Swiss Degree in International Hospitality Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 82.1 k Foreign:$ 82.1 k  
StudyQA ranking:1363 Duration:3 years

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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.

Total academic value of YEAR 1 is equal to 120 credits. Courses that are included are:

  • Housekeeping Management
  • Study Skills
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Food Hygiene Management
  • Hospitality Basics in Finance
  • Managing Food and Beverage Business
  • Professional English
  • Basic German
  • Food and Beverage Industry Practical Training

Courses that are included in YEAR 2 are:

  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Food Service Concepts
  • Food Production
  • Hospitality Accounting
  • The Business of Tourism
  • Restaurant Management and Control
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Front Office Management
  • Kitchen Industry Training
  • Intermediate German
  • Basic French

Courses that are included in YEAR 3 are:

  • Hospitality Services Marketing
  • Food Costing, Purchasing and Merchandising
  • Tourism Impacts
  • Enterprise Development Project
  • Financial Decision Making for Hospitality Professionals
  • International Hospitality Operations Management
  • Managing People in the Hospitality Industry
  • Hotel Facilities and Operations
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Front Office and Housekeeping Industry Practical Training
  • Advanced German
  • Intermediate French
  • 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)

As a private institution, IMI does not provide any full scholarships and students are expected to be in a position to finance their own studies in Switzerland, especially as this will be a requirement by the Swiss immigration authorities for the study visa application.

However, we have a number of initiatives listed below that are linked to IMI's admissions strategy, which aim to assist motivated people to study at our institution. 

Community scholarships

In order to enhance students’ knowledge and skills, we are pleased to offer some students the opportunity to gain some further experience during their academic semester. Selected students will dedicate a few hours per week for practical experience in one of departments at IMI.

For more information about these community scholarships, please contact us on and we will be delighted to provide you with some more information.

Merit scholarships

Academic scholarships are granted based on outstanding academic performance.

The recipients of the following awards will receive a scholarship which will be financially credited towards their next semester of study at IMI:

  • Best in Semester Certificate Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Higher Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester Postgraduate Diploma Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best in Semester BA (Hons) Student: CHF 1,000 
  • Best Dissertation by a BA (Hons) Student: CHF 1,000

The recipients of the following awards will receive a financial scholarship from IMI:

  • For 3 semesters and receiving a BA (Hons) degree with first class honours.
  • For students completing 3 semesters at IMI and receiving an MBA degree with distinction CHF 6,000 

Prestige awards are granted based on outstanding personal and professional performance. Prizes will be presented to the award-winners at the graduation ceremony. The awards are as follows:

  • Award for Best Newcomer Award for Personal Achievement 
  • Award for Professional Attitude Award for the Best PDP e-Portfolio 
  • The Tom Maher Prize Award Award for Outstanding Citizenship 
  • The Rudolf Fischer Prize Award Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
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