BHMS, located in the heart of Lucerne, is a member of the Benedict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1972 whose mission is to provide higher education for adults with a desire to succeed. Benedict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private educational organizations and is educating each year more than 15,000 full- and part time students.

At Benedict Zürich campus, about 8,000 students per year study languages, various ancillary health programs, information technology, security management, commerce apprenticeships and business management programs leading to Swiss Federal qualifications. We offer craft, technical and management-based diplomas, an undergraduate degree and an MBA program.

At BHMS Lucerne campus, about 400 students per year have the opportunity to prepare themselves for their future management roles in the hotel and hospitality industry. BHMS in collaboration with Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, UK and City University of Seattle, USA, offer a Bachelor of Arts degree, an MBA/PGD diploma and a MBA degree.


One-year Diploma Program in Hospitality Management (Bachelor of Arts Degree - Stage One)

This one-year program is the first 12-month intensive entry-level period of the Bachelor of Arts program, designed for those who completed their secondary education and are looking for a career in the hospitality or tourism industry. It aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the operational aspects of the international hotel industry and knowledge of the underlying principles involved. It comprises of one study term of 20 weeks plus one period of 4-6 months paid industry training in Switzerland.

Two-year Higher Diploma Program in Hospitality Management (Bachelor of Arts Degree - stage two)

This two-year program provides the knowledge needed to launch a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Students are exposed to business management subjects that include accounting, sales and marketing as well as human resource management. For students looking for international placement, this two year program is a must. It comprises of two study terms of 20 weeks each plus two periods of 4-6 months paid industry training in Switzerland. This is required in order to proceed to the third study year.

Three-years Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management
(Bachelor of Arts Degree - stage three)

The BA in Hotel and Hospitality Management program provides the students with an academic qualification that is attractive to potential employers, the skills and ability to enter the working world, and a 'tool box' that can be applied to a range of careers in the hospitality industry. Graduates may become accomplished managers, capable of working across a range of public and private enterprises including leisure facilities, hotels, theme parks, conferences, exhibitions and even management. The program uses a range of teaching methods to facilitate learning. Core knowledge is covered by lectures and tutorials, supported by guided reading and additional materials on The Virtual Campus "Moodle". Particular care is taken to use the most effective teaching and assessment methods for each module.

It is comprised of three study terms of 20 weeks each plus three periods of 4-6 months paid industry training in Switzerland.

Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

This one year program is designed to give graduate students as well as professionals with different backgrounds an opportunity to re-engineer their career into the hospitality and tourism sector. Independent as well as group work helps to build confidence and relationships useful for the students' future career while learning a hands-on trade. Students gain a well-rounded, non-discriminatory and global outlook on issues facing businesses in the 21st century, while at the same time getting down to business and learning a very profitable career right from the beginning.

MBA Programs in Switzerland

DUAL AWARD MBA | MBA in Hospitality Management | MBA in Global Management
These 18-24 months MBA Degree is a joint program between BHMS Switzerland and City University of Seattle, USA. It is specifically designed for graduates holding Bachelor Degrees in service or non-service specializations who are aiming to join the global tourism industry or the service sector.

The program comprises two study blocks of 6 months followed by two paid internship periods of 6 months in Switzerland. During internship periods, students are required to complete their MBA thesis as well as additional MBA capstone courses and workshops.

Students have an exit option to complete their MBA in 18 months.

New Culinary Management Programs

Diploma in Culinary Management:
This 6-12 months Diploma in Culinary Management program introduces students to the world of food production through basic operation techniques and hands-on core competency training. It introduces students to the basic cooking methods, kitchen equipment, machinery and utensils, as well as recipe costing and kitchen procedures. Students will also learn how to use food ingredients, develop their skills in utilizing kitchen equipments and utensils, learn how to prepare basic stocks, soups, sauces and salads and become familiar with kitchen terminology, nutrition and kitchen accounting principles. After successfully completing 6-months of diploma studies, students qualify for 4-6 months of paid Swiss Internship in one of many renowned Swiss dining establishments.

Advanced Diploma in Culinary Management:
These 6-12 months Advanced Diploma in Culinary Management program builds onto the student's fundamental understanding of international culinary principles gained at Diploma level. Students will explore European and ethnic cuisines by preparing a wide range of recipes including typical appetizers, fish, vegetarian, main course dishes and pastry and desserts. Students will also learn communication and management skills, leadership and team work as well as guest relations. After successfully completing 6-months of advanced diploma studies, students qualify for 4-6 months paid Swiss Internship in one of many renowned Swiss dining establishments.

Direct Entry Culinary Management:
Direct entry status into the Advanced Diploma in Culinary Management program is granted to applicants who have successfully completed at least one academic year of culinary management education (with English as a study medium) at an accredited institution and possess a verified culinary work certificate from a first class hotel or a restaurant.

Internship in Switzerland

Industry training is an integral part of the study program at BHMS. The school provides one sound training assignment per year in a business that has been carefully selected and chosen as a training venue. It provides an opportunity to gain paid work experience in a Swiss hospitality venue that is known throughout the world for its value during the early stages of a career. The first assignment will be in a junior support role, where a student can practice the skills that they learned during their first six months at school. Culinarians complete their industry training in that department, whereas hospitality students will complete their training in either service, housekeeping or other supportive departments. Successful students may be able to assume more responsibility and guest contact in their second year.

Industry training salaries in Switzerland are negotiated between the employer and the Federal Employee Union and are presently set at minimum CHF 2'115 per month gross. From this salary, students may have to pay for their room and board and taxes. The average net income per month is between CHF 1'200/1'400.


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