We receive applications all year round and recommend that you apply as soon as possible to secure your place at our next intake.
We review all applications with a holistic approach by looking at all elements of your application and above all your motivation and passion in pursuing a career in business, regardless of citizenship or country of residence. Each academic year we bring together a group of high-achieving, intellectually gifted students from diverse backgrounds to create an exceptional, inclusive learning environment.
Before you proceed with the application, we recommend that you read carefully all the information provided on this page, containing details on the application process, standardized admission requirements, and financial aid programs. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
To be qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration program you must:
- Have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, or higher
- Provide proof of English language proficiency
- Complete all required forms for admission and submit all required documents
General Admission Criteria for Undergraduate Students
- A/S or A levels at the appropriate level or the Matriculation Certificate Exam with three subject exams with grades of A, B, C, or D.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma with 34 points overall or the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects.
- GCSE/IGSCE “O” Levels: five subject exams with grades of A, B, C, or D, and A/S or A Levels: three subject exams with grades of A, B, C, or D.
- AP Program
- Other high school learning certificate or its equivalent (other educational systems, e.g. National high school diploma, any other relevant international.
- secondary education titles such as Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).
To apply for our Bachelor’s program, you must show successful completion of your secondary education from an accredited secondary school. This should include the following:
- Certified True copy of Secondary Education Diploma (High School).
- Certified True copy of the Transcripts of Records (High School).
- Swiss Matura, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, English ‘A’ levels or Italian Diploma di Scuola Secondaria Superiore.
- All Arabic country official Secondary Certificate (certified by local government).
- Any other relevant secondary education titles earned to date.
Your transcripts should include courses taken and grades achieved. If you have not graduated at the time of application, you may request an official letter from your school indicating your approximate date of graduation. There are no prerequisite subjects required to access our Bachelor program.
All documents must be issued in the English language and bear the stamp and signature of an authorized official of your secondary school. An official translation will be required for documents issued in any language other than English.
All documents will be verified by the Registrar’s Office.
You must be fluent in English to participate and fully benefit from our programs.
These are the multiple ways to prove your proficiency in English:
- English as a native language.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT): Minimum score 57.
- Internet-Based Test (iBT): Minimum score 61.
- International English Language Test (IELTS): Minimum score 6.0.
- Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report: Minimum score 44.
- Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 95.
- 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum score 53.
- Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE): Minimum score 650/LP.
- Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): Minimum score 650/LP.
- Internal English level testing at Swiss School of Management Barcelona.
- Cambridge ESOL, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – Minimum score: C.
- English as the language of instruction during previous studies in the formal educational system.
The student must have studied at least one year in classes taught in English. Taking classes to study the English language is not sufficient.
If your proficiency in the English language is not up to par, we offer an intensive English Language Preparation course that you can take before commencing your degree studies
Your motivation level will determine your success as a leader. This also applies to your studies at the Swiss School of Management Barcelona and your future or current professional career.
Your statement of purpose is your Motivation Letter telling us about your background, experience, why you have chosen to apply for the program, why you consider yourself a good candidate, and your future professional goals. Your statement should be at least 300 words in length in essay format.
Someone who is able to comment on your academic or professional performance should write your letter of reference. This can be a professor who has taught you or a current / ex-employer if you have work experience. The letter should include the referee’s relationship with you, how long they have known you, your abilities, and why they consider you a suitable candidate for the program. Your reference letter should also include the contact details of your referee.
If you are an EU citizen, you can apply with a valid national ID card. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must apply with a valid international passport valid for the duration of your program. You will need to send a scanned copy of the data page of the document in color.
Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) should be a summary of your accomplishments and responsibilities over the years. It should be clear, concise, and complete with up-to-date and verifiable information about your education, employment history, and unique abilities. Your CV must be submitted in English.
If any; Can be submitted later
There is a nonrefundable application fee of 200 Euros to offset the cost of reviewing applications.
The application fee is part of the total tuition fee indicated herein except for transfer students.
We have a continuous enrollment cycle all year round. We review applications and conduct interview to potential high-caliber students and assist them with inquiries and preparations in moving to Barcelona or finding accommodations for their year of study.
Our annual intake starts every month of October, January and April. See our academic calendar below for reference.
Next Starting Dates
Fall – October 2, 2023
Bachelor of Business Administration
Academic Year 2023-2024
General Orientation: September 28, 2023 (Thursday)
Start of Class: October 2, 2023 (Monday)
Week 1: October 2- 6
Week 2: October 9-13
Week 3: October 16-20
Week 4: October 23-27
Week 5: November 2-4
Week 6: November 6-10
Week 7: November 13-17
Week 8: November 20-24
Week 8: November 27-Dec 1
Week 9: December 4-8
Week 10: December 11-15
Week 11: December 18-22
October 31 (Monday)
November 1 (Tuesday)
Dec 25-Jan 5, 2024
List of courses for the Fall Semester:
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Management
Management Information Systems
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Economics
To apply for a visa, students should visit the website of the Spanish Embassy in their respective cities. The Swiss School of Management will assist the student in the visa application process by providing the Acceptance Letter and any additional documents required by the embassy. It is important to note that the final decision on approving the student visa rests solely with the Spanish Embassy. The timely submission of all the required documents is crucial in getting your student visa approved. For further information on the visa application, we suggest scheduling a meeting with us, where we can provide a detailed explanation of the process. Alternatively, you can visit here for further information.
There are a lot of websites where one can look for a student using in Barcelona.
We recommend you check the student housing list here in our Student Accommodation page.
The possible Swiss School of Management transferable credits are subject to the acceptance of the receiving university and cannot be influenced by our administration.
Applicants aiming to join the BBA program and who have already started a bachelor’s level program in an authorized institution other than the Swiss School of Management are subject to the below transfer policy:
An official transcript of records showing courses and grades earned must be scanned. All certificates and transcripts should be translated into English unless they are issued in German, Italian, or French.
The admissions department validates the authenticity/legality of the transcript and its issuing institution.
Once authenticity is proven, a copy of the transcript is sent to the transfer committee composed of the Academic Dean and Head of Admissions.
The committee then approves the transfer of credits for courses that are only passed and strictly denies transferring credits for failed courses based on the Academic Dean’s transfer equivalence decision.
- The Academic Dean matches and maps your transcript courses that have earned a passing grade against SSM’s list of courses to determine transfer equivalency. In cases where courses differ substantially from those of the Swiss School of Management’s bachelor’s course, a course with a passing grade might not get transfer credits.
- The committee approves the transfer of credits for courses with passing marks as determined by the Academic Dean’s transfer equivalence decision. Credits for failed courses are strictly not transferred.The number of credits for transfer is modified to fit the EU educational standard used for conversion into the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).Swiss School of Management can grant up to 40% credit to transferring students who meet the BBA program requirements. Therefore, students must complete a minimum of 60% of their course requirements to earn a Swiss School of Management Bachelor’s Degree.
Swiss School of Management allows candidates who do not hold recognized secondary school certificates as per the entry criteria to enroll at the BBA program Level and take courses toward a degree from the Swiss School of Management.
Such applicants should have gained at least 10 years of leadership experience and passed any of the designated internationally approved English Exams stated within the entry criteria section of the BBA program.