Study at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

The #1 university worldwide for hospitality management

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

A product of a changing society at the end of the 19th century, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), opened its doors to students in 1893 to train personnel for the tourism industry. Today, 125 years later, EHL is still the #1 hospital management school in the world, training over 2,600 students from over 100 countries for careers in the world’s finest hotels and resorts.

Among it’s 25,000 alumni are:

  • Georges Plassat (class of 1972), CEO of the Carrefour Group;
  • Peter C. Borer (1975), COO of The Peninsula Hotels and Executive Director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited;  
  • Dominique Seiler (1990), Head of Talent Acquisition at UBS Switzerland;
  • Christian Clerc (1992), President of Worldwide Hotel Operations at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Study in Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)


As an international institution, EHL gives students the choice of studying in English or French. Degree programs offered include the Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in International Hospitality Management, which prepares students to enter junior management positions in top companies, and a Master’s (MSc) program in which students can develop their professional success as hospitality managers. Both degrees are recognized and accredited in Europe and the US.

Students of the Bachelor’s program develop the skills, connections and resources to launch an international career. Upon graduation, students are prepared to lead, as managers or entrepreneurs, in Europe and around the world in the global hospitality industry and in a variety of other service businesses.

With 7,000 industry partners, over 140 companies recruiting students directly on campus, 25,000 alumni and 64% of graduates securing a senior or executive position, EHL makes a strong case for maintaining its position of leadership in the hotel management training industry.

Curious about how EHL got started? Check out this Timeline of its history!

The EHL Bachelor’s of Science in International Hospitality Management is a comprehensive, 4-year program based on rigorous academics, interaction with the industry, experiential learning, and a global outlook. Students may choose to apply to the English or French language track.

Students begin their program at EHL with a Preparatory Year that lays the groundwork by providing an overview of all the areas students will have to master during their degree and also includes a semester-long (24-week) operational internship. Thus, as future managers, EHL students will have, in effect, completed nearly every job that their future employees will do.

Building on the foundation laid in the 1st year, the next 3 years focus on management concepts, skills and strategy and include a business internship and consultancy assignment or thesis. Student can expect courses in Corporate Finance & Strategy, Talent Management Systems (Human Resources), language courses (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian), and also have the chance to take three 6-week electives from a broad range of topics including: Trends in Hospitality Franchising, Hospitality Luxury Brand Management, Creating the Future of Food Service or Crisis/Strategic Communication among many others.

The Course at a glance

  • Ideal for ambitious undergraduate students
  • Full-time, 4-year degree program
  • Includes hands-on hotel management courses, 2 internships and business integration

Further details of the program can be found on the Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality page.

Master’s Degree in Hospitality

The Master of Science (HES-SO accredited) in Global Hospitality Business allows students to experience studying in 3 elite universities in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the USA.

The course at a glance:

  • Perfect for young hospitality professionals and graduates
  • Full-time, 16-month program
  • Emphasizes contemporary management theory, real-world experience & business projects with global companies

Students accepted into this program will be part of a truly global learning experience. After an initial semester in Lausanne, students travel to 2 world class campuses in Hong Kong and the USA to experience different cultures and cities renowned for their vibrant student life. You will see global hospitality businesses in action as you participate in field trips to hospitality hubs such as Paris, Berlin, New York, Shanghai and Macau among others.

Course highlights include:


  • Hospitality business strategies in Europe, the Middle East & Africa
  • Hospitality real estate finance & investment
  • Project management tools
  • Business field trips to Paris, Berlin, Lisbon

Hong Kong

  • Hospitality business strategies in Asia
  • Revenue management
  • Business field trips to Macau, Shanghai, Beijing

Houston, USA

  • Hospitality business strategies in the Americas & the Caribbean
  • Innovative hospitality technologies
  • Business field trips to Washington, D.C., Mexico, Las Vegas

Life as an EHL student

While the appearance of students in suits may create a serious image of EHL, the students are no strangers to fun. With 30 student associations and just as many sports activities including tennis courts and sailing, students have plenty of activities outside of classes and internships. Students and staff run EHL’s very own gastronomic restaurant, Le Berceau des Sens, serving lunch and dinner. (See the menu here!)

EHL students are regularly recruited on campus by:

  • Mandarin Oriental The Hotel Group
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • Four Seasons
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Kempinski Hotels
  • Swiss Airlines
  • Expedia
  • Tesla
  • UBS
  • LVMH
  • L’Oréal
  • P&G
  • Unilever

Applying to EHL

EHL is seeking candidates who can think creatively and critically, who are open-minded and multilingual, optimistic, service-minded leaders.
Admissions requirements to the Bachelor’s program include:

  • A high school diploma (transcripts/grade reports)
  • Essay (a motivation letter or personal essay demonstrating your interest)
  • English proficiency (IELTS 7, TOEFL 100, CAE B)
  • 18 years of age

Interested applicants should go to and create a login. After completing the application, students will be invited to complete an online interview.
The final stage of the admissions process is a visit day that includes a personal interview and group activities. The goal of this experience is for the EHL admissions committee to assess the candidate’s motivation and his or her understanding of hospitality trends and challenges.

Admissions requirements to the Master’s program include:

  • A bachelor’s in hospitality, tourism or business management
  • At least 1 year of related work experience
  • English proficiency (IELTS 7, TOEFL 100)

Your Master’s application should include:

  • CV/résumé
  • Motivation letter/personal statement
  • Copy of transcripts (grade reports) and diploma in English
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Copy of passport
  • Fee of CHF 175

Interested applicants should go to and create a login. After completing the application, students will be invited to complete two interviews, including one with a partner university.

Master’s application deadline: April 1st
Admission can be reached at [email protected]

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What are the tuition fees for EHL?

Below is a summary of fees for international students enrolled in the BS in International Management adapted from “Breakdown of fees & expenses February 2019 – International Students”. (Additional information including fees for Swiss students here).

Fees (in CHF)
Prep. Year
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
4 Year TOTAL

Infrastructure & fees
Food & Beverage credit
Other compulsory fees
Prep. Year
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Health insurance
*Accommodation cost ranges from CHF 800 and 1,400.

Students from the following countries may be eligible for loan programs:

  • Canada: Canadian student loans
  • France: Student loans and scholarships for French citizens
  • Switzerland: Canton scholarships and education loans
  • UK: Career Development Loans for British students and UK residents
  • USA: Federal and private loans for US citizens and permanent residents

Below is a summary of fees for international students enrolled in the MS in International Management adapted from “Breakdown of fees & expenses February 2019 – International Students”.

Tuition & fees

in CHF
in CHF
in CHF
Compulsory expenses
Facilities and services
Food & Beverage
Field trips

*EHL estimates additional room & board and travel expenses at CHG 1,800 per month.

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