Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern

110 Years leading the way

So many of the world’s finest hotels have one thing in common. For over 100 years, they have turned to SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule to find the hoteliers, entrepreneurs and managers of tomorrow. Today, we are known across the world for developing people’s talent and training the very best in the hotel industry. SHL is one of the two original Swiss hotel management schools in Switzerland – and the only one that is part of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU) 

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Switzerland is renowned as the place to come for learning the hospitality trade. And SHL is one of only two institutions in the country that offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Hospitality Management that are accredited by the Swiss federal government and comply with the Bologna Declaration. Join the next generation of SHL bachelor students and you could elevate your skills to world standard

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Experience the World of Hospitality

Join us this summer at the SHL Summer Academy to explore the pulse of hospitality. During the educational, interactive and fun one-week programme, you will gain a short, but extensive glimpse into the hospitality industry, learn more about hospitality careers, discover world-renowned Lucerne and meet lots of great people. All at once.

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To succeed in your chosen career, your ‘black book’ of contacts can make a crucial difference. Come to SHL and you’ll be part of a network of 10,000 alumni, one of the most active and respected professional networks in the industry. In fact, for the last three years running Switzerland’s Hotelier of the Year launched their career at SHL

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You’ll find SHL right at the heart of Lucerne, Switzerland’s ‘City of Festivals’ with a year-round programme of music and culture events. The campus has a stunning view of Lake Lucerne, and the wonderful scenery of Switzerland is on your doorstep – with all the cultural highlights of Europe within easy reach too. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy sports, night life and excursions while you’re here, and you’ll also be able to experience the high quality of life that Switzerland is famous for

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From the Alps towering above you to the picturesque medieval bridge over the lake, Lucerne’s scenery is breath-taking. So take a look around. Imagine immersing yourself in your chosen subject here, building your skills and gaining friends from around the world that you’ll have for life

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The hospitality industry offers a huge range of exciting and inspiring career possibilities. If you want to seize the opportunity, the sky is the limit for leaders, managers and entrepreneurs. The industry is growing fast too. In fact, in the US alone a new job is created in the industry every 2.5 seconds.

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Connect with our Students

SHL has always led the way in student diversity. Back in the 1920s, we had a truly international student body, welcoming students from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, England, the US and South America. One hundred years later, you could put yourself at the centre of this global pool of talent by studying here. Learn more about the SHL experience from our students themselves.

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Start your career as you mean to go on, at the very top. And take your place at a hotel management school that has been nurturing talent for over 100 years. As one of only two original Swiss hotel management schools, SHL is famous across the world for the quality of its graduates. By studying here, you’ll become an expert in the fine art of Swiss hospitality and be connected to a global Alumni community

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Follow the story of a 110-year-old inspiration. Meet the next generation of inspiring leaders and managers in your chosen profession, share your thoughts and dreams and keep up to date with the changing shape of the industry. Join in the discussion and get your voice heard. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter with #enthusiastichoteliers

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One of the best ways to understand the edge that SHL can give you is by coming to see us. You’re invited to our next Willkommen @SHL event in Spring 2019 here in Lucerne. Immerse yourself in the SHL world: explore the campus, talk to our lecturers, students and alumni, and find out more about the admissions process. Oh, and please make sure to enjoy the delicious food, prepared and served by our very own students.

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How to apply

SHL has a rolling application process. As the course is respected around the world, there is always a high demand for places, so it’s worth getting your application to us as soon as you can. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our form, upload your documents and carry out an aptitude test. You can start doing it all now online. But before you begin, make sure you have all the documents you need to hand

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Admission and Fees

Studying at SHL could set you up to reach the highest levels of your chosen career. And it all starts here. Please read our information about the admission process and fees carefully. Then get your documents together and fill in the online application form. Just to let you know, the visa application process can take up to three months

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SHL Inspire Scholarship

SHL Inspire Scholarship was designed to support outstanding Bachelor candidates in their pursuit to become part of the next generation of hospitality leaders. We aim for those enthusiastic hoteliers with an outstanding passion and fascination for hospitality industry.


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