Diploma of Sustainable Business

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

The Diploma in Sustainable Business is ideal for participants and professionals looking to establish themselves as a specialist in the field of sustainability and its application to business. Our participants have an affinity for personal development and self-reflection and are eager to become change agents for a better world. The program is a perfect opportunity to combine your passion for a sustainable future with your career aspirations.

Application Deadlines

Start:  February

  • 1st round – September 30
  • 2nd round – October 31
  • 3rd round – December 31
  • 4th round – February 8 (pending availability)

Am I eligible?

If you have meet the following criteria, then you are eligible to apply:

  • You have completed a Bachelor degree with at least 5 years of professionnel relevant work experience.
  • Candidates holding a Master or MBA are required  to have at least 3 years of professionnel relevant work experience.
  • You are fluent in English and meet the minimum English proficiency required (see below)
  • You have a strong interest in the area of sustainability

Note: Enrollment in the Diploma in Sustainable Business which is a part-time study program will not be accepted as sufficient reason by Swiss authorities to grant a study visa for students from outside the EU/Schengen area.

Admissions Checklist

BSL Admissions Committee only reviews complete applications which include the following documents:

Application form

Application form (which includes the terms and conditions) must be signed and completed.

Download the Application form here.

Download the Terms & Conditions here.

Application fee

Receipt of CHF 120 application fee – this can be paid online.

University degree

A copy of your university degree.
Note: Foreign official degrees must be certified by a legal authority such as a Public Notary, with translation when necessary.

Official transcripts

Complete list of the courses taken and grades earned by a student throughout a course.
Note: Foreign official transcripts must be certified by a legal authority such as a Public Notary, with translation when necessary.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae / resume (overview of studies, relevant working experience and activities)

Motivation letter

A motivation letter / essay highlighting your perspective on your professional future, the reasons why you wish to study business, why you believe BSL is the right school for you and your goals and experience as they relate to higher education.

Recommendation letters

Two recommendation letters (signed and printed on official letterhead paper) from teachers and / or employers. These letters should include, for example, your skills, dependability, personal character, contributions (to class or community) and accomplishments.

Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your first language, you need to provide the results of an English proficiency test such as an internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL IBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken no longer than 2 years prior to the application. An English proficiency test is required for international applicants who attended a non-English speaking school or work place.

Minimum requirements (only one test necessary):

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • TOEFL CBT 575
  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEIC 800
Portrait Photograph

A passport style photograph in digital format.

Copy of ID

A copy of your passport or identity card.

Copy of permit

A copy of your Swiss B/C permit, if applicable.

Admissions Process

 Review the admission criteria.

 Submit Application & Supporting documents. (includes the payment of a CHF 120 application fee)

 Notification on your application status – Our Admissions team will update you on the eligibility of your profile and the status of your application within one week.

 Interview – We conduct interviews with shortlisted applicants on campus (when possible) and via Skype / phone. Your motivation, extracurricular activities, interpersonal skills, and maturity will be assessed during the interview.

 Admissions decision – The admissions committee makes a decision based on the information provided in the application and the interview performance. Admissions results are available within max a week following the interview.

 Reserve a seat in the program – Successful candidates are required to pay a non-refundable administration fee of CHF 1’900 and cover the first semester fee in order to reserve a seat in the program.

 Full Acceptance – Upon receiving your payment confirmation, we will send you a Full Acceptance letter which confirms your seat in the program.

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