IMI International Management Institute Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland
Our vision is to be one of the top Swiss Hotel Schools with a worldwide reputation for both academic quality and for developing lifelong learners who respond positively to diversity and who are equipped to take on key positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.


The reputation of IMI has been recognized... by selection to participate in the operation of the House of Switzerland at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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IMI is a leading Swiss hotel school teaching tourism, hospitality, events management and culinary arts. Available programmes range from Certificate through to Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration. The syllabus allows students to combine specific areas of study interest to form a programme best suited to their career intentions. The medium of instruction is English.

Teaching is delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff using a combination of computer-based, experiential and classroom instructional modes. Emphasis is on student-centred learning using a variety of methods to enhance the learning experience. The School follows the Swiss tradition of interspersing classroom instruction with periods of paid training in the hospitality industry.

IMI is an expression of a philosophy based squarely on personality and individuality. IMI is a touch more personal and that is precisely the reason why it has become a magnet for students from different continents. Its relatively small intake of students ensures that all students receive highly personalized and individual attention. The main programme areas are:

  • Tourism
  • Event management
  • Hospitality management
  • Culinary arts

Our vision is to be one of the top Swiss Hotel Schools with a worldwide reputation for both academic quality and for developing lifelong learners who respond positively to diversity and who are equipped to take on key positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Critical to achieving our vision are five basic values:
Academic and general quality in university education We value and maintain our relationship with Manchester Metropolitan University and ensure a balance between tradition and innovation in our academic offerings and processes commensurate with a university education.
We are committed to continually reviewing and developing our own internal quality assurance strategies as well engaging with external quality assurance standards such as ISO 9001, EDUQUA and the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
The added value we give to all internal stakeholders We have an unyielding commitment to students, to ensure they receive all opportunities for personal development through the systematic medium of personal development planning.
We are further committed to all staff to ensure they receive proper training, appraisal and development opportunities for advancing their job-related education, knowledge and understanding.
The individual treatment we give to every student A semester intake of maximum 200 students is maintained to facilitate class sizes supportive of participative learning.
Mechanisms are in place to optimize the treatment of students as individuals through a personal counselling scheme, accessibility of staff, and through defined, publicized and transparent procedures.
Our friendly and professional dealings with all clients and stakeholders We value an atmosphere of mutual self-respect and understanding among our international clients and stakeholders.
We encourage regular feedback and participation in the governance of our Institute in our commitment to continual improvement


IMI offers modern, newly refurbished rooms situated on our picturesque campus on Lake Luzern in Switzerland. Students can enjoy various sporting and social activities on campus as well as gym facilities and a training restaurant.

With a family ethos, we offer a small, welcoming community where students quickly feel at home. At IMI lecturers know you by name and we operate an open-door policy meaning staff and faculty are always available to help and advise.

Student Life

Situated in the heart of Europe, our students have a great opportunity to explore this diverse and culturally rich continent. Travel to France, Italy or Germany directly by train from Luzern and discover the beauty and excitement of cities like Paris, Berlin or Milan.

On campus, we have an active Student Representative Committee who organise social events and activities throughout the semester including Sports Days, excursions to venues such as Europa Park and our International Nights where we celebrate the diversity of nationalities and cultures within the school.

With easy access to the mountains and resorts of Switzerland, students can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in winter and then sunbathe and swim in the cooling lake in summer.


Our programmes are validated by leading UK universities and institutions including Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University and the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality. As an institute we are recognised by various Swiss and international bodies including the British Accreditation Council and the Swiss Private School Register.

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