How to apply for the Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management at EHL Campus Lausanne

Students wishing to apply to the Bachelor program must apply to the campus where they wish to follow most of the courses for the degree (Lausanne or Singapore).  This page is about the application procedure to join the Bachelor in Lausanne.  There are additional steps required to apply for the Bachelor in Singapore, which you will find here

Please note the Preparatory Year takes place on EHL Campus Lausanne for all students

More information is available here about completing the Swiss Professional Degree (delivered by EHL Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality) and continuing the professional path to the Bachelor.

What we look for

We look for candidates who have outstanding academic and linguistic potential, as well as the interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a high-status hospitality management career. 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

All applications should be made online through our application module. We will start reviewing your files once your complete application is received. Our dedicated admissions team is here to help if you have any questions about eligibility and the application process.

Four Steps to Join EHL Campus Lausanne

Please begin by creating a profile on our online application portal. You can save your file at any time and return later to upload documents and finish your application. You will be required to submit the documents listed below electronically via the online application portal. We accept documents in French, English, German or Italian.

All certificates and transcripts that are not in English, French, German or Italian must be translated into English by a certified translator. The translation should be accompanied by comprehensive information on the school or university attended and an explanation of the grading and assessment system.

  • Passport/s copy
  • Diplomas and academic transcripts
  • Language certificate
  • Essay
  • CV
  • Work certificates and references

Important!

Don’t forget to hit the “Submit” button when you have uploaded your documents!  

During your online application process, you will be charged an application fee of CHF 175. This payment may be made online using Visa or MasterCard. Kindly note that this fee is not refundable or transferable to another application.

An EHL admissions officer will review your online application. If you meet the admissions requirements, then 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 with a webcam and access to internet in order to complete the online interview.

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. 

Our motivation days involve the following activities: 

  • An interview
  • A team-building exercise
  • An analytical and quantitative aptitude test 

The interview

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. 

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.

Following the selection interview, your complete application 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.

Application Deadlines

A motivation day will be chosen according to the deadline you respect when submitting your application. However, we strongly encourage you to apply early in order to guarantee availability.  Please keep in mind the visa application process may take up to 3 months in certain cases.

Application deadlines for February 2022

  • 1 September 2021
  • 1 October 2021
  • 1 November 2021 (VISA candidates)
  • 1 December 2021
  • 15 December 2021

Motivation days online (EU Time zones):

  • 7-21-23 September 2021
  • 5-7-19-21 October 2021
  • 2-4-16-18-30 November 2021
  • 2-14-16 December 2021
  • 13-25-27 January 2022

Motivation days online America's (Eastcoast and Westcoast time zones)

  • 16 October 2021 (Feb intake applicants)
  • 5 December 2021 (Feb non visa applicants and Sept early decision)

Motivation days online (Asia Time zone)

  • 11 September 2021
  • 9 - 23 October 2021
  • 13 November 2021
  • 11 December 2021

Final decisions will be communicated approximately one month after the motivation day.

Admissions Requirements

The admissions criteria are the same for the Bachelor course in Lausanne or Singapore. To access our Bachelor in International Hospitality Management, you must have successfully completed your final secondary school examinations, qualifying you for university admission in the country where you went to school. In general, we require grades that are well above the minimum pass level. 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.

The minimum age for entry to our Bachelor's course is 18 (You must be 18 before the course start date)

  • International Baccalaureate - Diploma: 28/45.  Please release your final exam results transcripts through transcripts.row@ibo.org
  • Swiss Diplomas - Maturité gymnasiale/fédérale/professionnelle/spécialisée: successful completion
  • A-Levels -  Minimum 3 required, a numerical subject is highly recommended: BBC
  • French Baccalauaréat Diplomas
    • Baccalauréat Général: min. 12/20
      • + Mathematics in Première and Terminale (Spécialité for both years OR spécialité + option mathématiques complémentaires)
      • + Minimum one year of Spécialité SVT (Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre) OR Physique-Chimie (The Première curriculum of Spécialité SVT or Physique-Chimie can be taken via the CNED during Terminale) for entry in September 2022 & February 2023
      • + Spécialité SVT (Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre) OR Spécialité Physique-Chimie in Première and Terminale (these can be taken via the CNED during Première and Terminale) for entry in September 2023 & February 2024
      • Students who wish to apply for the February 2022 intake and who have not taken SVT / Physique-Chimie are kindly requested to contact admissions@ehl.ch
    • Baccalauréat STMG / STHR / ES: min. 12/20
    • Baccalauréat S and L (mathematics option mandatory): min. 10/20
  • Singaporean Diplomas
    • GCE A Levels: Three H2 subjects and one H1 subject, including Mathematics, with a B average. A strong grade in Project Work and General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry paper must be attained.
    • Polytechnic diploma: Ideally from a business or engineering stream, with a strong pass in GCE O Level Mathematics or equivalent (quantitative subject).
    • NUS High School Diploma
  • American High School Diplomas:
    • Unweighted GPA of min. 3, plus SAT 1 (min. 500 points in each section) OR ACT (with a min. composite score of 24).

Plus evidence of one of the following higher achievements in 3 different subjects:

    • 3 AP certificates with a min. score of 3
    • 3 IB HL certificates with a min. score of 4
    • 3 Honors courses including 1 Math or Science subject with a minimum score of B
Please note: Students may also choose to submit a combination of the above certificates. If a student has not obtained any of the above-mentioned certificates, he/she may contact Admissions for consideration of other qualification on a case-by-case basis. All original score reports must be sent directly to EHL.  EHL’s institutional code for the SAT I and AP certificates: 4102  and EHL’s institutional code for the ACT: 5384
 

If you are in your final year of secondary school and have not yet received your diploma, then you may apply for conditional acceptance based on your grades to date. You must submit your final exam results and a copy of your diploma as soon as you have them.

The transcripts must show the courses you have taken and the grades you received. If you have attended university since leaving secondary school, then you must submit your university certificates and transcripts (for students who have attended university in Switzerland an ex matriculation letter is required). Predicted grades are required for the International Baccalaureate, British A-levels and the French Baccalauréat candidates who have not received their diploma by the application deadline.

All certificates and transcripts that are not in English, French, German or Italian must be translated into English by a certified translator. The translation should be accompanied by comprehensive information on the school or university attended and an explanation of the grading and assessment system.

The essay is an important part of your application. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your strengths, motivation and interests. Your essay should be typed and contain between 500-650 words.

Your essay will tell us a great deal about you, and it will also enable us to assess your analytical skills and determine whether you can organize your thoughts and express them clearly.  We expect you to produce an interesting personal account for your selected topic.

Please remember to add your name and the topic you have chosen at the top of the first page.

Topics (please choose one):

  • Why have you chosen to study at EHL? What criteria did you use when assessing whether EHL is the right fit for you?
  • EHL prepares students to become leaders in a competitive, demanding and global industry. What are your expectations for EHL and your career objectives ?
  • Which current trends do you find most interesting in the hospitality industry? How do you think EHL will help you manage these trends in your career?

 

To study on the Bachelor program in English you must:

Provide proof that for the last 3 years of your secondary education you studied in a school where English was the main language of instruction

Or study one of the following curricula in English: IB, French Baccalauréat option Internationale (OIB), Swiss Maturité bilingue or the European baccalaureate.

Or provide one of the following English language certificates with the following minimum requirements:

  • TOEFL (iBT) - 80 points
  • C1 Advanced - Grade C
  • IELTS Academic module – Overall band score 6.0

Students who achieve scores of IELTS 7, C1 Advanced B or TOEFL 100 and above are exempt from the mandatory English classes and exam given during the Preparatory year.

Should you be unable to sit for your English certificate due to COVID-19 then please contact the admissions department to discuss further.

Please note that your command of English will be assessed during the admissions process and EHL reserves the right to ask you for an additional English qualification or course

To study on the Bachelor program in the French section, you must:

  • Provide proof that for the last 3 years of your secondary education you studied in a school where French was the main language of instruction

Or provide one of the following French language certificates:

  • DSLCF (Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises)
  • DALF C1 (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)

French section applicants must also provide one of the below English language certificates:

  • TOEFL (iBT) - 80 points
  • C1 Advanced - Grade C
  • IELTS Academic module – Overall band score 6.0

Students can be exempted from taking an English certificate if they have studied the following curricula in English: IB, French Baccalauréat option Internationale (OIB), Swiss Maturité bilingue or the European baccalaureate.

Please note that your command of French will be assessed during the admissions process and EHL reserves the right to ask you for an additional French qualification or course.