrate their numerical, grammatical and critical thinking abilities. This can be done in one of the following three ways:
a. Submit a competitive GMAT or GRE score no older than five years (no minimum score)
b. Complete our MBA admissions test with a minimum score of 80%
c. Hold one or more of the following qualifications: PhD, CFA Level 2, CPA, or a similar qualification assessed on a case-by-case basis
Please feel free to contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers to learn more about your options. If you plan to take the GMAT, but haven't yet, you can also contact them for more information about our GMAT preparation courses in Zurich.
To submit a GMAT or GRE score, please use the following school codes for the University of St.Gallen MBA:
3. Fluency in English
Evidence of English fluency must be provided in order to gain acceptance to our programmes, as all coursework, lectures, guest speaking events and academic material is conducted in English. If you have completed another degree in English, this would be considered. For evidence via language proficiency testing, we accept TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate and PTE Academic.
Institution Code TOEFL: 0198
4. Work Experience
A minimum of two years full-time post-Bachelor degree work experience is required, with at least four years of work experience recommended.
5. Speak with our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers
Before submitting your application, we strongly encourage you to contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers to learn more about whether our programme matches your MBA goals.
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