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Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts

Bachelor: a three-year overview

Our bachelor's program links practical skills to academic knowledge so that you acquire the entrepreneurial know-how you need to launch your future career. Explore industry trends, acquire business acumen, develop your leadership and management skills, and in your final year, develop a food concept, that is ready to be used in the professional arena.

Clock over 1,100 kitchen hours over a three-year period (including two internships and three modules delivered in collaboration with Ritz Paris) with a bachelor’s degree awarded by the University of Derby, UK. You will receive a solid grounding in kitchen fundamentals while learning about entrepreneurship.

Start with an Advanced Certificate in the first year, move on to a Higher Diploma in the second year, and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the third year.


Year 1 - Le Bouveret Campus

Acquire the Skills


Term 1 (11 weeks)

Term 2 (11 weeks)

Term 3 at the Bouveret campus (11 weeks)

Worldwide internship (local conditions apply) or paid in Switzerland* (4-6 months)

Swiss Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts

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Year 2 - Le Bouveret Campus

Master the Art


Term 4 (11 weeks)

Term 5 (11 weeks)

Worldwide internship (local conditions apply) or paid in Switzerland* (4-6 months)

Swiss Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts

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Year 3 - Brig Campus

Take the Lead

Term 6 (11 weeks)

Term 7 (11 weeks)

Bachelor of International Business in Culinary Arts awarded by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Culinary Arts awarded by University of Derby, UK

*Minimum gross monthly salary in Switzerland: CHF 2,212.-


  • Course Description
    • Year 1 Acquire the Skills
      • Term 1 (11 weeks)
        • Fundamentals of Classical Cooking (Practical)
        • Fundamentals of Classical Cooking (Theory)
        • Food Safety & Sanitation
        • Introduction to Industry Experience
        • French or German 1
      • Term 2 (11 weeks)
        • Culinary Skills in Banquet and Buffet Preparation
        • Introduction to Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Kitchen Management
        • Business Communication
        • French or German 2
      • Term 3 (11 weeks)
        • Cuisines of Europe
        • The World of Garde Manger
        • Nutrition, Health & Special Diets
        • French or German 3
        • Internship
    • Year 2 Master the Art
      • Term 4 (11 weeks)
        • Cuisines of the World
        • Restaurant Service and Management
        • Wine, Beverage, and Mixology (in collaboration with Ritz Paris)
        • Advanced Baking and Pastry (in collaboration with Ritz Paris)
      • Term 5 (11 weeks)
        • Fine-dining Kitchen
        • The world of Chocolate Arts
        • Food Product Development
        • Applied Research
        • Internship
    • Year 3 Take the Lead
      • Term 6 (11 weeks)
        • Strategic Marketing for the Food Industry
        • Business Plan for the Entrepreneur 1
        • Culinary Tourism
        • Culinary Events Management
        • Food in the Media
      • Term 7 (11 weeks)
        • Business Plan for the Entrepreneur 2
        • Food & Beverage Concept Management
        • Food Trends
        • Food Philosophy
        • International Food and Wine Matching
  • Entry requirements
    • Completed secondary school education (IB Diploma, IBCP Diploma*, Maturité, Abitur, French Bac, 2 A-levels, high school diploma or equivalent)
    • English language proficiency of TOEFL iBT 55 or IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. If you don't have the required language level, you can improve your language and study skills with our English Foundation Program. Please note that if you require a visa, Swiss authorities need to be provided with a valid TOEFL or IELTS score (not older than one year). 
    • Recommended minimum age of 18 years**
    • *Direct Entry options may be available for IBCP Candidates. For further details or an individual assessment, please kindly contact
      **Please note that students must be 18 years of age to commence an industry internship.
  • Dates
    • 5 April 2021 – 18 June 2021
    • 5 July 2021 – 17 September 2021
    • 4 October 2021 – 17 December 2021
    • 10 January 2022 - 25 March 2022
    • 11 April 2022 - 24 June 2022


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