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. 

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 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)

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  • 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

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?

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 (French or German)
  • Fine Dining Operations & Management
  • Business Writing
  • Wine and Beverage Management
  • Mathematics for Hospitality Business
  • Language (French or German)
  • 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
  • Decision Analysis for Entrepreneurs
  • Science for Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism