We welcome undergraduate students who come from diverse academic and personal backgrounds, but share the vision and determination to work together in an active, collaborative, and supportive learning environment.

We admit Foundation Students two times per year, for the Fall and Spring terms. Although we accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, we recommend that you submit all of your materials at least one month prior to the start of the term. International applicants who require a student visa should apply at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the term.

 

Admissions Criteria

We often get asked, “What are you looking for in an applicant?" Although grades are important, we take a holistic approach to admissions. We evaluate a candidate’s potential for success both in the certificate program and after graduation by looking at all of your achievements, both academic and personal, and evaluate your application the context of your own educational circumstances. While no one attribute guarantees the admission, we use the following 5 themes to evaluate an applicant:

 

What We Are Evaluating What We Use To Evaluate Your Application
Your Prior Academic Performance Previous Studies (minimum of secondary school completion)
Letters of Recommendation
Standardized Testing (e.g. SAT, ACT)
Your Personal Accomplishments

Application Form
Application Essay
Personal Interview
Letters of Recommendation

Your English Language Proficiency Standardized Testing (e.g. TOEFEL, IELTS)
Previous Studies
Your Motivation for Completing a Degree Application Essay
Personal Interview
Your Character Letters of Recommendation
Personal Interview

 

Step 1:  Apply.

The easiest is online, but you can also send them by mail or drop them off at our downtown campus.

1. Application Form

Available once you click Apply Now.

2. Curriculum Vitae

A short CV including what studies you have undertaken and any relevant extra-curricular activities you may have participated in.

3. Academic Transcripts

All applicants must have completed secondary school. Please provide academic transcripts which reflect your grades for the prior 2 years. 

You may submit unofficial copies with your application; however, we require official transcripts if you are accepted for study. Foreign credentials in a language other than English, German or French must be officially translated into English. Applicants currently enrolled in the final year of their high school program may apply but official transcripts which reflect completion of high school will be required for full admission.

4. Recommendation

Please provide contact information for one referee who can attest to your skills and character, such as a current teacher. 

You will need to provide the referee’s full name and email address. She/He will receive an email with a link to an online form. The referee can also email, fax or mail the recommendation directly to the admissions office.

5. Application Essay

The application essay is our opportunity to get to know you better and how your experiences have prepared you for this educational commitment. 

Essay question: Describe an instance in your life when you felt that you had a positive impact on your family, friends, or community.

The essay should be a maximum of 1,000 words.

6. English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of English language proficiency. This requirement can be waived for applicants who have successfully completed at least three academic years in high school, or one academic year of university-level coursework, in English.

The minimum requirements for admission are: 

TOEFL - 550

TOEFL iBT - 80

IELTS - 6.0

7. Application Fee

The CHF 150 application fee can be paid online or by bank transfer. You will receive the details upon submitting your application.

8. Optional: SAT / ACT / Standardized Test Scores 

Although not required, you may choose to submit standardized test scores if you wish to supplement your application. Scores older than five years are not considered valid and cannot be accepted. 

 

Step 2: Personal Interview.

Once your application is complete, we will set up an interview in person or, if you are outside the local area, online.
The interview is an important aspect of the application process. It gives us the opportunity to learn more about you, and for you to learn more about us. We want to make sure you will do well in our environment and that we can help you meet your goals.

 

Step 3:  Decision.

The admissions committee reviews your application and the recommendations of your referees and interviewer and will make a decision, usually within 1 to 2 weeks.

You will receive an official letter stating whether you have been accepted or not. If you have been accepted, you need to pay the requested program fee to confirm your enrollment and ensure a seat in the program of your choice.

 

Step 4:  Visa Application.

(International applicants only) Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive all the necessary information to apply for a visa.

 

Step 5: Start Your Studies!

 

 

 

Admissions Requirements

  • Secondary School Completion
  • English Proficiency
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Interview

Foundation At A Glance

  • 30 ECTS / 15 US Credits
  • Full-Time
  • 2 Entry Dates (August, January)
  • 5 Courses
  • 1 Semester

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