Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Lausanne, Switzerland

No. Students: 1,864
Funding type: Private
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

  • A world reference in hospitality management education
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • An international community
  • Choose your language!
  • Combining Art and Science
  • Internships
  • World class Faculty
  • Innovative campus
  • Alumni
  • EHL: vive la différence!


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.


The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is accredited at university level both nationally and internationally. On a national level EHL is recognised by the Swiss government as part of Switzerland's University of Applied Sciences and Arts, known in Switzerland as the HES-SO or Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale.

Internationally, it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This association 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.


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 organisation, 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 Europe's largest lake and the Alps nearby, the Lausanne region offers unlimited possibilities for both summer and winter activities.

Student life

EHL offers more than 20 student-run committees - each with a special focus - from helping those in need, to promoting school to organising 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.

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