How to Transfer to Webster Geneva

Webster University Geneva offers five dates for entry each year for most programs.  You may submit your application at any time during the year, and designate your desired start date during the online application process.  An admissions decision is normally made within two weeks of receiving all application documents.

Webster works on rolling admissions (no application deadlines), yet those who need a visa sponsorship should plan to earn admission for 8-10 weeks in advance of their intended start date, to leave time for a student visa application after admission (this is longer than a tourist via;  it can take upwards of 6-8 weeks with the Swiss consulates, since the result is a longer-term resident permit).

Webster offers new courses beginning each 8 weeks--so students who join in August, October, January or March will always be joining fresh course sessions.  Academic advisors coach all admitted students on their course selection and enrollment in subjects that meet degree requirements.

Our upcoming intake dates for transfer students:

Fall 2, 2020:  for classes that begin on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Spring 1, 2021:  for classes beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021

Covid-19 update:  Webster is offering face-to-face courses for the bachelor degree, with remote access for those who cannot be present in the classroom due to travel/visa restrictions (but who will join late).  Some courses may be offered in a joint format (in-class and simultaneous online), or special web-based sections of some classes may be created, if needed.


How to Apply    

Apply online and prepare to submit the following documents*:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, documenting all coursework attempted.
  • English proficiency results (such as a TOEFL or IELTS test).  See below for a complete list of accepted Exam scores.
  • Original secondary school (high school) transcripts that document at least the last three years of academic work achieved, as well as your graduation date (either listed on the transcript or a scan of the high school diploma). 

    Official results of external examinations (if relevant), such as the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement exams, Swiss Maturité, French Baccalaureate, etc., should also be submitted.  For those who took such examinations in high school, advanced credits can be granted - often up to one full year of university credits for Swiss Matu, IB and French Bacc graduates, reducing total time to graduation.

    Note:  transfer students who have completed 30 transferable credit hours or more of coursework at another university do not need to submit their secondary school transcript to receive the admissions decision.
  • Photocopy of passport biographical page, plus any current residence permit or visa for Switzerland.
  • An updated résumé or curriculum vita is requested in the case that students did not enroll directly from high school to University, or in the case that there has been a break of more than 3-6 months time between their studies.

    * All application documents can be submitted electronically.  Documents given to Webster University become the property of the university and cannot be returned or reproduced.  Keep a copy of all documents submitted for your own records. 

We accept a variety of English proficiency test scores.  The following are the minimum scores for regular admission to our bachelor programs:

- TOEFL (paper-based test):  550
- TOEFL iBT (internet-based test*):  80
- IELTS:  6.0
- Pearson: 53

Webster now also accepts several exam scores for which remote/online/testing from home is available:

- Duolingo English Test:  120
- Versant (Pearson): 68
- ITEP:  3.7
- E3PT:  70
- LanguageCert:  C1

* The ETS group, which administers the TOEFL, has also announced that home testing is available in many places worldwide where the iBT was normally available.

Note: Additional documentation might be requested by the Admissions Committee, such as a brief statement that demonstrates your motivation, or a CV if you have any significant gaps of time between your studies.

For those whose prior academic performance is considered borderline (see criteria, below), a motivation statement and recommendation letter may be requested, to assess your commitment and potential.  You may also be requested to provide translations of certain documents listed above, if originals are not in English.

There is no application fee required for the online application.

Evaluation of your Application

Each application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. We look for evidence of your potential to be successful at Webster University. Primary consideration is given to your academic performance, the rigor and content of your coursework, and your documented English language proficiency.

If you are transferring to begin a fresh university career, your motivation, commitment and readiness for university life (as demonstrated in your application essay or discussed in your academic recommendations), may be highly important in the admissions committee's decision process.  Informal interviews by phone or in-person with an admissions representative is often important, both to assess your admissibility but also to begin the discussion about transferable credits.

Admissions Requirements

The admissions committee seeks a demonstrated capacity to succeed at the university level.  In addition to the English proficiency test scores mentioned above, the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) accepted for full admission is a 2.5 on a 4 point scale, or its equivalent.  Academic achievement in programs that use a different assessment scale is evaluated in the context of the relevant academic system.  The admissions committee takes a holistic view of the applicant's dossier, which may include a review of secondary school performance (especially for those with less than 30 transferable university credits).  Students whose recent performance is below the 2.5 - but who demonstrated strong capacity to succeed in high school - may be considered for a one-semester conditional admission (similar to probationary status), on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer credits are not automatically awarded as institutions and credit system differ from country to country. Consequently, during the application process, an applicant may request a preliminary evaluation as to how many credits might be transferable.

The official final evaluation of transfer credit is made once all original documents are submitted and the student is officially enrolled in Webster. Course equivalency requirements are determined by the appropriate academic department and/or Advisors.

If you have any other questions please contact us.