Business School Lausanne


Business School Lausanne

Business School Lausanne

Business School Lausanne
Based in Switzerland, we are a truly global learning lab. Students from sixty nationalities with diverse backgrounds join our experienced faculty in a co-creative approach to learning, focusing on topics as broad as leadership, systems thinking, economics and business-driven sustainability. BSL is committed to creating a personalized and focused learning experience for each of our students. We teach our students big picture thinking, so they are able to develop innovative cross-sector solutions, which we believe will help them to realize their true potential in whatever avenue of business they choose to pursue.

Founded in 1987, Business School Lausanne is part of the Lemania Group of Swiss Private Schools and has been providing quality business education for 30 years, building on its dedication to responsible leadership and entrepreneurship. Each year students of over 60 nationalities join our Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA, Executive Education and Doctoral programs.

BSL takes a practical approach to business studies. We provide relevant education by adapting our programs to the constantly changing business world. Our Faculty consists exclusively of experienced and currently active business professionals who bring the latest business knowledge into the classroom every day. Our commitment to pragmatic and applied learning is widely recognized by employers as BSL ranks #3 in Switzerland and among the Top 30 business schools in Europe in the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2016-17, an employer’s choice-based ranking system.

As educators, we believe it is our responsibility to shape a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. We equip our students with skills and competences that will enable them to lead responsibly, sustainably and collaboratively in the global business environment of today and tomorrow.

Type of Course: 

  • MBA
  • MBA with Sustainable Business
  • Executive MBA
  • Executive MBA with Sustainable Business

Accreditation: ACBSP

Ranking: QS Business Schools Report 2018, No 3 in Switzerland

Ranked # 4 in Switzerland – MBA Program: In Switzerland, Business School Lausanne ranks #4 for its MBA program in the Global MBA Rankings 2018. The ranking takes into consideration various criteria such as entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, return on investment, thought leadership, and class and faculty diversity, however it emphasizes the importance of employability as a key element (40% of the total ranking weight for for the MBA Programs). 

Starting Dates: Intakes in September and February

Length of Course:

MBA - 12 months full time or 2 years part time

Application Deadlines (if you have several application deadlines, please list them all):

September intake

  • 1st round of applications by March 31

  • 2nd round of applications by May 31

  • 3rd round of applications by July 31

  • 4th round of applications (pending availability) by August 25

February intake

  • 1st round of applications by September 30

  • 2nd round of applications by October 31

  • 3rd round of applications by December 31

  • 4th round of applications (pending availability) by February 8

Student Body

Number of nationalities60

Percentage of international students80%

Men/Women Ratio60:40
Age Range: 28-38 (MBA)
Average Age: 35 (2016 class)

MBA requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time relevant professional and managerial experience (defined as having managed people or a project), Executive MBA requires 5 years.


-Application Form

-Motivation Letter

-Two references

-Bachelor university degree and official transcripts

-Passport or ID Card scan

-Depending on their background some applicants may 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. Minimum requirements (only one test necessary):

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • TOEFL CBT 575
  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEIC 800
  • or equivalent

After submission of the documents, applicants will have an interview with the Course Director (optionally in person, by phone or over Skype) after which a decision is made.


Application fee: CHF 120

Adminstration Fee: CHF 1,900

Tuition fees: 

MBA & EMBA CHF 44’800

MBA & EMBA with Sustainable Business CHF 44'800

Estimate for accommodation/living costs, insurance: CHF 25,000 to 30,000 per year approx.

Note: BSL does not offer campus accommodation so students need to make their own living arrangements. Support with this process and all other relocation needs can be provided by the Student Welfare team.

BSL has more than 30 years of experience in developing well-rounded and responsible leaders who make a significant contribution to their organizations and communities around the world.

Our global network of alumni connects about 1500 alumni from over 50 nationalities. A large portion of them have become entrepreneurs and successfully launched their own businesses; others have chosen corporate careers in multinationals like UBS, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Bulgari, IBM, Nestlé, DHL, Accenture, Syngenta, Caterpillar and countless others. As a result of an intense learning experience in small classes, BSL graduates have built a tight network that supports their continuous personal and professional growth.

Alumni Mentoring Program

The objectives of the Program are to connect experienced Alumni with current BSL students (in the last phase of their studies) to mentor and advise them on their future career and their personal and professional development. Mentors provide sound advice, expertise and coaching to students who are preparing to launch their careers successfully. Click here to access the full description of this program.

Meetings and gatherings

Alumni traditionally attend BSL’s annual graduation ceremony. This provides them with a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow peers and faculty members. The event takes place each July in Lausanne and an invitation is sent to all alumni.

Keep learning with BSL

BSL provides its Alumni with various opportunities for lifelong learning. Graduates are eligible for post-graduate courses at reduced rates and can choose between different executive programs. Continuing with your education allows you to keep up with the latest developments and research on relevant business topics.

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