International Culinary Institute – Switzerland
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International Culinary Institute – Switzerland

The International Culinary Institute (ICI), is the culinary arm of the prestigious International Management Institute Switzerland, which is an innovative and independent international School located in the stunning city of Luzern. It lies in the heart of German speaking Switzerland, a region famed for the high quality of its educational provisions, as well as its breath-taking backdrop. The school’s convenient location in central Europe means students are able to study European cuisine in the heart of the region, and weekends can be spent sampling the culinary and cultural delights of Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium and Holland, all accessible in just a few hours of travel.

The school was founded in 1991 International Management Institute Switzerland, and epitomises all the values that have made IMI the number one choice of hotel school for myriad hospitality professionals; a firm focus on career, a friendly and personalised approach to the students’ holistic education and, above all, a truly unforgettable global experience.

Offering Diploma, Higher Diploma and Bachelor Degree (Hons) qualifications in International Culinary Arts validated by Oxford Brookes University in the UK, ICI fosters a combination of a hands-on approach to gastronomy, drawing on inspiration from a diverse array of exciting culinary traditions, as well as focusing on developing the business and management skills of the students. Courses are taught by an outstanding faculty of expert professionals, instilling all budding chefs with a passion for food and a desire for excellence in every aspect of culinary practice.

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Culinary Arts

With an overriding focus on contemporary gastronomy, students are challenged to develop new culinary products suitable for the modern marketplace. Students graduate with the knowledge, confidence and ability that enables them to work in demanding kitchen environments, develop their own culinary business, or work in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant or hotel.

Class sizes are small and inclusive with tuition that is rigorous, perfectly blending practical techniques with academic knowledge to produce versatile culinary artists. Instruction incorporates state-of-the-art technical skills along with transferrable business management skills, so graduates leave with the potential to work at the highest professional levels.


Two students at ICI. Credit: IMI

The modern industry demands character and individuality. Small class sizes allow all future chefs to nurture their flair and creativity. Students are encouraged to cultivate their own style, ensuring they have the best education possible to help them achieve their dreams.

Paid practical training opportunities are organised by a dedicated Careers team, either in Switzerland or elsewhere in the world. Culinary internships in Switzerland pay minimum 2,172chf per month. The school’s distinguished industry connections means students can gain experience in some of the world’s best kitchens, and ensure that ICI graduates are among the most employable of all culinary students.

Requirements for Entry to the Bachelor’s Degree programme are the following:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Having successfully completed High School/IB Diploma/A Levels/IMI Certificate foundation programme or other recognised qualification.
  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent English proficiency qualification

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Culinary Arts has the following progression:

  • Diploma semester of 22 weeks
  • Optional internship semester in Switzerland or overseas
  • Higher Diploma semester of 22 weeks
  • Compulsory internship semester in Switzerland or overseas
  • Bachelor’s Degree final semester of 22 weeks
  • Optional internship semester in Switzerland or overseas

This unique combination of Swiss/British practical and academic excellence is a recipe for a successful career in this fast-pacing and exciting industry.

Those already in possession of a recognised culinary qualification may be eligible for direct entry into the Higher Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree final semester.

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