Semester in Switzerland

Hotel Institute Montreux

Spend a semester in Montreux, Switzerland, discover the Swiss Riviera and create unforgettable memories!

Expand your horizons with an educational experience in Switzerland

Choose to spend up to two semesters in the centre of Montreux, Switzerland. Home to the Montreux Jazz Festival and one of Switzerland's largest Christmas Markets, Hotel Institute Montreux is perfectly placed between Lake Geneva and the Alps. Voted one of the safest countries in Europe, benefit from this exceptional opportunity through our study abroad program with selected partner universities and earn up to 15 credits per semester.

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.-)

Student life

Study business in Switzerland
Semester abroad - Business studies
Study business in Switzerland for one semester

Student Accommodation

Designed to offer the comfort and privacy you will need to study or relax, modern double standard rooms are included in the fees. Rooms with single occupancy and double deluxe rooms with a spectacular lake view are available at an additional charge. All bedrooms are equipped with wifi, direct phone lines, tasteful furniture, and include an individual study space as well as storage and wardrobe space.

Discover the Hotel Institute Montreux Campus

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From yoga to cocktail master classes, themed banquets to ski trips, no matter what time of year you choose to study at Hotel Institute Montreux, there will be plenty to keep you busy! Explore Switzerland on your weekends, from hot air ballooning to paddle boarding on Lake Geneva, make the most of everything Switzerland has to offer!

Explore, Travel and Discover!

In the heart of Europe, and only an hour from Geneva airport, spend your weekends exploring major European cities. Closer to home, hop on a boat across Lake Geneva to discover Evian-les-Bains, home to the world-famous Evian drinking water. Each winter, Montreux hosts an incredible Christmas market, a 1-minute walk from campus. During the summer months, enjoy the Montreux Jazz Festival. As one of the most famous jazz festivals in the world, for over 50 years all of the greats have performed here, including Quincy Jones, Muse, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Sting, The Roots and many more!

Study business in Switzerland
Semester abroad - Business studies
Study business in Switzerland for one semester

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 Hotel Institute Montreux

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 Hotel Institute Montreux.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Food & Beverage Service Theory & Practical
  • Food Production Theory & Food Safety
  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Introduction to College Studies
  • Optional Language 1 (French, German or Spanish)
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Bar & Beverage Management
  • Communications
  • World Cultures & Customs
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Accounting Principles
  • Language 2 (French, German or Spanish)
  • Front Office Management & Operations
  • Housekeeping Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing
  • Language 3 (French, German or Spanish)

Semester 4*

Semester 5*

  • Principles of Management
  • Introduction to Art
  • Convention Management, Banqueting & Events
  • Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • Management of Information Technologies
  • Optional Language 1 (French, German, Spanish)
  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • Digital Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Specialization
  • Optional Language 2 (French, German, Spanish)

Semester 6*

Semester 7*

  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Responsible Resort Management
  • Innovative Hospitality Models
  • Statistics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Business Law
  • International Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Yield and Revenue Management
  • Philosophy of Enterprise


Financial Analysis & Wealth Management:*

  • Corporate Investment Decisions
  • Portfolio Management
  • Capital Markets & Analysis

Human Capital & Development:**

  • Mediation & Workplace Conflict
  • Strategic Management of Human Resources
  • Performance Management Systemss

Luxury Brand Management:**

  • Competitive Analysis for Luxury Business
  • Luxury Marketing and Communication Strategies
  • High Tech and High Touch Experiences

Management for the Senior Living Industry:**

  • Social Gerontology – The Study of Aging
  • Operations Management for Senior Living Facilities
  • Managing Health and Changing Lifestyles

*Awards Northwood Transcript

**Pending Northwood Validation

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.