University of Business and International Studies in Geneva - UBIS

University of Business and International Studies in Geneva - UBIS

The University of Business and International Studies UBIS, an innovative young, boutique institution that delivers modern programs in Business and International Relations, is located in Geneva There is no other city in the world with so much access to the world headquarters of major businesses, financial institutions and international organizations.  

Top reasons to study here

  • Customized, high quality academic programs and a faculty that is highly supportive of individual business-oriented student projects. Small class size is key.
  • Focus on student’s career perspective: programs aligned with future of work; faculty with professional experience, combined technical & social skills approach.
  • Highly diverse student body on campus and immersion in Geneva’s international community. Semester abroad (partner institutions) and/or internship (USA) options.

About

History

The University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) was founded in 2006 to create an institution with high academic standards and a supportive environment for students interested in business careers.  UBIS is accredited by IACBE, EduQua and ISO29990. UBIS has a network of international academic partners and an international alumni network. 

Education

At UBIS we build student capacities to navigate territories they may be unfamiliar with, to adapt to changing circumstances, to operate in multicultural modes and to implement projects that will have positive impacts in the world. We constantly review and modify our programs and teaching methods to align with current business and societal needs.

Our undergraduate programs put a strong emphasis on individual growth and on developing the knowledge, skills and habits necessary to succeed in the future of work.

Graduate students are oriented to analysis and to research that is applicable to contemporary business issues.

In 2018 UBIS expanded its academic offerings to include a doctor of business administration.

Research

    Student research is encouraged and developed through the capstone project at the bachelor level and a thesis at the master and doctoral level. The master and doctoral theses are expected to demonstrate original research and a contribution to new knowledge. The professional expertise of the faculty is crucial for orienting these theses to real-world business issues. Originality of the research is monitored through close mentoring of the theses at predetermined stages of student writing submissions. Faculty is expected to demonstrate research activity through contributions to peer-reviewed journals and participation in Published proceedings of conferences.

Career

Student career prospects are enhanced by high quality academic programs that are constantly aligned with the future of work, by faculty with extensive professional experience, by emphasis on social skills (communication, cooperation, cultural sensitivity) and by the space students are given to develop their own business projects. The prominence given to research (capstone projects and theses) oriented to real-world business issues is a major factor in preparing our students for success. Students have multiple opportunities given by the Geneva environment (e.g., participation in important conferences, internships at businesses, International institutions and NGO’s) and by our international academic partnerships.

Services

Student services

  • Career Center advises each individual student where to go for an internship. All students in Switzerland are allowed to work for 20h per week-- a 50% post starting from the 2nd semester of studies.
  • Student Learning Platform - helps to control grades and study materials
  • Online program for distance learning education
  • Student Services to help with visa, residence card formalities, health care and accommodation
  • Orientation days for new students: acquaintance with professors, city guide tours, integration with existing students
  • Student Association – organizes fun events for students in and outside of Geneva

Housing services

UBIS student services team helps students to book a shared or single room in Student Residences in Geneva (separately located for female and male students). By student request we can provide numbers of agencies for relocation services or to search for a room in a private apartment. Housing prices in Geneva are from 700 to 1000 ChF per person monthly.  Geneva has excellent public transportation and safe biking. We try to find living facilities in walking distance to campus.

Library services

UBIS offers access to EBSCO Business Source Premier database, one of the best and most complete research business databases. UBIS also has a small physical library on campus and all students can get an annual pass to the United Nations Library and use it free of charge.

ICT services

UBIS has developed its own LMS which all students receive access to once they register. The Campus has a high-speed Wi-Fi network and access for printing. A computer laboratory will be created for Spring 2021.

Medical services

Healthcare facilities are off campus. All UBIS students apply for Swiss health insurance dedicated for students with special rates from 65 to 100 chf per month depending on the franchise type.

Student Life

Campus life

The Geneva campus of UBIS is located in one place, within the city center and very near to the United Nations in Geneva, headquarters of banks, corporations and international organizations such as the WTO and the Global Fund. The Campus is a 3 min walk from Lake Leman and a 2 min walk from the Botanical Gardens of Geneva.

Classrooms are fully equipped, have natural and artificial light and are large and comfortable. There is strong internet connection, a student lounge, a small library and access to a kitchen. Small cafes, kiosks, supermarkets and restaurants are all very close to the campus. 

Sports facilities

Sports facilities in Geneva are available at special discount prices for students:

  • swimming pool monthly abonnement – 10 ChF,
  • stadium for football – free of charge,
  • gym monthly abonnement – 49 to 65 ChF,
  • bikes, lake boats, water bikes - for rent

Student clubs

No need for on campus cultural clubs because Geneva offers so much—e.g., a wide choice of French and English language cultural activities (broadcast, print and online media and live performances). 

Information about events is available from Geneva Tourism or local Tourist Offices and local newspapers. Tribune de Genève', ‘Le Temps' and ‘Le Matin' publish weekly supplements with details of local events and entertainment.  Geneva has over 40 museums, art centres and foundations and the highest per capita number of cinemas in Europe (e.g.,The Orange Cinema (Cinélac), City cinemas).  

Accreditation

  • EduQua
  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
  • Federation des Enterprises Romande (FER)
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 29990

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