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American University in Switzerland

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Description of American University in Switzerland

  • Location: La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland,
  • Established: 1991,
  • Language of instruction: English,
  • Type of training: mixed.

The American University in Switzerland is one of Switzerland's leading international business universities. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, in La Tour de Pey, the institution is close to the Olympic capital of Lausanne and Geneva, the center of diplomacy.

In its 30-year history, the university has provided international students with the quality business knowledge, leadership skills and learning abilities to become leaders in any organization.

AUS offers training in an international and multicultural environment, with practical and relevant programs. Undergraduate and graduate programs as well as short-term courses are available on campus.

The institution is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). These accreditations give students and their parents confidence that they are receiving a top-level education.

Things to know about

The working hours of foreign students are limited during the academic year:

  • Foreign students can work up to 15 hours a week,
  • During the holidays, it is possible to work up to 100% of your free time,
  • Students from non-EU countries can start working only six months after the start of their studies.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in American University in Switzerland

Program name
All year round
from 8366.00 € / semester
from 8366.00 € / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 7686.00 € / semester
from 7686.00 € / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
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All year round
from 3500.00 CHF / 3 years
from 3500.00 CHF / 3 years
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 5000.00 CHF / year
from 5000.00 CHF / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
17.06.2023 - 25.06.2023
from 627.00 € / 4 days
from 627.00 € / 4 days
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

At the American University in Switzerland, we want you to feel like you have a home away from home.

Whilst you are studying with us there many great options for your living arrangements, in and around La Tour-de-Peilz. The administration team can assist you with finding the right accommodation provision to suit your budget and needs. AUS accommodation is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Once you have accepted your offer to study at AUS, the administration team will support your accommodation requests.

AUS Accommodation

AUS has several full-furnished single and shared rooms within walking distance of the campus.

Rental costs range from 750 CHF – 1500 CHF per month, depending on your choice and room availability. All charges are included, with cleaning once a week. There is a shared communal space with a kitchen and student area, as well as laundry facilities.

Private Renting

It is not mandatory for students to stay in AUS accommodation, and you are welcome to look for alternative accommodation providers around the local area. There are several options available in La Tour-de-Peilz, or nearby in Montreux and Vevey. Please ask the administration team for more information.

Activities American University in Switzerland

Student life is all about coming together.

At the American University in Switzerland, students meet new people, make friends and connect with our student community in a variety of ways – through sports, excursions, special events and much more! Join in and become part of AUS’ internationally diverse student community.

The opportunities for great Swiss skiing, snowboarding and alpine experiences are numerous with around 20 ski resorts located close by to the AUS campus. Student house groups take advantage by organizing regular ski trips and similar excursions.

Multicultural Environment

While English is the main language, there are more than 40 nationalities – speaking on average 3.5 languages – AUS offers an international environment where cultures from around the world meet, bond and develop together.

Taking a break from your studies

To ensure you a making the most of your experience in Switzerland, students will often have a selection of events and social activities throughout the year including; barbeques, karaoke evenings, quiz nights and our multicultural day, showcasing the diverse cultural of our student community from all over the world.

Sports, Events and more

At AUS, we promote an open and inclusive environment for students. Through our clubs; Eagles, Sharks and Tigers, our students engage in friendly competition through sports and activities. With our campus located amongst the beautiful scenery of the Swiss Riviera, we organize trips for you to explore the rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture with your fellow students. Offering plenty of nearby attractions and destinations, Switzerland is the ideal place for our students to learn to ski, go hiking or visit local festivals.


Relevant – Our curriculum is designed to meet the ever-changing demands of the modern business environment and give students the opportunity to master the skills that employers are looking for. The American University in Switzerland has redefined and redesigned its curriculum to prepare students with the hard and soft skills needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

Practical – More than a textbook, AUS students put theory into practice with applied learning to solve real-world problems. Our professors provide students the opportunity to continuously evolve and develop their skills with real-world examples to apply their learning and enhance their problem-solving skills.

Personalized – Our class sizes provide students with a greater level of interaction and the individual attention they deserve. We provide students with the time they need to gain mentoring and coaching from our academics in order to grow personally and professionally.

International Environment – AUS has students from over 44 nationalities on campus. All our programs are taught from a global perspective to ensure that students are able to navigate the global business environment and manage the cultural diversity that is represented in the workplace.

Networking Opportunities – The American University in Switzerland has monthly guest speakers from around the world that come on campus and share with students their international experiences.

Internships – AUS students must complete at least 1 mandatory internship during their program, regardless of their level of study. This internship provides students with the opportunity to put their learning into practice and gives them an invaluable opportunity to network with industry professionals and build connections for the future.

Facilities and equipment at American University in Switzerland

At the American University in Switzerland, we only want the best for our students.

Classrooms: Our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities provide students with an innovative and interactive learning environment. All classrooms at our university are equipped with the latest interactive smart screens, allowing faculty members to manage individual, as well as teamwork projects.

Library: Our campus library is also accessible to all our students and contains relevant research material and online databases such as EBSCO, ProQuest, and Financial Times while a computer room, with a fiber-optic connection, is also at the students’ disposal.

Snacking and Dining: The popular Metropolis Snack Bar provides hot meals, snacks, and refreshments throughout the day at attractive student prices and acts as an informal meeting place for students to connect. If you prefer to eat out, there are plenty of quality cafes and restaurants within walking distance of the campus.

Sports Facilities: The American University in Switzerland has an on-campus multi-purpose sports court where students can play football, basketball, badminton, and volleyball. AUS also has off-campus sports facilities and a full size football pitch that students can use during their free time.

Admission dates and extra charges

The cost of studying at the American University in Switzerland:

Tuition Fees for the Bachelor Degrees: 17,000 CHF per year

Tuition Fees for the Master Degrees: 15,000 CHF per year

The prices above are only the tuition fees.
Below are additional costs that students may incur during their studies:

  1. Health Insurance: 100 CHF to 150 CHF per month
  2. Food: 400 to 800 CHF per month
  3. Mobile phone subscription: starting from 20 CHF per month
  4. Entertainment = 100 CHF per month
  5. Shuttle Bus (from accommodation to campus) = 100 CHF per month

Enrolment process

AUS Step-by-Step Admission Process:

  • Filling out an online form and submitting documents,
  • Receiving a positive response from the admissions committee,
  • Payment of registration fees, visa or residence permit,
  • Arrival on campus for entrance examinations, interviews,
  • Payment of administrative fees and payment of tuition fees,
  • The beginning of classes.


Students of AUS programs achieve success not only in the learning process, but also at the end of it - most graduates continue their academic path or find a job within a year after completing their studies.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

At AUS, we look for students with a wide range of experiences, interests, and perspectives. We look for students who embody our diverse community and have exceptional drive and determination to succeed, in addition to academic achievements.

We ensure student applications are assessed based on all contributing factors and recognize that motivation and mindset are just as important as your academic achievements.

Visit our website to learn more about the full application process

The admission requirements for all applicants include the completed application form and required admission documents listed below:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Academic Certificates and Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Motivation Letter
  5. Proof of English Language Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
  6. Copy of a Valid Passport
  7. Referees – Professional and/or Academic
  8. Evidence of sufficient financial means

Please submit all your documents to the SMAPSE Enrollment Team

Scholarships American University in Switzerland

The American University in Switzerland is committed to ensuring students can access higher education. Therefore, AUS offers a variety of scholarships designed to help you and your family with the cost of tuition. Scholarships could be award to a student based on merit or need, as determined in the application process.

Scholarship options are:

  1. Merit-based Scholarships
  2. Need-based Scholarships

Students do not need to submit a separate application for scholarships and will be assessed on the documents they provide during the admissions process.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

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  • Student supervision

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