Earn an international MBA while working in Switzerland

Earn an international MBA while working in Switzerland

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Earning an MBA from a top U.S. business school while working and living in Switzerland: a benefit of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA for expatriates. [Contributed by Rochester-Bern Executive Programs]

As an expat coming to Switzerland, you face multiple challenges: you have to adapt to a new work place and team, a different social environment, another culture and language.  And all this for just a few years, since you know from the beginning that one day you will be sent to yet another country or return home.  Many expatriates consider furthering their education during their time away, since doing so offers a variety of benefits: you develop an interesting professional network in your guest country, make new friends, and qualify for the next steps in your career.  Ideally, the degree you earn is acknowledged internationally and will therefore count in the country you get sent to next.

Earn an international MBA while working in SwitzerlandThe Rochester-Bern Executive MBA is the perfect choice for expatriates targeting that goal.  It offers an international (U.S.) as well as a national (Swiss) degree in an English-medium general management programme, designed such that it can be completed alongside a demanding job and allows for immediate application of the learnings.  

Interested in more details? Then read on or check www.rochester-bern.ch.

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Rochester-Bern Executive Programs

Rochester-Bern Executive Programs is the Swiss subsidiary of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester (NY State, USA) and cooperates closely with the Universität Bern. The collaboration started with the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA in 1994 and has been extended to company-specific programs for SBB, UBS Wealth Management and Fresenius Medical Care as well as open-enrolment programs. University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the leading private universities in the United States. Its faculty and alumni have included eight Nobel Prize and twelve Pulitzer Prize winners. The Simon Business School is one of the seven schools that make up the University of Rochester. It looks back on 49 years of experience in the Executive MBA market.

The University of Bern  is one of ten universities in Switzerland and has a distinguished reputation in economics. University of BernThe cooperation with the University of Rochester goes back to the early 1970s. As of 1995, the Universität Bern has been — thanks to the cooperation with Rochester-Bern — the only Swiss university to offer a U.S. MBA degree in Switzerland. The degree from the University of Bern is acknowledged in Switzerland and Europe and strengthens your link to Switzerland, the country you are currently working in.


The program begins in January and takes 18 months. Courses are held biweekly on Fridays and Saturdays in Switzerland. The part-time format of the program is designed for executives who do not want to interrupt a successful career and need a schedule which is compatible with their business responsibilities. All courses are taught in English.

Format and philosophy


The general management program provides a holistic understanding of all aspects of business and the interconnections between them; courses are well-integrated and grounded in economic principles. Throughout the program, participants develop their personality and leadership skills.


Most courses of the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA are held in Thun (Switzerland). During the summer of the first year, there is an intense four-week summer session at the Simon School in Rochester (USA), followed by an optional one-week trip to Silicon Valley. In the spring of the second year a study week in Shanghai (China) completes the curriculum.

Participants and faculty


Candidates are middle- or senior-level managers with the potential for taking on increased responsibilities within their organizations. They have an academic or equivalent educational background and several years of management experience. Within their positions, they have demonstrated leadership and team qualities, are able to set priorities, and are fluent in English.


Rochester-Bern builds on an open architecture and works with outstanding professors from well-known Business Schools world-wide who combine impressive achievements in academia with extensive business experience and didactic excellence.


By Petra Joerg

Contributed by Rochester-Bern Executive Programs 
Executive MBA program 

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