Admissions Requirements for the Bachelor
To start the application process, we invite you to read the information on this page carefully, prepare your documents and complete the online application.
A motivation day will be chosen according to the deadline you respected. However, we strongly encourage you to apply early in order to guarantee availability. Please keep in mind the visa application process may takes up to 3 months.
Application deadlines for February 2021:
- 15 December 2020 (deadline for VISA candidates)
- 15 January 2021
Application deadlines for September 2021
- 1 February 2021
- 1 March 2021
- 1 April 2021
- 1 May 2021 (deadline for VISA candidates)
- 1 June 2021
Motivation days online (EU Time zone):
- 7 - 26 - 28 January 2021
- 25 February 2021
- 23 - 25 - 30 March 2021
- 20 - 22 - 27 April 2021
- 11 - 26 - 27 May 2021
- 15 - 17 June 2021
- 01 July 2021
Motivation days online (US Time zone)
- 6 February 2021
- 13 March 2021
Motivation days online (Asia Time zone)
- 23 January 2021
- 20 February 2021
- 20 March 2021
- 17 April 2021
- 15 May 2021
Final decisions will be communicated approximately one month after the motivation day.
Are you fit for EHL?
At EHL, we take a comprehensive approach to admissions. We look for candidates who have the academic foundation and personal qualities to be successful in our challenging program and to become leaders in the industry. Here are a few of the qualities we seek:
- Academic aptitude for critical thinking & creativity
- Interpersonal skills for management and leadership roles
- Motivation and service mindset
- International outlook and language skills.
We invite you to learn more about the admissions requirements here below. Our dedicated Admissions Team is here to help if you have any questions about eligibility and the application process.
To access our Bachelor in International Hospitality Management program, you must have successfully completed your final secondary school examinations, qualifying you for university admission in the country where you went to school. In addition to academic achievements we also take into consideration the difficulty of the courses you chose and prefer subjects that develop the analytical skills needed to succeed at EHL.
For details, see our Bachelor application guide.
English proficiency is an entry requirement at EHL for both the French and English sections of our Bachelor program.
For details, see our Bachelor application guide.
EF (Education First) is happy to offer EHL candidates 10% discount on their different language programs around the world
Step 1. Online Application
All of the documents listed below must be submitted electronically via the online application portal. We accept documents in French, English, German or Italian.
Please kindly note that you must be at least 18 years old at the beginning of the intake.
- Copy of passport
- Copy of secondary school diploma & transcripts
- Essay in French or in English depending on the section you are applying to (3 topics to choose from)
When you have uploaded all of the required documents, you will finalize your application by paying your application fee of CHF 175.
Step 2. Online Admissions Assessment
Upon a positive evaluation of your online application to our bachelor's program in international hospitality management, you will receive an invitation to complete an online evaluation that includes a 20-minute online interview that you can complete at home. You need a computer, a webcam and access to internet in order to complete the online interview.
Step 3. Motivation Day
If you pass the online evaluation, you will be invited to take part in a motivation day. The motivation day is an opportunity for us to examine your interests and abilities in much greater depth.
We advise you to attend one of our motivation days in Lausanne. This will give you a chance to visit our campus, meet members of our faculty and other employees, and talk to current students. If you do not live in Switzerland and are unable to come to Lausanne for your motivation day, you may ask to take part in one of our motivation days abroad. Such requests are considered on an individual basis.
Our motivation days involve the following activities:
- An interview
- A team-building exercise
- An analytical and quantitative aptitude test
The interview is not a test of your knowledge, and you will not be quizzed on specific facts. The aim is to assess your motivation, your potential and your suitability for the demands of the hospitality industry. We will ask you to tell us about your experience and your expectations. Our questions will focus, for example, on any summer jobs you may have had in the hospitality industry, your extracurricular activities and your international exposure.
The team-building exercise
Working in a team will be an important part of your studies at EHL. We therefore would like to see if you enjoy teamwork and if you have the necessary skills needed to work successfully as part of a team.
The analytical and quantitative aptitude test
This test is composed of 4 different exams in order to evaluate your leadership, interpersonal skills, analytical reasoning and motivation. This test will be computer-based; that is why we will ask you to bring your own laptop.
Preparing for your motivation day
No specific preparation is needed. However, to make sure you are choosing the right career, you should find out as much as you can about the hospitality industry, the career opportunities it offers and the training options available in our international hospitality management degree program.
Step 4. Final Decision
Following the motivation day, your complete candidature will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Admission to EHL is competitive, and only students who show excellent academic and leadership potential, motivation and interpersonal skills will be selected.
Special provisions for EHL Academy participants
As of 2019, EHL Academy participants will benefit from first-hand coaching by the Admission team and receive tips to best prepare their application to the Bachelor Programme. EHL Academy participants who then apply to EHL’s Bachelor degree will be exempted from the application fee and the online interview, which will be done during the Academy.
Bachelor Application Guide
More about the Bachelor application process
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