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Cesar Ritz Colleges

Area: Global Direct
Location: Lucerne or Le Bouveret
Country: Switzerland
Term: Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Website: Cesar Ritz Direct Program

Live on beautiful lakeside campuses, study Swiss hospitality with busiess options, and explore Switzerland. Cesar Ritz Colleges 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 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. 

Cost: program fee paid directly to host institution + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate standing, B2 proficiency in French if enrolling in an internship

The program fee includes full board (accommodation in a standard double room and meals), all tuition and study materials, health insurance, selection of excursions, and 15 credits per semester plus optional language courses. The 11-week semester program is CHF 21,950. The two 11-week semesters followed by a 4-6 month internship is CHF 36,000. All fees will be paid in the Swiss currency of Swiss Francs, therefore students should keep the exchange rate in mind when considering this program and note that bank charges are not covered by Cesar Ritz.  Students must also be aware that the cost of living and traveling in Switzerland is much greater than its European neighbors. 

An outline of courses can be found on the Cesar Ritz website. Students will either at the Le Bouveret or Brig campus in Switzerland depending on the classes in which they intend to take. 

Additionally, to see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The two locations offer a large selection of shops, cinemas, museums, theatres, restaurants, and outdoor sporting activities for studnts to enjoy, as well as clubs and amenities offered on each campus. Additionally, the program organizes excursions for students that are included in the program fee.

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

All student accommodation is designed to offer students the comfort and privacy needed for study or to simply relax. Bedrooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. The double standard room is included in program fees. At an additional charge, students can upgrade to a  single deluxe room or single superior deluxe room. Linens are provided. Student accommodations are equipped with laundry and the housekeeping department cleans rooms weekly. Additionally, full board is provided throughout the week and is included in the fees. Three meals are served from Monday to Friday with brunch and dinner on weekends. 

Each semester is 11 weeks. There are 4 possible starting dates: January, April, July or October. Students may choose to study for one 11-week term, two consecutive 11-week terms, or one 11-week term followed by a 4-6 month internship. 

Pre-arrival information and orientation will be provided to students either on campus or virtually.

If a student is interested in attending for only one 11-week session, a visa is not required as students are permitted to engage in study programs according to Swiss law as a "tourist" in the country. If a student is interested in attending for two 11-week sessions, they will need a visa and should apply at least 3 months in advance.


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