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SWISSAM - Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts (St. Petersburg)

Address: Dinamo Ave., 2B, St. Petersburg, 197198

Description SWISSAM - Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts (St. Petersburg)

  • Year of foundation: 2012
  • Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Age: From 16 years old
  • Language of instruction: English (basic), Russian
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Number of students: about 350 people
  • Accommodation: apartment / hotel.
  • The Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts SWISSAM is a unique institution, opened in 2012 and providing prestigious education in hospitality and restaurant business. Despite its youth, the institution has proved itself in the best way, has accreditation and membership in prestigious organizations:

  • International Institute of Management (IMI, Switzerland)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF, USA)
  • The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH, Great Britain).
  • The institution carries out the European model of education, where the theory and practice go side by side and occupy the same amount of time. The university employs highly qualified specialists, many of whom are current practitioners and businessmen. Students receive extensive support for career and professional development. Targeted and quality programs form the skills of leadership, responsibility, ability to set and solve tasks, work in a team and act in extreme conditions in pupils.

    SWISSAM is an excellent choice for those who want to receive prestigious and demanded education and succeed in work and self-realization. Thanks to SWISSAM, today's European education is available in the heart of Russia!

    Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in SWISSAM - Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts (St. Petersburg)

    Program name
    from 210 305 Р. / semester

    Bachelor's program

    1. Age of participants: from 16 years old

    2. Duration of training: 3,5 years

    3. Beginning of classes: September, February

    4. Level of English: minimum B1 / Intermediate

    5. Level of Education: Diploma of School Graduation

    6. Language of instruction: English.

    The university offers a quality undergraduate program "Management of the International Hospitality Industry" (IMI International Hospitality Management) with the award of the Bachelor of Arts (International Bachelor of Arts Program). For admission, you must have a high level of English and completed school education.

    The training is conducted in English, takes 3.5 years and fully complies with the Swiss and European educational standards. The schedule includes a set of disciplines and modules necessary for the full disclosure of all aspects of the profession being mastered. There are 3 blocks of paid internships for 600 hours each, where students actively practice their knowledge, have the opportunity to prove themselves and establish the necessary contacts. Students have an excellent opportunity to transfer to the International Management Institute (IMI - International Management Institute Switzerland) in Switzerland.

    Teachers of the University have an exceptionally high level of qualification and are able to create an effective working atmosphere. Many of them are talented managers from hospitality and related areas, so they can give practical advice and recommendations "at first hand", based on their own experience. Each discipline is thoroughly understood and fixed in the course of practical activities. Successful completion of each course leads to a specific certificate:

  • 1st year: IMI Certificate (Certificate)
  • 2nd year: IMI Diploma (Diploma)
  • 3rd year: IMI Higher Diploma (Highest Certificate)
  • 4th year: IMI Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality Management (Bachelor).
  • Modules and disciplines of the training program:

    1. The first course:

  • Basic principles of cooking (part 1)
  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
  • Organization of reception service
  • English
  • Operation of the room fund
  • Service in the field of public catering
  • Computer and information systems in hotels
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Personal and professional development.
  • 2. The second course:

  • Introduction to Wine and Beverages
  • Restaurant Management
  • Business English
  • Spanish
  • Financial management
  • Event Management
  • Personal and professional development
  • Purchasing and controlling costs
  • Basic principles of cooking (part 2)
  • Bases of tourism.
  • 3. The third year:

  • Preparing for the IELTS exam
  • Legal regulation
  • Planning and arrangement of premises for food establishments
  • Spanish
  • Organization of design and research activities
  • Marketing
  • Financial management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Sales and revenue management
  • Principles of Cooking (Part 3)
  • Graduation project.
  • 4. The fourth course:

  • Strategic management
  • Industrial investment and finance
  • Applied Research
  • Organizational behavior
  • Management
  • Thesis.
  • Due to the exceptional quality of the program and the high professionalism of the teachers, students receive the maximum of useful knowledge and skills, they leave the university walls with real professionals who are able to solve the most difficult problems. University services provide students with significant assistance and support in the process of finding work and finding employment - many receive job offers before they get a diploma. Areas of management in which graduates find employment:

  • Hospitality / Resorts
  • Cruise liners / airlines
  • Clubs and casinos
  • Medical tourism
  • Restaurant business
  • Events.
  • Tuition fees on the undergraduate program: from 210305R / semester, from 403790R / year

    from 328 070 Р. / 2 semesters

    Supplementary professional education (Postgraduate Studies)

    1. Age of participants: from 20 years

    2. Duration of training: 6.5 months

    3. Classes start: September, November, February, May

    4. Level of English: minimum B2 / Upper-Intermediate

    5. Level of education: higher education + 3 years in the industry

    6. Language of instruction: English (basic), Russian.

    The University offers special professional supplementary education programs that are designed for industry professionals seeking to improve their skills and competencies. For admission, you must have a high level of English, have a higher education and at least three years of work. There are two programs that lead to different degrees:

    1. IMI International Restaurant Management (Restaurant business management):

  • IMI Postgraduate Diploma in IRM
  • SWISSAM Postgraduate Diploma
  • SWISSAM Certificate.
  • 2. IMI International Hotel Management (Hotel Business Management):

  • IMI Postgraduate Diploma in IHM.
  • Training lasts 6.5 months - each program is divided into 2 modules. The schedule includes a complex of disciplines and subjects, special courses. Students spend a lot of time working on individual projects, doing calculations, trying to build a viable system - for example, a restaurant. In addition to standard lectures and seminars, extensive lectures are conducted with the participation of invited experts and experts. Students regularly visit offices of various companies, hotels and restaurants, where they can observe all the working processes. Probably internship, including in foreign companies. The teaching staff is made up of Western and Russian specialists, all of them have a high level of qualification and rich work experience.

    Disciplines and program modules:

    Management of restaurant business (IMI International Restaurant Management):

    1. Module 1:

  • Business planning
  • Designing the menu and restaurant concept
  • Marketing and communications in the service sector
  • Production capacities: design and conditions
  • Legal regulation
  • Accounting and finance.
  • 2. Module 2:

  • Operational management in a restaurant
  • Office kitchen
  • Human Resource Management
  • Procurement
  • Bar
  • Introduction to wine
  • Special project "One-day restaurant".
  • Management of hotel business (IMI International Hotel Management):

  • Computers and computer systems in the hotel
  • Marketing in services
  • Organization of effective work of reception service
  • Management in the area of ​​sales and revenue channels
  • Service in the restaurant: standard and recommendations
  • Accommodation service
  • Accounting and finance
  • Events
  • Human Resource Management
  • Final project.
  • Thanks to the high quality of the programs and the exceptional professionalism of teachers and staff, the training in professional courses significantly expands the competencies and skills of students, and helps them to move along the career ladder.

    The cost of training on the programs of additional vocational education:

  • Management of restaurant business (IMI International Restaurant Management): from 397480R. / 2 semesters (6.5 months)
  • Management of the hotel business (IMI International Hotel Management): from 328070R. / 2 semesters (6.5 months).
  • Annual
    from 432 170 Р. / 2 semesters

    The program of training of chefs and pastry chefs (ACF Diploma in Culinary Arts):

    1. Age of participants: from 20 years

    2. Duration of training: 6.5 months

    3. Classes start: February, March, May, July, September, November

    4. Level of English: minimum A1 / Pre-Intermediate

    5. Educational level: higher / general, professional

    6. Language of instruction: English (+ support in Russian).

    ACF Culinary Arts (Advanced Culinary Program for Chefs) is a unique professional program of training and training of chefs and pastry chefs, which gives unique knowledge, skills and abilities. The training is carried out by the best specialists of the University and invited stars: David Mottl (owner of the Michelin star), Konstantin Ivlev (famous chef, TV presenter), Anton Abrezov (concept chief, TV presenter of author's programs) and many others. The head of the program is SWISSAM specialist Josef Fleissner, known for his unrivaled level of professionalism and cooperating with the best hotels. For 6.5 months of training students get all the necessary knowledge and skills in order to become a highly qualified specialist, be ready to lead a complex system of management and "life" of the kitchen. Professional internships and career support further strengthen and develop skills and competencies, help to acquire the necessary contacts and show oneself. All without exception, graduates easily find a job and are moving along the career ladder. The international diploma is awarded from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), graduates are awarded the ACF Diploma in Culinary Arts (Diploma in Culinary Arts) degree.

    Disciplines and modules of the program:

  • Introduction to the profession
  • Sanitary norms and safety
  • Dairy products, eggs, cheeses
  • Soups and sauces
  • Bird
  • Seafood and fish
  • Vegetables, spices, herbs, food colorings
  • Cold starters
  • Meat and game
  • Su-type and low-temperature cooking methods
  • Nutritional value of products in the menu
  • Basics of baking
  • Food industry, wine and drinks
  • Purchasing and computing
  • Confectionery
  • Paid internship
  • Recipes and Menu Models
  • The final exam.
  • Career prospects:

  • Cook / Confectioner / Baker
  • Chef / Confectioner / Chef
  • Manager of kitchen / restaurant
  • Restaurant owner.
  • The cost of training on the program Training of chefs and pastry chefs (ACF Diploma in Culinary Arts): from 432170R / 2 semesters.

    Accommodation and food

    In the city, you can always find the right accommodation for a variety of requests - from economy class to premium apartments. The staff of the institution and our specialists are always ready to assist in the selection and design of a suitable housing option.

    Nutrition students organized in the dining room and cafe on campus, available a variety of dishes and cuisine, there is the opportunity to choose a different type of diet.

    The cost and expenses for accommodation and meals should be checked with our specialists.

    Events SWISSAM - Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts (St. Petersburg)

    St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Europe, a "city-museum", where a lot of monuments of history and culture of all countries and nations of the world are concentrated. The university encourages students to take an active part in cultural events. SWISSAM regularly holds Open Doors Days, open lessons and master classes, lectures and conversations with invited experts and experts. There are contests, competitions and themed parties:

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Thematic dinners
  • Culinary competitions
  • Talent show
  • Media Events
  • Gourmet Days
  • Megustro
  • Yes! Food!
  • IKRA
  • Gastreet
  • Festivals and holidays.
  • Students have access to a sports complex located on the territory of the Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, where they can swim in the pool, engage in fitness, yoga, fitness equipment and various team sports.


  • Unique educational institution
  • Accreditation of prestigious international organizations (IMI - International Management Institute, Switzerland or American Culinary Federation, USA)
  • Prestigious diploma and international degree
  • 50% of studies are engaged in practice
  • Training in small groups
  • Possibility of transfer to the campus IMI in Switzerland
  • Paid internships (and already available from the first year)
  • The affiliate network of more than 170 hotels and restaurants around the world
  • Help and support in finding a job
  • Highly qualified teachers and experts
  • Low cost of tuition and accommodation.
  • Equipment SWISSAM - Institute of Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Arts (St. Petersburg)

    The buildings of the university have everything you need for a comfortable study:

  • Spacious classrooms for classes with multimedia equipment
  • Library
  • Computer classes and laboratories
  • A huge kitchen for classes with the best modern equipment and household appliances
  • Administrative premises
  • Dining room and cafe
  • Special access to the sports complex of the Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge.
  • Term dates and fees

    Classes start: September, February (bachelor's degree); during the year (professional and short-term programs).

    The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • Autumn: from September to December to January
  • Spring: February to June.
  • Cost of education:

    1. Undergraduate: from 210305P / semester, from 403790R / year

    2. Additional vocational education: from 328070R to 397480R / 2 semesters (6.5 months)

    3. Preparation of chefs: from 432170R / 2 semesters.

    Additional charges:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course
  • Service Fee
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).
  • Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

    Undergraduate :

    1. Age: from 16 years old

    2. High school education

    3. Level of English: B1 / Intermediate

    4. Motivation letter

    5. Personal interview

    6. You may need a portfolio.

    Programs of additional professional education:

    1. Age: from 22 years old

    2. Higher education (bachelor's or master's degree)

    3. 3 years of work

    4. English level: not lower than B2 / Upper-Intermediate

    5. Motivation letter

    6. Interview with an employee.

    Chefs training programs:

    1. Educational level: secondary / vocational / higher

    2. Level of English: from A1 / Pre-Intermediate

    3. Motivation letter and interview.


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