Business and Hotel Management School

About B.H.M.S

Full Speed Bachelor of Arts Degree

BHMS (together with The Robert Gordon University) has designed one of the fastest track BA Degrees in Switzerland without compromising its educational quality. At BHMS, students can achieve a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management in 18 months of study plus an 18-month paid internship period. A similar education in another Swiss hotel management school would require 24 months of study plus a 12 month internship period. This gives BHMS graduates an advantage of studying 6 months less while gaining 6 additional months of paid work experience in Switzerland.

Unique 5-Week Term System

BHMS has implemented a unique system of education by dividing a 20-week semester into four mini-terms of 5 weeks each. This system enables students to focus on only 3 to 4 academic subjects at a time instead of the usual 8-10 subjects as in other Swiss hotel schools. As a result, BHMS students are able to complete 12-14 academic subjects within a 6 month period without overloading them.

Guaranteed Internship & Graduate Placement

Industry training is an integral part of the study program at BHMS. During every academic year, students are required to carry out a 4-6 month industry training period in a hotel or a restaurant approved by BHMS. In addition, BHMS works with numerous international placement agencies that specialize in placing graduate students in Europe, Asia and North America. A Career and Placement Counselor assists students with placements in hotels and restaurants in Switzerland and abroad.

Important reasons why you should apply through us!

It’s 100% FREE

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We have a contact person in the university

Through our agreement with the university, we have the luxury of having our own contact person inside the university. It means you’ll only need to have one person from our end solving all your needs. No need for you to talk to different people every time you call the university!

We have experience

We have helped hundreds of students get into different international universities. We know the drill. You will be speaking to one of our experienced supervisors who will personally help you get through the process stress-free!

Student groups

Through the years, we have been very successful in connecting our students through facebooks groups. You will find other international students who are in the same shoes as you are. In our groups, new and former students discuss everything from sharing accommodation to catching up on the next party! Why don’t you join?

How to apply
Step-by-Step

1. Choose your program

Undergraduate Hospitality / Global Management Programs

English Foundation Program

Course Objective
The University English Foundation program is a dynamic course involving active learning that promotes English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students activate listening skills by hearing authentic material with the goals of extending their knowledge of phonology, grammar and dialogue, as well as making inferences based on what they hear.
Speaking exercises are both restricted and spontaneous within the context of tourism and leisure based activities. Reading skills include scanning and skimming for gist and detailed information. In writing, both the process and product approaches are used to facilitate the teaching of grammar and structure within the context of business specific writing.

Procedures such as brainstorming (generating ideas), outlining, drafting, and structuring will be internalized by students. Self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, proofreading and editing also make up the writing criteria. University English foundation program comprises 15 – 20 tutor contact hours per week Monday to Friday. Small classes ensure that attention is given to each individual’s unique ability. In addition, students will be introduced to western culture, verbal and non-verbal communication as well as food & personal hygiene. Professional excursions, field trips and hands-on activities are integral parts of the University English Foundation program for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Swiss hospitality sector.

Important:
University English Foundation Program is only offered to certain nationalities who have no restriction in obtaining Swiss study visa with English level not sufficient to study at a University program.

Diploma:  Hospitality Management (Year One)

This one-year program is designed for those who have completed their secondary education and are looking for a career in the hospitality/tourism industry or the international business sector. The program has a dual focus on developing a broad understanding of the operational aspects of the international hotel industry and building knowledge of key business and management principles. It comprises of one semester of 20 weeks plus 4- 6 months paid internship in Switzerland or overseas.

Admission Requirements:

  • Secondary school’s diploma
  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
  • Minimum 17 years of age

Higher Diploma: Hospitality Management (Year Two)

This second year provides the knowledge needed to further a career in global tourism, hospitality and other multi-national business sectors. Students advance their understanding and skills in business management with subjects that include accounting, sales and marketing as well as human resources management. It comprises one semester of 20 weeks plus 4- 6 months paid internship. After completing the two-year program at the BHMS Business & Hotel Management School students decide either to follow the BA in Hotel & Hospitality Management or the BA in Global Business Management final year pathway.

Admission Requirements:

  • BHMS Diploma or equivalent
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

BA Degree: Hotel & Hospitality Management (Year Three)

The BA in Hotel and Hospitality Management program provides all students with an academic qualification that is attractive to potential employers: the skills and ability to enter the working world and a ‹tool box› that can be applied to a range of careers in the hospitality industry. Graduates may become accomplished managers, capable of working across a range of public and private enterprises including leisure facilities, hotels, theme parks, conferences, exhibitions and event management.

Admission Requirements:

  • BHMS Higher Diploma or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 level or equivalent

BA Degree: Global Business Management (Year Three)

The BA in Global Business Management program provides the student with an academic qualification and skill set that is attractive to potential employers across a range of global business sectors in fields such as international sales and marketing, finance and controlling, banking, human resources, operations management, supply chain management and administrative positions in government and NGOs.

Admission Requirements:

  • BHMS Higher Diploma or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Summer Courses

CAREER IN THE HOSPITALITY & GLOBAL BUSINESS

Hospitality, travel and tourism are one of the most dynamic industries in today’s global economy. A broad range of career opportunities is available in various sectors, such as:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Meeting and event planning
  • VIP and luxury services
  • Airlines, cruises and other transportation
  • Leisure, recreation and sports management
  • Spa and wellness management

TWO-WEEK FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM

BHMS Business & Hotel Management School in Lucerne has developed a two-week familiarization programme for school leavers or University graduates with the following objectives:

  • Discover your career goals and the ideal training needed to attain these.
  • Obtain the first-hand experience of the skills and demands for a career in the tourism and global management sector.
  • Experience Switzerland and Lucerne as a study destination.

Culinary Arts

Diploma Culinary Arts

The BHMS Diploma in Culinary Arts introduces students to the world of food production through basic operational techniques and hands-on core competency training. Highlights of this first year include classic European cooking methods, cuts, stocks and sauces as a foundation stone. Patisserie skills are developed through two specialized courses and industry essentials of food safety and nutrition are taught in preparation for the students’ first industry training placement.

Admission Requirements:

  • Secondary school’s diploma
  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
  • Minimum 17 years of age

Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts

The BHMS Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts increases the students’ fundamental understanding of international culinary principles gained at the Diploma level. Practical highlights of this second year include advanced cold kitchen techniques, advanced training in contemporary dish creation and presentation as well as a dedicated chocolatier course. Students start additionally to develop their managerial skills through core business subjects, preparing them for a broad range of culinary career opportunities.

Admission Requirements:

  • BHMS Diploma or equivalent
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts

The third and final year, leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts builds on the students’ existing culinary competencies and experiences to deepen and hone practical, leadership and business skills. Highlights of this third-year program include inter-disciplinary management of food service operations, including customer service, resource planning and management. New product development, molecular cuisine, technology applications and managing teams in the kitchen labs provide additional capstone learning in a variety of skill areas before students progress to their final industry training and job placement.

Admission Requirement:

  • BHMS Higher Diploma or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Direct Entry Culinary Arts

Direct Entry into the Culinary Arts Higher Diploma Term: this status is granted to applicants who have successfully completed at least one academic year of culinary management education (with English as a study medium) at one accredited institution and have earned equivalent to ca. 60 ECTS (or 120 CATS).

Postgraduate Diploma in Culinary Arts

Program Overview
The BHMS Postgraduate Diploma in Culinary Arts is designed for degree holders in other fields, wishing to re-align their career into the culinary sector. It combines a hands-on approach to culinary operations and elementary food preparation skills with more advanced techniques and creativity in the latter part of the program. Managerial skills are enhanced through key, applied theory courses to ensure a balanced conversion award.

Highlights of the program include classic European cooking methods, cuts, stocks and sauces as a foundation stone, before practicing these skills with international and contemporary menus in a working restaurant environment. The industry essentials of food safety and nutrition are also taught in preparation for the students’ industry training placement.

Integral Paid Industry Training 
One internship period of 4- 6 months is an integral learning opportunity in both the postgraduate and master’s programs. During the Swiss internship, students receive a trainee’s gross monthly salary of CHF2,190. Students’ performance, behaviour and professional attitude is assessed by employers.

Admission Requirements:

  • Associate Degree or equivalent
  • 2-3 years of work experience
  • IELTS 5.0 or equivalent

Postgraduate Hospitality / Global Programs

The MSc in International Hospitality Business Management

The MSc in International Hospitality Business Management consists of an intensive, taught semester of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and a second semester during which time students will undertake their research project/dissertation. During this second semester, students may choose to complete an internship in Switzerland or abroad and add invaluable experience to their profile. The award is validated by the Robert Gordon University, UK. Students will thus learn within a Swiss environment, which maintains its world-class reputation in the hospitality industry and receive a final award from one of the UK’s top-rated Universities with whom BHMS has a long-standing relationship.

BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Education Group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students. Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring know-how and experience in the hospitality and business fields. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real-world situations.

The aim of the Program The MSc in International Hospitality Business Management develops students’ theoretical and operational knowledge of current themes and developments in the global hospitality sector. This will allow graduates to either initiate or enhance a career in the international hospitality industry. Through a variety of taught modules and internship placement students are educated to:

  • use initiative and take responsibility
  • solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • make decisions in challenging situations
  • continue to learn independently and to develop professionally
  • communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media.

The program offers students an academic education together with vocational core competency training. This carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. Students learn food service systems, an extensive range of hospitality business management applications, foreign languages and leadership skills to name a few of the academic disciplines. Throughout the program, Swiss virtues, such as discipline, punctuality, ethics and hygiene are encouraged as they are highly valued throughout the world and count as much as academic and practical skills in ensuring a successful career.

Paid Internship in Switzerland or Abroad

An internship is a valuable element of the study program at BHMS, particularly for those from a nonhospitality background. It provides an opportunity to gain paid work-experience during the early stages of a career or in support of a career change. This will prove invaluable when applying for a first supervisory or management position. Generally, the first internship position will be in a junior position, where students can practice the skills that they learned in their academic studies at BHMS. Students will complete their training in the service, housekeeping, or kitchen area, according to their interests and talent.

Students with significant prior hospitality experience and language ability may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact roles. The internship salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’000 to 1’400. Salaries for internships completed overseas vary from country to country and the position available

Course Times

Academic courses are held: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and/or from 14:00 to 17:00 or 19:00. Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 11:00 to 17:00.

Vocational courses may be held at various times depending on the subject:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:00 or from 15:30-20:30. Students should plan for up to 20 hours of homework and preparatory reading per week.

Holidays Are scheduled according to the holiday plan of BHMS, and can be downloaded from the BHMS website under ‘School Calendars’.

Intakes

  • February
  • April
  • August
  • November

Entry Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • BA degree in any discipline OR BHMS/RGU Graduate Certificate in International Hospitality Business Management
  • English language skills at a minimum level equal to IELTS 6.0

MSc in International Hospitality Business Management

The MSc in International Hospitality Business Management consists of an intensive, taught semester of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and a second semester during which time students will undertake their research project/dissertation. During this second semester, students may choose to complete an internship in Switzerland or abroad and add invaluable experience to their profile. The award is validated by the Robert Gordon University, UK. Students will thus learn within a Swiss environment, which maintains its world-class reputation in the hospitality industry and receive a final award from one of the UK’s top-rated Universities with whom BHMS has a long-standing relationship.

BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Education Group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students. Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring know-how and experience in the hospitality and business fields. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real-world situations.

The aim of the Program The MSc in International Hospitality Business Management develops students’ theoretical and operational knowledge of current themes and developments in the global hospitality sector. This will allow graduates to either initiate or enhance a career in the international hospitality industry. Through a variety of taught modules and internship placement students are educated to:

  • use initiative and take responsibility
  • solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • make decisions in challenging situations
  • continue to learn independently and to develop professionally
  • communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media.

The program offers students an academic education together with vocational core competency training. This carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. Students learn food service systems, an extensive range of hospitality business management applications, foreign languages and leadership skills to name a few of the academic disciplines. Throughout the program, Swiss virtues, such as discipline, punctuality, ethics and hygiene are encouraged as they are highly valued throughout the world and count as much as academic and practical skills in ensuring a successful career.

Paid Internship in Switzerland or Abroad

An internship is a valuable element of the study program at BHMS, particularly for those from a nonhospitality background. It provides an opportunity to gain paid work-experience during the early stages of a career or in support of a career change. This will prove invaluable when applying for a first supervisory or management position. Generally, the first internship position will be in a junior position, where students can practice the skills that they learned in their academic studies at BHMS. Students will complete their training in the service, housekeeping, or kitchen area, according to their interests and talent.

Students with significant prior hospitality experience and language ability may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact roles. The internship salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’000 to 1’400. Salaries for internships completed overseas vary from country to country and the position available

Course Times

Academic courses are held: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and/or from 14:00 to 17:00 or 19:00. Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 11:00 to 17:00.

Vocational courses may be held at various times depending on the subject:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:00 or from 15:30-20:30. Students should plan for up to 20 hours of homework and preparatory reading per week.

Holidays Are scheduled according to the holiday plan of BHMS, and can be downloaded from the BHMS website under ‘School Calendars’.

Intakes

  • February
  • April
  • August
  • November

Entry Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • BA degree in any discipline OR BHMS/RGU Graduate Certificate in International Hospitality Business Management
  • English language skills at a minimum level equal to IELTS 6.0

MSc Global Business Management

The MSc Global Business Management consists of an intensive, taught semester of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and a second semester during which time students will undertake their research project/dissertation. During this second semester, students may choose to complete a hospitality related internship in Switzerland or abroad and add invaluable experience to their profile. The award is validated by the Robert Gordon University, UK*. Students will thus learn within a Swiss environment, which maintains its world-class reputation in the service and hospitality sectors and receive a final award from one of the UK’s top-rated Universities with whom BHMS has a long-standing relationship of over 10 years.

BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Education Group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students.

Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring know-how and experience in the hospitality and business fields. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real-world situations.

MSc Global Business Management develops students’ theoretical and operational knowledge of current themes and developments in the international business world. This will allow graduates to either initiate or enhance a career in a wide range of industries. Through a variety of taught modules and internship placement students are educated to:

  • use initiative and take responsibility
  • to solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • make decisions in challenging situations
  • continue to learn independently and to develop professionally
  • communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media.

The program offers students a robust academic education, and, if choosing to undertake a hospitality internship in Switzerland, vocational core competency and transferable skills which are invaluable in any future career path. This carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide.

Students learn food service systems, an extensive range of business management applications, foreign languages and leadership skills to name a few of the academic disciplines. Throughout the program, Swiss virtues, such as discipline, punctuality, ethics and hygiene are encouraged as they are highly valued throughout the world and count as much as academic and practical skills in ensuring a successful career.

Paid Internship in Switzerland or Abroad

An internship is a valuable element of the study program at BHMS, particularly for those with limited prior exposure to a workplace. It provides an opportunity to gain paid work-experience during the early stages of a career or in support of a career change. This will prove invaluable when applying for a first supervisory or management position. Generally, the first internship position will be in a junior position, where students can practice the skills that they learned in their academic studies. BHMS benefits from an excellent relationship with an extensive network of employers, mainly in the hospitality and tourism fields. Students will therefore normally complete their training in the hospitality sector in service, housekeeping, or front office departments, according to their interests and talent. Students with significant prior hospitality experience and language ability may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact roles.

The hospitality internship salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’000 to 1’400. Salaries for internships completed overseas vary from country to country and the position available.

Course Times

Academic courses are held: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and/or from 14:00 to 17:00 or 19:00. Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 11:00 to 17:00.

Vocational courses may be held at various times depending on the subject:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:00 or from 15:30-20:30. Students should plan for up to 20 hours of homework and preparatory reading per week.

Holidays Are scheduled according to the holiday plan of BHMS, and can be downloaded from the BHMS website under ‘School Calendars’.

Intakes

  • February
  • April
  • August
  • November

Entry Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • BA degree in any discipline OR BHMS/RGU Graduate Certificate in International Hospitality Business Management
  • English language skills at a minimum level equal to IELTS 6.0

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

An MBA degree combined with industry experience carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. The York St John MBA Degree is designed to allow graduates to further enhance their managerial knowledge and capabilities through applied learning using case studies, group work and real businesses examples. Combining the management expertise of the York Business School and the strong reputation of BHMS in hospitality and business management, the MBA offers an opportunity to learn and develop students’ management expertise in a truly global environment.

Switzerland is world-famous for its high-quality service industries, hospitality and finance sectors and innovations in a number of fields. Alongside the core MBA curriculum, students can choose a BHMS specialization through the study of an additional module and focus on their research project. Students, therefore, have the opportunity to follow a contemporary curriculum to gain focused insight and skills in key business practices in a specific field and explore a wide variety of multi-sector developments. Case studies, data handling and projects ensure that the learning is applied and of real career value.

The program aims to:

  • Develop you as a potential manager and leader.
  • Help you develop a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a role in any organization.
  • Reflect the aspirations in the development of responsible and ethical managers.
  • Support the development in the skills of leadership in order to operate effectively and competently in an international context.

The program comprises one intensive study block of 6 months of full-time study, which is followed by an independent Research Investigation, allowing students to pursue an in-depth study of an area relevant to their future. The research can be completed alongside a paid internship period of 6 months in Switzerland or overseas for students wishing to gain further work experience before proceeding on their career track. Alternatively, students may return to a full-time position during this phase of the program. This program is suited to candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree, have gained at least 2-3 years of work experience and are looking to enter or gain promotion in a particular industry or sector. Candidates with extensive managerial experience, who do not possess a Bachelor degree, will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Paid Industry Training in Switzerland

Industry training is an integral part of the study philosophy at BHMS and provides an opportunity to gain paid work experience in a different cultural setting as part of career development. Depending on students’ prior experience, language skills and professional goals, a variety of placements across the core functional areas of the hospitality industry may be undertaken during semester 2 of the program. This will provide students with invaluable service industry experience and transferable skills, vital to so many industry sectors.

The industry training salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’212 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’20 to 1’400. A variety of placement opportunities also exist internationally, with contract periods and salaries subject to the local/national work permit and other regulations. Students with significant prior work experience may opt to return to full-time employment while completing their final MBA Research Investigation module.

Course Times

Academic courses are held: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 12:00 and /or from 13:00 to 17:00. Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 11:00 to 17:00.

With an average of 22 lessons per week, each student is assured two free days per week. Students should plan for up to 25 hours of homework and preparatory reading per week.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline
  • IELTS 6.0 level or equivalent
  • 2-3 years of work experience

Study Fees

Accommodation

The BHMS Student Residence building offers accommodation with a kitchen, restaurant, library, computer lab and a student lounge. Students are hosted in modern rooms equipped with en-suite showers and a kitchenette as well as WLAN. Single rooms and studios are available at an additional charge. Students residing at BHMS are entitled to three meals a day during the week, and brunch and dinner service during the weekend and holidays. For vegetarians and those who do not eat pork or beef, special dishes are provided at no extra charge.

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  • Copy of degrees
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of IELTS certificate
Jobs & Career

After Graduation!

Masterwork, a company owned by BHMS, provides global career and placement opportunities for BHMS graduates after completing BA, PGD, culinary or MBA programs. BHMS also works with numerous international placement agencies that specialize in placing graduate students in Europe, Asia and North America. This service includes preparing for telephone and Skype interviews and video resumes, job prospecting, preparing extensive documentation for employment as well as assistance with visa applications. BHMS also participates in numerous career fairs to expose its graduates to global career opportunities.

We are proud to be able to count these properties among our favourite postgraduate employers.