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Qualifications and rankings from Swiss hotel management schools

How can you gauge which Swiss hotel management school is best for you?

Many factors can be decisive when deciding on the best and most suitable hotel management school. There are numerous HF or Bachelor offers for hotel management on the market, some of which are difficult to compare.

Hotel management schools in Switzerland offer a range of different qualifications that can be difficult to understand. How can you gauge which one is best for you?

Pay attention to quality Labels

Internationally renowned Labels such as THE-ICE, AAQ or ISO demonstrate that the schools have been critically evaluated from external experts.

THE-ICE: I-Graduate Ranking

The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) is an international accreditation agency and a global network of leading institutions for tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts. Accreditation and quality assurance have become an integral part of institutional review processes in education. In the global educational environment, quality, benchmarking and best practice have never been more important.

In 2019, of the more than 220 participating hotel management schools around the world, EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) and its campus achieved the following top rankings, among others:

#1 host friends
#2 overall arrival & residential assistance
#3 campus environment & visa advice
#4 happiness
#6 program content
#7 multicultural
#9 quality of lecturers & good contacts

Eduwo Ranking

The Eduwo ranking is based on thousands of reports from students. More than 3,000 students evaluated their study programme on the basis of the following criteria: lecturers/teachers, school equipment, school organisation, framework offer/environment and teaching content. The digital and networked platform offers prospective students a centrally provided overview of educational offers, supplemented by field reports, and supports them on their way to the appropriate offer.

EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality - Hotelfachschule Passugg ranks third among Switzerland's higher vocational schools across all the different courses of study. We are particularly proud of the 100% recommendation rate of our students and graduates.

Check for proof of real Swiss accreditation

The hotel management qualification from the school should be recognized by the Swiss federal government. A cantonal recognition is not the same as federal, and may have an impact on pursuing further studies.

In addition, many hotel management schools in Switzerland are only accredited through foreign universities, not Swiss. Federally accredited colleges of applied science in Switzerland offer a Diploma Supplement from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) alongside the tertiary-level professional qualification, which contains information that potential employers in Switzerland and abroad may use to assess the technical competences of qualification holders.

EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality is the first hotel management school to offer both German and English Swiss Professional Degrees as “Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur”, which are recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

Research the school's level of qualification through the ISCED

National qualification frameworks vary a lot from country to country. For this reason, UNESCO developed the International Standard Classification for Education ISCED. The qualification from federally accredited Swiss colleges of applied science has been set at an ISCED Level 6, same as a bachelor.