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Address: Chemin du Levant 5 1814 La Tour-de-Peilz Switzerland

Description AGSB

The American Higher School of Business (AGSB) is a non-profit, private higher education institution that provides students with higher education in business. Since its inception AGSB has always had a strong international representation among students and faculty. Combining traditions and experience of the best Swiss universities, AGSB is an educational institution of world level.

  1. The result of this choice is confirmed by our three objectives of training for all students: Graduates of the Academy become valuable employees in any business area, since during the training they acquire fundamental skills in functional areas of management activity and the ability to solve problems by applying their knowledge in this area if necessary.
  2. Graduates of the academy are in demand in any kind of entrepreneurial activity, as they are able to use analytical tools to solve problems, as well as make complex decisions, applying knowledge of general management.
  3. Graduates of AGSB develop individual communication and leadership skills within the business industry. They learn to appreciate diverse points of view, and also draw reasonable conclusions, logical and justified.


AGSB, American Higher School of Business / Higher Education in Business Education / was founded in September 1991 as a non-profit, private higher education institution. Following the termination of the American College in Switzerland (ACS) in Leysin (as a retreat, let me point out that the now-defunct American College in Switzerland was accredited by a regional body, the Association of Institutes of the Mid-Atlantic States), four teachers of this former educational institution started education an institution based on American educational traditions. Key factors such as (1) a long US presence after World War II (2) demand for specialized, private schools and (3) Switzerland's prominent role in financial and private institutions, and (4) Switzerland's prominent role in financial and economic arena, were prerequisites for the decision to concentrate and limit the academic proposals related to the School of Business. In addition, the founders took into account the needs of a large number of ACS students and the demand for an American education system offering higher education in the field of entrepreneurship, with special attention to the international market and the teaching of foreign languages. In 1991, the AGSB school officially opened its doors at Hôtel Excelsior, Montreux. In 1992, the school moved to its immediate previous location, Place des Anciens-Fossés 6, La Tour-de-Pays. In autumn 2016, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, the AGSB school expanded its premises and moved to the buildings located in Chemin du Levant in La Tour-de-Pays. Located between the spa towns of Montreux and Vevey, in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, the AGSB school can expand its curriculum through cultural learning activities such as music festivals, art exhibitions and travel opportunities. In addition, students can take advantage of the opportunity to follow the world of international relations and participate in it (for example, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization). The nature of the institution allows students to receive education on the American system, while taking advantage of the multilingual Swiss environment and the cultural advantages of studying in the center of Europe.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in AGSB

Program name
from 25 000 CHF / 4 terms

The AGSB Master's program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree with little significant experience in order for a successful participant to gain the necessary skills and experience to successfully contribute to any organization at the middle management level.

The university considers the general manager as the one who applies academic and practical concepts to analyze the various business conditions in the global perspective and who works individually and in a team to formulate ethical and reasoned judgments, logical, fact-based and operationally presented .

The following are the expected results of the student's academic activity for successful participants of the MIBA program:

  1. A successful member of MIBA will be able to describe and explain (in order to demonstrate their understanding) the basic concepts in functional areas of management (such as accounting, economics, finance and marketing).
  2. A successful member of MIBA will be able to describe and explain the theories, methods and techniques (such as cash flow, market segmentation, stable competitiveness) used for external and internal analysis of a particular company, situation or production environment and will be able to support and uphold their recommendations.
  3. A successful member of MIBA will be able to prepare, develop and present oral and written business presentations and basic academic work at a high level.
  4. A successful MIBA participant sets an example for other students, demonstrates behavior and skills to conduct their affairs in a businesslike manner with regard to appearance, timeliness and preparation, and also demonstrating the ability to work together in different teams to achieve a common goal.
from 25 000 CHF / 3 years

BSBA: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Program Overview

The AGSB undergraduate program is designed for high school graduates with minimal experience so that the participant relies on their knowledge and develops their skills to successfully contribute to any organization in an entry-level management level.

The university considers the general manager as one who applies academic and practical concepts to analyze the various business conditions in the global perspective and who works individually and in a team to formulate ethical and reasoned judgments, logical, fact-based and operationally presented .

The following are the expected results of the student's academic activity for successful BSBA participants:

  1. A successful BSBA participant will be able to describe and explain (in order to demonstrate his understanding) the basic concepts in functional areas of management (such as accounting, economics, finance and marketing).
  2. A successful BSBA participant will be able to describe and explain theories, methods and techniques (such as cash flow, market segmentation, stable competitiveness) used for external and internal analysis of a specific company, situation or production environment.
  3. A successful BSBA participant will be able to apply their acquired knowledge and techniques and organize and interpret the results in a logically integrated and inter-functional way to support the adoption of basic business decisions.
  4. A successful BSBA participant will be able to prepare and present the main oral and written business correspondence in English.

Accommodation, housing and food

The Office of Student Affairs assists students in accommodating housing in their respective needs.

In the Vevey area, La Tour de Pey and Montreux - a wide variety of apartments. The rental of a studio apartment is approximately 650 Swiss francs; One-bedroom apartments can be found for 800 Swiss francs; Two-bedroom apartments usually cost more than 1000 Swiss francs per month. Realtor agencies in Switzerland require all persons who rent an apartment credited to the escrow account of the rent for three months in advance as an insurance deposit. In addition, the rent for each month should be carried out at the beginning of the month, namely, within the first ten days. At the end of the rental period, the insurance deposit is returned, in the absence of damage to the living quarters. A lease for students under 21 years of age who want to rent an apartment must be signed by their parents or guardians. The payment for electricity and telephone is not included in the rent. Lease agreements, payment of rent, deposits, etc., are strictly the responsibility of students and their parents or guardians.

All students who enter the AGSB for the first semester must arrive at La Tour de Pey at least five days prior to enrollment so that they have enough time to settle down and get used to the situation before the training begins.

Please take into consideration that the school policy does not oblige, student or school, to seek housing. Thus, any efforts made by the school to facilitate the finding of a suitable housing are carried out on an individual basis for the student, and to be attached to the school's capabilities.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business administration, business ethics, Business law, DOCTORATE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (DBA), Entrepreneurship, Executive MBA Program, Executive Programs, Foundation Program Pre-Bachelor, Graduate Business Studies Pre-Master's, Information systems in business, international Business, International Experience, International finance, Macroeconomics, management, marketing, Master of International Business Administration, Mathematics for Business, Microeconomics, Online MBA, statistics, Strategic planning in business,  International economics

Events AGSB

Here in AGSB we have a very diverse and unique program for students for each year. We have certain traditions, such as: annual marathons, welcome receptions and ski walks. We also attend major cultural events, such as art shows or music festivals. Regarding the training, our teachers and administrative staff organize a large number of various professional visits. Companies such as Nestle, Hublot, the United Nations and others are ready to attend our school annually. This is a great experience, and we are very proud that our school is located near such large corporations.


  • Small class sizes - Our goal is to keep the classes small, no more than 15 students, so that each student can participate in the class. We have an individual approach to every student, any question or problem that we try to solve on the spot. Our clients feel special throughout their training. We maintain direct contact with parents if something serious happens.
  • Business environment - Most of our offices are designed in such a way as to plunge into the atmosphere of corporate style and etiquette from the first day.
  • Practitioners in the business area - Most of our teachers also work in the field of entrepreneurship, so that whatever happens in the world, the next day we implement it here at the AGSB. Some of them occupy a very high position in transnational corporations. All teachers have great experience.
  • Multicultural and multinational environment - we have representatives of more than 40 nationalities, this gives an excellent opportunity for our students to create their own network and find real friends.
  • Accreditation - We have recently been accredited by the European Council for Business Education (ECBE), which is an independent European accreditation agency for universities. Also, we were recently notified that we received accreditation from the International Assembly of University Business Education (IACBE), which is an American agency. The AGSB school is also an accredited member of the International Schools Accreditation Service, colleges, ASIC universities
  • Ideal, safe and beautiful - The AGSB is located in a small town on the northern shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Possibility of passing the practice - For our students of the magistracy, the practice is included in the program. We have some bachelor students who work because they want to make a better resume, get the best professional skills or earn some money.
  • Corporate Visits - We organize industrial and corporate visits throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the different industries and see what profession they want to get.
  • Double Degrees / Exchange Programs / Education Abroad - We offer some exchange programs and a double degree in some of the best institutions in the world.
  • Scholarships and grants for training - Available.
  • Any student who wants to study business in Switzerland will be welcomed at the AGSB school.

Equipment AGSB


AGSB prepares students of International Business by providing knowledge, techniques and training to become qualified employees in the field of management in any business organization. Three fundamental principles of teaching in AGSB:

● Knowledge: AGSB strives to provide knowledge and teach where to find answers in order to fill knowledge gaps.

● Techniques: AGSB strives to develop the ability to use analytical techniques to solve problems and make complex decisions.

● Training: AGSB strives to improve personal qualities, through organized training.


AGSB aims to provide education and training for a competent and responsible business leadership.

All AGSB programs will be developed to improve understanding of human behavior, cultural sensitivity and a global perspective in business and politics.

We are proud of the unique learning environment that we have grown here at the AGSB. The special atmosphere of the school was created thanks to a combination of purposeful and caring teaching staff, a small but exceptional international student contingent and a solid curriculum designed to prepare students who will lead the world of business and cope with the challenges of the future. AGSB aims to develop in each student the principles of equality, multilingualism, a comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship and the desire for continued intellectual growth

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Study in the AGSB is carried out by semesters. The academic year starts in September and ends in July and is divided into three academic semesters (autumn, winter and spring), currently offered:

Autumn semester: September - December

Winter Semester: January - April

Spring semester: April - July

One semester is 12 (twelve) weeks of study, including one week of exams, and in the fall semester - one week of vocational guidance, which is a total of 36 planned weeks per year.

Vacations are 16 (twelve) weeks per year, 4 weeks from December, 2 weeks in April and 8 weeks from the end of July.

Exams are usually given in the middle and at the end of each semester. Vacation periods vary, but usually there is one short break in December, one in the spring, and a longer vacation period in July / August.

All students are required to have health insurance in accordance with Swiss law. AGSB has a partner company that provides the best recent solutions to AGSB students. The price of the insurance policy for students starts from 1300 Swiss francs a year and can vary depending on your needs. Those students who have international insurance will need to contact the administrative group for further assistance.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The University will consider all applications submitted and will contact the applicants within a reasonable time, as soon as a decision is made. Meanwhile, admission to the AGSB is limited; therefore, it is possible that not all competent applicants will be credited. In such cases, the University accepts persons with the highest qualifications and potential. This decision is carefully considered by the AGSB Commission on Student Selection. All potential applicants must demonstrate that excellent performance results determine their potential for success in this field of study, and execute the following admission procedures at the AGSB, which includes the presentation of the completed student application form. Please note that only completed applications will be considered. The completed application consists of the following four (4) parts, as presented below:

1. General requirements

2. Personal motivation letter

3. Confirmation of knowledge of English

4. Requirements of the program

General requirements for all applicants include a completed questionnaire and payment of fees in addition to the documents listed below. The applicant must ensure that these documents are sent to the university on time, before the start of the course.

1. Application: Applicants must submit a completed and signed application.

2. Entry fee: Payment can be made by bank transfer to the bank account of AGSB in Crédit Suisse (Credit Suisse). Please make sure that your name is indicated in the bank transfer notification.

3.Passport: Copy of your valid passport.

4.Photos: 6 (six) photos of the same size as the passport must be submitted with the questionnaire, which is filed with AGSB. These photos are required by local authorities and for registration of student visas.

5.Recommendations: 2 (two) confidential letters of recommendation from teachers or employers who are familiar with the applicant's work experience, should be sent directly to the AGSB. For all letters not in English, notarized translations should also be submitted.

6. Summary or CV: a brief written listing of the advantages and achievements of the applicant, including personal data, education, work experience, other qualifications and career expectations.

7. Attachment to the diploma: Applicants must submit official attachments (excerpt from the examination record) regarding the relevant period of study in institutions of secondary education or university level institutions in the last five (5) years. Excerpts from the accounting and examination records must be sent directly by the AGSB institutions. For all documents not in English, notarized translations must also be submitted.

The application should include all of the above points to consider the availability.

Mandatory personal essay (motivation letter)

The university places a great emphasis on the skills of written communication. It is expected that all students will significantly improve their communication in English during the training at AGSB.

In order to determine the starting point for improving the language skills of students in written English, all students are required to write a personal essay. If the student is accepted then this essay remains the first component in his personal file. The volume of the essay or motivation letter should be at least 500 words. You must tell the story of your academic development and any other work experience that you had, in the first person. You must explain your reasons for submitting the application, and how, according to your expectations, AGSB will affect your existing career goals.

Requirements for knowledge of the language

The language in which the AGSB is taught is English, and students are required to read a significant amount of literature and writing works in English to achieve success in all academic disciplines. All students must demonstrate an appropriate level of language skills prior to enrollment. In any case, the University reserves the right to demand a test of language skills. The level of knowledge of the language is usually considered sufficient if the students fulfilled one of the following conditions:

Visiting for at least the last three full years of study in an institution where the only language of instruction is English;

Obtaining a standard level, or higher, in the International Baccalaureate International Education Preparation Program (IB);

Receiving the French undergraduate Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) in American or English.

If none of these conditions is met, the student must take the English test before enrollment. Confirmation of the level of the English language should be provided by obtaining an appropriate score according to one of the following points:

At least 550 points for the Test of knowledge of English as a foreign language (TOEFL). The AGSB code is 9756;

At least 6.0 points in the International English Language Assessment System (IELTS).

How to apply

Material attached to the application

1.Confirmation of English proficiency, such as IELTS or TOEFL / TOEFL IBT (not required if you graduated from high school at the College where English was the official language). You must bring the original after receiving the decision to enroll from the AGSB.

2. Copy of passport (page with photo)

3. List of optional classes and awards

4. A personal essay is a 1,000-word handwritten essay that describes a change or significant event in your life that influenced your choice of business as your profession

5.Confirmation of financial condition - certificate from the bank

6.Originaly extracts from the record-examination sheet

7. Original of the certificate of education / diploma

8.Recommendation letters - one recommendation letter for BBA applicants / two letters of recommendation for MBA applicants

9. Summary or CV (only for MBA / DBA applicants)

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Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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