Bachelor of Arts - International Hospitality Management

3 years
39,800 CHF/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Multiple Locations / Switzerland
SHMS - Swiss Hotel Management School

Program description

This degree program combines classic hospitality training with cutting-edge management theory and practice, setting you apart from the competition. Graduating with a focus on events or design will give you an edge in the competitive hospitality business.

Graduate with a:

  • Bachelor (in chosen specialization) from Swiss Hotel Management School
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (in chosen specialization) from the University of Derby

Program structure

1 tear (Caux Campus)

Semester 1

  • Beverage Studies
  • Introduction to Hospitality and Events
  • Introduction to Service and Kitchen Theory
  • Service and Kitchen Practice
  • Food and Beverage Cost Control
  • Hospitality Design I
  • Accounting I
  • Business and Academic Communications I
  • Art of Employability I
  • Language I (French or German)

Worldwide internship (4-6 months)

2 year (Caux Campus)

Semester 2

  • Yield and Revenue Optimization
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality Design II
  • Housekeeping Management
  • Accounting II
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Event Concept Design
  • Business and Academic Communications II
  • Art of Employability II
  • Language II (French or German)

Worldwide internship (4-6 months)

3 year (Leysin Campus)

During semesters 3 and 4, you will be able to focus on your specialization and finalize your studies with an integrated business, or design project of 6 weeks.

Semester 3

  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Marketing and Branding Management
  • Accounting III
  • Project Management
  • Research and Reporting
  • Chosen specialization (see below)

Semester 4

  • Contemporary Trends
  • Strategic Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • International Resort & Spa Management
  • Chosen specialization (see below)

Independent Study (6 weeks) - Digital portfolio project

  • Project presentation – (hotel business plan, company event or hotel design)
  • Digital CV – banquet, digital marketing projects, etc
  • Reflective iBook – final chapter of critical reflection


Hospitality Management

  • AI and Digital Innovation
  • MICE and Logistics
  • Hospitality Economics
  • Ethics, Sustainability, and Business Culture
  • Food and Beverage Development
  • People and Intercultural Strategies

Events Management

  • MICE and Logistics
  • Hospitality Economics
  • Event Experience Creation
  • Event Experience Management
  • Sustainable Events Management
  • Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

Design Management

  • Digital Design and Visual Technology
  • Hospitality Design III
  • Food and Beverage Outlet Design
  • AutoCAD
  • Innovation in Design and Technology
  • Retail Management of Luxury Brands


1 year

1 semester

  • Tuition - 27,200 CHF
  • Accommodation - 5,800 CHF
  • Meals - 2,500 CHF
  • Extra expenses - 4,300 CHF


2 year

2 semester

  • Tuition - 26,600 CHF
  • Accommodation - 5,800 CHF
  • Meals - 2,500 CHF
  • Extra expenses - 3,600 CHF


3 year

3 semester

  • Tuition - 26,600 CHF
  • Accommodation - 5,800 CHF
  • Meals - 2,500 CHF
  • Extra expenses - 3,200 CHF


4 semester

  • Tuition - 27,300 CHF
  • Accommodation - 5,800 CHF
  • Meals - 2,500 CHF
  • Extra expenses - 4,000 CHF


TOTAL CHF - 156,000 CHF

A security deposit of CHF 1’500 is required from all applicants. The monthly health insurance premiums during internships (CHF 140 per month) as well as any damage/loss of school property by students will be deducted from the security deposit.

Please note that accommodation is mandatory for semesters 1 & 2. During semester breaks accommodation is available at an additional cost of CHF 400 per week and may be reserved through the front desk team.

Requirements for applicants

  • Completed secondary school education (IB Diploma, IBCP Diploma**, Maturité, Abitur, French Bac, 2 A-levels, high school diploma or equivalent). Direct entry options or credit transfer options may be available for IBCP, IBDP and BTEC Candidates.
  • Recommended minimum age of 17 years old
  • English language proficiency of IELTS academic module 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 55 or equivalent. If you don't have the required language level, you can improve your language and study skills with our English Foundation Program. Please note that if you require a visa, Swiss authorities need to be provided with a valid TOEFL or IELTS score (not older than one year).


  • Taking university-level coursework requires that you meet the demands of lectures, seminars, and assignments. If English is not your first language, you are required to complete a short language assessment during the induction period. If you do not meet the minimum level for your academic program, you will be required to participate in the Advance Learning Program which runs in parallel to your regular studies and supports your academic progression. Students who benefit from this program will not be charged an additional fee.

About the university

We are the second-best hospitality school in Switzerland and the third-best in the world, fusing the finest of Switzerland's long history of hospitality with cutting-edge teaching methods. We firmly believe in the value of experiential learning. For this reason, we provide real-world, hands-on teaching in all areas of our curriculum.

By hosting events for actual consumers, managing the numerous restaurants or spa facilities on campus, or creating interior design proposals suitable for implementation in real-world settings, we can help our students develop their abilities.

Some of the best players in the world can enter through our exclusive alliances and internship possibilities. Gain priceless real-world experience, establish connections with key stakeholders, and pick the brains of industry leaders - both in the classroom and at work. The curriculum helps your employability and professional growth and is informed by the industry.

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