BHMS, located in the very center of Lucerne, is part of the Bénédict Education Group, founded in 1928 by the Bénédict Group mission - to provide higher education to ambitious and motivated people. Bénédict School is one of the largest private educational institutions in Switzerland, more than 15,000 students study here annually.
On the Bénédict Zürich campus, more than 8,000 students annually have the opportunity to receive a bachelor's, master's or MBA degree in various specialties: foreign languages, medicine, IT, business management, entrepreneurship.
The BHMS campus, Lucerne, annually prepares about 1,000 students for a future career in hospitality and other businesses. BHMS together with Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, UK offer undergraduate and graduate programs. BHMS also offers an MBA program in three specialties.
BHMS has several buildings in the very center of Lucerne - these are residential residences and academic buildings. All of them are within walking distance of each other. The main residence of the university is City Campus, located 10 minutes from the historical part of Lucerne. It contains rooms for students, reception and administration offices, one of the restaurants of the university. The educational buildings are equipped with the latest technology, there is also a "laboratory" for studying foreign languages.
Why study at BHMS?
Perfect location in the heart of Lucerne
The buildings of the BHMS campuses are located within walking distance from each other and from the very center of Lucerne. This allows students to enjoy the beautiful views, historical sights and amazing charm of this unique city.
Bachelor's degree in the shortest possible time
BHMS Business & Hotel Management School (in partnership with The Robert Gordon University) has developed one of the shortest undergraduate programs in Switzerland. At BHMS, students can earn a bachelor's degree in “Hotel Management”, “International Business Management” and “Culinary Arts” for 18 months of study plus 18 months of internship. Similar training at another Swiss management school will require 24 months of study plus 12 months of internship. So, BHMS graduates have the advantage of 6 additional months of paid internship in Switzerland.
Unique 5-week quarter system
Each 20-week study term in BHMS is divided into 4 mini-periods of 5 weeks each. Each of these quarters is followed by one week of vacation. This allows students to focus on only 3-4 studied subjects at the same time instead of the standard 8-10 subjects in other schools. As a result, BHMS students study 16 subjects during the semester, paying due attention to each and not overloading.
Guaranteed internship and employment of graduates
The practical part is an integral part of studying at BHMS. Within each academic year, students are required to undergo 4-6 months of paid internships in the hospitality industry - hotels or restaurants. In addition, BHMS works with many international recruitment agencies that specialize in recruiting graduate students in Europe, Asia and North America. A career consultant provides employment assistance to hotels and restaurants in Switzerland and abroad.
BHMS is accredited by EduQua of Switzerland in accordance with cantonal and federal laws. EduQua is a Swiss quality mark for educational institutions. The university also has federal accreditation of the Swiss government and is included in the official state list of educational institutions of higher education.
For undergraduate and graduate programs, BHMS collaborates with The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. According to The Times Good University Guide 2013, The Robert Gordon University is the most modern university in England.
The main partners of BHMS are educational institutions, accreditation committees and organizations
In the event that you need a visa to enter Switzerland, you must begin the process of applying for it as part of the process of entering the BHMS School of Business and Hotel Management. Without this, you cannot enter the country to start training.
If you are not sure if you need a student visa to enter Switzerland, please contact us, our local representative or the Swiss Embassy in your country. Requests in Russian can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The process of applying for and applying for a Swiss visa can take up to 12 weeks, and you should keep this in mind when planning your start date.
The BHMS Admissions Office and / or the local BHMS representative will help you organize this process and provide you with all the necessary documents for obtaining a Swiss visa.
Step-by-step admission procedure
First Step: Fill out an application
Fill out the form.
Attach the following documents to your application together with the application form (originals + translation):
School certificate (transcript of grades from school) or diploma of first higher education
IELTS, TOEFL, TestPodium, or equivalent tests
Letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer
Copy of the passport
Second Step: Enrollment Letter
After processing your application, we will send you an enrollment letter within the next 48 hours.
After receiving this letter, you will need to make the first payment to be credited within two weeks. Please contact the BHMS admissions office or the nearest BHMS representative in your area to find out how to make the payment.
Third Step: Admission and Visa
You make the first payment (deposit), we will send you the original letters of receipt and payment receipts necessary for obtaining a visa. You are being interviewed at the Swiss Embassy. Full tuition must be paid immediately upon receipt of the visa decision. Next, the BHMS sends to the Embassy a document on the absence of unpaid expenses, and you can get a visa. You buy a ticket to Zurich, where our driver will meet you and take you to your new home in Lucerne.
Internship in Switzerland
Paid internships are part of the BHMS curriculum. The school organizes one internship per year at an enterprise that has been carefully selected as a training site. This provides an opportunity to gain experience in paid work in the Swiss hospitality industry, known worldwide for its high quality standards and level of service. In his first position, the student will perform the functions of a subordinate, he will have to put into practice the skills that he acquired in the first six months of school. Students of the Academy of Culinary Excellence undergo training in the kitchens of the best restaurants in the country. Those who specialize in hotel management work in the service sector. Students who have successfully completed an internship can count on more responsible positions during their next internship in the second year of study.
BHMS supports and supervises students throughout the internship period. The school has a special manager - the coordinator, exclusively engaged in the organization of student internships. In order to be able to use the services of this coordinator for free, students must meet the requirements of the school with regard to attitudes to school, attending classes, academic performance and language skills. Most students meet these requirements.
The salaries of interns in Switzerland are agreed upon between the employer and the Federal Employee Union and currently amount to at least 2,190 Swiss francs before taxes. The average monthly income after taxes and expenses for accommodation and meals is 1'200-1'400 Swiss francs.
MasterWork, a subsidiary of the Benedict Education Group, is engaged in the employment of graduates of all BHMS programs. BHMS also works with international recruitment agencies in Europe, Asia, North America. Their services include preparation for Skype and telephone interviews, assistance in preparing a video resume, preparation of documents for work and obtaining a visa. In addition, individual BHMS students participate in various exhibitions and Career Days, which also contributes to their early employment.
BHMS GRADUATES WORK BEST HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD, SUCH AS:
Soho Grand Hotel, New York City, USA
Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, USA
Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, USA
Marriot Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
The Peabody, Memphis, USA
Hilton Park Lane, London, UK
Egerton Gray County House Hotel, Cardiff, UK
Hilton Hotel, Leicester, UK
Yum Brands, Saskatchewan, Canada
Kingfisher Airlines, India
Lalit Intercontinental Hotel, Mumbai, India
Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, China
Shangri La Hotel, Changchun, China
Sheraton Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
Shangri La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Le Meridian Hotel, Singapore
Holiday Inn, Hong Kong
W Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan