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Semester in Switzerland

Semester in Switzerland is an opportunity for overseas students to spend time studying at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland. Discover the range of courses available and how to apply. 

Learn to think outside of the box at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland!

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland draws from nearly 40 years of experience and the ethos of Swiss pioneer César Ritz to offer students a multi-campus learning experience focused on entrepreneurship and business management.

Our graduates go on to become successful professionals and industry leaders who exceed customer expectations through their persistent dedication to excellence.

When can I start?

  • There are 4 possible starting dates: January, April, July or October

How long can I stay for?

  • Option 1: Choose one 11-week semester from the choice listed 
  • Option 2*: Choose two 11-week semesters & internship (worth three credits, pending approval from home university)
  • If you choose to study for two semesters, spend six months in the classroom before benefitting from a six-month internship (worldwide or paid in Switzerland – minimum monthly salary in Switzerland is CHF 2,212.-)

* This must be organised when applying due to visa processing times

Where will I study and live?

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Lucerne Campus

German-speaking Lucerne is the number one tourism destination of Switzerland. Students can enjoy water sports on Lake Lucerne in the summer and trips to numerous ski resorts in the Swiss Alps in the winter.

The closest airport is Zurich airport, an hour’s drive away and offers lots of weekend travel options.

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Le Bouveret Campus

Our campus in Le Bouveret is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva, just a five-minute drive from the French border and close to the vibrant towns of Montreux and Lausanne.

The campus is an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, but also allows easy to access to drive or train to northern Italy.

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How do I apply?

Admissions requirements:

  • English language proficiency of TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

  • Applicants must be 18 years old or over

Required documents:

  • High-school diploma for gap year students

  • University/College transcripts – Recommended minimum overall GPA of 2.6

  • If already enrolled, a letter from your home university confirming courses to be taken at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Apply here.

For all questions, please contact

What do the fees include?

  • Full board (accommodation in a standard double room and meals)
  • All tuition and study materials
  • Health Insurance
  • Selection of excursions
  • 15 credits/semester (plus optional language)

See a detailed breakdown of the fees by term

What can I study?