Minimum 18 years of age when entering the Swiss Professional Degree* (17 years of age if starting with the Professional Internship Foundation)

Academic Requirements (one of the following)

  • Final secondary school certificate/high school diploma in own country
  • Professional diploma (apprentice certificate)

Should you be in the final year of secondary or high school and wish to apply, evaluation will be based on predicted grades and/or results from previous years. You can submit the results of your final exams and diploma  certificates later, but always before the start of your studies at SSTH.

Hospitality Work Experience

  • SSTH Applicants with hospitality work experience are given credit towards the total time required for completing the Swiss Professional Degree of up to one year (work certificates required).
  • SSTH Applicants who have completed a qualified apprenticeship program in the hotel or restaurant industries are qualified for further reduction in total credits required.
  • SSTH Applicants who have not yet worked in the hospitality industry are required to gain 24 months total work experience by the beginning of the 6th semester. During the Swiss Professional Degree, two 6-month internships are integrated into the program, and may be extended to allow for missing work experience.
  • SSTH recommends having at least 6 months’ work experience before starting the Swiss Professional Degree, and offers to place applicants through our Professional lnternship Foundation (PIF) course.

Language Requirements
Excellent written and verbal command of English is required. As proof, you are asked to submit one of the following international English certificates:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic module, with a minimum score of 6.0
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 87 (iBT)
  • Cambridge Advanced Examination, with a C minimum
  • First Certificate Examination, with a score of A only

Alternatively you can submit evidence that English was the main medium of instruction during your last three years of secondary/high school studies.

Additional Documents, Interview and Testing

  • Letter of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation from a former teacher, school counselor or employer.
  • Motivational Letter: A statement of motivation for entering the hospitality industry, and SSTH in particular.
  • Personal Interview: Our admissions officer will schedule the appointment as soon as all documents have been received.

*Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF

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