Admissions

The admissions process at the American Institute of Applied Sciences in Switzerland (AUS) works towards a balance between the inclusivity and selectivity principles innate in admissions processes around the world. As such, AUS is meticulous in ensuring that students who are accepted have the skills and capabilities to succeed in its programs.

Overview

AUS aims to offer an admissions process that is fair, transparent and provides equal opportunity to applicants. Applicants are admitted on the basis of their individual merits, abilities, and aptitudes while meeting established minimum eligibility criteria. However, AUS recognizes and acknowledges that not all applicants have equal opportunity to demonstrate their full academic potential and will take into consideration the contexts and circumstances that surround individual applications.

Assessing applicants’ backgrounds is deemed crucial in understanding aptitude differences and as such to balance inclusivity and selectivity principles without seeing diversity as a substitute for equality or considered at the expense of it.

AUS’s admissions practices take into account its educational partnerships with international institutions, and the quality assurance strategy that guides its operations.

AUS endeavors to offer clear advice and guidance to all applicants and stakeholders, such as parents or legal representatives, to enable them to make informed choices and apply to programs that are in line with their personal academic choices, interests, qualifications, prior learnings, and potentials.

The admission to programs is subject to availability and eligibility. AUS reserves the right to reject applicants who do not meet the necessary minimum requirements for admission.

Intakes

  • Registration Week:
    April 17-21, 2023

    Term Start:
    April 24, 2023
  • Registration Week:
    September 18-22, 2023

    Term Start:
    September 25, 2023
  • Registration Week:
    January 1-5, 2024

    Term Start:
    January 8, 2024
  • Registration Week:
    April 15-19, 2024

    Term Start:
    April 22, 2024
  • Registration Week: April 17-21, 2023

    Term Start: April 24, 2023
  • Registration Week: September 18-22, 2023

    Term Start: September 25, 2023
  • Registration Week: January 1-5, 2024

    Term Start: January 8, 2024
  • Registration Week: April 15-19, 2024

    Term Start: April 22, 2024

Application Deadlines

AUS operates on a rolling admissions basis. Therefore, it is required that the complete application, all the necessary documents, and the applicable fees must be received by the AUS Admissions Office a minimum of ten weeks before the start of the term.
  • February 1, 2023 for candidates who require a visa to study in Switzerland

    April 7, 2023 for CH/EU/EFTA candidates
  • June 1, 2023 for international candidates who require a visa to study in Switzerland

    September 1, 2023 for CH/EU/EFTA candidates
  • September 15, 2023 for international candidates who require a visa to study in Switzerland

    December 1, 2023 for CH/EU/EFTA candidates
  • January 15, 2024 for international candidates who require a visa to study in Switzerland

    April 1, 2024 for CH/EU/EFTA candidates

Credit Transfer

The credit transfer system at AUS is based on the principle of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), defined as a process through which previously assessed and certificated learning is considered and, as appropriate, recognized for academic purposes. It can enable a student to transfer credit gained within one program of study to another program of study at the same time or at a different institution. Credit can be used from a previously uncompleted or completed award. The credit that is transferred can be used, where appropriate, to build towards an award at a higher level or stage.

Should candidates for admissions wish to apply for a credit transfer concomitantly with their admissions application, they are invited to refer to the Credit transfer policy and procedure and include in their application for admissions the documents required for the credit transfer procedure.

Upon being presented with an Offer Letter from AUS, a student will also be communicated any results of credit transfer assessments, including extensive explanation related to the comparability of the courses transferred and those not transferred.
Credit Transfer
The credit transfer system at AUS is based on the principle of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), defined as a process through which previously assessed and certificated learning is considered and, as appropriate, recognized for academic purposes. It can enable a student to transfer credit gained within one program of study to another program of study at the same time or at a different institution. Credit can be used from a previously uncompleted or completed award. The credit that is transferred can be used, where appropriate, to build towards an award at a higher level or stage.

Should candidates for admissions wish to apply for a credit transfer concomitantly with their admissions application, they are invited to refer to the Credit transfer policy and procedure and include in their application for admissions the documents required for the credit transfer procedure.

Upon being presented with an Offer Letter from AUS, a student will also be communicated any results of credit transfer assessments, including extensive explanation related to the comparability of the courses transferred and those not transferred.
Scholarships
In order to reward prior academic performance and to support students coming from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, AUS offers two categories of scholarships re-assessed on a yearly basis. The scholarships are granted under the condition that the student will be engaged in administrative activities with the institution based on a schedule that does not impact the academic schedule of the student. Should the student not meet this condition, the institution reserves the right to rescind the scholarship for the next academic year. This is further regulated in the Policy and Procedure for Scholarships.

Upon being presented with an Offer Letter from AUS, a student will also be communicated if a scholarship has been approved and in what amount.

Scholarships

In order to reward prior academic performance and to support students coming from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, AUS offers two categories of scholarships re-assessed on a yearly basis. The scholarships are granted under the condition that the student will be engaged in administrative activities with the institution based on a schedule that does not impact the academic schedule of the student. Should the student not meet this condition, the institution reserves the right to rescind the scholarship for the next academic year. This is further regulated in the Policy and Procedure for Scholarships.

Upon being presented with an Offer Letter from AUS, a student will also be communicated if a scholarship has been approved and in what amount.

Eligibility Requirements

1) A Swiss Maturity Certificate (Maturität, Matura) or, A Swiss Professional Maturity Certificate (Maturité professionnelle) with “Passerelle” or, A Swiss Specialized Maturity (Maturité spécialisée) recognized throughout Switzerland with “Passerelle” or, in the case of foreign candidates, an upper secondary school-leaving certificate considered equivalent;

  • Candidates that have completed a Swiss Professional or Specialized Maturity need to undergo a complementary examination in order to be eligible for admission into the Bachelor program. Candidates in this situation are kindly invited to refer to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), which is the institution responsible for the examination;
  • In the case of international applicants, a foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate must correspond substantially to the Swiss Maturity Certificate in regards to school subjects, number of hours, and length of schooling. The recognition of foreign school-leaving certificates is based on the Recommendations for the assessment of foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates of the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS), in alignment with the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (ETS No. 165).
2) Evidence of sufficient English language proficiency. For further details about English proficiency requirements, please access the Admission Policy.

Students that wish to pursue a Dual Degree with our educational partner Tiffin University (TU) shall be subjected to the specific TU admission requirements.
1) A Bachelor's degree from a university or other higher education institution or an equivalent foreign higher education institution recognized or accredited in the country of origin.

2) Evidence of sufficient English language proficiency. For further details about English proficiency requirements, please access the Admission Policy.

Students that wish to pursue the Dual Degree with our educational partner Tiffin University (TU) shall be subjected to the specific TU admission requirements.

Application Process

Prospective candidates that meet AUS’s eligibility requirements are invited to submit:
1
The completed and signed AUS application form.
2
A copy of the valid passport.
3
A copy of the Swiss residence permit, if applicable.
4
Six passport-size photographs.
5
The official sealed records (transcripts, diplomas, certificates) of the secondary school or university-level institution completed;
6
Two letters of recommendation from instructors or employers familiar with the applicant’s past performance;
7
Motivation letter - An autobiographical essay of approximately 500 words reflecting the applicant’s individual development, educational and career goals, and motivation in seeking admission to AUS;
8
Curriculum Vitae/Résumé - A brief written account of the applicant’s personal details, education, career, and qualifications;
9
Proof of English Proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English and whose primary language of instruction in secondary education was not English; in the case of the students whose primary language of instruction in secondary education was English, a Medium of Instruction proof will be included as part of the application;
10
Evidence of sufficient financial means and/or sponsor letter and the bank statement.
Should candidates for admissions wish to apply for a credit transfer concomitantly with their admissions application, they are invited to refer to the Credit transfer policy and procedure and include in their application for admissions the documents required for the credit transfer procedure.

In case any of the documents be in a language other than English, international applicants must produce notarized translations in English of all records, at their own expense, prior to submission of the application to AUS.

As part of their application with AUS, prospective students will take part in an interview which will assess their ability to express their personal experiences and opinions, their creativity and originality in solving complex subjects, which cannot be assessed through grades and test performances. The interview will take place by video conference via Zoom or Google Meet.

Tuition and Fees

Upon notification of acceptance, AUS will provide prospective students with an official ‘Certification of Studies’, which is necessary in many countries for student visa requests. Prior to starting the visa application procedure, the Admission Fee and 50% of the first-year tuition and fees are payable. Tuition and Fees must be paid in full at the time of Registration.

Note that fees are reviewed from time to time and may change from those listed below. The university reserves the right to make such alterations and amendments as necessary. Tuition and Fees include campus facilities, field trips and industrial visits. All prices are in Swiss Francs (CHF).

On-Campus Programs

Application Fee: CHF 250.-
(due before we review the application documents)
How to pay?→
Admission Fee: CHF 1,500.-
(due when you have been accepted to the program)
BSBA
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
CHF 10’000.- per year
3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program
Dual Bachelor
BSBA + TU Specialization
CHF 25’000.- per year
3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program
MIBA | Master of Science in International Business Administration
CHF 9’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Dual Master
MIBA + TU Specialization
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
CHF 22’000.- per year
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 15’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
  • Book and tech fees are invoiced separately per course
  • Book and tech fees are invoiced separately per course
BSBA
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
CHF 20’000.- per year
3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program
Dual Bachelor
BSBA + TU Specialization
CHF 25’000.- per year
3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program
MIBA | Master of Science in International Business Administration
CHF 18’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Dual Master
MIBA + TU Specialization
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
CHF 22’000.- per year
MIBA in Aviation Management
CHF 22’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
  • Book and tech fees are invoiced separately per course
  • Book and tech fees are invoiced separately per course

Additional Fees

Students should expect various additional expenses that are not covered by their tuition fees.
Please be advised that you will need to account for these separately.

Additional expenses may include:
  • Accommodation
  • Books and e-books
  • Cantonal and communal registration fees
  • Capstone fee
  • Course materials
  • Health insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Retake examinations
  • Social activities/trips
  • Transportation
  • Tutoring
Fees for administrative services →

Refund Policy

Paid admission and tuition fees are non-refundable if a student decides to withdraw from AUS. If a student is suspended or dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons, no refunds will be made.