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Are you looking for a business-minded, ambitious, challenging and international location for your studies?

Why choose César Ritz Colleges?

3 campuses, 2 university partners, 1 business plan competition

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland is comprised of three campuses: the historic centre of Lucerne, lakeside at Le Bouveret, and up in the mountains at Brig. Bachelor students can choose between Le Bouveret and Lucerne for their first two years, before moving up to Brig for their final year. All Master students are based full time at our Brig campus. At César Ritz Colleges, we provide our students with a truly Swiss journey through hospitality education. Our programmes give students the best of both worlds: a ‘Ritz-inspired’ Swiss hospitality education in campuses drenched in history and tradition combined with an American/British approach to business management and entrepreneurship.

Their studies lead them to a fully elaborated, realistic business plan that is ready to be implemented after graduation. Close industry partnerships with global industry leaders, including the Ritz Paris hotel, in combination with strong university partners in the USA (Washington State University) and the UK (University of Derby), enable graduates to confidently implement their strategies.

As a member school of Swiss Education Group, all of our students are part of one of the world's largest hospitality alumni networks and have exclusive access to the International Recruitment Forum (held in Montreux) twice a year. As an extra bonus, Le Bouveret and Lucerne students share their campus with Culinary Arts Academy students, another of Swiss Education Group's member schools. This offers all Bachelor students the chance to organise events and develop their hospitality skills alongside future chef entrepreneurs. 

Discover the César Ritz Legacy

Born in 1850, as the thirteenth son of a large family from the Swiss Alps, the now legendary César Ritz had to face multiple challenges and setbacks in his career but managed to overcome these to write hospitality history. He went on to become the pioneer of true luxury hospitality known as “The King of Hoteliers, and The Hotelier of Kings” with his most prestigious accomplishment being the Ritz Paris, which still carries his name to this day. His relentless focus on guest and customer experience within his teams was made clear in the famous phrase: “The customer is never wrong”.
Just the way César Ritz was able to partner and excel with the famous French chef Auguste Escoffier, our students also have the privilege to collaborate with and share their campuses with our artists of the culinary, pastry, and chocolate arts, who in turn will become future chef entrepreneurs around the globe.