Undergraduate Diploma Program


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Program Description

This program is a top-up program that allows students to transfer more than 120 credits earned from other institutions and earn only the remaining number of credits to reach 180, the equivalent of a Bachelor degree, with a minimum of 30 in Pre-Master leveling courses in order to qualify for admission in our graduate programs. Refer to the graduate admission requirements for further details.


Depending on the number of credits attempted per quarter, the course selection and the course planning, full-time students may, for example, earn a Bachelor degree in either 3 academic years of 3 quarters each, for a total of 9 quarters of 20 credits each; or in 4 academic years of 3 quarters each, for a total of 12 quarters of 15 credits each. Earning credits during the summer quarter will speed up the studies.


Courses are scheduled from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 18:30, typically in sessions of 3 hours each. Only Pre-Master leveling courses are scheduled at main campuses during the evening from 19:00 to 22:00. Refer to the course planning for further details on the availability of weekday and evening courses. Additional courses may be available online; additional academic policies and conditions will apply.


Courses are assigned a number of credits, indicating the estimated workload. Each credit equals up to 30 learning hours, including contact hours, exam hours, self-study hours and group-study hours. Contact hours vary depending on total student enrollments per course. The workload of a typical full-time undergraduate student amounts to 15 or 20 credits per quarter and to 450 or 600 learning hours respectively.


Undergraduate courses are divided into core courses and specialization courses (relevant to a major or minor). Electives can be chosen from any of the scheduled courses offered at the undergraduate level. Specialization courses are scheduled based on enrollments and may not be available at all campuses. Specialization courses scheduled are available to all students also as electives. Refer to the program schedule for further details. Refer to the course overview for the list of available courses. Students are recommended to complete courses and earn credits at the highest level possible.

Program requirements

Switching to another program once the studies have started is possible as long as the program requirements are met by the end of the studies. Therefore, the decision to switch should be made as early as possible to avoid not meeting the program requirements within the intended program duration.

Grading system

Students are assessed on a combination of attendance, participation, individual assignments, group assignments, and exams. Assignments may include reading materials, term papers, reports, presentations, and others. The combination of these assessments provides students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. The minimum passing grade is D (60%). In case of an FX grade, students have the option to request a second exam in order to obtain the minimum passing grade of 60%. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated on a 4.0 scale.


Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private undergraduate certificate, diploma or degree awarded by the school’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned. Our study programs are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems.


Because of the program's flexible structure and modular design, multiple starting dates are available in October, January, April, July, and August. Refer to the academic calendar for the exact starting dates. Undergraduate programs are offered at all campuses. Refer to the program schedule for an overview of the campuses where certain majors and minors are offered. Refer to the admission section for details on how to apply. When applying, please adhere to the application procedures and guidelines.

Admission requirements

  • proficiency in the English language (refer to the admission section for further details)
  • high school diploma that allows access to higher education in the country of origin
  • minimum of 120 transfer credits from other higher education institutions

Program options

  • Study Abroad
  • Part-time Studies
  • Accelerated Studies
  • Summer School
  • Private Tutoring and Private Coaching
  • Internships
Last updated Sep 2019

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Dedicated since 2002 to cross-cultural education with a global perspective, United International Business Schools (UIBS) is an independent private education institution with campuses in Europe and Asi ... Read More

Dedicated since 2002 to cross-cultural education with a global perspective, United International Business Schools (UIBS) is an independent private education institution with campuses in Europe and Asia. UIBS offers flexible business and management studies at the Undergraduate (Bachelor/BBA) and (Post)Graduate (Master/MBA and Doctor/DBA) level leading to private (programmatically-accredited) degrees, and to American regionally-accredited and European state-recognized degrees in cooperation with our academic partners. "the inspiring excellence of a private college, the stimulating advantage of a small-scale environment" Read less
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