Overview Learn 6/Work 6 Program
This business oriented study-abroad program is ideal for those seeking a career in the international hospitality and tourism industry.
The main César Ritz Campus is located in the magnificent "Union" building in the town of Lucerne, which was built in the early 1900’s and which underwent major renovations to welcome students in modern facilities. Located near Lake Lucerne, only 45 minutes away from Zurich by train or by car, Lucerne is a world-renowned tourism destination, known for its culture and modern convention center.
Le Bouveret Campus is situated in a small French-speaking town and summer resort called Le Bouveret lying conveniently near the major city of Geneva and important towns of Montreux and Lausanne. The campus is located in a magnificent building dating back to the early 1900’s, just minutes from the town center. Our new campus building provides 100 fully equipped single deluxe rooms and state-of-the-art kitchen facilities.
The University Center is situated in the town of Brig-Glis, the largest German-speaking town in the Valais Region and at the foot of various famous ski resorts such as Zermatt and Saas-Fee.
Brig’s charming cobble-stoned center with its many restaurants, bars, cafés and shops, is located within walking distance. The central train station is just few minutes away from the campus where trains can take you to Bern in one hour or to Milan in just one hour and a half!
While the winter ski slopes are easily reachable by car, train and bus, Brig also offers a variety of summer activities, the outdoor swimming pool being very popular among students.
Application & Instructions
Any HTM major in good academic standing may apply for program admission.
Steps to the Admission Process
Use this checklist to be sure that your application is complete
Talk to Prof. Robert Wilson and to your advisor in HTM.
- Start the IPO online application process by creating an account and completing the first few advising steps.
- Ask the IPO to assign you to the Program and semester/year of your choice.
- Log into your IPO account and follow the online instructions for your application.
- Download the CRCS application form in your IPO account and make sure to submit all supporting material with the form:
- university transcripts
- completed and signed Statement of Health document (part of the application package)
- motivation letter
- Work certificates if available
- four (4) recent, color passport photographs (3.5 x 4.5 cm, Swiss Visa Photo Requirements)
You may also want to apply for a scholarship through the HTM webpage.
UMass/HTM and IPO offices will review your application and make an acceptance decision. IPO will send your application package by registered mail or by courier service to CRCS for their review and decision.
If you are applying after the deadline or if your application packet is not complete until after the deadline, if time permits your application may still be considered.
Once CRCS receives your Application Package CRCS will send IPO a Provisional Letter of Acceptance and an invoice for you for a deposit of CHF 3,000.00. The deposit covers the refundable security deposit and it partially covers the required additional fees*. In addition you are required to pay a CHF 300 mandatory cancellation insurance.
The following items are included in the additional fees each term: Enrolment fees, induction weekend, access to academic guidance and study support, access to online library, educational resources, iPad, teaching material, student counsellor, uniform, wireless Internet connection, use of campus recreational facilities, residence permit, residency taxes, rent of the school’s mobile phone, health insurance, student card, industry visits, career and alumni services, VAT.
Once you receive the Provisional Letter of Acceptance and Invoice, you must then electronically transfer the payment of CHF 3,000 and pay the CHF 300 cancellation insurance.
Payments must be made by bank transfer payable in Swiss Francs to:
Programs at the Lucerne Campus
UBS, Postfach, 6002 Lucerne
Account no.: 248 - 70184677.0
Iban no.: CH55 0024 8248 7018 4677 0
Beneficiary: U.C. Cesar Ritz Colleges AG
Programs at the Bouveret and Brig Campus
UBS, Sebastiansplatz 4, 3900 Brig
Account no.: 689602.02T
Iban no.: CH76 0026 32 63 6896 0202 T
Beneficiary: U.C. César Ritz Colleges AG
Non-US citizens who need a visa: In the very unusual case of your "Student Entry Visa" being rejected, CRCS will return your payment of CHF3,000, less CHF250.00 for the internal visa processing. Swiss Immigration Authorities are not obliged to offer an explanation of why a visa has been rejected.
In the event that you choose not to begin the program, after having been accepted into the program by HTM and CRCS, after having paid to CRCS the deposit and having obtained your visa, you will forfeit CHF 3,000 to CRCS and the amount paid for the Cancellation Insurance.
Upon receipt of the CHF 3,000 deposit payment, CRCS will mail an original "Letter of Acceptance" to IPO.
You must apply for Student Entry Visa for Switzerland at the nearest Swiss Consulate General at least 8-10 weeks before coming to CRCS.
If it is necessary for you to go to the Embassy in person, you should make an appointment well in advance and you must take the "Letter of Acceptance" with you.
You will also be required by the Swiss Embassy to submit a "Financial Declaration" form or provide a Bank Statement when applying for a Student Entry Visa. IPO will provide you with a letter stating that your tuition, room and board are paid by UMass.
For more details carefully read:
and please be aware of the strict photo requirements.
You must follow the steps exactly as they are outlined above, as well as any additional procedures or regulations of your local Swiss Embassy, or your visa may be delayed or not issued at all.
YOU MUST BRING OR SEND ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED ON THE CHECKLIST OR YOUR VISA WILL BE DELAYED OR IN SOME CASES DENIED!
Once your Student Entry Visa has been approved, the Swiss Embassy will issue a Visa stamp/paper in your passport. They will then return your passport to you (usually by US Mail).
Make your flight arrangements and fax/e-mail CRCS your arrival details (arrival date, not departure date, arrival time, flight number, airline). You should fly to the Zurich Airport (Airline code ZRH). Tentative flight arrangements can be made in advance, but should not be confirmed until you receive your final Student Entry Visa approval (stamp has been inserted into your passport). In other words, we do not recommend that you purchase your airline ticket until you have your Swiss student visa in hand.
Plan to arrive between Thursday morning and Saturday evening before the first day of the term (dates listed below). Complimentary pick-up service from the Zurich Airport is provided only during these times. If you arrive before or after these times, there is an additional administrative fee and room and board are also extra for early arrivals. (Payment of early or late arrival fees must be made in cash upon arrival.) If you arrive too late after the start of the term, you will need to defer your studies until the next term.
After your visa is approved and you have made flight arrangements to arrive at the Zurich Airport, please e-mail IPO your arrival details. CRCS will confirm receipt of flight details by e-mail.
Take a look at the CRCS Website.
Starting Dates/Course Calendar
- Summer: 3 July - 15 September
- Fall: 2 October - 15 December
- Winter: 8 January - 23 March
- Spring: 9 April - 22 June
- Summer: 9 July - 21 September
- Fall: 8 October - 21 December