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Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne ( EHL)
We select passionate people and educate them to become responsible leaders in hospitality. As the worlds first hotel school, we prepare the leaders of tomorrow in partnership with the Swiss and international hospitality industry. Our philosophy of learning, combining experience and discovery, leads to the mastery of the arts and sciences of hospitality management. When you enter the world of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, you immediately feel the energy and enthusiasm, a sense of shared purpose. It is a place where everyone is different yet everyone feels at home. Walk down the main hallway of the school and you will hear ten different languages being spoken a microcosm of the hospitality industry itself. With more than 100 years of teaching hospitality management, we are an institution steeped in traditions as rich as those of the most venerable hotels around the world. Yet come to visit us, and you will find a young, dynamic institution with ultra-modern facilities. The young men and women who make up the student body are learning not only to be successful managers for tomorrow's international hospitality industry, but also to transmit the century-old EHL tradition of European hospitality, savoir-faire and savoir vivre.
EHLs double accreditation The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is accredited at university level both nationally and internationally. EHL is recognized by the Swiss government as part of Switzerlands University of Applied Sciences. Internationally, it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). National accreditation The University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland is a professional university which includes schools of management, engineering, industrial design, and the health professions. EHL is officially recognized as part of the university, known in Switzerland as the HES-SO or Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale. International accreditation The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is one of the six regional accrediting boards in the United States. It is empowered to accredit universities both in the United States and overseas. EHL is accredited by NEASCs Higher Education Commission, which evaluates universities in the eastern United States ranging from small liberal arts colleges to universities such as Harvard, Yale or MIT. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Our campus has been purpose-built to give you experience in all the facets of first-rate hospitality. It is run like a hotel, with accommodation, conference facilities, five different restaurants, state-of-the-art demo kitchens, a wine-tasting laboratory, as well as an auditorium and banqueting facilities. As a responsible organization, the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne adopted an environmental policy for its infrastructures more than fifteen years ago: solar panels, biogas and wind-mills have become part of the scenery at the school. There are 300 single or double studios on campus where most students choose to live during their first year. You will find an advanced technological environment for both your study and leisure time, with campus-wide wireless access to the internet and to the schools electronic resources. Tennis, volleyball and basketball courts await alongside a gymnasium and a fully equipped Nautilus fitness centre. You can also join the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne sport teams which participate in local league competitions (soccer, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby, and tennis). We offer personal coaching programmes of exercise, nutrition and relaxation, as well as a wealth of activities ranging from yoga, aerobics and indoor cycling all the way to para-gliding and martial arts. With Europes largest lake and surrounding Alps nearby, the Lausanne region offers unlimited possibilities for both summer and winter activities. Accommodation There are 300 single or double studios on campus where most students choose to live during their first year of studies. A group of older students act as mentors and are present around the clock for help and advice and to facilitate your entry into student life. After your first year of studies, you may prefer to share a flat or house with other students; there is plenty of rented accommodation available nearby, in or around Lausanne. Restaurants and bars Le Berceau des Sens Open to the public, Le Berceau des Sens is EHLs flagship restaurant, symbolizing initiation into culinary arts and high quality tradition of hospitality. In service, students apply the arts of designing an attractive table and anticipating the needs of their customers. In kitchen, students also learn to manage the stress, implied by preparing à la carte individual dishes impeccably. Food Court This 260-seat restaurant offers a meal plan of four themes: Mediterranean, Asian/Oriental, Grill and Health/Wellness. The Food Court was conceived in collaboration with Compass, one of EHL's partners; both Compass and EHL invested in this innovative restaurant concept. There is a large common kitchen, the heart of EHL catering, where students learn to work in teams. Each student is given a clearly-defined function: soups, meats, vegetables, sauces etc., with one student being assigned as the Chef of the Day, responsible for organizing his/her colleagues and ensuring that the food is ready to be served on time. "La Passerelle" La Passerelle introduces students to the ever-growing fast-food sector. Service here is highly efficient, with lively, varied dishes. There is room for 120 clients, with a terrace outside in the summer, as well as a take-away counter. To provide quick service from a very small kitchen requires making the best possible use of the restricted space available. This ability is put to test in the Passerelle kitchen. In somes weeks, students are taking command of the restaurant and are in charge of the management of the restaurant. Bars The School's two bars, the Passerelle Bar and the Main Bar, allow the students to acquire basic service techniques and specific skills: organization, taking the order, and quick, efficient service. They learn how to manage the range of beverages offered by a bar and how to organize promotional events. Sports facilities The idyllic setting of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne at le Chalet-à-Gobet offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities, and EHL provides an extensive sports programme available to both students and staff. Within walking distance of the School are golf courses and riding stables, fitness courses, cross-country skiing trails, and forest hiking trails. The School itself features a gymnasium, playing fields, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts and a fully equipped Nautilus fitness centre. Lausanne is the capital and headquarters of the Olympic Committee and many other international sporting federations. It constitutes an unparalleled sporting venue within easy driving distance of renowned winter and summer sports facilities. From Lake Geneva, home base of America's Cup winner Alinghi, to the Vaudoises Alpes, homebase of Bertrand Piccard's Breitling Navigator, there are unlimited possibilities for waters ports of all kinds, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. The school's sports facilities are comprised of a fully equipped fitness centre, a gymnasium with sports equipment, 3 tennis courts and a playing field. The school also offers an extensive sports programme with aerobics and other classes and opportunities for golf and other sports off campus, as well as a variety of team sports, with teams that compete in local leagues. Football, volleyball, basketball, cricket and rugby teams represent EHL in regional tournaments. Library The library offers 180 work places, in an area of 1,000 m². The EHL library has approximately 24,000 volumes and provides many online resources. It is affiliated to the Swiss libraries network Nebis with access to almost 3 million bibliographic references. Classrooms The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne has 50 classrooms and multimedia auditoriums, with seating capacities ranging from 15 to 300. The various rooms are all equipped with over-head projectors, screens, beamers, computers, audio-visual equipment, flipcharts and blackboards. Green campus As a responsible organization, EHL voluntarily adopted an ecological policy for its infrastructures more than ten years ago: solar panels, biogas and wind-mills have become part of the scenery at the school. The subject is also taught to the students as part of their programmes of study. Students learn the practical aspects of ecological choices including their cost, discovering for instance that while environmentally sound policies can be expensive at the outset, they can result in savings in many areas such as the treatment of waste streams or energy conservation. The School is one of the stops of the sustainable development visits organized by the Lausanne Tourisme & Convention Bureau for groups, enterprises and journalists. Peer support Introduction Week team Each year, there is a dedicated team of Introduction Week assistants - a group of upper classmen who work in close collaboration with EHL's Student Affairs department to welcome incoming students. The "Intro Week" team guides new students through sessions of practical information and skill-building workshops. It also organizes an entertaining evening programme which includes visits to local restaurants and clubs, outdoor activities and more, to help new students get to know each other while discovering the Lausanne region together. Campus Peer Counsellors: The Campus Peer Counsellors, known by their colleagues as the "CPCs", are a group of students who live on-campus and work to promote well-being and security among EHL's student body. Each CPC lives in a different residential building and can easily be contacted. CPCs are available for help and guidance in both personal and school-related problems and can always be reached at a round-the-clock internal telephone number. CPCs' experience ranges from topics like the basics of getting started at EHL to helping students through through difficult periods. They advise fellow students, actively engage in prevention activities, intervene in first-aid emergencies and generally promote communication among students, faculty and staff. They also work with the Student Council to address general student issues, and participate in many campus events. CPCs are mentored by EHL's psychologists and keep all information confidential. They are certified in First Aid by the Swiss Red Cross. Students who are CPC members are encouraged to stay on and help for several terms. Health and Prevention Committee: The Prevention Committee works closely with the School's psychologists. It promotes well-being on campus through stands, events and information. The committee works on a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from eating disorders to safe sex or coping with stress. For instance, they set up stands at most large student events to raise awareness of the risks of drinking and driving and distribute information and free condoms to encourage safe sex. During introduction weeks for new students, the committee organizes presentations on themes including drugs, nutrition, tobacco, road safety, alcohol awareness, sexual and racial tolerance, sexual harassment, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, fitness and stress management. One of their most popular activities with students is the "Relaxation Day" which takes place before final exams and includes tips and tricks for coping with stress and free 15-minute massages. Events: student-run projects EHLs calendar is punctuated by various student-run events from low key weeknight get-togethers in the schools student social space to a large-scale graduation ball for more than 1000 guests. Events make student life more entertaining and also provide fascinating opportunities for students to get involved in their school and gain valuable experience in event management . Fête finale: Some projects are major events with significant budgets and responsibilities. The eagerly-awaited Fête finale, or end-of-year Gala, is the largest student event at EHL. It welcomes about 650 guests for dinner and over 1,400 for the following gala celebration. It is a major organizational challenge, and the organizational committee is entirely responsible for managing the event, which involves budgeting, fundraising, revenue management and profitability, communication and conflict management, legal questions related to event management, and prevention and awareness activities: a whole curriculum in itself. Thursday night parties: The Fête Finale Committee organizes weekly events at various locations in Lausanne on Thursday nights to help raise fund for the gala event. These evenings provide a much enjoyed break from the daily work routine to enjoy the local club scene and see friends. Fête universelle: EHL's cultural diversity comes alive at this event. Each year, roughly 20 of EHLs 90-odd nationalities are selected to be showcased during the Fête Universelle. On the big night, each culture is celebrated with food, drinks and an elaborate show. This is an EHL tradition not to be missed. Culinary challenge: This EHL event brings members of the community together into two teams to prepare a menu based around a common food basket and theme. The teams are formed in different ways (staff vs. students, men vs. women, etc), but the goal remains the same - to create the winning four-course menu. The judges are the 70 restaurant guests who alternately enjoy courses from each team without knowing who has cooked what! At the end of each course, they cast their votes for the most creative, most appetizing and most well-presented courses - and the winning team is announced. D-bar events at the Student Social Space Twice a month, student volunteers hold a theme night at the student-run bar, known as the D-bar, located in one of EHLs residential buildings. The D-bar is one of the Student Social Spaces on campus - areas where students can relax, enjoy themselves and exchange ideas, play billiards or watch a movie. The spaces, which include a bar and a recreational room, are managed entirely by students and provides valuable professional experience. The committee for the Student Social Space is made up of volunteer students from different semesters. It aims to promote cultural diversity at EHL while emphasizing the unique spirit that unites students into one community. Special interest EHL has nearly 30 student-run activities. Many of the groups gather around a shared interest or hobby. Arts Committee:This group helps promote the arts and culture in the EHL community. Their centrepiece is an annual performing arts event featuring young talent. They host exhibits displaying creative work from EHL's students and staff on campus and also arrange outings to local performances and guided museum visits. EHL Music Committee: Many students keep up their musical talents during their studies at EHL. The Music committee helps them by maintaining a sound-proof practice room for EHL musicians. They also help provide musical entertainment at various campus events. EHL Photographers: This group of students puts their shared hobby to good use. They can be seen at most EHL events, busily clicking away to capture the highlights and happenings of the community. The students have a growing set of resources to help them in their work including various lenses and cameras and a light kit. Their photos can be seen in the yearbook, and in various EHL publications both online and in print. Wine Society & Wine Cellar: EHL's two wine groups have many different activities: Informal wine tastings in the schools own wine cellar, the Carnotzet, where different wine regions are explored. This is a cosy place to get to know other students in a low-key atmosphere. Visits to wineries, wine bars and wine producers - students explore the local wine scene, from harvesting and bottling to meeting with distributors. This is particularly interesting, as EHL is close to many of Switzerland's most celebrated wine regions Blind tasting dinners - wine is paired to match each course of a formal dinner at the schools gastronomic restaurant, the Berceau des Sens. Its up to the guests to try to guess the region and type of grape for the wine they are drinking a real challenge! Yearbook Committee: EHL has a team of students who produce a bi-annual colour publication documenting student life and campus events. There is plenty to be done to ensure a successful yearbook from working closely with the EHL photographers, to gathering texts from students and staff and meeting regularly with an external printing company. Career Preparation The time students spend at EHL is important. It's not about just being a successful student, but also a time to start building the foundation to launch a successful career. EHL has various student groups and activities which help students gain valuable experience to this end. Career club It's never too early to start developing your future career plans. The Career Club organizes events and outings that put students into direct contact with people they might not meet every day, from industry leaders to students from other universities. This helps develop useful tranferable skills, like networking and public speaking, in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. There are "behind the scenes" visits to hotels, panel discussions about hot industry topics, and lighter events such as aa golf tournament that pairs students up with industry leaders out on the course. The Career Club works in close collaboration with EHL's Career Centre. EHL Junior Entreprise EHL's Junior entreprise is a non-profit organization entirely managed by EHL students. They develop business solutions and service for companies, particularly within the hospitality industry. In this way, students have the opportunity to put their academic knowledge to the test outside the classroom while gaining useful experience for their future careers. Leadership Training Student leaders have the opportunity to take part in leadership training with external consultants. The students break away from the race and rush of daily life for a weekend trip in the mountains to learn more about the way they work and how to develop their own leadership style. This is done through various activities - mountain walks and challenging simulations with their fellow teammates. It's not easy, but it's highly rewarding! Student educational travel Roughly 50 students have the opportunity to travel with staff and faculty to top international hospitality conferences each year. This is an exciting way for students to gain exposure to cutting edge trends, reinforce what they have learnt during their studies, and of course make valuable contacts with industry leaders. Students in their final year of studies can apply to take part in this programme by demonstrating that they have the tools and motivation to benefit fully from the experience. Student support services Many different kinds of support services are available to students: general help and guidance in all matters concerning life on campus and administrative procedures, psychological and health care and prevention, peer counselling from a dedicated student group, academic support and career guidance. Student services Student services are located in the Student Affairs department. They act as a kind of "information desk" on campus, a one-stop shop that helps students to find out what they need to know, where to go and who to see. Health support The school provides services for physical and psychological health care and for general well-being. Academic help Academic orientation and guidance is given by Semester Coordinators (i.e. members of faculty in charge of the different academic terms). Career guidance The Career Centre offers on-going support in career development, providing opportunities for testing, discussions and useful contacts with the industry throughout the programmes of study.
Student activities EHL offers more than 20 student-run committees - each with a special focus - from helping those in need, to promoting school to organizing events. There is something for everyone - outdoor enthusiasts, art and wine connaisseurs, writers, photographers, dancers, and much more. You´ll find that EHL students mostly just want to be on their feet doing something! Campus life gives them the opportunity to test-drive what they learn in class; and in return, student activities feed back into their hospitality management courses. Through these events and activities, you can develop your own management style and try out your leadership skills. Volunteer: social commitment EHL students are committed to service - that's often one of the driving reasons for choosing a career in hospitality. It's not surprising to see that also, during their free time, many students are working as volunteers to help others - at EHL, in the local community and further afield. Volunteer work abroad - hotel schools in developing countries EHL Smile is a charity that uses EHL know-how to create hotel schools in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Cambodia or Madagascar. Students involved in EHL Smile raise money for these schools by organizing a variety of fundraising events at EHL, for example: musical evenings, gala dinners and charity runs. They have established a sustainable structure to ensure that the EHL Smile torch is carried on by each successive generation of students. The bond to EHL Smile is so strong that there are even alumni who continue to support the organization after they graduate - for instance through the work of a recent EHL graduate at an EHL Smile school Madagascar or through participation in the 6000 Peaks Expedition in South America. Volunteering at EHL Student ambassadors: Over 150 students are active as "EHL ambassadors". They welcome visitors to the school, including key industry figures, VIPS, educational authorities and journalists. Student Ambassadors also participate in information sessions, open days, selection interviews and many other events. They give personalized tours of campus and answer any questions future students and their families may have about their studies, internships, and life on campus. Participation in Selection Day : Student volunteers play a key role in EHL's future student Selection Days. They act as guides for candidates, reassure them and answer their questions. They also act out a role play with them in an exercise designed to test candidates' abilities to deal with a concrete problem that could arise for a young manager in a hospitality environment. Student government Student Council The Student Council is the official link between the student body and the management of the school. It represents the students as a whole. Students may address any academic or general issues directly to the Council. The Student Council aims to encourage communication and to foster solidarity among students, faculty, staff and management. Student Council members follow leadership courses and learn to mediate in situations which are similar to those they are studying in their management courses. They are also members of the Disciplinary Commission. Activities Regular meeting with management and faculty Power Lunches: These are lunches held with various members of management and different departments throughout school. This new concept has helped to speed up action on issues brought up during management and academic meetings Events that promote the school's unique spirit - like the Culinary Challenge, Fete Universelle and Sports Day Class Representatives Class representatives are elected at the beginning of each term. They ensure open communication among students, faculty, the Student Council and the school's management. Student Fund Board of Trustees There are many factors which contribute to the success of EHL's co-curricular programme: the dedication of its students, the commitment and support of EHL staff, and the availability of funding through the Student Fund. The Student Fund is managed by a team of students and staff who decide together on allocations and manage an annual budget of CHF 350,000.- for student life activities. The fund allows student-initiated ideas to become reality through co-curricular projects in which work and leisure are closely tied. Students identify the best proposals, then develop a budget, pitch the project, implement it and ensure the follow-up. Student government activities allow students to give feedback and help shape the direction of their school. Sports EHL offers many sports and wellness activities as well as opportunities for sports and leisure in and around Lausanne. The school itself has excellent sports facilities that students to use to help keep their work/life balance in check, even during the busiest times. A wide choice of sports Choices range from traditional team sports like football and rugby to adventure activities like paragliding. You can sign up for courses in fencing, Nordic walking, body-pump, walking, cricket, rowing, running or indoor cycling, among others.There are also team sports which give students and staff the opportunity to participate in local and regional tournaments in volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, cricket, rugby, football and tennis. For those who would like something more personalized, it's possible to register for a training programme of exercise, nutrition and relaxation, with individual guidance and coaching. EHL Sports Committee This group of students works closely with EHL's Sports Department to develop activities that complement EHL's sports offering. The committee's activities help get students out and about to explore the various sporting and wellness activities in Switzerland that they might not discover on their own. For instance, there are regular "mini-breaks" at local spa to help combat pre-exam stress, and high-adventure activities like canyoning. For those looking for something more leisurely, there are local pool and tennis tournaments and, in winter, sledding evenings in the pre-alpine region close to EHL's campus. Ways to get involved: Sports and Spirit Day: This is a day of festivities for the entire school during which the usual EHL dress-code is abandoned for hundreds of colourful T-shirts representing the different staff/student teams battling for the EHL Cup. The day combines sports, health, awareness and relaxation, and culminates in a barbeque for the whole school to enjoy together. EHL Spirit Sailing team: Switzerland is a great place for sailors - so it's not surprising to find a group of students who are passionate about the sport. The Sailing team, known as the EHL Spirit sailors, participates in a yearly competition run by the University of Paris - with fundraising and logistics support from their fellow students and local businesses. Sports and charity events: Many sports events raise funds for student projects or charities. Staff and students run in the Lausanne marathon and take part in international competitions such as Euralp - a 30-day expedition across the Alps, from France to Austria - or in the Mont Blanc expedition through France, Switzerland and Italy.