Last week, I toured five different hospitality programs in Switzerland as a guest of the Swiss Education Group (SEG). Each program is housed in a former hotel. SEG students wear uniforms and participate in at leas two paid internships. The first internship is usually in Switzerland while the second can be taken anywhere in the world. Each semester, students visit multiple facilities in a variety of cities to learn more about the hospitality industry. An English Foundation Program is available to help students who need it improve their business English communication.
While “hospitality” includes food, beverage, and cleaning, the field is much broader. Each school I toured offered something different. Here’s a small sample:
César Ritz Colleges, with stunning views on the shores of Lake Geneva, offer students the opportunity to earn two bachelor degrees. Students receive a Bachelor of International Business in Hotel & Tourism Management from César Ritz and in partnership with Washington State University a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management. The focus is on hospitality with a business and culinary touch. In their first year, students learn Food and Beverage Management. Second-year students focus on Rooms Division and Hospitality Business. In their third year, students study International Business and Business Plan Development. A masters level program is available for candidates with work experience who want to change careers or advance in their current career.
The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland in Le Bouveret (on the same campus as César Ritz) is a program for students who are passionate about food. The Academy has nine kitchens, and six more are in the works. Students learn from guest chefs including award-winning chef Anton Mosimann, who has consigned his exhaustive collection of cookbooks to the school. In this hands-on learning environment, students master everything from Food Safety and Sanitation to Food and Wine Matching. We enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared and served to us by the students.
The Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS), in the historic Caux Palace with spectacular views of Montreux, Lake Geneva and the Alps offers students the opportunity to focus on Hospitality Management, Events Management, Hotel Resort and Spa Management, or Food & Beverage and Restaurant Management. Students graduate in three years with a minimum of eight months work experience. They can graduate with qualifications from both SHMS and the University of Derb
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The School of Hotel Management (IHTTI), in the historic old town in Neuchâtel, focuses on hands-on hospitality design management. There is a distinct family atmosphere. Classes are small, allowing for personalized attention and academic support. Students learn through professional partnerships with Les Concierges and Hirsch Bedner, a leading global design firm. The curriculum allows students to graduate with Swiss and British qualifications in three years. IHTTI offers a Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel and Design Management.
Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM) affords students an opportunity to study Swiss Hospitality and American Business Management. The school is located in Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva with gorgeous views of the Alps. Students can specialize in Finance, Marketing, Human Resources or Luxury Business Management. Language skills are vital in this global field, and students choose from German, French, Spanish or Mandarin. All programs are taught in English. After three years students receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management (with specialization) from HIM and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality from Northwood University.
Twice yearly, all SEG students have the opportunity to participate in the International Recruitment Forum. Sandals, UBS, Loews, Marriott, Armani, Hilton and Royal Caribbean Cruises are just a few of businesses that recruit students for internships and employment.
All SEG schools offer an international environment and have strong industry partnerships. Contact me to learn more.