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Find answers to the most frequently asked questions

When can I apply?

Registration will open 27 April 2022

When is the application deadline?

The closing date for your application will be 22 August 2022 for the class starting October 3rd.

Is there any scholarship I can apply for?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any scholarships at the moment.

Is it possible to attend only individual modules?

The program has been designed as a comprehensive curriculum, to cover the whole value chain and highlight interconnection and the holistic nature of coffee. It is therefore strongly recommended to enroll in the full program. In exceptional cases, enrollment in individual modules can be granted upon request.

How does the application process work?

  1. Online application: Complete the application form, upload the required supporting documents and submit it on time. Application period: April 2022 – 22 August 2022
  2. Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail once you have submitted your online application.
  3. We screen your application: If your application is complete and received by the deadline, it will be reviewed by the course management
  4. Information about admission decision: Admission or rejection
  5. Application fee: A processing fee of CHF 600 is charged for participants who have been approved to the CAS program. Payment of the fee is only possible by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) or PostFinance Card.  

What is the payment schedule?

  1. Application fee: CHF 600.- upon admission by credit card.  
  2. Tuition fee for each module: CHF 2250.- Invoice issued 30 days before respective module start, payment due upon start of the module. Payment by invoice or credit card is possible. 
    Module A: invoice issued: 3 September 2022, payment due: 3 October 2022 
    Module B: invoice issued: 11 February 2023, payment due: 13 March 2023 
    Module C: invoice issued 8 July 2023, payment due: 7 August 2023 

I can't start studying this October, when does the next class start?

This CAS starts every October. The next cohort starts on 2 October 2023.

When is the programme completed?

The program is completed after 14 months, starting on 3 October 2022, and ending 31 December 2023. Graduates will be awarded their diplomas once all modules are successfully completed, and the final assessments have been passed.

What is the CHF 600 registration fee for?

This program requires a registration fee of CHF 600.- which should be paid once prior to course start. This is a non-refundable payment.

I work full time. How flexible is the study?

This programme is specially made for people in professional life. The workload per week is approx. 6 - 7 hours; you can plan your time freely. The three online learning modules are divided into 6 sessions, each containing 4 - 6 lessons. You have 2 - 4 weeks to complete each session. Each session will be always available all at once so that everyone is as flexible as possible. The only fixed points are the Virtual Classroom and the Virtual Lab sessions. These take place once per session for 1.5 hours. Everything is recorded so you don't miss anything.

Can I have access at all appropriate times and days of the week that I wish according to my personal schedule?

We work with the e-learning platform Moodle, where you have access anytime. The workload per week is approx. 6 - 7 hours; you can plan your time freely. 

What is the difference between this CAS and the SCA Skills Programme?

The postgraduate CAS in Coffee Excellence is an online learning programme designed at the highest level of the coffee training path. It extends and complements the CAS Skills Programme with a science based curriculum.

Is this programme accredited by SCA?

We collaborate with SCA. However, this programme is independent of the SCA courses, it is rather complementary. The SCA courses are practically oriented training courses. This CAS is a postgraduate degree that strongly delves into the science of coffee. However, we recommend that you have completed the SCA courses or even the SCA Diploma before attending the CAS. Some of our students for example have the SCA Professional Level or are Q-graders.

I have registered but cannot start studying after all. Can I get the tuition fees back?

Cancellations received prior to the closing date for enrolment will result in an administrative charge of CHF 600. Cancellations received after the closing date for enrolment but prior to the commencement of the course will result in a cancellation charge equal to half the course fees unless the applicant can secure a replacement for the course. 75% of the course fees will be payable if an applicant cancels a course after it has commenced, fails to attend a course, discontinues his or her attendance or is excluded due to non-payment of course fees owed. In any event, if the course is cancelled, there will be an administrative charge of CHF 600. The registration fee can be carried over to the next year(s) if you need to postpone your start date of the course. All cancellations must be communicated in writing.

What happened to Module D? Is there no longer a face-to-face module?

Module D, the face-to-face module, is no longer a compulsory part of the course. In order to still offer workshops and a practical part and to reduce costs for students, we have invented the Virtual Lab Sessions and will be taking you to our lab. In the future, there will be voluntary alumni events at the SCA events (Expo, WOC).

When do the Virtual Classrooms take place?

Schedule is available soon. One Virtual Classroom VC for 1.5 hours is scheduled per session.

It's possible to have an official university student card?

No, you will not receive a student card for online programmes.

What is the difference between CAS The Science and Art of Coffee?

The CAS "The Science and Art of Coffee" is a programme in German and on-site at the ZHAW Wädenswil in Zurich / Switzerland. The CAS Coffee Excellence is an online learning programme in English. The course content is similar, but the CAS Coffee Excellence goes into more depth.