The program offers students extended practical and professional competency training in this field so that they are able to take up rewarding graduate positions. It also benefits people looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge when contemplating opening their own culinary or catering business.

BHMS manages the program with RGU, who awards the Bachelor degree to students who successfully complete the third year, and pass all modules. BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students. You and your peers learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, brings along know-how and experience in the culinary and business fields. This ensures that what you learn in class is contemporary and can be applied in real-world situations in a daily catering or food service environment. The Robert Gordon University, founded in 1881 in Aberdeen as a college, became today’s dynamic, modern University in 1992 and has an international reputation for providing high-quality education to more than 13,000 students from Undergraduate to Ph.D. level.

Aim of the Program

The BHMS BA in Culinary Arts program is specifically designed for young adults wishing to develop a career in the field of gastronomy. It also benefits people looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge when contemplating opening their own culinary or catering business. Students with the appropriate qualifications can enter the program in the third year. By the time students enter the third year, they should have developed a love and passion for food as will be exemplified by their dedication to this highly respected and very much in demand profession. An inter-disciplinary range of capstone modules facilitates the development of both creativity in culinary concepts and the knowledge to manage a range of foodservice operations.

Paid Industry Training in Switzerland

Industry training is an integral part of the study program at BHMS and provides an opportunity to gain paid work experience during the early stages of the career. This will prove invaluable when applying for the first supervisory or management position. Students will complete their training in a hotel or restaurant kitchen, according to their talent. Successful students may be able to assume more responsibility in their third year. The industry training salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union, is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’200 to 1’400.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Completed secondary school diploma (minimum 11 years)
  • English language skills at a level equal to IELTS 5.0

Course Content

* Direct Entry students will take additional European cuisine practical classes and German courses to support and prepare them for an internship in Switzerland.


Program taught in:
  • English

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