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Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Information sessions
Start dates
September 2021

February 2022

September 2022

February 2023

Program description

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

The Bachelor programme is designed to deliver in-depth hospitality know-how, business management expertise and professional practical skills and is offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU).

  • Year 1: Food & Beverage Operations & 6-month Industry Internship
  • Year 2: Rooms Division Operations & 6-month Industry Internship
  • Year 3: Hospitality Business Administration & Hospitality Management
  • Year 4: International Business Management & Global Leadership

Admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the basic requirements, ideal SHL candidates are determined future hoteliers with an entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to quality, passion for creating outstanding customer experiences and the hospitality industry.


18 years

Academic Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent

Language Requirements (one of the following)

  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) minimum 78 points
  • University of Cambridge English Certificate, minimum score 175

Alternatively, you may submit evidence that you have spent minimum the last three years of school with English as the main language of instruction.

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Program content

Year 1 - Foundation

Semester 1 - F&B Operations

F&B Courses

  • Culinary Theory & Practice
  • Menu Planning, F&B Calculations, Pricing & Controlling
  • Culinary Entrepreneurial Concepts
  • Event and Banquet Operations
  • Community Catering Operations
  • Hospitality Health and Safety
  • Nutrition & Living Healthy
  • F&B Stewarding
  • The Art of Service Theory & Practice
  • Beverage Science, Theory & Sensory Evaluation

Hospitality, Business & Communication

  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Sales Training
  • F&B Accounting & Control
  • Hospitality English
  • German A1

Personal Professional Development

  • Concierge Myself
  • Pre-Internship Coaching

Semester 2 - Experience

F&B Industry Internship

Your first industry internship follows in the second semester in Switzerland or abroad, where you will put the supervised work experience from the first semester into practice in Switzerland as you face the challenges of real-life situations and get to apply knowledge gained in a professional environment.

Year 2 - Transition

Semester 3 - Knowhow

Rooms Division

  • Front Office Administration & Reservation Systems
  • Operational Housekeeping
  • Rooms Division Management

Hospitality, Business & Communication

  • Cultural Economics & History of Hospitality Industry
  • Quality Assurance
  • Ecology
  • Hospitality IT Tools
  • Mathematics
  • General Accounting Essentials
  • Intro to Revenue & Yield Management
  • Distribution
  • Tourism
  • HR Concepts & Processes
  • Contract Law
  • Business Correspondence
  • German A2

Personal Professional Development

  • Concierge Myself
  • Pre-Internship Coaching

Year 3 - Management

Semester 5 - Application


  • Processes & Operations
  • Talent Development

Hospitality, Business & Communication

  • Gastronomy Business Plan
  • Perfecting the Pitch
  • Revenue & Yield Management
  • Distribution Management
  • Investment Psychology
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • Financial & Operational Accounting
  • Economics 1
  • Marketing Concepts & Social Media Management
  • HR Administration
  • International Legal Awareness
  • Writing for Academic Purposes & Developing knowledge from Literature
  • German A2/B1

Personal Professional Development

  • Concierge Myself
  • Specialization: CSR, Defining the Future of Culinary Arts, Hotel Asset Management, MICE Management

Year 4 - Leadership

Semester 7 - Expertise

Hospitality, Business & Communication

  • Financial Management
  • Economics 3
  • Private Business Law
  • Minor 1
  • Descriptive Data Analysis
  • Developing Knowledge from Projects & Empirical Project 2
  • Bachelor Thesis Project Proposal
  • German B1/B2

Semester 8 - Corporate

Hospitality, Business & Communication

  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Minor 2
  • Bachelor Thesis Project
  • German B2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

Four-year full-time degree programme with 6 on-campus semesters and 2 paid internships


Credits: 180 ECTS points

Degree accreditation:

  • Accredited by the Swiss Federal Government and in compliance with the Bologna Declaration, using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS
  • Federally recognised in accordance with the Federal Vocational Training Act. SHL is subject to supervision by the federal government and the canton of Lucerne
  • EduQua certified. EduQua is the Swiss quality certificate for continuing education institutions, awarded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Swiss Association for Association for Continuing Education (SVEB)

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SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern

Founded in 1909, SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern is one of the two original Swiss hotel management schools and offers one of the only two Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degrees in Switzerland accredited by the Swiss federal government and...

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