Undergraduate Hospitality Program
Swiss Diploma - Swiss Higher Diploma - BBA Degree
Students who have successfully completed high school and have an English level equivalent to TOEFL 500, IELTS 5.0 or have scored 50+ points on the HIM placement test are eligible for entry to the HIM undergraduate program. The attractive combination of Swiss hospitality practices and American management expertise is taught in an intensive program that allows students to graduate in only 3 years, consisting of 7 academic terms and 2 industry internships.
Students in the three year Bachelor program may earn the following qualifications:
- The Swiss Diploma in Hotel Operations Management
- The Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management and; Finance; or Marketing; or Human Resources
- The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) Certificates
- The American BBA Degree in Hospitality Management
- The Swiss HIM BBA Degree in Hospitality Management and; Finance; or Marketing; or Human Resources
International qualifications and two work reference letters from internships in Swiss or international restaurants/hotels give HIM students a unique competitive advantage when applying for employment in the hospitality industry.
At the Hotel Institute Montreux, students learn traditional Swiss Hospitality values combined with American Business Management skills. The business focus of the program opens doors to a wide variety of career options. Students develop their understanding of hospitality principles in food and beverage and rooms division management before choosing to specialize in marketing, finance or human resource management. The final two semesters are focused on Hospitality Management and International Business, preparing graduates for top-end management positions in the world of hospitality and business.
During their study, students combine academic study with practical experience. The program structure allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of their subject matter in interactive classes where they are encouraged to share their experience. Year 1 begins with three, eleven-week terms on campus, where students are prepared to tackle the challenges of their first 4-6 month internship. Two further academic terms and another period of internship allow students to qualify for a Swiss Higher Diploma and a final two academic semesters lead to the Bachelor level qualification.
HIM faculty are dedicated to bringing students a wealth of knowledge and experience from all sectors of the hospitality industry. The mix of teachers with both academic and industry backgrounds gives students a deep insight into the exciting challenges they will encounter on their career path.
Programs at HIM are designed to meet the needs of the hospitality industry and at Higher Diploma level the program specializations have been created with input from international hospitality leaders.
Small Intensive Classes
Students at HIM benefit from the small number of students in each class which creates an interactive and dynamic learning environment.
The international nature of the hospitality industry means that students are encouraged to learn languages to help in their future. HIM offers courses in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin (from term 4).
With four intakes per year, students are able to choose a start date that suits their needs. January, April, July or October.