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International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI

Address: Seeacherweg 1, 6047 Kastanienbaum LU, Switzerland

Description International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI

The famous Swiss University of Hospitality and Tourism, the IMI University Center in Lucerne, offers students studying at the prestigious and popular International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI.

For Swiss educational institutions, the highest quality of curricula and individual approach to each student are traditional: each student receives a proper amount of personal attention from teachers and mentors, improving their skills and knowledge. Small classrooms and modern first-class equipment are additional advantages of the educational process in ICI, allowing to bring up really qualified specialists of the highest level.

Thanks to the international staff of students and teachers (the best professionals from around the world consider it to be the honor of the ICI to teach), a creative, friendly, informal atmosphere reigns on Lucerne campus, ideal for carrying out the most daring ideas and ideas.

Much attention is paid to the future employment of young specialists. Every student, regardless of the chosen course, passes mandatory internships and practical work. ICI High School closely cooperates with professionals of restaurant and hotel business in Switzerland and Europe, with large companies in this field, which opens up to the students the widest opportunities for obtaining practical experience and forming business contacts and acquaintances. All internships are paid for - the minimum tariff for the month is 2172CHF (before taxes): compulsory practice will help to save a little on training and to earn pocket money.

All ICI programs were developed with the British Oxford Brookes University, which confirms their high quality and efficiency in today's international marketplace.

Education is conducted in English. Additionally courses of French, German, and Spanish are offered - usually at the end of the program all students are fluent in at least 2 foreign languages. At the end of the training course, all students receive a Swiss diploma IMI, and can also receive a British diploma Oxford Brookes University.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI

Program name
from 28 250 CHF / semester

Quick overview of Certificate in Culinary Arts:

  • Diploma in International Culinary Arts is only six months long and does not provide internships;
  • Only theoretical studies, practice at school and general seminars;
  • The entire program is conducted in English, which makes it easier for graduates to adapt and search for work throughout Europe and the world;
  • The beginning of the program - in February, May, August and November.

About DIPLOMATIC PROGRAMS ON CULINARY MASTERY: The duration of the thesis program is 1-2 years (two-year training allows you to get a higher diploma of the Swiss - Higher Diploma in International Culinary Arts - or a British sample). In addition, it is the two-year training course that includes internships - the one-year program consists only of practical and theoretical classes on the campus.

Details of the educational program:

  • The language of instruction - English;
  • Periods of the educational course - February, May, August, November. 

Quick overview:

The duration of the bachelor's program (Bachelor of Arts in International Culinary Arts) is 2.5-3 years (the term may vary slightly depending on the chosen specificity and subject of the course, the success in passing the internship and passing the exams). Internships and internships (4-6 months per course) are compulsory for all international students: the employment office will help you find the right company in Switzerland or other European countries.

Details of the program:

  • All pupils are taught in English;
  • The beginning of the programs is 4 times a year: February, May, August, November. 

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Culinary Arts, Culinary skills, Diploma in International Culinary Arts, gastronomy, Higher Diploma in International Culinary Arts, Hospitality technology, Restaurant management
Events list: Culinary arts


  • The culinary school has received many accreditations from prestigious international companies and organizations: Manchester State University, Oxford Brookes University, World Chefs Association, EduQua;
  • The combination of theoretical and practical training allows the training of truly qualified professionals who quickly find work on the specialty immediately after graduation;
  • Prestigious diploma, which is highly regarded around the world and appreciated by employers in the hotel and restaurant industry;
  • Small educational groups and individual approach, attention to each student;
  • The relatively affordable cost.

Equipment International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI

ICI Culinary School is located in a beautiful, well-equipped campus almost on the shores of Lake Lucerne: admiring the wonderful scenery and clean air every day. Nearby are many interesting cities in Switzerland: in their spare time students can go on a variety of excursions and walks, take time shopping, go to the theater or cinema, visit several shops.

As international students spend a lot of time in practical training, the equipment of kitchens is paid great attention. Students work with the most advanced equipment and technology, use modern computer programs, resources and online databases, online courses.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Dates of the educational programs: usually new sets are conducted in February, May, August and November.

Types of the educational programs: 

  • Certificate course (half year);
  • Diploma program (1-2 years);
  • Bachelor's degree (2,5-3 years).

Tuition fee already includes:

  • Training on the selected program;
  • Accommodation and meals;
  • Uniforms;
  • Necessary educational materials, books and manuals;
  • Compulsory medical insurance.

Some services are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Air tickets;
  • Transfer in both sides;
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification, courier delivery of documents;
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy);
  • Personal pocket expenses.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Insurance, flights, residence permits, citizenship and other services

International Culinary Institute Switzerland ICI reviews

Is the housing mandatory? Or can you live off-campus
Smapse manager
Dear Giovanni, Thank you very much for your inquiry. Our manager will contact you by email.
Is there any scholarship available for students?
Dear Kumakshi, you would better write directly to Institute website, to know about its available scholarship programs
Kazumi Wickenkamp
Hi, My name is Kazumi and I have an offer of high-level Japanese cuisine online course options for the top-level culinary schools. Although I am aware that your school's focus is French cuisine, Japanese food is getting more and more popular in the culinary world. So, I strongly believe that having exposure to the foundation of Japanese cuisine during students will definitely have a positive impact on the future culinary career of the students. So, it would be great if I can get connected to someone who is in charge of culinary programs and discuss further. Best regards, Kazumi Wickenkamp Founder of the world's first online academy 'Master of Japanese Cuisine Academy'
Manager Daria
Good afternoon. Your desire is amazing, but for employment in the teaching staff of the university you must contact the Department of Employment directly. We are an educational agency and cannot help you find a job.

Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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