International School of Tourism Management (IST):
A school with a distinctive image.

The most important information in short

The International School of Tourism Management is a federally-acknowledged higher education institution offering diversified courses in tourism studies. More than 130 lecturers impart comprehensive knowledge in both theory and practice in several courses of studies and training courses for professions requiring qualified employees. Approximately 300 students attend the IST every year and discover the wide world of tourism – from travel agencies to airlines, tourism organisations and the hotel and event businesses.

A consistent and active quality management guarantees a high level of teaching and studies. The education and training programme, which has been designed according to current insights in adult education, is organised in a module-like way.    

By networking with the tourism industry and other educational institutions, the IST opens interesting career prospects for its graduates. Well-known personalities from the fields of tourism, economy and politics support this privately-managed educational institution as expert advisories. In addition, it has been ISO certified since 2003 and bears the stamp of quality Level III (highest level) of Swiss Tourism as well as eduqua, the quality label for further education.

The following studies are offered at the IST:

Diploma Course Tourism Specialist (Zurich and  Lausanne)

Basic Course in Travel Industry Studies (Zurich)
Continuing Education (Zurich)
International Tourism Management (Zurich)

Teaching – it’s all in the mix

Modern adult education means learning in a team, cross-linked thinking and interdisciplinary lessons which impart the right combination of theory and practice. The exchange with experts coming from the front of the tourism business is a great benefit for the students. More than 130 teachers are experienced professionals with up-to-date knowledge of the subject. There are about 300 students at the IST. The newly-educated  tourism specialists and career changers enliven the field of tourism every year.

Friendly in size – central in Zurich and in the heart of Lausanne

The International School of Tourism Management AG is ideally located in Zurich and Lausanne. The learning environment is inspiring in this flourishing economy metropolis and lifestyle city with world dimensions. An IT room and Internet access are naturally part of the school’s modern infrastructure. The IST is of an ideal size providing a friendly environment and the personal contact students can have with each other.