HTM Swiss Learn6/Work6 Program

 

The HTM Swiss Learn6/Work6 Study and Work abroad Program sponsored by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

Looking for a chance to spend an amazing time studying in the heart of the Swiss Alps on the shores of Lake Lucerne and the center of Europe? Would you like the option to gain valuable working skills in Switzerland, a country famous for its hospitality, or other countries in Europe?
Look no further, the HTM Swiss Learn6/Work6 Study and Work abroad Program is for you!

 

About the Program

The HTM Swiss Learn6/Work6 Study and Work abroad Program is an incredible experience that allows undergraduate students enrolled at the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst the unique opportunity to study at the world famous Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Lucerne, Switzerland, and then have the option of being placed in a position in the Lodging or Foodservice industry in Switzerland or Europe. (Please note that if you are a student from another Hospitality program, you may be able to participate.)

 

More than 55 students from the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst have participated in the program since 2005.

 

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Participating students have three options available.

1.     Learn 3: A student studies at Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland for 3 months and earns 15 academic credits fully transferable for HTM courses and electives, with no participation in the work experience. Terms begin on approximately January 6, April 6, July 6, and October 6 of each year.

2.     Learn 6: A student studies at Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland for 6 months and earns 30 academic credits fully transferable for HTM courses and electives, with no participation in the work experience.  Terms begin on approximately January 6, April 6, July 6, and October 6 of each year.

3.     Learn6/Work6: A student studies at Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland for 6 months and earns 30 academic credits fully transferable for HTM courses and electives, and is then is placed in a 6 month paid hospitality operations position somewhere in Europe.  Terms begin on approximately January 6, April 6, July 6, and October 6 of each year.

 

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The courses taken in Switzerland are all in English and are fully transferable back to the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst as part of a full articulation agreement. The transfer of the courses allows the student to participate in any of the three options, usually without delaying or interfering with anticipated graduation dates.

 

If the student chooses option 3, Learn6/work6: as part of their study, and to assist the students while employed and after graduation, the student is enrolled in two semesters of German language classes at DCT. During the second six months of the program, the student is placed in a six-month, paid employment position in Europe working in the Hospitality industry. The current rate of pay is CHF 2,000 per month. The work experience fulfills the HTM work experience requirement, and is an invaluable experience for the student in learning about different cultures and working abroad.  This exciting opportunity helps the student gain confidence and experience in a country known worldwide for food and lodging excellence.  All work experience is paid employment and includes arrangements for housing.

 

This exciting opportunity helps you gain experience in a country known worldwide for its food and lodging.

While you are in Switzerland you can also spend time seeing the sights of Europe - skiing in the Swiss Alps, eating crepes near the Eiffel Tower, or riding down the canals of Venice in a gondola. 

This program is truly an amazing opportunity for all who participate.

 

Cost of the Program: The cost will depend upon which program option you choose, but the tuition, fees, room and board are similar to what you pay at UMass if you are an out of state student. If you currently receive financial aid, it will usually continue while studying in Switzerland. See the link on this web page for the current costs of the program.

 

Current Costs

 

Scholarship Aid: 

Some additional scholarship aid is available.

For further information, please contact:

 

Professor Robert H. Wilson

Hospitality and Tourism Management Department

Isenberg School of Management

Email:  rwilson@isenberg.umass.edu