International Organizations MBA

Practical Information

fees and expenses

Educational & Living Expenses

A quality MBA education represents a significant investment of time, effort and money, both on the part of the school and that of the student.  The University of Geneva assumes most of these costs, as reflected in our comparatively low tuition fees. Additional support may be provided in the form of scholarships.

To help you estimate financial obligations required to attend the International Organizations MBA programme, the following estimated budget is provided for the academic year indicated. The budget includes educational expenses for the whole program and an estimate of the living expenses per month. If you intend to stay in Geneva for your internship, then you should allow for additional expenses. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year.

Educational Expenses
Tuition and Career Services 37,000
Enrolment Fee
Visa Services
Total Educational Expenses

The enrolment fee is 1,500 CHF. As of day one of the program, should a participant decide to withdraw, 50% of the entire tuition fees are due. Should a participant leave the program during the academic year, 100% of the tuition fees are still due. Should a participant not obtain his/her degree, tuition fees are not reimbursed.

Living Expenses (estimate per month)
Rent/Housing (Student accomodation)*
Health Insurance
Miscellaneous (Phone, laundry, insurance, entertainement)
Public Transportation in Geneva
Total Living Expenses (estimate)

*Cost for a room in a student apartment depending on availability. There are also individual studios available for 850chf/month. A few rooms and studios are booked every year for IOMBA students. If you are interested, please contact us.

Scholarship program

The IO-MBA program and the University of Geneva have introduced a new scholarship program in September 2016 entering into force from the 2017-2018 intake. This scholarship program has the objective to encourage and facilitate the participation of candidates coming from abroad to Geneva, candidates coming from low and middle income countries as well as candidates working in a Nonprofit Organization.

The IO-MBA scholarship program offers 4 types of scholarships:

Type Condition

1. IO-MBA Scholarship (for full and part-time participants)

Reduction on program fees
Based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. This scholarship is depending on the availability of funds. 5’000CHF 

2. Geneva University Accommodation Scholarship (for full-time participants)

Provision of a single room in a student apartment (12 months x 600 chf)*
Based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. This scholarship is depending on the availability of rooms and granted on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. 7’200CHF

3. Priority Countries Scholarship (for full-time participants)

Reduction on program fees for participants coming from AND living in a country with a low-to-medium HDI**
‘Statement of honor’ describing your personal financial situation, copy of your passport, proof of residence. This scholarship is depending on the availability of funds. 7’900CHF

4. Scholarship for Partner IOs & NGOs (for part-time participants)

Reduction on program fees for participants working in an IO or an NGO partner of the IO-MBA program
Statement from the employer attesting your place of work. 5’925CHF

Each type of scholarship is available on a limited number and candidates who are willing to apply for it are encouraged to submit their application by 15 November (Round 1). Candidates can apply for two types of scholarships at the same time, knowing that the Admission Committee will grant, if possible, the most beneficial scholarship. Scholarships are based on a combination of academic merit, financial need, and availability of funds. Should you have any question on our scholarship program, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

* If a participant is successfully granted with Geneva University Accommodation Scholarship, he/she can request the IO-MBA office a private studio instead by paying the monthly difference (250CFH/month)

** Based on the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI):

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