International University in Geneva

Become a digital specialist and pursue an IT career in a wide variety of organizations or setup your own business on IT services/consultancy or create new IT solutions.

 

 

Designed for high school graduates passionate about digitalization, enjoy problem solving and building IT solutions.

  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Starting
    September January April
  • Courses
    43 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty from academia and international business
  • Providing knowledge and skills of algorithmic thinking, problem solving and creating IT solutions
  • Gaining an effective, comprehensive understanding of both technology and business management areas
  • Exploring business and technology trends and understand digital transformations
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Program Details

As one of the top business schools in Switzerland, we believe two forces should be aligned in an effective Computer Science program for a successful career: technology and business development/management. 

 

Students enrolled in the BSc-CS program will take the following core CS courses: Application of Information Processing, Introduction to CS and Programming, Website Development, Algorithms and Data Structures, Business Intelligence, Database Systems, Web Applications Development, Object Oriented Programming, Managing Digital Innovation, Computer Networks, IT Service Management, Software Engineering, Project Management and Capstone. 

The BSc-CS is comprised of 43 courses taken over 3 years on a full-time basis.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • MKG 115 – Principles of Marketing The course provides students with an introduction to all basic principles and concepts of Marketing. It covers the marketing mix, the value creation, customer satisfaction and loyalty. It also covers direct and on-line marketing.
    3
  • ENG 242 – Professional Writing Written Communication is a critical component of professional life, and it is increasingly important to be able to express ideas effectively through writing. The objective of this course is to improve the ability of students to produce accurate, clear, persuasive and effective written communication, through essays, business reports, emails and other professional documents. In this course, students will also learn to develop a strategic and critical thinking, analyze and understand their audience in order to maximize the impact of their written communication. They will also have to understand the key principles of the Harvard referencing system, and be able to apply them into their business writing.
    3
  • MTH 122 – Applied Mathematics This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical techniques used to explore, model and analyze phenomena in a broad range of subject matters. Students employ analytical, graphical, numerical, and verbal approaches to model solutions to these problems, increasing their reasoning and problem-solving skills.
    3
  • TEC 202 – Application of Information Processing This course covers advanced information technology concepts and terminology and introduces students to the use of software tools for business applications. It provides a thorough presentation to the use of spreadsheets from basic navigation to building financial models including introduction to database management systems.
    3
  • FR1 – French The objective of the course is to acquire a basic knowledge of French. At the end of term, students should have a basic understanding of French and be in a position to communicate in a simple way.
    3
Trimester 2 Credits
  • CSC 125 – Introduction to CS and Programming This course provides the fundamental concepts of Computer Science and introduces students to the basic concepts of computer programming: Analysis of simple algorithms, use of simple data structures, data types, sequence, control, conditional and looping structures, arrays, file operations, functions and libraries.
    3
  • COM 145 – Media and Advertising The course focuses on the media and advertising industries and the influence they have on society. Particular emphasis will be placed on how media and advertising affect public thought on subjects such as food, body image, health, politics and government, and consumer choices across socio-economic strata and age groups. The impact and influence of technology and of the big corporations that control much of the media and advertising industries will also be studied.
    3
  • RES 130 – Research Methods This course assists students to develop their research skills. Different research methods, tools and techniques for effective report writing and presentation are examined.
    3
  • COM 220 – Communication and Presentation Techniques This course examines the strategies and skills necessary to make successful business presentations. Students will develop their communication skills and examine the components of informative and persuasive presentations, both written and oral.
    3
  • POL 132 – Global Governance and International Organizations This course will focus on politics and processes of Global Governance with a particular reference to the major roles played by International Organizations and WTO. A particular focus will be on the United Nations system and its agencies as centrepieces of Governance at the International level. The course will conclude with the need for new approaches to Governance and future Challenges.
    3
Trimester 3 Credits
  • CSC 115 – Website Development This course provides a comprehensive overview of website design. Students explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets including HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and multimedia function together in today's web environment.
    3
  • MGT 100 – Principles of Management The course introduces the basic concepts, theories and principles on how a company/organization functions today. Students will learn the challenges modern managers face in running their departments and the company overall. It emphasizes how to make decisions, set objectives, budget and allocate resources, recruit the right people, plan and control in a modern company/organization.
    3
  • PSY 223 – Social Psychology This course analyses the structures and properties of human groups. Topics include: group formation, development of role relationships, intragroup and inter-group conflict, and factors influencing group effectiveness. It also critically analyses development and maintenance of social prejudice, persuasion and propaganda, and the application of social psychology to different areas of management, health, environment and international peace and conflict.
    3
  • STA 243 – Statistics The course builds upon and expands the knowledge acquired in mathematics by introducing statistical methods such as inference, intervals of confidence, hypothesis testing and multiple regression technique.
    3
  • ENV 200 – Sustainability and Global Environment This course provides students with the background knowledge to understand today's key environmental challenges examining their linkages with economic, social, technological and cultural development. Students will get familiar with the origins, evolution and practices of the concept of sustainable development. The course will discuss and critically assess various policies, legislations, business tools and practices related to sustainability.
    3
Trimester 4 Credits
  • CSC 205 – Algorithms and Data Structure This course introduces students to the most common algorithms and data structures in use on computers today. It explores the abstract data types of linked lists, queues, tables, stacks, graphs, and trees for sorting, searching and string processing. It also shows how one can implement them in programming languages using fundamental data structures.
    3
  • CSC 210 – Management Decision Making The goal of this course is to introduce students to how decision analysis and processes are carried out in businesses and how data is used to improve performance and make better decisions at all levels of organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to practice the concepts/methods learnt through hands-on exercises using some commercial applications/tools.
    3
  • MGT 340 – Organizational Behavior This course provides an introduction to individual and group behavior in organizations. Topics include organization theory, organizational culture, team building, power, motivation, commitment and productivity, as well as the dynamics of conflict and change in organizations.
    3
  • MGT 210 – Operations Management This course provides the knowledge and skills required to manage complex global supply chains. Global supply chain management involves coordinating and streamlining the flow and transformation of goods, services, information and funds within companies around the world to maximize customer value and gain a competititve advantage in the global marketplace.
    3
  • CPS 207 – Creative Problem Solving Creative Problem Solving is a course designed to assist students in analyzing case studies from simple to complex. Using a variety of problem solving techniques, students will learn how to reach the best solution using the sixth step probelm solving process.
    3
Trimester 5 Credits
  • CSC 225 – Database Systems The goal of this course is to introduce students the theoretical and practical aspects of database management systems. It covers the design theory of relational databases, normalization, entity-relationship diagram, creating/querying/modifying databases, constraints, triggers, views, security and database connectivity from applications.
    3
  • CSC 235 – Web Applications The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of development of web application. It equips students with the necessary skills to design and develop distributed web applications in a disciplined manner, using a range of tools and technologies.
    3
  • MGT 415 – Entrepreneurship Students will be exposed to all aspects of the entrepreneurial process. This will include a discussion of what makes an entrepreneur – external environment and personality characteristics. Assembling resources, launching the business and harvesting rewards will also be discussed. Several sessions will be devoted towards writing the business plan.
    3
  • FIN 315 – Financial Management The course covers financial analysis tools used for evaluating corporate performance and forecasting future financial needs. It introduces techniques for managing working capital and optimizing the firm's long-term capital structure.
    Prerequisites: Essentials of Finance (FIN 201).
    3
  • E – Elective - Luxury Goods Management (Spring Workshop, for all programs)
    - Website Development (Elective for IR students only, in Spring)
    - Geopolitical Analysis (Elective for CS in Spring)
    - BBA students can have all 3rd Fall and Spring courses as electives.
    - Advance French (Elective in Fall for all programs)
    - Fundamentals of Accounting compulsory for BIM students for Plymouth in Winter.
    3
Trimester 6 Credits
  • CSC 255 – Object Oriented Programming This course develops the programming skills by examining the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming: Class, object, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, abstract class and interface. It also explores the implementation techniques such as object representations and garbage collection.
    3
  • TEC 205 – Managing Digital Innovation The course examines the current wave of digitally driven innovation and its implications on the economy and society at large. In this module students look beyond the hype and learn the important concepts behind latest innovations.
    3
  • MKG 330 – Digital Marketing This course reinforces the grounding knowledge in marketing that students have acquired previously and make a focus on understanding the foundations of digital marketing. The understanding digital platforms and customer-centric management coupled with data-driven orientation are at the heart of this module.
    Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing (MKG 115).
    3
  • CSC 425 – Project Management This course introduces students to the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to achieve specific targets within specified budget and time constraints for project management.
    3
  • E – Elective - Luxury Goods Management (Spring Workshop, for all programs)
    - Website Development (Elective for IR students only, in Spring)
    - Geopolitical Analysis (Elective for CS in Spring)
    - BBA students can have all 3rd Fall and Spring courses as electives.
    - Advance French (Elective in Fall for all programs)
    - Fundamentals of Accounting compulsory for BIM students for Plymouth in Winter.
    3
Trimester 7 Credits
  • CSC 315 – IT Service Management The course provides students understanding of the key principles, concepts of Service Management and it's lifecycle processes: Service Strategy, Design, Transition, Operation and Continual Service Improvement.
    3
  • CSC 245 – Computer Networks This course explores the basic concepts of computer networks by examining and comparing network topologies, protocols and standards. It also examines the Local area networks (LAN) and Wide area networks (WAN) and the services built on top of them.
    3
  • COM 208 – Public Relations and Persuasion The course focuses on the importance of public relations as a management tool for communicating with media and internally with employees and shareholders. Specific techniques for influencing people are presented in this course.
    3
  • MGT 315 – Small Business Management This module explores structures and challenges of managing small business enterprises (including family owned enterprises). It coaches students how to leverage the unique character of a start-up, identify and finance growth opportunities, negotiate with prospective partners and later establish collaborations and continually apply leadership skills for management that inspires. It equips students to acquire new perspectives on how to identify good investments, manage risk and make sound business decisions that support small business growth and sustainability.
    3
Trimester 8 Credits
  • MKG 310 – Marketing Strategies The goal of this course is to introduce students to market analysis and strategies. Topics covered include the marketing mix, market planning and implementation through case studies.
    Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing (MKG 115).
    3
  • CSC 215 – Software Engineering This course covers methods and tools associated with the entire software development life cycle, including: how to analyze problems, gather and validate requirements, functional and database design, implementation, testing, debugging and maintenance. It also examines software metrics and software cost estimation.
    3
  • COM 314 – Social Media and Blogs The course will provide students with an overview of developments in new media, how communications managers use technology to communicate and how technology affects the way we communicate. Students will learn how concepts such as digital media, cyber culture and web communities work.
    3
  • COM 242 – Cross-Cultural Communication With globalization, the Internet and the general shrinking of time and space, cross-cultural interaction has become a necessity for business success as well as for our everyday lives. This course is designed to understand and master strategies for interpersonal encounters in multicultural environments, including conflict resolution, negotiation, effective meetings and virtual communication.
    3
Trimester 9 Credits
  • COM 303 – Digital Media Production (Seminar) The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of the tools and skills needed to manage and produce digital projects. This course covers the management of digital projects from the concept and storyboard phase to the final product and its promotion.
    3
  • BUS 402 – International Business This curriculum explores the socio-political, economic and cultural contexts that have shaped international business in past decades. It focuses, in particular, on how multinational companies (MNEs) gain competitive advantages at the international level and constraints on global corporations' development. Students will reference marco- microeconomic theories to evaluate entry modes and investment decisions, develop hypthetical corporate strategies, structure and operations intended to maximize shareholder value and capture a share of the global marketplace.
    3
  • POL 314 – Political Communication This course focuses on the history, evolution and contemporary aspects of communications in politics and society. Particular emphasis is placed on the influence of media in modern societies, political movements and international systems. Theory and practice are combined through case studies and examples from recent and historical political and global events.
    3
  • MGT 480 – Leadership The purpose of the course is to introduce students to leadership theories aimed at leading, influencing and coordinating team members in the workplace. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change. Students will identify their own leadership attributes and improve their skills through practical exercises. Real world business cases will be analyzed to identify successful and less successful examples of leadership.
    3
  • CSC 498 – Computer Science Capstone This course reinforces and expands upon some of the key learning points of the Computer Science program through an individual development assignment/project involving requirements gathering, analysis, design, implementation and project documentation.
    3

Distinguished Speakers

Daniel Borel

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Logitech
Graduation ceremony 2004

Amrote Abdella

Regional director, Microsoft 4Afrika Graduation ceremony 2016

Why IUG

Nationalities of Bachelor Students
  • 1. Europe (45%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (17%)
  • 4. Africa (10%)

Faculty

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program draws on the wealth of international know-how and resources of its faculty, visiting speakers.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.
 

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide. Learn more about our international network.

Your Career with your BS-CS

BSc-CS graduates engage in systems analyst/programmer/manager careers in software/technology companies, computer services companies, and organizations of all kinds (industry, government, banking, healthcare, non-profit, etc.). There is an increasing need for such resources as all organizations and their business processes have become more and more dependant on the IT infrastructure and systems.

Career services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form with an essay (200 to 300 words) on one of the following topics:
    - Describe your biggest achievement in any aspect of your life and the reasons for this success.
    - Select a current issue of national or international importance which you think will have an impact on society. Explain why.
  • A certified copy of a secondary school diploma in English
  • Certified High School transcripts in English for the last 3 years
  • Two passport size photos
  • A Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • A copy of the student’s passport
  • A recommendation letter from a guidance counselor or school official (principal or teacher) in English
  • An English Proficiency test of your choice between IELTS (min. score 6.0), TOEFL (min. score 80 internet based; min. score 550 paper-based; min. score 213 computer-based) or Cambridge Advanced Certificate (min. grade C).
  • A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 150.-, Euros €140.- or US Dollars USD 150.-
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