The course gives you valuable, real-world experience and global hospitality skills that will put you ahead of the crowd when you enter the workforce. If you are a highly motivated, independent thinker who wants rigorous real-world training elevated with applicable management theory, then this is the perfect program for you.

  • Become a full-grown hospitality professional with extensive know-how
  • Study & practice in Graubünden, Switzerland’s #1 tourism region
  • Live & learn in a close-knit community and a boutique hotel setting
  • Gain soft skills and an “affective approach” to customer experience
  • Gain a competitive career advantage with one year of professional experience

Key Facts



Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Hospitality Management
(Dipl. Hoteliere-Gastronomin/Hotelier-Gastronom HF)



3 Years, including 1 year
of work experience.



Campus Passugg, Switzerland

Courses by Semester

Host Competences
  • Culinary Practice
  • Culinary Theory
  • Service Excellence Practice
  • Service Excellence Theory
  • Beverage Management, Tastings & Mixology
  • Food Safety & Hygiene Management
Business Competences
  • Information & Communication Technology I
  • German
Soft Skills Development
  • Essentials of Soft Skills
  • Personal Development Portfolio l
  • Internship Preparation & Professional Coaching
  • Emotional Competence Assessment
Communicator Competences
  • Business Communication
  • Communication & Culture
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing l
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Rooms Division Operations
  • Team Leader in-house Restaurants
Business Competences
  • Facility Management
  • Project Management
  • F&B Profit Strategy
  • Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics in Hospitality
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information & Communication Technology II
  • German for Business II
Soft Skills Development
  • Emotional Control Competencies
  • Personal Development Portfolio II
  • Internship Preparation & Professional Coaching
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Location: at least 3 months in Switzerland
  • Focus: Gain professional experience in Service, Kitchen Housekeeping and/or Front Office
Soft Skills Development
  • Reflection & Development of Self-Confidence
  • Personal Development Portfolio III
  • Internship Support & Professional Coaching
Entrepreneur Competences
  • Hospitality Experience Design
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Strategic Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Hotel Management
Business Competences
  • Economics & Law
  • Human Resources & Talent Management
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing II
  • Financial Analysis
  • Development & Realization of a Hospitality Concept
  • German for Business III
Soft Skills Development
  • Team Skills
  • Personal Development Portfolio IV
  • Internship Preparation & Professional Coaching


  • Duration: 6 months
  • Location: Switzerland or abroad
  • Focus: Gain professional experience in Service, Kitchen Housekeeping, Front Office and/or Business Administration
Soft Skills Development
  • Reflection & Development of Self-Confidence
  • Personal Development Portfolio V
  • Internship Support & Professional Coaching
Networker Competences
  • Employee Experience Design
  • Leadership & Networking
  • Applied Management & Leadership
    Sustainability & Environmental Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Specialization in Culinary Arts, Spa & Wellness Management or Sustainable Management
Business Competences
  • Financial Management & Controlling
  • Revenue Management
  • Organizational & Quality Management
  • Business Plan Project
Soft Skills Development
  • Emotion & Conflict Management
  • Personal Development Portfolio Assessment
  • Professional Coaching
  • Emotional Competence Assessment

Choose your Major


Culinary Arts

Want to start your career in the Food & Beverage industry? The semester 6 module in Culinary Arts will prepare you to organize and carry out special events, as well as implement the latest culinary trends, including seasonal and sustainable practices.


Spa & Wellness Management

Interested in running a spa or wellness service?  The semester 6 module in Spa & Wellness Management will give you fundamental knowledge of these specialized services and deepen your individual competencies in operational and business management areas.

Sustainable Management

Deepen your knowledge in Sustainable Management. Based on the 5-pillar principle: ecology, social, economy, management and regional anchoring, you will expand your sustainable competencies.

Work Experience

A Year of Work Experience

The degree requires a total of one year of work experience for graduation:

  • Achieved through two 6-month internships.
  • Roles in both operations and supervisory/management positions.
  • Makes you a mature candidate with professional know-how to confidently lead a team.
  • Gives you a head start on the years of experience required for most managerial positions.

Student Testimonials

Three Semesters to Bachelor’s Degree Completion

The program is taught in English or German and is recognized by the Swiss Confederation (through SERI). The HF degree is credited with 90 ECTS towards the EHL Bachelor in International Hospitality Management. After successful completion of the HF program, students can continue their studies and earn a Bachelor's degree in three additional semesters.

One semester in Passugg

  • Semester 3 of the Bachelor in International Hospitality Management
  • Advanced level courses in business analysis, strategic management, applied and integrated hospitality management, communication, and culture.
  • Teamwork assignments, case studies, and interactions with industry experts

Two semesters in Lausanne

  • Semester 5 & 6 of the Bachelor in International Hospitality Management
  • Continuation of advanced level courses
  • Choose three electives from nearly 20 industry-relevant subjects to develop specific expertise for your career path
  • Student Business Project: A final group project where you become the consultant and solve a business challenge for an external industry partner.

Admissions & Fees

Are you a good candidate for the Swiss Professional Degree
in Hospitality Management program?

When considering your application for the program, our admissions team will look at your:

  • Academic qualifications, including school certificates, tests and grades
  • Knowledge of languages
  • Personality and motivation

We encourage you to start your online application to learn more about the documents and other requirements of the admission process.

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Quality and Accreditations


Our Professional school, the EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality is located on the EHL Campus Passugg, and is an official C2Q member of the internationally renowned THE-ICE quality label for tourism and hospitality education. 


Accredited through the Swiss federal government (SERI) framework for HF programs

EHL SSTH was the first hotel management school to offer the HF Swiss Professional Degree in both German and English, which allows to become a certified Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur recognized by the Swiss Confederation.


Classed as tertiary education

The Swiss Professional Degree (HF degree) is classed as tertiary B education, according to the national qualification framework. Tertiary level B denotes higher professional education.


With the recognition of 90 ECTS points of the Bologna system

The University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) recognizes the German and English HF degree program "Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF" as equivalent to 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). (Pending HES-SO approval for the new revised  program). This recognition gives HF graduates the opportunity to further their professional education by transitioning directly into the bachelor's degree program at EHL.