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Professional education & training college

Do you dream about climbing the career ladder? Your dreams could come true with first-class training at a hotel management school. The study programmes are renowned for their practical relevance, their comprehensive training and their high quality. Hotel management schools prepare you for professional and leadership responsibilities within the hospitality and catering sector.

The hotel management schools endorsed and recommended by hotelleriesuisse / the Swiss Hotel Assocation are recognised as PET colleges by the Swiss Federal Government. During the comprehensive three-year course, study and practice alternate, the PET Colleges enable you to put theory into practice right from the start. Once you have acquired your hotel management school degree in Hospitality Management (Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / Dipl. Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF), you are ready to embark on independent professional and management roles in the hospitality and catering sector.

The hotel management schools in Passugg and Thun are long-established education partners of hotelleriesuisse / the Swiss Hotel Assocation and their excellent study programmes provide the perfect foundation for a career in the hospitality industry. The education programmes of both schools are officially recognised by the Swiss Government to be in accordance with the new federal framework syllabus.

  • Target audience

    Hotel management schools are designed for ambitious students who have completed a three-year basic vocational education & training course (EFZ ≈ apprenticeship) in the hotel and catering sector and who want to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge. A hotel management school is also ideal for those with a university entrance qualification, who are interested in entering the hospitality and catering industry.

  • Entry requirements
    • Completion of a three-year Federal VET Diploma (EFZ –apprenticeship) or general education at secondary level II (vocational baccalaureate or academic baccalaureate)
    • Professional experience in the hospitality or catering sector
    • Knowledge of English and French/Italian

    Detailed information about requirements is listed for each individual course.

  • Courses and qualifications

    Studying at a hotel management school lasts three years and includes either two or three six-month work placements at home or abroad. Apart from acquiring professional expertise in the key strategic areas of the hospitality industry, you will also build up knowledge in business administration which is essential for management functions in a hospitality or catering business. Particular emphasis is laid on the development of social skills.

    You can do the course in German at both the Thun Hotel Management School and the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH). Here, in three of the four recently accredited hotel management school courses, you can lay the foundation for your management career in the hospitality industry. At the SSTH in Passugg, the course is also available in English – a good alternative if you are contemplating a career in an international environment. You will find more information about the three courses here:

    Thun Hotel Management School
    Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice HF / Dipl. Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF

    Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH)
    Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice HF / Dipl. Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF

    Both schools are members of the Regional Council of PET Colleges.

  • Fees

    The course fees vary depending on the provider. You will find a list of charges for each course below:

  • Financial Support

    Here you can find out more about the opportunities for financial support offered by the Tschumi Foundation and the Emil-Boral Foundation. Some scholarships are also available and your hotel management school will be able to provide you with further details.

Should you be interested in studying at a hotel management school, we recommend that you attend an open day on campus. Below, you will find dates for such events at both locations:

www.hoteleducation.ch/agenda