B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne ( EHL)

Application deadline: 1 April 2014 (Autumn 2014 Intake); 1 July 2014 (Spring 2015 Intake);
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,087 / Year (National)
  • € 35,000 / Year (International)
Start date:
Credits: 156 ECTS
Duration full-time: 48 months
Languages:
  • English
  • French
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Our Bachelor of Science degree is accessible to students who have or are about to complete their final secondary school diploma which leads to university admission. This renowned programme will interest you if you are aiming for senior management positions and an international business career in hospitality.
The programme is focused on personal development, and mirrors a progression in hotel hierarchy: You will start with a solid grounding in hospitality service fundamentals, followed by courses on managerial competencies, and continue on to specializations and advanced management skills.

In the final year, you will consolidate everything you have learned through an external consulting mandate or an individual applied research project. You will also take part in two internships, one in operations and one in management, which will provide the real-life experience needed for a flying start in your career.

The programme has two yearly intakes, one in September and one in February.

Contents

The four-year Bachelor hospitality programme will provide you with the advanced knowledge and competencies you need to be successful in the business world.

Hospitality education at EHL allows you to learn from the inside about the highly complex and specialized world of hospitality. At the same time, you develop the creative, artistic and people skills which are essential for a hospitality career. All academic study is interwoven with industry experience, both in operational jobs on campus and during in-company internships. EHL is a hospitality university.

The programme for the Bachelor hospitality management degree is structured so that students move from a solid grounding in hospitality service, through general management courses, to advanced courses in hospitality management strategy and increased opportunities for specialization. In their final year, students bring together and consolidate everything they have learned as part of a major Student Business Project.

Two internships form an integral part of the programme, one in operations and one offering hotel management training.,These internships provide students with the real-life experience which will give them a flying start in the workplace and set the stage for a successful career in hospitality.

  • Preparatory Year: Fundamentals of hospitality and industry internship in hotel operations
  • Year I: Principles of hospitality management
  • Year II: Creating added value / hospitality internship at management level
  • Year III: Developing strategic vision for the hospitality industry

Requirements

To apply to EHL's Bachelor programme, the basic requirement is completion of the final secondary school diploma which leads to university admission in the country where you completed your secondary studies.

In general, we ask for results which are well above a basic pass. We will assess your transcripts carefully, looking at the rigour of your programme of study, your choice of subjects and your results (link to Selection Process).

In addition to your formal qualifications, you will need to show evidence that you have taken challenging courses which entail analytical and reasoning skills.

Secondary education credentials accepted

  • Swiss Maturité gymnasiale
  • Swiss Maturité professionnelle
  • French Baccalauréat général
  • International Baccalaureate
  • British A-Levels (minimum 3 required)
  • German Abitur
  • Spanish Bachillerato plus satisfactory results in the Selectividad exam
  • Italian Maturità
  • Brazilian Conclusão de 2 Grau Diploma plus satisfactory results in the Concurso Vestibular
  • Bachillerato (South America)
  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Diploma plus university entrance examination
  • Indian Senior Secondary School Certificate
  • Korean High School Diploma plus SAECE results (Scholastic Achievement Exam for College Entrance)
  • American High School Diploma plus evidence of higher achievement (3 AP or IB Higher Level certificates), plus satisfactory SAT 1 results. (SAT scores must be sent directly to EHL by the College Board). EHL's institutional code is 4102.

Language qualifications

English

English is essential, because it is the language of international hospitality and plays an important part in life at EHL. Even if you are studying in the French section, you will find that much of the reading you need to do for your studies will be based on English texts. Many of the guest speakers or visiting lecturers who come to EHL are English-speaking, and international conferences will mostly be in English. And of course, as we are an international school, you will find that you need English for daily life on the campus and for participation in student activities.

For study in the Bachelor programme's English section, you will need an excellent written and verbal command of English, as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution in which English was the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)

or one of the following English tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum score 100 for the iBT (internet-based test), 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test).
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade B
  • IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 7.
  • IB candidates need to obtain a minimum grade of 4 for English A (HL and SL) or a minimum grade of 5 for English B (HL).
  • A-level candidates will be exempted from submitting a language certificate if they obtain a grade of B in English Language or Literature.

Second Language Qualifications

Your second language may be your mother tongue, or you may demonstrate that you have studied a language other than English.

Working knowledge of French

Some knowledge of French is also recommended. During the Preparatory Year, all students in the English section follow French language courses. It is highly recommended to students who have been exempted from the Preparatory Year or entering Year 2 to take French courses (i.e. DELF Certificate, Diplôme d'Etudes de Langue Française, Level A1) before beginning their studies.

French

But French is also important, because it is the language of the country in which you will be studying and is also the language of Europe's long tradition of hospitality. Knowing some French will enable you to participate fully in student life as well as in local life and activities. Although many students in the English Section do not speak French on entering the school, they follow French classes and are expected to have a working knowledge of the language by the end of their studies.

If you choose to study in the French Section, you will need both French and English qualifications:

French Language Qualifications

You need to show that you have an excellent written and verbal command of French, as demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution where French is the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)

or one of the following French tests:

  • Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises (DSLCF)
  • DALF C1 (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)

English language qualifications

Even if you are studying in the French section, you will need to show that you have sufficient proficiency in English by submitting one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score

- 550 (paper-based)

- 213 (computer-based)

- 80 Internet-based TOEFL (Ibt)

  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade C, or
  • IELTS Academic Module (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 6.0

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

Funding

Compulsory expenses (Fees in Swiss Francs)

Preparatory Year

  • Tuition fees 15,000
  • Facilities and services 6,080
  • Prepaid food and beverage account 3,500
  • Total 24,580

Year 1

  • Tuition fees 26,900
  • Facilities and services 5,980
  • Prepaid food and beverage account 2,805
  • Total 35,685

Year 2

  • Tuition fees 21,100
  • Facilities and services 5,980
  • Prepaid food and beverage account 2,805
  • Total 29,885

Year 3

  • Tuition fees 18,200
  • Facilities and services 5,200
  • Prepaid food and beverage account 1,700
  • Total 25,100

EHL's scholarship programme

Scholarships are available for prospective students applying to EHL's undergraduate and graduate programmes starting in 2011 (Diploma, Bachelor and Master programmes).

See website: http://www.ehl.edu/eng/Study-at-EHL/Bachelor/Financial-aid/EHL-s-scholarships

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Accreditation

US accreditation

EHLs hospitality degree in international hospitality management is a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. This commission accredits universities and high-level professional schools including hospitality universities in the US and abroad. Accreditation guarantees the quality both of the institutes of hotel management themselves and of the specific hospitality degrees they offer.
European accreditation

In Europe, EHLs Bachelor of Science (BSc.) is a legally protected title which is recognized by the Swiss federal government as an HES-SO degree (University of Applied Sciences). The BSc. is in conformity with Bologna requirements for a 3-year Bachelor degree. As a hospitality degree, it also adds a first, preparatory year of professional experience in conformity with HES-SO regulations.

Recognition for advanced study

The Bachelor of Science degree in International Hospitality Management is market-oriented and develops the knowledge and skills needed for rapid insertion into the working world. At the same time it has the academic recognition which is a prerequisite for access to more advanced study:

  • NEASC accreditation guarantees that the level of the EHL Bachelor hospitality degree is equivalent to Bachelor degrees in the US and internationally;
  • Bologna accreditation ensures acceptance everywhere in Europe;
  • HES-SO recognition permits application to other universities in the Swiss system (Rectors Conference Agreement, December 2007), not necessarily in the field of hospitality.

The decision to accept a candidate for advanced study, either for hospitality study or in another field, in Switzerland or abroad, always depends on the specific requirements of the host university. Each institution may ask for additional credits in specific areas and selects candidates according to its own criteria and needs. However, accreditation ensures that a candidate may submit an application for consideration and that the quality of EHLs hospitality studies is officially recognized.

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