Program Overview

  • 3 years


  • 27,600 CHF/Year

    Tuition Fees

  • Jan/May/July/Sep

    Start Dates

  • Full Time


  • On-Campus

    Delivery Mode

  • English


This program blends the knowledge of global international affairs with the practical abilities of business thinking. Corporations operate in a more dynamic world as businesses continue to grow and overlap national boundaries. This specialization offers a clear understanding of the global economic climate that identifies the core components of politics, cross-cultural values, and ethics. Students who complete this program are prepared to implement a global mindset to conflict management and resolution when contemplating growth and the bottom line.


This degree provides students with knowledge of all major business areas as well as helps them in acquiring skills in the field of international relations, with subjects of conflict management and diplomacy, and foreign policy. Upon successful completion of this degree students may be interested in job positions such as the ones below:

  • A lobbyist is contracted by entities to influence government decision- and policy-making for their benefit.
  • A trade officer acts on behalf of local governments to promote and take advantage of business opportunities overseas.
  • A global policy analyst advises on a wide range of international issues. Researching political trends, country stability, and legal issues are some of their responsibilities among others.
  • An international business development manager will create and implement business plans for company growth by looking for new market opportunities overseas.

Areas of Work

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations degree is designed to provide students with specialist skills in international relations as well as a business skillset. Some sectors and professional fields that may be of professional interest for graduates of this degree are diplomatic services, global communication, public administration, public affairs.

Key Facts

Fall Semester

  • Start Date

    September 27, 2021

Spring Semester

  • Start Date

    January 24, 2022

Summer Semester I

  • Start Date

    May 23, 2022

Summer Semester II

  • Start Date

    July 25, 2022

  • Credits 210 or 240 ECTS/6 or 7 semesters*

*Students may choose to study either the six-semester program (option 1) with 210 ECTS or the seven-semester program (option 2) with 240 ECTS.

**EU Business School is applying an innovative on-campus hybrid learning approach that prioritizes classes on campus and combines face-to-face and virtual learning. They are offering several on-campus start dates and the opportunity for students to begin online and go to campus later. Alternatively, students can study 100% online.

Admission Requirements

Pass score:


Pass score:


Pass score:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) B2 with a minimum score of 169,
  • Pearson English Language Test (PTE) 57,
  • English native, or equivalent.


Enrollment Steps & Documentation

Except for language requirements, students are asked to follow some steps and submit the documentation needed to apply for their chosen program.

Enrollment steps:

  1. Complete your application and get your documents ready,
  2. Write or film your accompanying motivational essay,
  3. Send documents required for the program,
  4. Application reviewed by the Admissions Department,
  5. Await confirmation that your place has been secured,
  6. Start your studies at EU Business School.


All applicants should submit the following documents in order to complete the application process:

  • 1 completed application form (if the application was not filled in online)
  • 1 certified copy of high school diploma and transcripts*
  • Proof of English level (One of the above-mentioned certificates)
  • 2 letters of recommendation**
  • 1 written or video essay***
  • An electronic passport photo or 3 printed passport-size photos
  • 1 copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • 1 bank certificate or letter certifying the applicant’s financial solvency
  • €/CHF 200 non-refundable application fee. Please attach a money order, check or receipt for a bank transfer payable to the EU


Application and Document Details

Here are some helping details regarding diploma, letters of recommendation, and written/video essay:


Arrange to have your high school certificate with your subject grades sent to the EU Admissions Department of your preferred campus. If these documents are not in English, they must be sent with a certified English translation.

**Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from academic advisors who are familiar with your academic performance. Any letter not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

***Written/Video essay

Write an essay of approximately 500 words or record a 2-3 minutes video essay and include it in your application package. This will help the EU Admissions Committee become acquainted with you, see how motivated you are to join us, and determine how well you can express yourself. The essay should be on one of the following topics:

  • Tell us about the most challenging team experience you have had to date. What role did you play? What did you learn?
  • Please describe a personal failure that has impacted your life and what you learned from it.
  • What achievement are you most proud of (studies, sports, professional life, etc.)?
  • If you could imagine an entirely different life from the one you lead, how would you want it to be?
  • Each of us has been influenced by people, events, and situations in our lives. How have these influences shaped who you are today?

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

  • 27,600 CHF/Year

Getting a Student Visa

Since Switzerland is a part of the Schengen zone, a Schengen visa will win you the right to go to the country, but if you want to stay there as a student, you must take a few more steps. The procedures are different for EU/EFTA and non-EU/EFTA students.

After getting the acceptance letter, follows the process of setting an appointment with the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The procedure takes time, so make sure to set the appointment six months prior to your studying. The processing time for the short stay visas is around 10-15 days, and for long stay visas, eight to ten weeks.

For each document required, you have to provide the original along with three copies. The papers should be in English or in one of Switzerland’s national languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh). If they are not in one of these languages, you will need a certified translation of those documents. 

Switzerland Student Visa Requirements

  • The completed and signed application forms for a long stay visa (D type) in one of the languages mentioned above. 
  • Passport – valid three months beyond the planned stay.
  • Four passport-size biometric photographs.
  • Letter of acceptance (certificate of enrollment) issued by a Swiss university.
  • Paid visa application fee. 
  • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees (for the first year of your studies).
  • Proof of sufficient financial coverage: copies of bank statements or a letter from the bank provided by you or your supervisor. Funds are supposed to cover living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies).
  • Scholarship/Loan proof (if available) from an institution that proves that the scholarship or loan will cover all expenses for the study.
  • CV.
  • Letter of motivation, which should also include your professional plans for the future.

Submitting the Switzerland student visa application

After filling the application and completing all required documents, you should submit them in person at the Swiss embassy/consulate at the designated time of your appointment. Along with submitting your documents, you are required to pay the Swiss student visa application fee. 

After receiving your Swiss Student Visa

You may enter Switzerland after you receive a student visa. Within the first two weeks of arrival, you have to register at the local Residents Registration Office of your canton as well as visit the cantonal migration office in order to obtain a residence permit form.

B permit (a biometric card) is the type of residence permit for student stay. Prior to that, you will receive an attestation that allows you to open a Swiss bank account. It will take up to 8 weeks for your B permit to be processed. 

Student Visa Validity

The student visa or the B permit obtained in Switzerland initially is valid for one year. After one year, you have the option to extend it. However, updated proof of income is required in order for your student visa to be extended.


If you’re a student who wants to study in Switzerland but are not quite sure what are the steps of the student visa application process,  you are advised to read the following resources on Everything You Need To Know about getting a visa for Switzerland.

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for working part-time (during studies) and full-time (after graduation) in Switzerland.

Work while studying in Switzerland

For many international students in Switzerland, working while studying is an ideal option. Still, that is not recommended by some universities since it can distract and affect your academic work. With job boards and other advisory services, other schools facilitate job searches to help students. During the school year, students’ working hours are limited, and there are a few requirements they need to fulfill.

How many hours are international students allowed to work per week?

International students can work up to 15 hours a week in part-time jobs. But during semester holidays students can work full-time.


When are students allowed to start working?

Students from outside the EU/EFTA countries may start working only 6 months after starting their degree program.

Is there a work permit required for students working part-time?

Citizens from EU-27/EFTA states do not require authorization for short-term employment up to three months or 90 days per the calendar year. For an extended time, they will have to earn a residence permit. Third-country nationals are obliged to submit numerous documents to prove their eligibility for a work permit in Switzerland.

What job can I get as a student in Switzerland?

During your years as a student, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. For most students, employment in retail, restaurants, and others are sought-after options. However, a lack of language skills (in German, French, or Italian) can limit your employment chances. 

Work after graduation in Switzerland

Upon your graduation, you have the right to look for a permanent job in Switzerland. Prior to that, a residency permit that allows you to search for a job should be obtained. The permit is only valid for 6 months, and it cannot be extended.

What requirements do students need to fulfill in order to receive a residency work permit?

In order to receive the residency work permit, you have to provide proof that you:

  • Have graduated. 
  • Are financially able to support your say.
  • Have secured housing.

Are students allowed to work during this 6 months period?

During this six month period, graduates can work up to 15 hours a week. These rules do not apply for EU/EFTA nationals as they benefit from the freedom of movement under bilateral agreements.

How difficult is for international students to find a permanent job after graduation in Switzerland?

A non-EU/EFTA can get a job in Switzerland only if there are no qualified individuals from within the Swiss labour market or from an EU/EFTA state that apply for the position. Employers are required to show that they made “big efforts” to find qualified applicants from EU/EFTA countries or nationals who already have a permit to work. Furthermore, employers must show why those with priority to get the job were not suitable candidates for the position.

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