Switzerland is renowned for being home to the world’s best hospitality schools and Swiss Education Group (SEG) is a leading provider of hospitality education in the country, offering three prestigious hospitality schools: Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS), Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM), and César Ritz Colleges Switzerland (CRCS).
SEG pushes the boundaries of future innovation. During their studies, students are provided with the possibility of living first-hand work experiences and develop the skills necessary to become part of a people-oriented luxury industry. Students were asked why they chose SEG and here are the top 5 responses:
1 Career opportunities
At SEG, students learn practical business and management skills that open up diverse career pathways, including luxury brands, finance, and multinational corporations. Moreover, students benefit from guest lectures by industry leaders and gain valuable insights for their future careers through site visits.
Alexander, a new graduate, said “the best thing I learned is how to think outside of the box. At SHMS, they teach you how to find the best possible solution to problems, even if it’s not the most typical solution.”
2 A global professional network
SEG students build a strong network of professionals even before graduating. They are given the exclusive opportunity to attend the biannual International Recruitment Forum, where they interact with recruiters from over 100 companies and connect with global alumni. With 32 chapters and over 24,000 members, SEG’s alumni network is one of the largest in the hospitality industry.
Ekaterina, a CRCS graduate, said that “getting a bachelor’s degree here was the best investment my family has made so far… Meeting guest lecturers provided us with a strong network of professionals before even graduating. The knowledge and experience received have helped me to be more confident, focused, and motivated.”
3 Soft skills you can’t learn anywhere else
SEG students gain essential soft skills that give them a competitive edge. Employers value their strong communication and conflict management abilities, which stem from highly developed emotional intelligence. This sets them apart from graduates of traditional business schools.
4 Personal and professional growth
SEG ensures that its graduates are well-prepared for success. In addition to earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree, students gain valuable work experience through internships. The robust internship placement program and a five-year career plan, customized with the support of a dedicated career coach, helps them develop confidence. SEG graduates understand contracts, can analyze job descriptions, and find the right career fit.
5 Academic excellence
Students consider SEG’s world-class rankings as one of the most important reasons for choosing to enroll. Swiss Hotel Management School is ranked third-best globally, César Ritz Colleges Switzerland is sixth, and Hotel Institute Montreux ranks seventh. With a diverse range of programs, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as short courses, SEG offers world-class education to over 6,000 students from more than 110 countries.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit SEG during Open Days, where they can explore multiple schools and courses within the Swiss Education Group, from Hotel Management and Design to Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship.