History

Our History

The story of the American University in Switzerland began in 1963, at the creation of the American College of Switzerland, whose academic body had the vision of combining both the effectiveness of American graduate education with the Swiss work ethic.

Building upon this vision, four of the ACS (American College of Switzerland) teachers created the American Graduate School of Business in 1991 from which flourished one of the leading international business schools in Switzerland.

To accommodate its growth, AGSB moved from its initial location at the Hotel Excelsior in Montreux in 1991 to La Tour-de-Peilz and finally to its present-day larger campus, still in La Tour-de-Peilz, which can now welcome 400 students.

In 2019, the school changed its name from the American Graduate School of Business to the American University in Switzerland to reflect its growing status within international education.

American University in Switzerland timeline

1991
1991

Establishment of AGSB, The American Graduate School of Business

1992
1992

Moved to a new and bigger campus

1992

Class of 1992

1993
1993

AVDEP (Association of Private Schools in Canton Vaud) Recognition

1993

Class of 1993

1994
1994

Swiss Federation of Private Schools (SFPS) association membership

1994

Class of 1994

1995
1995

Class of 1995

1996
1996

European Council of International Schools (ECIS) membership

1996

Class of 1996

1997
1997

Class of 1997

1998
1998

College Board membership

1998

Approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs (Washington DC)

1998

Class of 1998

2000
2000

Introduction of Doctorate program

2000

Class of 2000

2001
2001

Class of 2001

2002
2002

Class of 2002

2003
2003

Class of 2003

2004
2004

Class of 2004

2005
2005

Class of 2005

2006
2006

Class of 2006

2007
2007

Class of 2007

2009
2009

Class of 2009

2010
2010

Class of 2010

2013
2013

American Association for Higher Education (AAHEA) Accredited

2014
2014

ASIC Accredited

2015
2015

Academic agreement with Regent’s University London

2016
2016

Inauguration of the new campus

2017
2017

Academic agreement with Escuela Latinoamericana de Ingenieros, Tecnologos y Empresarios in Bogota, Colombia

2017

Academic agreement with Universidad Anahuac in Huixquilucan Mexico

2017

Academic agreement with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi

2017

Academic agreement with the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut

2017

ECBE reaccredited

2017

Academic Agreement with Universidad De Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico

2017

IACBE reaccredited

2017

Academic Agreement with Corporacion Unificada Nacional de Educacion Superior in Colombia

2017

Academic Agreement with Galgotias University in Greater Noida, India

2017

QISAN Membership

2018
2018

Establishment of AGSB S.A

2018

Academic agreement with DAR Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2018

Academic agreement with University of Prince Mugrin in Medina, Saudi Arabia

2019
2019

Establishment of AUS, The American University in Switzerland

2019

New Academic Programs

2019

Recognized as an IATA Certified Training Center

2019

Became a member of the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland – Central Europe

2019

Recognized as a Higher Institution by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

2019

Academic Agreement with MAHSA University in Malaysia

2019

Academic agreement with Ferrari Fashion School in Milan

2020
2020

29th Anniversary of AUS

2020

History in the making!

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Chemin du Levant 5
1814 La Tour-de-Peilz
Switzerland

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