Semester in Switzerland

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Live on beautiful lakeside campuses, study Swiss hospitality with business options and explore Switzerland

Complement your studies with international hospitality and entrepreneurship

We offer students hospitality studies with a main focus on entrepreneurship. The school encourages sustainable living (including on site beehives!) and a focus on equitable commerce, giving students key skill sets for their future business plans and career prospects.

The program is designed to for students seeking a career in international hospitality, tourism, and any other industry, where close attention to customer, client, guest and stakeholder experience is a key formula to success.

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 3 credits, pending approval from home university)

* This must be organized when submitting the application package due to visa processing times

What can I study?

  • Customize your semester by choosing up to 5 courses (15 credits)
  • Plus language (optional)

Learn 6 Work 6

  • If you choose to study for 2 semesters, spend 6 months in the classroom before benefitting from 6 months on internship* (Worldwide or paid in Switzerland – minimum internship salary in Switzerland is CHF 2,212.-)

Two Campuses

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Lucerne Campus

Our Lucerne campus, located in Lucerne city, is located in the German-speaking part of the country. Lucerne is the number one tourism destination of Switzerland, and offers the best of both worlds, with a vibrant lakeside city and nearby mountain excursions.

Enjoy a vast array of water sports on Lake Lucerne in the summer and trips to numerous ski resorts in the Swiss Alps in 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 Le Bouveret campus is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva, just a five-minute drive to France and a half hour from Evian-les-Bains, home of the world famous Evian water. It is also within easy reach of the vibrant towns of Montreux (where the Montreux Jazz Festival is held each year) and Lausanne (the headquarters of the Olympics).

Le Bouveret also offers students access to beaches on the shores of Lake Geneva and easy access to popular mountain resorts. 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?

Aimed at current students majoring in hospitality management or business who wish to gain international and practical experience.

Please send:

Required documents:

  • High school diploma (if currently on gap year)
  • Latest transcripts
  • If already enrolled, a letter from your home university confirming courses to be taken at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Admissions requirements:

  • The student must meet all entry requirements (please refer to the application package)
  • Applicants must be 18 years old or over
  • English qualification (please refer to the application package for requirements)

Please send all requirements to

What is included?

Option 1:

  • One 11-week semester
  • Fees: CHF 18,000.–

Option 2:

  • Two 11-week semesters followed by a 4-6 month internship
  • Fees: CHF 36,000.–


  • 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)

Plus much, much more!
Full details are listed on the application package

Full course list

All course selections must be approved by the home university and César Ritz Colleges Switzerland.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Nutrition, Health and Special Diets
  • Personal Development and Life Skills
  • Introduction to Industry Experience
  • Introduction to Foodservice
  • Language 1
  • Fine Dining Operations & Management
  • Business Writing
  • Wine and Beverage Management
  • Mathematics for Hospitality Business
  • Language 2
  • Rooms Division Operations
  • Current Global and Social Issues
  • Microeconomics for Hospitality Managers
  • Financial Accounting

Semester 4

Semester 5

  • Hospitality Business Ethics
  • Hotel & Restaurant Design
  • Macroeconomics for the Tourism Industry
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Cultural Diversity in Organisations
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • International Politics
  • Food, Beverage and Events Management
  • International Tourism
  • Science for Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism


Semester in Switzerland

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