How much does it cost to study at Webster University Geneva?


Full-time Tuition Fees

Tuition rate for the 2021-22 Academic Year are as follows:

CHF 17,140 flat rate, per 16-week semester

What is included in full-time tuition?

  • All required textbooks are included in the tuition fees, as well as online access to the student portal, electronic library, personal Webster email accounts, etc.
  • Academic Resources support, including Academic Advising, the Writing Center, peer tutoring programs, etc.
  • Student Affairs activities, including most university-sponsored and Student Government Association sponsored events (on campus and/or online)
  • Career Services support, including individual coaching for CV writing, internship & job search support, interview preparation and careers events on campus
  • Student Counseling Services, upon request, for individual support if/when needed
  • Campus facilities, including access to the Computer Labs, Library, Fitness Center, Media Lab

Excluded from tuition:  Accommodations, Meal Plans, Travel or Personal Expenses
Also campus parking and optional fees for course electives that require additional media equipment or travel are excluded

This semester flat fee tuition rate permits students to register for 12 to 18 U.S. credit hours per semester (the equivalent of about 4 to 6 courses, since most courses carry 3 credits).  A typical bachelor student takes 15 credit hours (5 courses) per semester:  this is the rate of progress necessary for students to graduate on time.  The 'flat fee' rate allows for up to 6 courses per semester, if students wish to advance more quickly toward graduation and have the academic potential to do so.

* This rate applies to the full 16-week semesters in Fall and Spring.  Students who enroll for 8-week half-semester courses (first-time students joining in October or March, for example) are invoiced at the part-time rate of tuition for that specific 8-week term.  Subsequent semesters of 16 weeks are then invoiced as per above.

Part-time Tuition Rate

Tuition for those taking less than 12 credits in a given semester are billed at the per credit hour rate.  The tuition rate for part-time students is CHF 1,070 per credit hour, equivalent to CHF 3,210 per 3-credit course.  Those who enroll in multiple part-time courses in a given 8-week term are still eligible for the services listed above.

The official Tuition & Fees sheet is available here.

Estimating Your Annual Expenses

Webster University Geneva’s approximate educational expenses in Swiss Francs (CHF), including direct and indirect expenses are:

Full-time tuition (Fall + Spring) - CHF 34'280

University Housing - CHF 9'500 to 12'000 (varies by student choice*)

Food - CHF 6'000 to 8'000 (varies, based on student choice**)

Student health insurance - CHF 1'000

Local transportation - CHF 600

* first-year students are required to live on campus in the Living and Learning Center for Fall + Spring semesters (9'500 CHF total), unless they will live with immediate family in the Geneva area (an exemption request form can be approved).  Registration for the Summer term is optional.

** meal plans vary from about 3'000 CHF per semester and up;  campus housing includes small kitchenette (refrigerator and electric stove) in each room/unit

Estimated total for one academic year (Fall + Spring), including direct and indirect expenses:  52,000 to 56'000 CHF


Optional Summer terms

Many students choose Summer course work to advance their pace toward graduation, or for elective courses that may be available (including academic internships for credit).  Those registering for courses in the Summer term will pay the per credit hour fee (as per part-time students) announced for the subsequent academic calendar year.

Payment Terms, Payment Plans & Deadlines

Students are invoiced per semester (or per 8-week term, following course registration) and are typically payable by the first week of the semester.  Students/families may request a payment plan where 50% of a semester is paid before/by Week 1 and 50% by the mid-semester date.

Deposits for Enrollment

After you are offered admission, a deposit of CHF 1,500 will confirm your enrollment. This deposit will confirm your plan to enroll, and permit Webster to preregister you for courses. The deposit will apply toward your first semester and will appear as a credit on your first tuition invoice.

Housing Deposits

Freshmen students are required to reside on campus.  In order to reserve a place, we will kindly ask you to pay a deposit of CHF 1,000.-  For additional information, please see the Residential Life pages. 

Rates for the academic year 2020-21

Webster's graduate courses run in 8-week terms (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer).  Each term is invoiced individually.

Tuition for standard graduate courses is charged CHF 1'080 per credit hour, with most courses equivalent to 3 credits, as follows:

One course (3 credits, studying 1 night per week for 8 weeks):  CHF 3'240

Two courses (6 credits, studying 2 nights per week for 8 weeks):  CHF 6'480

Students are invoiced for each term individually, as they register for their next set of courses.  Tuition payments are typically due by the Friday of 'Week 1' of each term (see below).


Webster University Geneva does not charge the full program tuition in advance.  However, those who will require a student visa to attend Webster University Geneva (non-Swiss; non-EU; non-residents) will have to demonstrate sufficient funding to the Swiss consulate in advance of their studies.  The Swiss consulates typically recommend pre-paying two full-time terms in advance.

The standard pace of study is 2 nights per week.  At that pace, a 36-credit degree can be completed in about 14 to 16 months, including Summer term (or 18 months, if excluding the optional Summer evening courses).


Tuition includes all required textbooks and/or electronic materials, online library access and Webster email, career services support, access to campus facilities (including fitness center, etc) and a range of university-sponsored student activities and career-related events.  Tuition does not include additional travel, personal technology/media equipment, accommodations, meals or personal expenses.



The following are each 12-course degree programs (36 U.S. credits, at CHF 1'080 per credit):

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MA in Communications Management

MA in International Relations

MA in Management & Leadership

Full Program Tuition for the above programs:  CHF 38'880

Variable Graduate Program Tuition

The following degree programs are either a different length or format/audience:

MA Counseling (program length:  48 credits):  CHF 51,840

Master en Gestion des Systèmes de Soins et de Santé (delivered in Fr):  CHF 22,680  (CHF 1,890 per course)

Graduate Certificate Programs (varied lengths) are invoiced at CHF 630 per credit, including:

Digital Marketing Management (18 credits):  CHF 11,340

Certificat de Recherche Avancée (Fr):  CHF 11,340

Certificat Leadership et Gestion (Fr):  CHF 11,340*

* Credits for Certificate can be applied toward the Master en Gestion des Systèmes de Soins et de Santé (students who begin with the Certificiate therefore only pay for remaining courses if they also pursue the Master)


Estimated Expenses for living in Geneva

The following are provided for those who need to estimated total expenses related to life in Geneva, and are provided for your personal planning:

Housing - CHF 17'500*
Food & Personal:  14 months at CHF 1,000 per month - 14'000 CHF
Student health insurance (required for non-locals) - CHF 1'500
Local transportation (city pass) for 14 months - CHF 800

* for those who choose to live in Webster-sponsored housing:  14 months at approx. CHF 1250 per month

Enrollment Deposit (following admission)

Once accepted, in order to confirm your intent to attend Webster University Geneva, the next step is to pay a deposit of CHF 1,500. This deposit will confirm your plan to enroll, and permit Webster to preregister you for courses. The deposit will appear as a credit on your student account and will be deducted from your first term tuition invoice.

Housing deposit (optional)

Graduate students may request housing in the Les Berges residence, situated in the center of Geneva. In order to reserve a place, we will kindly ask you to pay a housing deposit of CHF 1,000.

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Scholarship and Financial Aid Programs

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Tuition Fees, Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs

Our Webster University Tuition and Fees schedule (payment deadlines and terms) are updated each academic year. There will be no tuition rate increase for the 2020-21 Academic Year (see tuition fees).

In addition, students attending Webster University Geneva may be eligible for different types of tuition assistance.

  • One in three bachelor students receive partial scholarship and/or financial aid
  • One in four master students receive some need-based financial aid support
  • All awards are partial-tuition awards; there are no standard full scholarship programs, and scholarship funding does not apply toward accommodations 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

After earning admission, students and their families can request to apply for Financial Aid (need-based financial support) through a separate Webster University Geneva financial aid application.  It is recommended to apply soon after earning admission, as grants are awarded on a rolling basis while funding is available. 

  • Bachelor applicants (all nationalities, all curricular programs) can be considered for our competitive academic 'merit-based' scholarship programs. Those with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5/4.0 or its equivalent have a stronger opportunity for consideration (including our Scholars Program)
  • All bachelor students' families can submit a financial aid 'need-based' application for funding support from Webster. This application will require some additional documentation from the family regarding annual income, assets and special family circumstances, to determine eligibility for partial funding
  • All master students can also submit a need-based Financial Aid application, with supplemental personal/family details for consideration of need-based awards

Applications are considered on a rolling basis

The scholarship and financial aid committe meet regularly throughout the year, in advance of each upcoming semester, and students/families are typically notified within two weeks of their financial aid application.

Awards are renewable

All financial aid award offers granted by Webster are renewable each year through graduation, provided the student remains in good academic standing as per the offer letter

When to Apply

May 1st is considered the priority application deadline for first time bachelor students entering the Fall semester.  Those who apply for financial aid after this date may be considered if funding is available.  

Beyond May, there is no specific deadline to apply; however, once students begin the academic year, if the family financial circumstances change they can apply for the subsequent academic year.

Students/families can also avail themselves of a tuition payment plan (50% paid at the start of the semester and 50% paid by the mid-semester deadline)

Reasonable Payment Terms

Webster University does not charge a full year of tuition in advance; invoices for both bachelor and master programs are issued semester-by-semester (term-by-term), each time they choose to register for the next session.

Webster University’s Admissions Team and Business Office are ready to work together with you.  We are here to coach applicants and parents through the financial aid and tuition planning process.

Next Steps

Be sure to review our Scholarships & Aid Financial section in the respective bachelor or master admissions pages for further details.

In addition:

  • U.S. Citizens can use their Federal Aid eligibility to apply for subsidized US Federal Loan Programs
  • Swiss and EU Citizens can be considered for on-campus Work-Study positions, which can earn them up to CHF 3’800 each semester towards their studies
  • Third-party sponsorships, from parent employer plans to specific foreign government programs, may be applicable