Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management

General

Program Description

Why Hospitality Management?

Hospitality is an exciting industry with a global reach while being intrinsically local at the same time. In this steadily growing and diverse industry, the focus is on maximizing customer experience and satisfaction. Studying Hospitality Management provides a tremendous opportunity to travel, meet, and work with people from all over the world while at the same time discovering one of the most creative forms of leadership.

Switzerland is a country well-known for its high-quality hotel and tourism industry. It is an exceptional destination for any student interested in studying hospitality. Boasting a reputation for excellence in customer service, and home to a multi-lingual, diverse culture, Switzerland offers an incredible opportunity to develop and grow in the hospitality industry.

Degree Overview

Hospitality Management is a comprehensive business administration and hotel management degree that prepares students for a career in the hospitality industry, through both academic teaching and practical training.

The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical application as students are guided to solve real-world challenges. This environment emphasizes collaboration and team building alongside the healthy competition. At AUS, top-tier internationally diverse classmates come together, share professional experiences, and form synergistic groups where mutual commitment and joint accountability lead to highly effective teams.

AUS is bridging the gap between hospitality experience and management expertise. Building on traditional Swiss hospitality training, and business fundamentals, students will learn to create lifelong customers. 

To foster an atmosphere of engagement and to truly drive value in an organization, hospitality experts must learn the management skills necessary to interface across the organization effectively. Recognizing the need for this skillset in the market, AUS has developed a holistic approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders in hospitality management.

Beyond the depth and breadth of knowledge gained in the classroom, the life-long connections developed while attending AUS will be of immeasurable value. To this end, we require and actively support internship placement, on-site company visits, and hotel visits.

Degree Information

  • Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Start Date: September, January, April
  • Location: La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Language: English
  • ECTS Credits: 180
  • CH Credits: 135
  • Tuition Fees Per Year: CHF 24,500

Modules

  • 4 Foundation
  • 15 Core
  • 12 Specialization

“The hospitality sector, as part of the travel and tourism industry, is set to support more than 20% of the new jobs created in the coming years.”

The degree starts with several fundamental courses. These are followed by core business courses that give students a solid grasp of the fundamentals of business such as Finance, Management, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. Students will then dive further into their modules and learn the application of theory to their specialization ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the impact their knowledge can have.

Module Examples

  • Hotel Operations Management
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Hotel Sales and Marketing
  • Tourism and Hotel Business
  • Managing Performance
  • Financing International Hotel Development

Internships and Placements

During their degree, students must undertake at least three internships. Students are supported by our dedicated careers team and faculty to ensure they can find an internship relevant to their career path. In addition to their internships, students will also gain practical experience during their academic studies. Students are also encouraged to undertake additional internships in other fundamental business areas in order to broader their experience and enhance their CV.

Career Opportunities

Hospitality is one of the world’s most exciting and ever-changing environments. Entering the industry will give you a challenging, but extremely rewarding, career where no two days are the same. With hospitality and tourism management careers predicted to grow to over 380 million jobs worldwide by 2027. Studying Hospitality Management, you could progress into careers including:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Hotel Operations
  • Hospitality Consultancy
  • Events Management
  • Entertainment
  • Health & Wellness

Why Switzerland?

Rated in the Top 2 Countries to Study Abroad in Europe, Switzerland is an exceptional location to live, study, and work. Its cultural diversity, magnificent landscape, and innovative environment offer first-class conditions for both personal well-being and career achievement. With its amazing cuisine, four national languages, horology eminence, and more than 1.5 million cows, Switzerland offer an international study experience like no other.

Why AUS?

The American University in Switzerland (AUS) is a private and fully accredited institution of Higher Education located near beautiful Lake Geneva. With a professor to student ratio of only 1 to 7 and a graduation rate of nearly 95%, students will experience the individual attention they deserve and obtain the career they desire.

At AUS, we recognize that business leaders today must not only master the hard skills needed to make data-driven decisions but also the soft skills needed to make them a better collaborator. To thrive in this field and to truly create value in an organization, leaders must acquire the management skills necessary to interface across the organization.

Recognizing the need for this skillset in the market, AUS has developed a holistic approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders in the hospitality industry.

Among its many charms, Switzerland scenery tops it all. Stunning Lake Geneva lends itself to great boating and swimming, and of course, the mountains are there for memorable hiking. If you love to ski and snowboard, there is no better place than Switzerland. And if you don’t know how to ski and snowboard, there is no better place to learn. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.

Tuition and Fees

Year One

  • CHF 24,500
  • Registration Fee
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Facilities
  • Course Material
  • Field Trips
  • Industrial Visits

Year Two

  • CHF 24,500
  • Registration Fee
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Facilities
  • Course Material
  • Field Trips
  • Industrial Visits

Year Three

  • CHF 24,500
  • Registration Fee
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Facilities
  • Course Material
  • Field Trips
  • Industrial Visits
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Preparing you for the modern business environment, the American University in Switzerland is one of Switzerland’s leading international business universities, situated in La Tour-de-Peilz. Located on ... Read More

Preparing you for the modern business environment, the American University in Switzerland is one of Switzerland’s leading international business universities, situated in La Tour-de-Peilz. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, AUS is close to the Olympic Capital Lausanne, and Geneva, the center for diplomacy. Offering personalized education in an international and multicultural environment, with practical and relevant programs. AUS offers all its students a dynamic and ambitious culture, both in the classroom and outside of the school. Read less
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