With over 30 years offering education based on the values of quality and excellence, César Ritz Colleges Switzerland (CRCS) has built a worldwide reputation offering programmes in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a strong focus on entrepreneurship.
The programmes at CRCS are based on the philosophy of César Ritz, founder of the famous Ritz hotels, who is recognized as the pioneer of luxury hotels. With hard work, innovation, flair and a touch of class, César Ritz accomplished an unprecedented career in the hospitality industry and rose to legendary status. It is his tradition of luxury, excellence and service that has set the standards for hotels and restaurants throughout the world.
Tourism & Hospitality School
CRCS is a school with three fantastic locations throughout Switzerland. Bachelor students can choose to start their studies in either French-speaking Le Bouveret or German-speaking Lucerne, where the emphasis is on practical skills and premium customer service. During the final year all students are located in German-speaking Brig, where studies focus on the managerial and strategic aspects of international business.
All Postgraduate and Master’s courses are held in Brig and are designed for university graduates or candidates with extensive work experience, who seek a career change or wish to advance their existing career in the global hospitality and tourism industry.
The multi-campus approach balances theoretical and practical learning resources through a combination of traditional and state-of-the-art facilities. Each campus has its own modern library providing access to a specialized collection of books and research materials. An innovative and online facility allows students to search for and reserve materials and also offers access to an extensive collection of electronic resources.
All students receive an iPad on arrival, which they use throughout their studies and is theirs to keep after graduation as César Ritz Colleges is committed to using the latest technologies to aid students in their studies.
Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland
Aspire to a career in the culinary field by choosing the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland:
- The finest culinary traditions
- State-of-the-art training kitchen and facilities
- The latest management methods
- Located right in the heart of Europe.
Along with passion and dedication, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland will provide you with complementary ingredients for a creative culinary career:
With campuses in the centre of Lucerne and Le Bouveret, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is located right in the heart of Europe and surrounded by the culinary traditions of Italy and France. The programme will develop your appreciation of European culinary philosophies, skills and traditions and introduce you to modern trends.
At the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, you will combine practical kitchen skills with modern management classes to give you the tools to lead a restaurant or kitchen brigade. On-the-job experience includes paid internships that can be taken in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants and four and five-star hotels in Switzerland.
Small Hands-On Classes
Small-sized classes assure that you will have personal attention of internationally experienced chef instructors allowing you to apply what you have learned in the demonstration kitchen. The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland offers brand-new facilities and up-to-date technology in its classrooms, restaurants and training kitchens.
The double Bachelor programme is offered in partnership with Washington State University (WSU), USA, and the Master’s programmes are offered in partnership with the University of Derby (UK). César Ritz Colleges has a reputation for providing quality and excellence in hospitality and tourism management education. The world-class academic partnerships guarantee academic rigour and the international certifications ensure programed are up-to-date with industry trends and requirements.
All qualifications are recognized by the Canton of Valais in Switzerland and César Ritz Colleges holds full accreditation from:
Research and Industry Programmes
The University Center Brig is the research center of César Ritz Colleges and has attracted research focused PhD holders with extensive research records.
In 2012 César Ritz Colleges Switzerland became the first hotel management school in Switzerland to replace textbooks with iPads in keeping with today’s digital native learning.
In 2013 Dr Lily Lin featured two of our executive team members for her publication ‘Interviewing Successful Hotel Managers’, with Florent Rondez (CEO) and Benoit Samson (Chief Brand Officer) being selected. The book review states:
It helps educators as well as researchers to acquire a better understanding of the perspectives of successful practitioners, who obviously exert considerable influences in their business on both day-to-day decision-making and strategic thinking. In addition and hopefully, it will contribute to industry understanding of how different managers think about and deal with various business issues.
Winning the coveted first prize at the 2013 Washington State University (WSU) annual Business Plan Competition was a huge achievement for César Ritz students Arabella Morgan, Susi Li, Alex Badrutt, Hogni Audunsson, and Elias Feghali. Their business project ‘To provide alternative well maintained living facility that is a sustainable, affordable and comfortable environment for students in Geneva’ impressed judges and put them first, ahead of over 40 teams. The Business Plan is an integral part of the César Ritz dual degree Bachelor program, offered in partnership with WSU. Students are supported to develop a business model ready to implement upon graduation, bringing the reality of the business world into the classroom so students can graduate ready for career success.
Each semester César Ritz and SEG (Swiss Education Group) students are given the opportunity to participate at the SEG International Recruitment Forum, offering students exclusive access to some of the best career opportunities with over 100 industry partners. The only Hotel School in Switzerland to offer this experience, at the forum students attend presentations, meet with industry representatives and have the opportunity to be interviewed and recruited for full-time employment or internship positions from hotel groups, boutique hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines and many other hospitality industry groups.
Study Programmes Accredited by THE-ICE
- César Ritz Colleges Certificate in Swiss Pastry and Chocolate Arts
- César Ritz Colleges Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Operations
- Swiss Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts
- Swiss Higher Diploma in Culinary Studies
- Swiss Higher Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management
- Bachelor of International Business in Hotel and Tourism Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management (in partnership with Washington State University)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Culinary Arts (University of Derby)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Culinary Arts
For further information on our range of hospitality programmes please see our course information page
Le Bouveret: situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, with stunning views across the Swiss Alps / Lucerne: located in a magnificent former hotel in the heart of the city centre / and Brig: at the foot of the Matterhorn, the University Centre is located near the famous ski resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fee.
César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
– duly registered in Switzerland with the Swiss Private School Register and Canton of Luzern