Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
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Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

As the world’s first hotel school, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) commands immense respect among hospitality professionals. Today, some 2,000 passionate students from almost 90 countries benefit from its world-class Faculty and ultra-modern campus facilities. Graduates of EHL go on to enjoy top international careers in the hospitality industry.


The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne balances academic teaching with professional experience, applied research and consulting. This results in learning that is at once applied and hospitality-focused, and academically grounded. Furthermore, the substantial practical experience which features in all programs is an invaluable boost for career development.


Pic: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

The following programs are offered:

The four year Bachelor degree is accessible to students who have, or who are about to complete, their final secondary school diploma which leads to university admission. This renowned program will interest candidates aiming for senior management positions and an international business career in hospitality.

The program is focused on personal development, and mirrors a progression in hotel hierarchy. Students start with a solid grounding in hospitality service fundamentals, followed by courses on managerial competencies, and continue on to specializations and advanced management skills.

In the final year, students consolidate everything they have learned through an external consulting mandate or an individual applied research project. They also take part in two internships, one in operations and one in management, which will provide the hands-on experience needed for a flying start in their career.

The program has two yearly intakes, one in September and one in February.

Preparatory year: Immersion in the world of hospitality. Internship in Operations.

Year 1: Foundation and core competencies.

Year 2: Application, then industry internship at management level.

Year 3: Integration of all skills, knowledge and experience acquired. Strategic management, optional courses and diploma project.

Diploma Project – Year 3: Students complete year 3 with a final project, either a Student Business Project, or an Individual Applied Research Project.


Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are joining forces to offer an exceptional Master’s program in Global Hospitality Management. This is a first-of-its-kind, industry-centric program which allows students to study, live and work in 3 continents.

It aims to shape international hospitality managers with a global awareness derived from first-hand local business knowledge. The 3-semester experience will enable high potential students to become industry leaders who can “think globally and act locally”.

The program consists of 3 semesters of advanced-level classes on 3 campuses in addition to projects and professional seminars, punctuated with business and cultural immersion weeks.


This 12 month program builds on previous experience to empower students with a unique combination of marketable skills for the hospitality sector. It is ideal for “career climbers” wishing to move up the ladder in their present hospitality career, and also “career switchers” who currently work in a different industry and are interested in switching into hospitality as a completely new area of professional activity.

Semester I:      Financial Management for the hospitality industry

Semester II:      Strategic Management for the hospitality industry

Also :             The Career Capstone Project


Campus Life

The EHL campus is also an active hotel, equipped with popular restaurants and bars that serve as a training ground as well as place to unwind in the evening. Beyond this, the city has a booming nightlife, with many bars and live-music venues in reach of the main campus.  Lausanne also serves as headquarters for the International Olympic Committee, and students enjoy access to world-class sporting facilities.

Faculty & Staff

The faculty members at EHL hail from 31 different countries and they have formidable professional experience in everything from culinary arts to marketing and finance. The list includes esteemed scholars and former executives from the hospitality industry.

Faculty members also ensure constant interaction with industry. In addition to research, many teach in EHL’s executive education courses and carry out consulting mandates in countries all over the world. They are constantly in touch with the issues and daily challenges encountered by professionals in the field.

They participate in campus events and international conferences as speakers and panel members. Information on the latest industry trends is incorporated into their teaching and channeled back to students.

Life after Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

A recent industry survey found that graduates of EHL are consistently among the first chosen by leading recruiters in the tourism and hospitality industry. The possibilities for graduates are endless. In addition to positions in the hotel, resort and restaurant industries, graduates also find interesting hospitality career options in related fields such as consulting, marketing, spa & wellness, sport & travel, event management or human resources. More and more businesses are searching for hospitality expertise in areas such as real estate investment, asset and financial management, consulting, web-based commerce, education or humanitarian organizations.


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