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Swiss Hotel Management School

#5 program in the world in the Hospitality&Leisure Management in the world
Address: Rue du Panorama 2, 1824 Caux / Montreux

Description Swiss Hotel Management School

Anyone who speaks English, German, French or Italian can become a graduate in the Swiss schools of hotel and tourist management. It is a multilingual country where such schools are concentrated. They provide high world prestige and professional diplomas recognized all over the world. In Switzerland there is also a comfortable climate, high-quality service and many opportunities not only for elite education, but also for a quiet, safe life and active recreation.

Swiss Hotel Management School in the cities of Caux and Leisane

SHMS (Swiss Hotel Management School) is one of the largest and most famous schools of the hotel industry, Association SEG. The SHMS is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, founded in 1984 and has two campuses. One of them is a campus in the town of Koh, in the five-star Caux-Palace hotel. From here, it takes only 20 minutes drive to the city of Montreux and Lake Geneva, where many famous people, including Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Byron, Nabokov, Chaplin, stayed.

The second campus of the Swiss Hotel Management School is located in Leysin. It is a small town situated high above the sea level - at an altitude of 1200 m. Leyzan is only an hour and a half away from Geneva. For education and accommodation, students are provided with rooms in two hotels. This is a modern "Belvedere" with all the latest technical innovations and an old "Mont Blanc". The hotels are connected by a branch of SHMS skytrain.

Studying lasts three years, including 4 academic semesters, each of which lasts 5 months, or 18 weeks, and two semesters of practice with salary, which is compulsory. Each practical semester lasts 4 - 6 months.

Language of instruction is English.


Each academic year includes one semester of students' practical work in restaurants and hotels, it lasts 4 - 6 months and begins after the end of the academic semester. A place for practice is provided to every student for free. During the time of work, students are guaranteed to earn 1,168 - 1,450 francs a month after taxes, insurance, accommodation and meals.

Requirements for applicants for admission to the SHMS:

  • The age of at least 18 years;
  • Successful certificate of secondary education;
  • The results of English tests: IELTS no less than 5.0; TOEFL - 500 and higher. You can also take the Oxford Online Placement Test. To enter the school you need to score at least 50 points.


After graduation, students receive two degrees:

  • Swiss;
  • English, because the SHMS school works in partnership with the British University of Derby;
  • The third diploma of American Hotel & Lodging Association can be obtained at will, after passing several more exams. Additional exams are paid separately.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Swiss Hotel Management School

Program name
07.09.2020 -29.01.2021
from 30 350 CHF / semester

The contents of the BA Degree Program

The students can choose three courses of study based on the knowledge and practice of the first years of study:

  • BA in Hospitality Management;
  • BA in Hospitality & amp; Events Management;
  • BA Events Management.

The BA Degree Program was developed jointly with the British University of Derby - the owner of the 4th place in the ranking of educational institutions of hotel and tourism management in the UK.

The program of the first semester

1. Catering: restaurant service and kitchen work; creation and design of the menu; follow the rules of hygiene, the rules of cooking and drinking, the rules of design and serving.
2. Practical skills of working in restaurants of public catering.
3. Costs: identification and control.
4. Introduction to hospitality and tourism.
5. Principles of accounting in public catering and tourism business.
6. Information technology: use of e-mail and Internet in hotel and tourism management. Studying in planning, design and presentation.
7. Perfection of personal development and communications. Qualities and skills of managers, personnel management, personnel development, career planning and implementation are studied.
8. Business industry.
9. French, German or Spanish language of choice.


Paid work is offered to sudents in Swiss or foreign hotels and restaurants as maid, Barmen, waiters, kitchen staff, at the reception.

Program of the 2nd semester

1. Business management: the impact of business practices on the consumer, the product of the business as such, the success factors.

2. Management of hotels: planning, analysis, control.
3. Personnel management.
4. Study of hotel rooms: categories of rooms, work of reception and number service, booking and related operations.
5. Number fund Hotel: practical skills in the work of reception and room service.
6. Marketing: market segmentation, differentiation, positioning and sales.
7. Financial management: calculation, reporting.
8. Business communications.
9. Event management.
10. Introduction to tourism and geography: directions and types of tourism and tourists, their motivation, analysis of economic, social, cultural prerequisites for different types of travel.
11. The service of banquets.
12. Principles of management of hotel and tourist facilities.
13. Lessons in French, German or Spanish.


Paid work is offered to students in Swiss or foreign hotels and restaurants as maid, barmen, waiters, kitchen staff, at the reception.

Contents of 3 semesters

1. Income Management: strategies.
2. Human Resources Management.
3. Marketing and management in the service industry.
4. Independent research project.
5. Managerial Accounting.
6. Industry Economics Hospitality and service.
7. Classes in French, German or Spanish.

After 9 weeks of studying, students are divided by the following specialties:

  • Managing the business of the hotel.
  • Manager of entertainment management: creating, implementing and maintaining projects and ideas.

Contents of 4 semesters

1. Modern trends in the tourism and hotel business.
2. Strategic management.

Then students are divided into specializations.

  • BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management:
  • Risk management; catering; study of consumer needs; business strategy; cultural diversity.
  • BA (Hons) in Hospitality & amp; Event Management: PR, marketing; consumer needs; organization of events, project management.
  • BA (Hons) in Events Management.

After completing the BA Degree Program and all practical semesters, students can choose to pursue their Master's studies (MA in International Hospitality Management) during an additional year.

Accommodation, housing and food

Student accommodation:

  • Standard rooms for 1 or 2 people with shared facilities;
  • Deluxe rooms with private facilities, TV, telephone and a beautiful view of the lake or mountains;
  • Superior Deluxe rooms - Deluxe multimedia equipment is added to DVD and Wi-Fi. Cleaning, change of bed and towels is done once a week.

Nutrition of students:

  • Weekdays: 3 times a day;
  • Weekends: 2 times a day.

The Caux-Palace campus offers students a choice of three restaurants:

  • Four Seasons; 
  • Le Caux-Palace; 
  • Trendz.

On the Leysin campus:

  • The International buffet Sitio;
  • Le Mont-Blanc Palace;
  • The Market Place cafeteria.

Special dietary requirements are taken into account: there are vegetarian and other options.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Bachelor in Hospitality and / or Events Management, Banquet service, Business communication, Business industry, Costs: Identification and control, Event management, financial resources, French, german language, Hospitality economy, Hotel business, Hotel business studies, Hotel management, Hotel management: planning, control, Information Technology, Management Accounting, Management of human resources, Management of tourism, marketing, Marketing in the service industry, Master of International Business in Hotel & Resort Management (with Specialization), Master of International Business in Hotel Management, Master of Science in International Hospitality Management, Personal development and communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel & Events Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Operations Management, Research project, Restaurant service and kitchen, Revenue management, Skills of working in restaurants, Strategic management, Tour business accounting

Events Swiss Hotel Management School

The cost of each semester at Swiss Hotel Management School includes two excursions blocks: one - with visits to hotels and restaurants for practical study, the other - cognitive, accompanied by a guide. There are also sports competitions, international evenings.

Equipment Swiss Hotel Management School

Caux-Palace-Campus offers to students:

  • Modern comfortable classrooms with the latest equipment;
  • Audiences for listening to lectures;
  • Own theater;
  • Well-equipped computer classes;
  • Modern multimedia center ;
  • Comfortable student lounge;
  • Internet cafes and Wi-Fi;
  • Kitchens and restaurants specially equipped for practical training;
  • Gym;
  • Tables for ping-pong;
  • Bar and disco;
  • Rest room with TV, video, vending machines;
  • A playground for volleyball.

Leysin-Campus "University Center" provides:

  • Classrooms with modern equipment;
  • Computer class with access to high-speed Internet;
  • An audience for watching videos;
  • A high-tech multimedia center;
  • Restaurants, cafes, a kitchen for practical classes;
  • Room for individual lessons and reading;
  • Gym with a variety of simulators;
  • A disco and several bars;
  • A SPA center equipped with a sauna and a jacuzzi;
  • A relaxation room with table tennis;
  • Sports grounds for Volleyball, basketball, football and other active sports.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price includes:

  • Studying the selected program;
  • Use of studying materials;
  • Hotel accommodation in a standard double room;
  • Meals: weekdays - full board, weekend - half board;
  • Internet and library;
  • Classes in the gym;
  • 2 excursions per semester;
  • Assistance in finding a restaurant or hotel for practice.

Additional costs (required):

  • Registration fee at school - 350;
  • Compulsory school deposit - 1500. Upon completion of studies, the insurance is deducted from this amount and actually incurred expenses - 125 francs per month;
  • Student card;
  • Textbooks;
  • Travel tickets;
  • 2 excursions;
  • Internet;
  • Insurance;
  • Taxes;
  • Sports gym.

Additional payments:

  • Admission to the program;
  • Consular fee at the Embassy;
  • Cancellation insurance (optional) - 390 per semester;
  • Medical insurance for obtaining a visa - 3,5 euro per day;
  • Transfer from the Geneva airport - 225 to one side;
  • Express delivery of documents by postal companies - 195;
  • Bank charges;
  • Air tickets;
  • Visa services.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams


Entry Requirements


  • From 17 years old
  • High school diploma
  • Certificates IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 55

Postgraduate program

  • 21 years
  • Bachelor's degree, or work experience of 3 years in the hospitality industry or a related field
  • Certificates IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 55

Master of International Business (Hotel Management)

  • 21 years
  • Bachelor's degree, or work experience of 3 years in the hospitality industry or a related field
  • Certificates IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 67

Master of International Business (hotel and resort management)

  • 21 years
  • Bachelor's degree, or work experience of 3 years in the hospitality industry or a related field
  • Certificates IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 55

Master of Science in International Hospitality Degree

  • Bachelor's degree with experience in management in the hospitality industry / event organization
  • Experience from 8 months
  • Certificates IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80.

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Swiss Hotel Management School reviews


Absolutely all the expectations were confirmed. Swiss Hotel Management School is excellent.

I graduated from high school in the USA. After that, I decided to enter Swiss Hotel Management School.

There are students from all over the world: a lot of Europeans and representatives of Asian countries. It is necessary to memorize and assimilate huge amounts of information: the first internship was especially difficult, since you need to quickly transfer the whole theory into practice and not screw it up. But further it is simpler: you get used to confirm everything perfect as possible, in real-life examples and situations - you learn from your own mistakes.

There are theoretical classrooms and practical zones, all the equipment is modern, high-quality technical programs. Of course, the price is completely inhumane (and the country is expensive in principle, so even souvenirs will not be cheap), but everyone is sure that if you earned a SHMS diploma, then you're a TOP specialist. 


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