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IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management

Address:  Avenue de la Gare 15, 2000 Neuchâtel,

Description IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management

Switzerland is a country where French, German, Italian and Retro Romansh languages ​​are recognized as state, only a small part of the population speaks it. And those who know the other three languages ​​plus English, it will not be difficult at all to get an education in local universities.
Switzerland has higher education institutions, popular throughout Europe. Especially prestigious are specialties in exact sciences, information and communication technologies.

This country is really comfortable for living and studying: a pleasant climate, high standards of living and security, a calm environment, a friendly population attracts a great deal of students to Switzerland.

The level of Swiss service has become the world standard. Many people from all over the world come to get an elite education in local schools of the hotel industry. Convenient location of Switzerland in the heart of Europe allows to visit neighboring countries in spare time.

IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel is a city located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. IHTTI School of Hotel Management, located on the shore of the largest lake in the country, which bears the same name as the city.

This is one of the very first schools of hotel industry, founded in 1984. Neuchâtel is a university town with a rich history, it is an hour's drive from Geneva and two hours from Zurich. International students can visit the famous ancient castle, paved with stone streets. It often hosts holidays - festivals of wine, concerts of street musicians.

You can also choose any sport in this city: 

  • Football;
  • Windsurfing; 
  • Sleigh rides;
  • Tennis; 
  • And many others.

IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management is a member of the Association of Schools of Hotel Management and Other Organizations, considered prestigious in this area. To take leading positions among such schools allows:

  • 20 years of experience;
  • Modern equipment; 
  • Close cooperation with one of the prestigious British universities Bournemouth University;
  • High qualification of the teaching staff;
  • Rich opportunities for student internships that are paid; 
  • A convenient location on the territory of the famous Swiss hotel Eurotel.

Studying programs at IHTTI School of Hotel Management 

The program lasts 3 years and includes 4 academic semesters. Each of them lasts 5 months, or 18 weeks. An additional 2 semesters with a duration of 4 to 6 months is a paid practice in Switzerland or in another country. Another 6 weeks are given to students to write a dissertation.

There is another option - a 5-month academic semester and 6 weeks for a thesis.

There are 40 academic hours per week. All classes are held on the basis of Eurotel. The language of education is English.

What is required from the entrants:

  • 18 years old;
  • Secondary school leaving certificate with successful grades;
  • English test results -IELTS 5.0; TOEFL 500. It is also possible to pass the test according to the IHTTI's own program.

An important moment for those who enter the second option program at the IHTTI School of Hotel Management

If a student enters the accelerated program immediately and misses the Certificate, Diploma and Swiss Higher Diploma programs, the requirements for it are slightly different:

  • IELTS level - 5.5;
  • TOEFL - 525.


In the first two years of the study, the internship takes 4 to 6 months after the end of the academic semester. Students work in hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, getting a good salary. In the third year, students are already on probation for 2 semesters, each lasting 5 months, or 18 weeks.

The data on earnings during practice after deductions for taxes, food, accommodation and insurance is the amount of the net balance 1,168 - 1,450 francs per month. Assistance to students in finding work during the internship is free.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management

Program name
07.09.2020 -04.06.2021 01.02.2021 -28.01.2020
from 30 350 CHF / semester

The program BA (Hons) DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students who successfully completed the 45-week academic course and  the 2-semester practice, that is, they mastered the programs Certificate, Diploma, Swiss Higher Diploma.

Those who apply for accelerated BA DEGREE program without initial studying at IHTTI present the results of the English language test: IELTS from 5.5 and TOEFL - 525. It is also advisable to provide a certificate of experience in this field.

This program was developed with the participation of the British university Derby, which is a partner of the school. In the UK, this university is the 4th in the ranking of educational institutions for hotel management and tourism.

The graduates of the program receive BA (Hons) Degree diploma in the direction of International Hospitality and Design Management.

Bachelor of Arts

Specialty: International Hospitality and Design Management.

Subjects studied by students:

1 semester (5 months)

  1. Catering: restaurant service and work of the kitchen:
  • Development and design of the menu;
  • Hygiene rules;
  • How to cook food and drinks;
  • Serving and decorating the table.

2. Catering: practical skills in a restaurant.
3. Public catering: control of pricing and management.
4. Fundamentals of accounting.
5. Introduction to hospitality and tourism.
6. Application of information technology.
7. Career development rules, staff development.
8. French, German or Spanish.

At the end of the semester - practical paid work in restaurants and hotels of the country or abroad (4 - 6 months) is organized.

2 semester (5 months)

1. Hotel management: planning, analysis, control.
2. Management of hotel staff.
3. Hotel services.
4. Service of banquet.
5. The initial course of design.
6. Application of audiovisual technologies.
7. Fundamentals of marketing.
8. Finance.
9. Hospitality: management and communications.
10. French or German.
At the end of the semester - practical paid work in restaurants and hotels of the country or abroad (4 - 6 months) is organized.

3 semester (5 months)

1. Services: management and marketing.
2. Management and personnel management.
3. Promotion of the product and brand.
4. Management accounting.
5. Evaluation and research.
6. Logistics.
7. Interior design.
8. Design and management in tourism and hotel industry.
9. Use of web design.
10. French or German.

4 semester (5 months)

  • Studying the business strategy.
  • Study of personnel management.
  • Design and Technology: Innovation.
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship : ways of development.
  • Research of consumer behavior.
  • Project management.
  • Independent research.

Accommodation and food

Students are provided with accommodation:

  • Standard single or double rooms with telephone, Wi-Fi, in-room amenities;
  • Deluxe rooms with all standard options, and cable and satellite TV;
  • Superior Deluxe rooms - to the previous options a mini fridge, DVD player, HiFi music system are added. The rooms of this class often have a balcony with a beautiful view to The Lake Neuchatel. The hotel staff makes weekly cleaning of the room, change of bed linen and towels.

On weekdays students eat on full board, on weekends - lunch and dinner in one of the restaurants of choice: Fashionista cafeteria or Luxus. A vegetarian or a special menu is available.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: Audiovisual technologies, Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality & Design Management, Banquet service, Bookkeeping, Career development, personnel development, Control of pricing, management, Design, management in the field of tourism, Evaluation and research, finance, French, german language, Hotel business, Hotel business: planning, analysis, Hotel management, Hotel management: management, communication, Hotel services, Information Technology, Interior Design, Management Accounting, Management and personnel management, Management of hotel staff, Master of International Business in Hotel & Design Management, Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel & Design Management, Principles of marketing, Product and brand promotion, Restaurant service and kitchen, Services: management, marketing, Spanish, Use of web design, Working skills in a restaurant,  Initial design course,  logistics

Events IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management

Tuition fee includes two excursions per semester. One of them is a practical excursion with visiting restaurants and hotels. The other is cognitive, accompanied by a guide. International evenings, sporting events are often arranged.

Equipment IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management

IHTTI School of Hotel Management offers to its students:

  • 11 classrooms, equipped with the latest technology;
  • A cozy student lounge for relaxation;
  • A recreation room with a TV, a vending machine with drinks, video;
  • Computer class with Internet access;
  • A library;
  • Evening bar for students, open from Tuesday to Sunday;
  • Working all week gym;
  • Wi-Fi in all school premises. 

Throughout the time, students are trained in practice, performing in a variety of roles, ranging from bartenders and chambermaids and ending with managers of major conferences. The concept of education at this school is such that everyone should know the entire scope of the hotel industry in the smallest detail - after all, graduates will organize this work themselves and control it. Qualified teachers not only train highly skilled managers, but also train them to generate their own creative ideas and implement them. At the end of the program students receive a diploma Bachelor of Arts.

Term dates and fees


Semesters of the year:

  • 1st: 02.02 - 05.05;
  • 2nd: 07.09 - 29.01.

Tuition and accommodation prices (in Swiss francs)

1 semester Swiss certificate in Food & Beverage:

  • Winter - 25,700;
  • From autumn - 26,250.

2 semester Swiss Diploma in International Hotel Operations Management:

  • Winter - 25,700;
  • From autumn - 26,250.

3 semester Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel & amp; Design Management:

  • Winter - 25,700;
  • From autumn - 26,250.

4 semester BA (Hons) Degree Program:

  • Winter  - 26,700;
  • From autumn - 27,250.

Surcharge for accommodation (1 semester)


  • Winter - 2700;
  • From autumn - 2 850.

Deluxe double:

  • Winter- 1 800;
  • From autumn - 1 900.

Deluxe single:

  • Winter - 3 800;
  • From autumn - 3 950.

The cost of tuition and accommodation includes:

  • Lessons of the selected program;
  • Use of studying materials;
  • Accommodation in a double standard room;
  • Meals - full board on weekdays and half board on weekends;
  • Internet;
  • Classes in the gym;
  • Participate in 2 excursions per semester;
  • Help in finding a restaurant or hotel for practice;
  • Student's card;
  • Student's uniform.

Additional costs, which are also mandatory:

  • 3500 - for 1 semester;
  • Registration fee at school - 350;
  • Compulsory school deposit - 1500. Upon completion of studies, the insurance is deducted from this amount - 125 francs per month;
  • 2800 - for the 2nd and 3rd semester.

Additional costs:

  • Admission to the program;
  • Consular fee at the embassy;
  • Cancellation insurance (optional) - 390 per term;
  • Medical insurance for obtaining a visa - 35 euro per semester;
  • Transfer from the Geneva airport - 275 one way;
  • Delivery of documents by express mail companies - 195;
  • Bank charges;
  • Travel tickets;
  • Visa services and translation of documents.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management reviews

Daria N.

Awesome level from and to: starting from equipment in classes and ending with internships. 

I wanted to get an education in the field of hotel service in Switzerland. Switzerland itself is a rich and prosperous country, which means it can ensure a truly high international level. I calculated all the expenses, I passed on the language certificate and my documents were accepted at the first try. 

Within a couple of weeks you will still work out the theory on an internship or working hours. This is convenient: everything is remembered at many times better (by living examples), and internships are paid by themselves. I can’t say that it directly pays for the cost of IHHTI (education in Switzerland is not cheap), but it is enough for current everyday expenses, so-called pocket money unloads. Absolutely all students, any directions - everyone studies in real conditions. At the reception desk, booking service, event department, and even at the maid service and restaurants. Specifically, I like the fact that no one gates to work: considering the status of the university, it could be assumed that there will be solid rich scions of hotel empires, but in reality everything is different. People who know what sacrifices and labors are involved go for the sake of the profession and are ready to plow for three. Personally, I like this approach, I myself pursue the same goals.

Highly qualified teaching staff that provides interesting cases and real life situations. They can say "I had such and such a moment, how would you solve this question?" We sit, discuss everything, then the teacher says how everything was decided then, and again we analyze the causes / consequences, etc.


I study at the baccalaureate in IHTTI School of Hotel Management , and my trip was organized by Smapse company - I was very pleased why I am writing this review.

I thought of getting an education abroad: the prestige of the foreign diploma can not be compared, comfortable living conditions and effective studying. I recommend everyone not to lose time and turn to educational agents. I chose Smapse as they work as official representatives, and do not take money as intermediaries.

I was quickly picked up by the university - bets hotel business education is in Switzerland. I look forward to the first internship (by the way, they are obligatory here for everyone, and it will not work out as we do in practice) - I want to try everything I learned in practice! Of course, it was difficult to enter: I had to pull up English very quickly (I needed a certificate IELTS ). SMAPSE also helped me to prepare for passing the language exam, I took preparation courses to IELTS. In just a few weeks, I knew everything about IELTS and passed it even better than I expected.

Thanks to the company, I'm very pleased with Smapse! Now, when my friends ask me, I recommend this company.

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Studying in Switzerland: every day is an inspiring experience

Any country is a special mentality, culture, natural landscape, standard of living. Each country is suitable for its resident. As well as a particular university - its student. Alexandra Pyshmintseva always knew for sure that she would not study in her native city, but at least in the capital, or abroad. Somewhere out there, in a big metropolis, at an international university, she saw herself surrounded by interesting people, events, ideas. The girl's dream came true. In on-line correspondence Alexander agreed to briefly tell our readers about her studies in "Swiss School of Hotel Management IHTTI »:

- How did you end up in Switzerland? How did you choose the educational program?

- When I was in the last grades of the school, I was fortunate enough to become a participant of the UN conference in Geneva. From this trip, I started thinking about studying in Switzerland. After a series of real meetings with different people, living, studying and working in this country, I realized that I would like to get an education there: I was endlessly attracted by travel, new experience, communication and promising areas of service. So I realized that the hotel business is what I need.

- With what difficulties did you face when studying abroad?

- There were no special problems: everything was organized at the highest level, and we did not have time for "swinging". Very quickly, and tightened and learning, and new hobbies, and new people, so I did not have time to get bored or sad about something.

- Bring some striking examples describing the life of a student at a Swiss university.

- The locals are quite friendly. Perhaps the Swiss might seem a little "unnatural", because they know how to hide their emotions and not show true attitude towards you. The main thing is not to disturb their peace and comfort zone. In general, the student's life in Switzerland is wonderful. There it is safe, there are many opportunities for entertainment, because of the close distances you can easily move from city to city or to other countries to change your environment and impressions.

- What are your relationships with teachers and classmates? What was the most exciting in the process of studying?

- In the school there was a special family atmosphere, I had excellent relations with teachers and classmates. When you are in the same space 24 hours 7 days a week, it remains only with all to establish contact. With classmates, relationships are tied up at once: as much time is spent working on joint projects. Students and teachers of my university - this is generally a separate topic! I love them very much. Everyone brought something new and memorable to my life! As for learning, I immediately got involved, prepared assignments with enthusiasm and went to all classes with pleasure. Again, the whole process of studying is very organized and well-established, you just need to properly manage your time. I was very fond of making presentations, as you can learn everything: professionally build them, clearly speak, respond quickly to questions, manage attention and be able to present yourself to people.

- How much is the cost of studying and living in Switzerland? How a newcomer can adapt to it?

- The cost of my studying included accommodation, meals, insurance and so on. I believe that the price is justified, given the standard of living in Switzerland. In addition, from the first year of study, all students undergo compulsory paid internships in hotels in Switzerland and other countries of the world, so it is possible to partially recover the funds spent. It is difficult to say how much money you need for additional expenses: everyone spends differently. I advise newly arrived students not to get lost and be sociable, then everything will be fine.

- What educational programs in Switzerland do you consider the most attractive for foreign students? What do you recommend to those who hesitates over a choice?

- I can say with confidence that studying the sphere of tourism, design, hospitality in Switzerland is perspective and attractive! This is one of the fastest growing spheres of business, they do not stand still, they are innovative. Travel is a trend, and tourism and hospitality industry is a lifestyle. In my opinion, the future student needs to carefully study main subjects - each university has some special feature and direction. And best of all to seek help from specialists of the company "SMAPSE" , they have enormous opportunities and knowledge related to accompanying students abroad, they will help in choosing an educational institution and program.

- What was the most inspiring experience during the educational program?

- Every day was and is for me an inspiring experience, something new and unexplored is constantly happening in my life. Such variety is an inspiration! The environment, the overall working and friendly atmosphere in studying influences me. In my case, all the guys came to our school with one common desire - to get education and new experience, to make a jump on the career ladder and to develop further. That is why, according to the law of synergy in the learning process, I was in constant tonus and wanted to move only forward.

- How does your career develop at the moment?

- Now I work as an assistant to the general director in a chain of world-class hotels. I can not say that it was very easy to find a job, but it's not an industry or a specific person's problem, it's just a process that requires time, resources, knowledge and skills.

- With what country do you associate your professional future?

- At the moment I live and work in Russia. It is difficult to plan something further, and I do not want to! Now, it seems to me, it's time to live in Russia, but I will not make a guess. I always have the opportunity to work in another country thanks to the education in Switzerland .

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