All courses are taught entirely in English.
Associate programs consist of 90 European credits and take up to 2 academic years of 9 months of full-time studies to complete (up to 6 quarters), depending on the chosen study track and intensiveness. Total contact hours amount to 900. Courses are scheduled between Monday and Friday, between 9am at the earliest and 7pm at the latest.
Two study tracks are available, the American study track and the European study track. Depending on the chosen track, the program intensiveness will vary, allowing students to study at their own preferred pace.
American study track:
15 course credits per quarter
15 contact hours per week
30 study hours per week
European study track:
20 course credits per quarter
20 contact hours per week
40 study hours per week
Program starting dates
Because of the modular design and flexibility of the program, students can start their studies in October, January, April, July, and August. Please refer to our academic calendar for the exact starting dates. Associate programs are offered at several campus locations. Please refer to the program schedule for an overview of the campus locations where this program is offered.
For admission, students are required to have obtained a high school diploma (or equivalent, or higher) and be proficient in English. When applying, please adhere to the application procedures and guidelines.
Core Courses (major)
Specialization Courses (minor)
30 credits / 6 courses
15 credits / 3 courses
10 credits / 2 courses
35 credits / 7 courses
Majors are considered as primary specializations during undergraduate studies and form a fundamental component of the complete study program, offering a wide range of core courses. Several majors are available:
Minors are considered as secondary specializations during undergraduate studies and form a fundamental component of the complete study program, offering a wide range of specialization courses. Several minors are available:
Undergraduate courses are divided into 2 main categories: core courses and specialization courses. Electives can be any courses offered at the undergraduate level.
The Study Abroad Option allows students to study for one or more quarters at another campus location without experiencing interruptions or extensions in the study program. Courses and programs remain fully compatible across all campus locations. Students are also given the option to study abroad at one of our academic partners or to propose an external school, college or university and have it approved for credit transfer.
The Summer School Option allows students to enroll for an optional 4th quarter during the summer in order to accelerate their studies. Up to 20 credits are offered in core courses and electives. Courses are scheduled in 2 terms of 5 weeks, with each term representing 10 credits in courses.
The Internship Option encourages students to put their skills and knowledge into practice by completing a company internship, either locally or abroad. Several internships are offered by the school's corporate partners. Upon successful completion of the internship, 5 credits are awarded as elective credits for each month full-time equivalent, with a maximum of 3 months or 15 credits.
The Accelerated Studies Option is intended for those students who were never able to finish their undergraduate studies. Previously completed courses and accumulated credits will be evaluated for transfer into the study program of your choice. After careful evaluation, a limited number of credits can also be awarded for previous relevant work experience and other successfully completed training programs.
* private international undergraduate degree (Associate) awarded by the United International Business Schools organization (Zurich, Switzerland) upon the recommendation of the faculty of the local business school