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BA INTERNATIONAL CULINARY ARTS is a 3-step programme, where Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Culinary Arts is a final stage of education. This advanced 22 weeks programme is suitable for those who have already completed Higher Diploma or a UK Associate Degree in International Culinary Arts or equivalent. Tuition has both practical and academic elements preparing graduates to cope with the demands and challenges of the professional kitchen.

With a strong focus on modern day gastronomy, students will be challenged to develop new culinary products suitable for today's marketplace. Students will graduate from this programme equally well equipped to manage their own culinary business or run and work in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant or hotel.

Total academic value of the programme is equal to 120 credits. Courses that are included are:

  • International Culinary Arts Business Concept
  • International Gastronomy
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Personal and Professional Development 3
  • Practical Gastronomy Production


  • BA with Honours in International Culinary Arts awarded by IMI, Switzerland
  • BA with Honours in International Culinary Arts awarded by Oxford Brookes University, UK

University requirements

  • Registration fee of 2,800 chf to be paid within 21 days
  • Motivation Letter, outlining who you are, why you would like to study at IMI in Switzerland and your plans for your future career in this industry - approx. 500 words
  • CV/Résumé in english
  • Transcripts/Certificates of your academic qualifications since High School
  • Students transferring from recognised hotel management schools must also include official transcripts or records for each semester of their previous course of study
  • Work references or reports if available, especially for the MBA Degree programmes.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent English test results
  • Two recent passport photographs (3.5 x 4.5 cm), make sure background is white or grey, if it is colour it might be refused
  • Copy of passport and swiss residence permit where applicable
  • Certificate of good health completed by a licensed physician. A specific form for your doctor can be downloaded from

In most countries the Swiss Embassy/Consulate may also request the following additional documentation

  • Bank Statement showing proof of sufficient financial funds (if possible in student's name, if not in the parent’s name)
  • Evidence of English certification
  • Letter of intent to leave Switzerland after completion of studies
  • Motivation Letter

Program requirements

  • ICI Higher Diploma or equivalent
  • English proficiency: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

As a private institution, IMI does not provide any full scholarships and students are expected to be in a position to finance their own studies in Switzerland, especially as this will be a requirement by the Swiss immigration authorities for the study visa application.

However, we have a number of initiatives listed below that are linked to IMI's admissions strategy, which aim to assist motivated people to study at our institution. 

Community scholarships

In order to enhance students’ knowledge and skills, we are pleased to offer some students the opportunity to gain some further experience during their academic semester. Selected students will dedicate a few hours per week for practical experience in one of departments at IMI.

For more information about these community scholarships, please contact us on and we will be delighted to provide you with some more information.

Merit scholarships

Academic scholarships are granted based on outstanding academic performance.

The recipients of the following awards will receive a scholarship which will be financially credited towards their next semester of study at IMI:

  • Best in Semester Certificate Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Higher Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Postgraduate Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester BA (Hons) Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best Dissertation by a BA (Hons) Student: CHF 1,000

The recipients of the following awards will receive a financial scholarship from IMI:

  • For 3 semesters and receiving a BA (Hons) degree with first class honours.
  • For students completing 3 semesters at IMI and receiving an MBA degree with distinction CHF 6,000 

Prestige awards are granted based on outstanding personal and professional performance. Prizes will be presented to the award-winners at the graduation ceremony. The awards are as follows:

  • Award for Best Newcomer Award for Personal Achievement 
  • Award for Professional Attitude Award for the Best PDP e-Portfolio 
  • The Tom Maher Prize Award Award for Outstanding Citizenship 
  • The Rudolf Fischer Prize Award Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
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