Language qualifications required for the Bachelor progamme
The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is a bilingual school with two separate sections: the English and the French sections. You will of course have to master the language of the section in which you are studying. Furthermore, in order to participate fully in the life of the school, it is useful to have knowledge of the other language.
Language qualifications differ depending on whether you wish to study in the English or French section.
To study in the English section of the Bachelor programme:
English Language Qualifications
For study in the Bachelor programme's English section, you will need an excellent written and verbal command of English, as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution in which English was the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)
or one of the following English tests:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum score 100 for the iBT (internet-based test), 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test).
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade B
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 7.
- IB candidates need to obtain a minimum grade of 4 for English A (HL and SL) or a minimum grade of 5 for English B (HL) or a minimum of 6 for English B (SL).
- A-level candidates will be exempted from submitting a language certificate if they obtain a grade of B in English Language or Literature.
Second Language Qualifications
Your second language may be your mother tongue, or you may demonstrate that you have studied a language other than English.
Working knowledge of French
Some knowledge of French is also recommended. During the Preparatory Year, all students in the English section follow French language courses. It is highly recommended to students who have been exempted from the Preparatory Year or entering Year 2 to take French courses (i.e. DELF Certificate, Diplôme d'Etudes de Langue Française, Level A1) before beginning their studies.
To study in the French section of the Bachelor programme:
If you choose to study in the French Section, you will need both French and English qualifications:
French Language Qualifications
You need to show that you have an excellent written and verbal command of French, as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Evidence that for the last six years of secondary school you studied in an institution where French is the main medium of instruction (transcripts, certificate)
or one of the following French tests:
- DSLCF (Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises)
- DALF C1 (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
English language qualifications
Even if you are studying in the French section, you will need to show that you have sufficient proficiency in English by submitting one of the following certificates:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score
- 550 (paper-based)
- 213 (computer-based)
- 80 Internet-based TOEFL (Ibt)
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate, minimum grade C, or
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System), minimum overall band 6.0