IFM studies / FAQ

• At the undergraduate level, IFM offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with 6 specializations in International Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Luxury Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. > undergraduate programmes

• At the Postgraduate level,
- IFM offers a Master of Business Administration with 4 specializations in International Business, International Finance, International Marketing, Luxury Management > postgraduate programmes 
- IFM offers a top-ranked and innovative Executive MBA

• IFM's undergraduate programmes (BBA) are usually 3 years long (6 semesters).

• IFM's postgraduate programmes (MBA) are usually 9 months long (2 semesters).

• IFM's part-time, postgraduate programme (Executive MBA) is 18 months long (4 semesters) .

Bachelor, MBA, EMBA : courses are taught in English.

Please note that IFM also offers an undergraduate bilingual section (English-French).

You will learn from a top international faculty who are industry experts, entrepreneurs and senior managers selected from around the world to ensure educational excellence. > faculty list

Our classes average 20 students to promote exchange, class interaction, teamwork, all of which are key factors for success. Our student to professor ratio is 6:1.

For professionals: flexible & tailor-made schedule (BBA& MBA)

If you require flexible study arrangements due to work commitments or athletic pursuits, we can create a customized schedule that accommodates your professional obligations alongside your educational goals. You will be able to attend live, virtual lectures, with flexibility to complete the required coursework. (Available exclusively to local students).

• IFM offers an MBA programme, where, you will take all of your classes during the afternoon, which makes it easier to balance your studies and personal life, start a business project, pursue an internship or work part-time.

• IFM offers an Executive MBA programme (Part-time). Schedule: 1 afternoon / week

You don’t need to put your career on hold. Our once-a-week class schedule allows you to work while studying. > more

No. From 2023, IFM will emphasize presential learning. Yet, your in-class experience will be supported by our professional and collaborative digital platform. 

Career services: At IFM, we help you achieve your career goals. Our Career Coach, modern career workshops and one-to-one guidance sessions help you explore the job market, plan your career and secure future employment. Our graduates have an excellent employment record. > Career development.

Networking: IFM organises industry and factory visits to local and international companies. At IFM, you will interact with business leaders. You will meet CEOs from global corporations, innovative entrepreneurs, and industry specialists, gaining knowledge from their experiences. They offer a broad spectrum of career insights.

Internships: IFM's curriculum does not require any compulsory company internships. We give our students access to a variety of useful information: job and internship offers, search engines, guidance and videos. 

IFM admissions / FAQ

We offer 2 intakes a year in October and March.

Students can submit their application before each start date. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. > next deadlinesInternational students without an EU passport should submit their complete file at least 3-4 months before the chosen intake.

1. Select Your Program and Intake

2. Prepare Supporting Documents
3. Submit Your Application and pay the application fees.
4. Decision Within 10 Days: After verifying your eligibility, we will either extend an offer or inform you of an unsuccessful application.
5. Acceptance of Offer: To accept, fill out and email the final registration form. Then,  Pay the registration fee and the first installment.

Most candidates are evaluated based on their application materials. However, IFM may invite candidates for an interview and reserves the right to reject those who decline. For international students, online interviews can be arranged.

BBA / Bachelor : IFM welcomes transfer students from other institutions. Applicants must request credit transfer at the time of application and submit official transcripts and course descriptions/syllabi.  > more info

MBA / Master : IFM does not accept credit transfers at the postgraduate level. 

What are the tuition fees? The cost of tuition varies depending on the program. You can find detailed information here > see information

International Students: Tuition fees for international students are the same as for local students.

What are the living costs in Geneva ?

This varies according to housing costs and your personal expenses. Information can be found in the international student section.

Does IFM offer scholarships or financial aid?

IFM is a private institution and offers a limited number of partial scholarships to eligible students. Students who need a scholarship or a loan to pay for their studies must make their request well before their planned entry to IFM. 

IFM environment / FAQ

IFM has an attractive location in the heart of Geneva in Switzerland. IFM is located in the university district, a lively, cultural and friendly neighborhood. Our campus is surrounded by parks, restaurants, cafés, art galleries, and museums. IFM is also 5mn away from the lake, the old town and and the the financial district. > IFM campus 

IFM welcomes students and professors from around the world (50 nationalities).
The majority are Swiss and European. > International students

Yes, IFM offers students a range of social activities, cultural events and get togethers, throughout the academic year. : ski trips, cocktail parties, theatre or cultural visits. You will participate in numerous activities and events throughout the year, including a student rooftop party, bowling evening, afterstudy parties, pool party, breakfast, pizza dinner, fondue, apéro, hockey match, museum visits... > student life 

International student / FAQ

The letter of admission does not allow you to obtain a visa or residence permit.

Please read the different steps below:

1. If you are accepted to the programme, we will send you an offer (conditional or unconditional admission letter) and your registration form.

2. If you wish to accept the offer, you must fill out the final registration form and send it back to us.

3. Pay the non-refundable registration and administrative fee as well as the advance tuition fees.

4. Then, we will send you the relevant visa support documentation and attestation of studies, 

No. The IFM admissions team has extensive experience with applications from around the world and each application is carefully analysed, considering results from other schools, professional experience, age etc.

Deadlines: International students with a non-EU passport, complete applications must be received at least 3-4 months before the chosen intake.

Financing: International students must show evidence of sufficient financial means (letter and/ or bank statement from guarantor’s bank) to study.

Note: International students do not need to have a guarantor residing in Switzerland to be considered for admissions. 

Only students with a valid European Union passport and a valid B permit can work partially (up to 15 hours/week) alongside their studies. Contact us for further info.

• International students must be enrolled as full-time, on-campus students to obtain a permit of residence.

• If you do not need a student visa or a permit of residence

• IFM offers an MBA programme, where, you will take all of your classes during the afternoon, which makes it easier to balance your studies and personal life, start a business project, pursue an internship or work part-time.

• IFM offers an Executive MBA programme (Part-time). Schedule: 1 afternoon / week. Our once-a-week class schedule allows you to work while studying. 

Are the tuition fees different for international students?

• Tuition fees for international students are the same for local students.

• However, international students must pay the entire annual fees at least 60 days before the beginning of the year.

Does IFM offer financial aid or scholarships to international students?

• IFM is a private business school and may offer few partial scholarships only for international students.

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