SPECIALLY CRAFTED PROGRAMS FOR UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS
The University will consider all completed applications and will contact applicants within a reasonable period of time, as soon as a decision has been made. Admission to AGSB University is however subject to a limited number of enrolments; it is therefore possible that not all qualified applicants are always accepted. In such instances, the university accepts those with the strongest qualifications and potential. This decision is carefully considered by the AGSB student selection board.
All potential applicants must demonstrate an excellent academic record singling their potential for success in a given field of study and complete the following AGSB admission procedures.
This includes submitting a completed student application form. Please note, only completed applications will be considered. A complete application consists of the following four (4) parts as described below:
- General requirements
- Personal letter of motivation
- Evidence of English language proficiency
- Program requirements (Undergraduate or graduate as applicable)
The general requirements for all applicants include a completed application form and payable fees in addition to the documents listed below. The applicant should ensure that these documents are sent to the university in good time before a course of study begins.
- Application Form: Applicants must submit a completed and signed application form.
- Application Fee: Payment can be made by bank transfer into the AGSB bank account at the Crédit Suisse. Please be sure that your name is included on the bank transfer notice.
- Passport: Copy of your valid passport.
- Photographs: Six (6) passport size photographs must be included with the application form that is submitted to AGSB. Most of these photographs are required by the local authorities and for student visas.
- Recommendations: Two (2) confidential letters of recommendation from instructors or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s past performance must be sent directly to AGSB. Certified translations must also be submitted for all letters not in English.
- Résumé or CV: A brief written account of the applicant’s strengths and accomplishments. Include personal details, education, work experience, other qualifications and career expectations.
- Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all applicable academic work done at the secondary or university-level institutions in the past five (5) years. Transcripts must be sent directly by the institutions to AGSB. Certified translations must also be submitted for all documents not in English.
An application must include all of these items in order to be considered for the admissions process.
Required Personal Essay (Motivation Letter)
The university places high emphasis on written communication skills. All students are expected to significantly improve their communication in English during the course of their studies at AGSB.
All students are therefore required to write a personal essay in order to determine the starting point for the improvement of their language skills in written English. If the student is accepted, this essay remains the first component in their portfolio.
The essay or motivation letter should be at least 500 words in length. You should tell the story of your academic development and any other work experience you have had in a first person narrative. You should explain your reasons for applying and how you expect AGSB to further improve your present career goals.
Language Proficiency Requirements
The language of instruction at AGSB is English and a significant amount of English reading and writing is required from students, in order to achieve success in all courses. All students must demonstrate adequate language proficiency prior to their admission. In all cases, the university reserves the right to request a proficiency test.
Proficiency will normally be recognized if students have completed any of the following conditions:
- Attendance for at least three recent full years of study in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English;
- Obtaining Standard level or higher, in the International Baccalaureate (IB);
- Obtaining the American or British Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) of the French Baccalauréat.
If none of these conditions apply, the student must write a pre‑admission English test. Proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score on one of the following:
- At least 550 score in a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). AGSB code is 9756;
- At least 6.0 score in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Test results must be reported directly to AGSB University Admissions by the test centre. Results that are more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.
AGSB operates on a rolling admission basis. The University therefore needs completed application paperwork as well as all academic records and applicable fees to be received by the admissions office within a minimum of ten weeks before the start of each term.
If accepted, prospective students will receive an official Letter of Acceptance and an invitation to enroll. At this time, students will also be advised with further information that would be needed in order to complete a student record file. A payment schedule for the tuition fees is indicated on the Financial Information Sheet sent with the Letter of Acceptance. To reserve a place at AGSB students must submit appropriate paper work and finances within 30 days of the Registration Fee payment.
AGSB operates within a term based system. The academic year begins in September and ends in July with three academic terms (Fall, Winter and Spring) offered during this period:
Fall Term : Sept to Dec
Winter Term : Jan to April
Spring Term : April to July
There are ten to twelve (10-12) weeks of study per term, plus one week of examinations and for the fall term, one week of orientation, which makes a total of 40 scheduled weeks in the year.
There are twelve (12) holiday weeks per year, 4 weeks beginning in December, 2 weeks in April and 6 weeks from the end of July.
Examination periods usually occur in the middle and at the end of each term. Holiday periods vary, but there is usually one short break in December, another break in Spring as well as a longer break in July/August.
A transfer of credits may be accepted from other recognised colleges and universities for those courses which apply to AGSB’s programs. Advanced placement (AP) credits obtained at a high school level may be applied to an undergraduate program.
The transfer of credits may only be awarded for a grade C (75%) or above.
Examples of where a transfer of credits has been awarded in the past are for example, in a 13th year program of study such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and GCSE A-Levels.
Credit For Taken At Other Institution
Students enrolled at AGSB who wish to take courses at other institutions to accumulate credits towards their degree program would be needed to receive prior approval from the university’s administration. Approval will not be granted for courses taken at unrecognised institutions. Additionally, students may not take on simultaneous courses at AGSB and other institutions. Approved courses, however, that are satisfactorily completed will be considered for a transfer of credits to AGSB.
Students who do not require a Swiss residency permit will be confirmed for enrollment when payment of the Registration fee has been made.
Students requiring a Swiss residency permit will need to pay both the Registration Fee and a Guarantee Deposit in order to be confirmed for enrollment.
Swiss law requires the Guarantee Deposit for the authorities to process the student’s residency permit. This amount will remain in a non-interest bearing account until the student finishes his/her studies and leaves Switzerland. Should the student leave unsettled bills after departure, these will be paid from the Guarantee Deposit and the balance will be returned once all accounts are settled.
Students may register in as many as six (6) courses per term representing sixty (60) hours of work per week, depending on schedule and availability. Students are considered for full-time courses as well as part-time.
“Full-time status” students will need to complete at least four (4) courses in a previous term and be registered for at least four (4) courses in a present term.
All other students will be considered as “part-time”. Note that students who lose their full-time status can face a penalty from the Swiss authorities and may no longer be able to stay in Switzerland if such a decision is taken.
A one week registration period for all students commences at the beginning of each term: Fall, Winter and Spring. Registration and enrolling into courses requires the complete payment of all tuition and outstanding fees.
A student registration is typically considered to be final. However, during the Registration period and the first week of classes, students may enroll in courses on an “Audit” basis. Auditors are subject to attendance regulations, tuition charges and to conditions imposed by respective professors. Although auditors receive no academic credit, a notation of audit is entered on record stating that the corresponding professor’s requirements have been met. Audited courses may not be changed to credit courses, and vice-versa after the second week of term.
The university’s graduation ceremony takes place in December every year at the end of the Fall Term.
Graduating students will have completed their program requirements at the end of the previous (Spring) term.
To be eligible for graduation:
- Students will need to have completed the Academic credit requirements for their particular program of study.
For the BSBA program, the academic requirement is a minimum of 117 credits.
For the MIBA program, the academic requirement is a minimum of 79 credits.
- In order to graduate, students will need to meet the academic performance requirements for their particular program.
The BSBA program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0
The MIBA program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Students will also need to meet the residency requirements of the university.
Graduates must complete at least half of their Academic Credit requirements at AGSB.
- All students must also meet the attendance requirements of the university.
The total class absence for a particular program of study must not exceed more than 20%.
Students will be expected to have met all outstanding financial obligations to the university.
Graduation With Honors
Graduation with honours will be recognised for the superior achievement of students at three levels.
Cum laude – For graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 to 3.49.
Magna cum laude – For graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 3.79.
Summa cum laude – For graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher.