As a combination of two Swiss degrees in hospitality, this pathway offers a deeper immersion and broader overview of the industry with more internship experience.

Beginning in the cosy, hotel-resort setting of the Passugg campus and finishing with a final year on the Lausanne campus, it’s an ideal choice if you are passionate about culinary arts, customer experience and hotel management, and you wish to gain extensive work experience before graduation.


Course Highlights

  • Two premium study environments in Switzerland
  • In-depth hospitality training preparing for general management roles
  • Creative projects testing the latest culinary concepts and hotel trends
  • One-on-one learning and small classes in a resort-style setting
  • Soft skills and an “affective approach” to enhance customer experience
  • Majors in Culinary Arts, Spa & Wellness Management or Sustainable Management
  • One year of work experience to prepare for management roles

Professional Path Outline

The Swiss Professional Degree (HF) requires 1 year of professional experience, including internships.

Semester 1:

  • Host: Learn how to provide exciting guest experiences

Semester 2:

  • Communicator: Learn how to communicate with empathy and intention


Semester 3:

  • Hospitality Operations Internship

Semester 4:

  • Entrepreneur: Think like an entrepreneur and develop strategic skills


Semester 5:

  • Hospitality Administration Internship

Semester 6:

  • Networker: Learn how to build meaningful relationships

Achievement: Swiss Professional Degree (HF)


Continue into the EHL Bachelor Program by entering directly in the Year 2 - Semester 3 of the Bachelor Program

Semester 3:

  • Academic Courses on EHL Campus Passugg

Semester 4:

  • Management Internship (Optional for HF graduates)

Semester 5:

  • Courses in Management Strategy on EHL Campus Lausanne

Semester 6:

  • Elective courses and a research or business project on EHL Campus Lausanne

Achievement: Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management


Swiss Professional Degree in Hospitality Management (HF)

This pathway begins with the Swiss Professional Degree (Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Hospitality Management) (HF) which includes:

  • A 50/50 combination of theoretical and practical learning
  • A strong customer service focus based on industry know-how
  • A comprehensive overview of the industry for holistic hospitality management skills
  • Choice between the courses delivered in English and German language in Passugg  
  • Choice of three Majors: Culinary Arts,  Spa & Wellness Management or Sustainable Management.

Following the Swiss Professional Degree, you will then continue your studies to earn the Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management.

Three Semesters to Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Upon successful completion of the Swiss Professional Degree, you can complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for three additional semesters focusing on international business strategy and development. Optionally, you can also complete The Bachelor Degree's six-month management internship in Semester 4, to add even more work experience to your CV.

One Semester in Chur-Passugg

  • Semester 3 of the EHL Bachelor program
  • 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

Final Semester in Lausanne

  • Semesters 5 & 6 of the EHL Bachelor program
  • 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.

Living the Swiss Dream: Education and Lifestyle in Contrasting Settings


EHL Campus Passugg

EHL Campus Passugg, nestled in the picturesque mountains just 10 minutes from Chur, has a rich history as a former spa hotel. Its cozy, family atmosphere welcomes around 300 students. Often compared to the magical atmosphere of Hogwarts, Passugg exudes warmth and charm. The campus is home to five different student-run restaurants, adding to its vibrant community spirit and culinary diversity.

EHL Campus Lausanne

EHL Campus Lausanne is a testament to modern luxury and grandeur. After extensive renovations culminating in its reopening in the summer of 2022, the campus has become the epitome of the American university lifestyle in Switzerland. The sprawling campus, home to more than 3,000 students, offers a wealth of amenities, including a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a scenic Finnish walking trail. The culinary scene is equally impressive, with several restaurants, including the renowned one-star Berceau the Sense.

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One Year of Work Experience

This pathway requires a total of one year of work experience for graduation:

  • Achieved through several 3- to 6-month internships
  • Roles in both operations and supervisory/management positions
  • Previous hospitality work experience may be counted towards the total time required.
  • Makes you a mature candidate with professional know-how to confidently lead a team
  • Gives you the years of experience required for most managerial positions

A Real Life Project

In the final semester of the Bachelor degree course in Lausanne, you can choose a student business project (SBP) or an individual applied research project.

SBP: You will join a team of five students providing a consulting service to an external client. A large majority of our students' proposals are put into action by the clients and a significant number of students are hired by the same client at the end of the project.

Research project: Your task will be to find a solution to an industry-specific problem using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will be supervised by an experienced faculty member who will coach you in the methods needed to successfully complete your project.

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