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This programme is designed to comply with the strict requirements of the Swiss federal government whilst staying true to the values that have made IMI one of the finest hospitality schools in the world today. Combining practical training with academic excellence, we are committed to helping students fulfill their true potential. We support our students through small classes and individual learning to help them develop their talents and professional integrity.

The degree spans three years and each year consists of one taught semester of 22 weeks followed by a practical training semester also of 22 weeks. IMI trains students in food and beverage, housekeeping and front office as well as preparing them for management roles in the hospitality industry. Students have the opportunity to acquire language skills with professional English, German and French classes running throughout the programme. On completion, students can pursue a BA (Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

In line with Swiss federal requirements, all students applying for the Swiss Degree need to have a minimum of 10 months work experience in any field. For those with limited experience, IMI’s Professional Development Year offers a foundation-level introduction to university study as well as a 22-week work placement either in Switzerland or internationally brought to you through our wealth of industry contacts and personalised internships and careers support.

University requirements

  • Registration fee of 2,800 chf to be paid within 21 days
  • Motivation Letter, outlining who you are, why you would like to study at IMI in Switzerland and your plans for your future career in this industry - approx. 500 words
  • CV/Résumé in english
  • Transcripts/Certificates of your academic qualifications since High School
  • Students transferring from recognised hotel management schools must also include official transcripts or records for each semester of their previous course of study
  • Work references or reports if available, especially for the MBA Degree programmes.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent English test results
  • Two recent passport photographs (3.5 x 4.5 cm), make sure background is white or grey, if it is colour it might be refused
  • Copy of passport and swiss residence permit where applicable
  • Certificate of good health completed by a licensed physician. A specific form for your doctor can be downloaded from

In most countries the Swiss Embassy/Consulate may also request the following additional documentation

  • Bank Statement showing proof of sufficient financial funds (if possible in student's name, if not in the parent’s name)
  • Evidence of English certification
  • Letter of intent to leave Switzerland after completion of studies
  • Motivation Letter

Program requirements

- 18 years of age
- High School Diploma
- IELTS 5.0 (other recognised English qualifications also accepted)
- At least 10 months’ work experience in any field or completion of IMI
Professional Development year (full-time, part-time, internship and
voluntary experience accepted)

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