Diploma in Hospitality Management


Program Description


Year 1 of the BA Hotel & Hospitality Management/ Global Business Management


One year


This offer is available to all potential students.


Forming the first year to the BA in Hotel and Hospitality Management or Global Business Management, the Diploma in Hospitality Management consists of one intensive study period of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and one practical paid industry training period of 4-6 months in the Swiss hospitality industry.

BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students. Since the accreditation of the Diploma and Higher Diploma programs in Hospitality Management in 2003 by the University of Brighton, UK, over 1000 students have successfully completed the Diploma program.

Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring know-how and experience in the hospitality and business fields. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real-world situations.

Aim of the Program

The BHMS Diploma in Hospitality Management program is specifically designed for young adults wishing to enter the international hotel and hospitality field and who are aspiring to a management career in this industry.

The program offers students an academic education together with vocational core competency training. This carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. It can also benefit people looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge when thinking about opening their own business. Students learn about food service operations alongside a variety of academic disciplines, including foreign languages. Throughout the program, Swiss virtues, such as discipline, punctuality, ethics and hygiene are encouraged as they are highly valued throughout the world and count as much as academic and practical skills in ensuring a successful career.

Paid Industry Training in Switzerland

Industry training is an integral part of the study program at BHMS and provides an opportunity to gain paid work-experience during the early stages of a career. This will prove invaluable when applying for the first supervisory or management position. Generally, the first industry training position will be in a junior position, where students can practice the skills that they learned in the first academic year at BHMS.

Students will complete their training in the service, housekeeping, or kitchen area, according to their interests and talent. Successful students may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact in their second year.

The industry training salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’000 to 1’400.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Completed secondary school diploma (minimum 11 years)
  • English language skills at a level equal to IELTS 5.0


Lucerne, Switzerland


8 intakes per year: January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November. Please contact the BHMS admission office for the next intake opportunity.


Are scheduled according to the holiday plan of BHMS, and can be downloaded from the BHMS website under ‘School Calendars’.

Course Times

Academic courses are held:

Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 13:00 OR from 13:00 to 19:00. Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 11:00 to 17:00.

Vocational courses may be held at various times depending on the subject:

Monday to Friday from 06:30 to 08:00, 09:00-14:30 or from 15:30-20:30.

With an average of 22 lessons per week, each student is assured two free days per week.

Students should plan for up to 15 hours of homework and preparatory reading per week.

Course Content

Students must pass a minimum of 96 academic credits for their award, plus successful completion of an industry training placement.

A selection of other courses may substitute or amend the above courses. Please ask for the detailed course program at the time of application.

Last updated Apr 2019

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About the School

Welcome to BHMS, Business and Hotel Management school! BHMS is one of the world's leading hospitality schools, located in the heart of Lucerne, a vibrant and beautiful city in Switzerland.

Welcome to BHMS, Business and Hotel Management school! BHMS is one of the world's leading hospitality schools, located in the heart of Lucerne, a vibrant and beautiful city in Switzerland. Read less