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Study hospitality management in Switzerland

An in-depth guide to studying hospitality management in Switzerland as an international student

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What do hospitality management experts in Switzerland say?

  • Heather Robinson

    Heather Robinson

    BHMS Academic Dean
    Heather Robinson says

    As a small country nestled in the centre of Europe, Switzerland has made a name for itself on the global political and economic stage. Does its reputation come from hosting key international summits such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) or being home to global advances in scientific research through organizations such as CERN? Does it come from world famous private banking, chocolate or its stunning alpine scenery? The answer is that Switzerland has a knack of doing a variety of things very well and this is embedded in its culture of attention to detail and pride in exceptional quality.

    Both of these traits are never more apparent than in another sector for which Switzerland is famous: hospitality. Often cited as the birthplace of tourism, Switzerland became a must-see destination in the 18th century, and from this long history of welcoming and looking after travelers, a tradition of hospitality was born. To support the burgeoning tourism sector over the next 2 centuries, it was recognized that professional training and education of aspiring young managers was crucial in maintaining its reputation, and thus Switzerland established itself as the leading country for hospitality education.

    Swiss educated hoteliers are now found the world over, pursuing exciting careers with the industry’s top brands. So what makes the Swiss model of hospitality education to effective? Firstly, Switzerland has maintained a strong focus on vocational education over the last 3 decades, while many countries have moved away from this and expanded access to university education. This has meant that operational knowledge and skills are still core foundations in a Swiss hospitality curriculum. Students therefore learn the roles and processes of front-line staff in the early stages of their education and will undertake a first internship to reinforce their knowledge and skills.

    Secondly, the multiple internships students complete as they move through the 3 years of their degree studies provide invaluable work experience, allowing graduates to experience a variety of roles and move directly into first career positions upon graduation. Thirdly, Swiss hospitality education places a strong emphasis on professional development and not just theoretical knowledge and learning. From grooming standards, to professional excursions and career planning, students are supported in developing a vital set of transferable skills that are highly valued across the service sector and beyond. Who would not want to study in one of the world’s safest countries, in a multi-cultural environment, and enter one of the world’s most dynamic industries?

Top hospitality management programs in Switzerland

What are the top hospitality management undergraduate programs in Switzerland?

Bachelor's in hospitality management in Switzerland

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    Hospitality Business Management - BA César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,700 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Hotel & Hospitality Management - BA Business and Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,100 CHF
    Start date
    February, August, November
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    Hospitality and Events Management - BA (Hons) Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,500 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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Diploma in hospitality management in Switzerland

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    International Hotel Management (with specialization) - Dip Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    57,400 CHF
    Start date
    January, July, October
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What are the top hospitality management graduate programs in Switzerland?

Master's in hospitality management in Switzerland

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    MBA in Hospitality Management - MBA Business and Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    37,500 CHF
    Start date
    April, September
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    International Hospitality Business Management - MSc Business and Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    34,500 CHF
    Start date
    February, August, November
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    Entrepreneurship for the Global Hospitality and Tourism Industry - MA César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    42,600 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    International Business in Hospitality Management (with Specialization) - MBA Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    49,100 CHF
    Start date
    January, July, October
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    International Hotel Business Management / Hotel Management - MIB Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    38,950 CHF
    Start date
    November
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Student reviews for hospitality management in Switzerland

  • Siu Fung Cheung
    Hong Kong
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Business and Hotel Management School Hospitality Management
    Tell us about studying hospitality management in Switzerland
    I studied the bachelor and MBA Hospitality Management program. The teachers here are all very nice and you can feel their enthusiasm during the lesson. They are all experienced people in different industries.
  • Ioana-Patricia Gheorghe
    Romania
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Business and Hotel Management School Hospitality Management
    Tell us about studying hospitality management in Switzerland
    The lecturers have lots of experience within the industry and they share it with us. The courses are well structured and the tasks/homework/projects are manageable.
  • Chwen Yang
    Malaysia
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Business and Hotel Management School Hospitality Management
    Tell us about studying hospitality management in Switzerland
    I studied Hospitality Management. Though BHMS does have some boring lecturers and subjects that I regard as idle, the lecturers do put their hearts into teaching. I have, of course, learnt a lot about the hospitality environment, as well as the business aspects of hotels & restaurants.

    Our tuition fees are reasonable as it includes everything such as meals, accommodations, insurance, services, activities, books, airport pick up, etc.

    Most assignments are done in groups and all course materials are uploaded on the school platform called E-campus. In E-campus, we are able to monitor our attendance, grades, and download the lecturer's notes.
  • Ali Kansou
    Lebanon
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Business and Hotel Management School Hospitality Management
    Tell us about studying hospitality management in Switzerland
    The level of education here is very good. Lecturers are very professional.
  • Daniya Eng
    Cambodia
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Business and Hotel Management School Hospitality Management
    Tell us about studying hospitality management in Switzerland
    Lecturers are friendly, informative, and very understanding. Of course, as a Uni student, there are a lot of assignments to do. Course structure wise, it's pretty easy-going in my opinion. They all kind of connect with each other which means that it is also easier for you to understand.