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 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 : Immersion in the world of hospitality. Internship in Operations.
Year 1 : Foundation and core competencies.
Year 2 : Application, then industry internship at management level.
Year 3 : Integration of all skills, knowledge and experience acquired. Strategic management. Option courses. Diploma project.
Diploma Project - Year 3 : You will complete your year 3 with a final project, selecting either a Student Business Project, or an Individual Applied Research Project.
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.
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
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.
Some knowledge of French is also recommended.
No work experience is required.
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:
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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