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.
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.