IMI International Management Institute Switzerland
  • No. Students: 400
  • Frgn. Students: 350
  • No. Staff: 30
  • Study mode: On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
  • +41413496400
  • Fax:
  • +41413496444
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About IMI

IMI International Management Institute in Switzerland is a private hospitality school founded in 1991. It offers International Hospitality courses in Hotel, Event and Tourism management at undergraduate level, all validated by Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK as well as a MBA in International Hospitality Management.

The main program areas are:

  • Tourism
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Culinary Arts


History of IMI

In August 1991 the International Management Institute was founded at the Hotel Waldstaetten in Weggis with 55 students. By 1995 180 students per semester were being taught at IMI. In 1997 the current campus was launched in Kastanienbaum 12 bus minutes away from Lucerne. Today, over 240 students are studying each academic semester at IMI which means the capacity of the current campus has been reached.

  • 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


Our programmes are validated by leading UK universities and institutions including Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University and the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality.

As an institute we are recognised by various Swiss and international bodies including the British Accreditation Council and the Swiss Private School Register.

Student life @IMI

The IMI campus is situated on the shores of Lake Luzern with spectacular views over the Alps and the Mountains of Rigi and Pilatus. Our students are housed in comfortable rooms close to the lecture theatres, restaurants and leisure facilities.

We are proud of our small campus, with a true family feel which allows our students to develop the caring and friendly spirit so recognisable in our graduates. A regular bus service connects you to the vibrant city of Luzern and the surrounding areas.


We know how important it is for you to feel at home and we do everything we can to ensure you are comfortable. In the Kastanienbaum our accommodation has stunning views of Lake Luzern and Mount Pilatus with many rooms having a private balcony. All accommodation offers you a safe and warm experience in the traditional Swiss family way.

Whether you choose one of our shared rooms on campus or our single student rooms they are all fully furnished with modern study facilities, refrigerators, safe, kettle, plenty of storage space and 24 hour wireless internet connection. All rooms are non-smoking.

We offer the following room categories:

  • Twin standard room with shared shower
  • Single standard room wth shared shower
  • Twin ensuite
  • Single ensuite

Cuisine and Food

Cuisine and healthy food is of fundamental importance to IMI and all our students. With approximately 50 nationalities on campus, we specialise in ensuring all the food requirements are met by offering the best local fresh food every day. Included in the fees we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays.

Buffet dining is available daily with a fine dining training restaurant at lunch on weekdays. All special diets are catered for. Please indicate any special dietary requirements in your application.

We guarantee job opportunities

We promise to find job opportunities for all our graduates. This makes us exceptional among hotel schools. In the first weeks at IMI, you will meet with our Head of Internships, Careers and Alumni to start your personal development programme. Our excellent industry contacts and on-campus recruitment mean that during your time at IMI you will attend inspirational presentations and interview with major hotel chains and industry leaders. Internships are paid and are tailored to your individual needs to allow you to develop and hone the skills learnt in the classroom. Our Internship office will find you a paid practical training after every semester either in Switzerland or abroad.

You study in the heart of Europe

Luzern is a beautiful, medieval, university city with a large international student population. It is in the heart of German speaking Switzerland, a region famous for its quality education. Of all the cities in Switzerland, Luzern is considered the most beautiful. Thanks to Switzerland’s amazing rail and road network and five international airports you can use your time at IMI to explore all of Europe. You can be in class in the morning and lying on a beach in Nice in the afternoon or skiing at daybreak and perusing the Louvre by nightfall.

We offer exceptional value

A qualification from IMI is a stamp of excellence on any CV and will ensure that you are top of the pile for those all important interviews. Here at IMI we have made it our mission to give great value for money in terms of the education you receive. Why take four years when we can achieve it all in two and a half. To do this, we have deliberately restricted numbers to ensure small class sizes and excellent student/teacher ratios. You can complete your degree nearly a whole year earlier without compromising on quality. This means you will have been earning for twelve months before you would have graduated from almost any other validated University.

You become part of the IMI family

IMI is a friendly school where the emphasis is on creating happy, confident and successful students. We are also an international school and we pride ourselves on diversity. Each semester we welcome students of many different nationalities and social backgrounds. IMI positions itself unequivocally as an academic and inclusive school in which strong personalised academic support ensures that no-one is left behind. It is this staff dedication and student focus which give our graduates the confidence and professionalism which makes them so attractive to future employers.

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