EHL’s new Bachelor in hospitality opens up opportunities for an international hospitality career
Returning students are enthusiastic about their internships, which are often in far-away countries. As most EHL students are aiming for a top international career in hospitality, many were keen to gain international experience by working abroad during their first hospitality internship – and many were in fact able to find hospitality internships in foreign countries. Most chose countries close to Switzerland, including France, Spain or Great Britain, but many were happy to find hospitality work experience further afield: in Barbados, French Polynesia, the United States and China, to name just a few!
For students interested in an international career in hospitality, EHL’s hospitality courses and training in solid business and management skills are essential. But even more than formal course work, just the fact of being at the school is is an excellent preparation for success in international hospitality management! Hospitality is an international business and EHL is a truly international school. There are over 90 nationalities among the student body and over 30 among staff and faculty; 92% of students speak 3 or more languages, and 52% speak 4 or more!
In the incoming class for next September’s hospitality Bachelor Programme, the proportion of international students accepted for hospitality studies is 66%, and the 362 students who have accepted our offer of admission share a total of 500 passports among them! Additional nationalities we are welcoming this year to our hospitality courses include Jamaican, Barbadian, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Iranian, Argentinean and Chilean. There are 57 nationalities in all, and 37% of incoming students hold double citizenship.
The Bachelor hospitality degree itself is bilingual. All academic and hospitality courses may be taken either in English or in French. Many students already speak both languages – and all will have classes in the other language during their studies.
Because the programme of studies is international, all students who successfully complete EHL’s Bachelor hospitality programme are awarded two degrees, one in English, one in French. The French qualification is a Bachelor degree from the University of Applied Sciences which is accredited by the Swiss federal government. The English qualification is a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management accredited by American authorities (NEASC).
EHL’s Bachelor hospitality programme is market-oriented, yet it is also a rigorous programme of academic study. Its hospitality courses develop the knowledge and skills needed for a rapid start in the international hospitality industry. At the same time its rigorous academic programmes ensure that the hospitality Bachelor receives international recognition and accredition, enabling graduates who wish to further their studies to apply for advanced hospitality degree programmes both in Europe and abroad.