Top 30 hotel management schools in the world 2014

A selection of the world's best places to start a hospitality career

Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland.
Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland.
Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland.
Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland.
Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Penn State - School of Hospitality Management, USA.
Penn State - School of Hospitality Management, USA.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche - Switzerland
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche - Switzerland
Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration, USA.
Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration, USA.
Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands.
Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands.
University of Nevada - William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, USA.
University of Nevada - William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, USA.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella - Spain.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella - Spain.
European International College, Abu Dhabi.
European International College, Abu Dhabi.
Hotel School Vatel.
Hotel School Vatel.
Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.
Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.
Cesar Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig - Switzerland.
Cesar Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig - Switzerland.
Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, Switzerland.
Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, Switzerland.
University of Surrey, UK.
University of Surrey, UK.
BHMS Business & Hotel Management School, Switzerland.
BHMS Business & Hotel Management School, Switzerland.
The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality.
The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality.
Georgia State University - Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, USA.
Georgia State University - Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, USA.
Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland.
Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland.
Swiss Hotel Management School.
Swiss Hotel Management School.
University of Barcelona, Spain.
University of Barcelona, Spain.
IMI University Centre Switzerland.
IMI University Centre Switzerland.
Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, Chicago, USA.
Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, Chicago, USA.
IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Switzerland.
IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Switzerland.
Boston University - School of Hospitality Administration.
Boston University - School of Hospitality Administration.
SAIT Polytechnic -  School of Hospitality and Tourism, Canada.
SAIT Polytechnic - School of Hospitality and Tourism, Canada.
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Australia.
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Australia.
Les Roches Jin Jiang, China.
Les Roches Jin Jiang, China.
State Tourism and Hotel Management School - Switzerland.
State Tourism and Hotel Management School - Switzerland.
The International Hotel School, South Africa.
The International Hotel School, South Africa.

We at Hotelier Middle East know that finding the right hotel management school can be hard, which is why we have scoured the globe to create a list of some of the world’s best hospitality schools.

Over the following pages, in no particular order, is a selection of some of the world’s finest hotel management schools across Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, and we would recommend all prospective hoteliers to do their own thorough research into where they intend to study.

If you are a hospitality graduate, be sure to see if your hospitality school made it on to our list, and if it didn’t, feel free to leave a comment below on why you think it should have been.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland

The Glion Institute of Higher Education is an international hospitality management institution in Switzerland. Opened in the fall of 1962 in the former Bellevue Hotel, Glion Hotel School (as it was then named) was the first private, university-level Swiss hotel management school. As a private, for-profit institution, GIHE has built its reputation for excellence and become a leader in hospitality education worldwide.

Glion Institute of Higher Education is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to deliver programs leading to diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, postgraduate and master’s level qualifications in international hospitality management and event, sport and entertainment management.

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The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM)

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) specialises in providing business management degrees with a hospitality focus and aims to become the world's leading hospitality management school.

Located in Dubai, a city that is globally recognised for its hospitality and tourism industry, EAHM is situated in the heart of this hospitality haven right opposite sister properties such as the Burj Al Arab, one of the world's most luxurious hotel; Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai's Arabian Five Star Resort, Wild Wadi Water Park and the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

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Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

Rooted in the Swiss sense of hospitality Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) has, since 1893, been one of the pioneers of education that has inspired the world of hospitality and created a unique professional community of 25,000 global industry executives who share the same values based on EHL’s distinctive heritage

As one of the world’s premier references in hospitality management, EHL offers university-level studies to talented and ambitious students who are aiming for top careers in the international hospitality industry.

Today, EHL provides an enriching environment with world-class Faculty and ultra-modern campus facilities to some 2,000 passionate students from close to 90 countries.

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Penn State - School of Hospitality Management, USA

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management is home of one of the most prestigious and well-respected programs of its kind in the nation.

By combining a broad educational foundation with "real-world experiences" and other opportunities for students to hone their leadership and communication skills, the School of Hospitality Management and its predecessor programs have equipped students to become industry leaders for over 75 years.

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Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche - Switzerland

Les Roches is a co-educational hospitality management school offering higher education programs that is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Les Roches provides instruction in English to students of any race, nationality, sex, colour, religion or creed who have successfully completed a full secondary school program.

They expose their students to a broad range of hospitality management courses covering the inter-related areas of the travel & tourism industry, by means of theoretical and practical work within the school and by regular periods of internship in recognized hotels, restaurants or related institutions.

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Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration, USA

Founded in 1922, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration was the first collegiate program in hospitality management.

As the only Ivy League program in hospitality management, the school offers a curriculum that addresses all of the aspects of running a business - strategizing and planning, design and construction, financing and marketing, as well as management and operations. You will apply the concepts taught in these courses to current companies across the global spectrum of the hospitality industry, preparing you to become an innovative leader in the field.

The school's highly talented and motivated students learn from 60 full-time faculty members - all experts in their chosen disciplines, and all dedicated to teaching, research and service. Learning takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms, in the on campus Statler hotel, and in varied industry settings around the world.

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Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands

Hotelschool The Hague is one of the last independent single sector Universities of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.

Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, the Hotelschool has become an international school specialised in hospitality management offering a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme.

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University of Nevada - William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Las Vegas, USA

The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration Hospitality Management Major offers a broad educational approach to a career in the hospitality industry. Its varied course of study prepares students with both the management theories and operational competencies necessary to enter any segment of the industry upon graduation.

In addition to the university’s general education requirements, students take classes specific to the industry including an introduction to hospitality, human resources management, organizational behaviour, facilities management, hospitality law and a course in leadership, management and ethics. Students also study food sanitation, food service operations, cost control, career development, financial and managerial accounting, financial management, hospitality service management, and operations and strategic management.

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Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella – Spain

Les Roches Marbella, a branch campus of Les Roches Switzerland, is a co-educational hospitality management school offering higher education programs. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Les Roches Marbella provides instruction in English to students of any race, nationality, sex, colour, religion or creed who have successfully completed a full secondary school program. They expose their students to a broad range of hospitality management courses covering the inter-related areas of the travel & tourism industry, by means of theoretical and practical work within the school and by regular periods of internship in recognized hotels, restaurants or related institutions.

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European International College, Abu Dhabi

A European International College Diploma in Hotel Management and Tourism program is a two year diploma program that aims to bring to life the theories from the classroom. Students learn skills through direct application, such as public relations skills – knowing the etiquettes of different cultures combined with the principles of management – which open the door to operational and supervisory level opportunities within the industry.

EIC has designed the program to meet the training guidelines set by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research.

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Hotel School Vatel

Hotel School Vatel prepares students for middle and higher management positions in a booming sector of International Hospitality and Tourism.

With a 31 year strong experience, the 31 hospitality schools across the globe dispense an internationally oriented education, focusing on the balance between academic theory and practical professional experience.

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Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

The Oxford Brookes University International Hospitality Management course is run by the The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, which has an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s principal providers of management education in its field.

It aims to ensure a great student experience and access to excellent graduate careers. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become an effective and ethical manager in international hospitality.

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César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig – Switzerland

The programmes offered at César Ritz Colleges are based on the philosophy of César Ritz, founder of the famous Ritz hotels, who is widely recognised as the pioneer of luxury hotels. With hard work, innovation, flair and a touch of class, César Ritz accomplished an unprecedented career in the hospitality industry and rose to legendary status. It is his tradition of luxury, excellence and service that has set the standards for hotels and restaurants throughout the world.

Bachelor students can choose to start their studies in French-speaking Le Bouveret or German-speaking Lucerne. By studying and living in different regions, students can discover the diverse aspects of the famous Swiss hospitality culture, through their Swiss journey.
Double Bachelor Degree

Graduates of the double Bachelor programme earn both a César Ritz Colleges Bachelor degree and a Washington State University (USA) Bachelor degree in Hospitality Business Management.

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Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, Switzerland

École Hôtelière de Genève, Suisse (Geneva Hotel Management School, Switzerland ) is a private hospitality school founded in 1914 offering Higher Diplomas in hotel management. The Diploma is certified by the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Geneva and recognised officially by the Swiss Government.

The school became the Hotel School of Geneva in 1996 and has since made great strides to offer a premium education in hospitality management.

Courses include focuses on management, accounting, financial management, human resources, marketing and communication beside others.

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University of Surrey, UK

The University of Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers programmes to educate the next generation of industry leaders and feature the latest insights on the major issues facing the industry, alongside practical learning that builds in-depth knowledge and skills.

The MSc programme in International Hotel Management concentrates on the operation, delivery, management and strategic issues involved in providing successful hotel and related services worldwide.

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BHMS Business & Hotel Management School, Switzerland

BHMS Business & Hotel Management School is located in the city of Lucerne, and is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland chain of schools.

The chain has grown into a world-renowned learning organization, with specialization in hotel management being offered exclusively at BHMS in Lucerne. Here, a select group of approximately 600 students per year prepare themselves for hospitality opportunities available in the world's fastest growing market and career segment.

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The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality

For over 40 years, the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality, (SSTH) has been a guarantee for an excellent education as well as a synonym for Swiss hospitality.

Only a limited number of students are admitted each year to ensure learning remains challenging and student- focused. Small class sizes result in increased personal and academic performance and our compact size thus is our competitive

Around half of the student population is Swiss, with the other half from over 40 nationalities, intercultural competence is an everyday reality at SSTH.

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Georgia State University - Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, USA

Located in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is the oldest and largest program of its kind in Georgia. It is named in honour of the late founder of the Days Inn Hotel Company. His legacy of excellence serves as the foundation upon which the school bases its vision for preparing the next generation of hospitality leaders.

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Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland

Hotel Institute Montreux offers a combination of business programs that blend renowned Swiss hospitality practices with contemporary American management expertise. This unique combination will prepare graduates for top-end management positions in the world of hospitality and business.

The school is located in the heart of Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva with the Alps providing a spectacular backdrop. This luxury destination on the Swiss Riviera is home to the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, and only one hour from Geneva International Airport.

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Swiss Hotel Management School

At the Swiss Hotel Management School students learn the traditions of Swiss hoteliers in an authentic environment. Students can choose from a broad range of programmes in Hotel Operations, Events, Resort and Spa Management or Food & Beverage and Restaurant Management.

The Swiss Hotel Management School offers a range of programmes founded upon the internationally recognised Swiss traditions and focuses on global trends, business strategy and operational leadership. Students from more than 80 nationalities are found studying in two exceptional settings, which offer a unique learning environment, steeped in the heritage of the Swiss hospitality tradition. The historic Caux Palace campus overlooks the Swiss Riviera and the Leysin campus, housed in two former hotels in the stunning Swiss Alps.

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University of Barcelona, Spain

University of Barcelona School of Hotel Management and Tourism (CETT) has a total campus area of over 500,000 sq m, fully integrated in Barcelona's inner-city and forming a network of centres.

18 faculties, 1 university school, 8 university institutes and a series of associated centres contribute to the creation, transfer and dissemination of culture and of scientific, technical and professional knowledge.

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IMI University Centre Switzerland

IMI University Centre Switzerland is a private, International Management Institute founded in 1991, with a maximum of 220 students per semester.

The combination of quality academic teaching, Swiss practical training, excellent industry contacts and breathtaking scenery are a recipe for success, with school graduates reportedly found in senior management positions all around the Globe.

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Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, Chicago, USA

For more than 75 years, Kendall College has been offering engaging, specialized fields of study with a strong emphasis on immersive learning that is geared to your academic, personal, and professional success. Learn more about Kendall's rich history.

Kendall College is positioned to provide a comprehensive hospitality management degree program exclusively tailored to the needs of the hospitality industry. Its Hospitality Management degree program balances the art of hospitality – European savoir-faire – with the science of American management techniques, helping students live up to their leadership potential in a truly international industry.

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IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Switzerland

For almost 30 years, academic excellence, professional Swiss hospitality training and multicultural awareness have been used as the cornerstones for education at IHTTI.

In the heart of the university city of Neuchâtel, provides students the opportunity to be part of a larger international student body and the nearby lake and mountains further enhance the student experience.

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Boston University - School of Hospitality Administration

Have you ever pictured yourself managing a boutique hotel in Santa Monica or maybe a luxury resort on the Mediterranean? How about running a high-end brasserie in New York or Prague? Boston University aims to feed your entrepreneurial spirit, nurture your dreams, and teach you critical, hands-on skills.

BU aims to offer the education and work experience to make your dream a reality with the strength of its curriculum, the community with students, faculty, alumni, advisory board members and the hospitality industry.

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SAIT Polytechnic - School of Hospitality and Tourism, Canada

The School of Hospitality and Tourism provides training to 1,000 Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism students, ranging from diplomas and certificates to continuing education, apprenticeship and customized corporate training.

The School Hospitality and Tourism employs approximately 100 full-time faculty and staff offering state-of-the-art training facilities.

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Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Australia

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, BMIHMS, is one of Australia’s leading hotel schools for hospitality education.

Students can choose to study an Undergraduate business degree in either International Hotel and Resort Management or International Event Management. Postgraduate courses are also provided, which include a Masters Degrees in either International Hotel Management or Global Business Management.

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Les Roches Jin Jiang, China

Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College (LRJJ) provides the quality of a Swiss hotel management education with guided exposure to Chinese culture, for an unbeatable combination of academic and student life.

As a starting point for a fast-paced international career, Les Roches Jin Jiang aims to provide the professional skills, business knowledge and cultural expertise to start your hospitality management career anywhere in the world.

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State Tourism and Hotel Management School – Switzerland

The Hospitality Management section of SSAT trains middle managers capable of taking on managerial roles in hotel establishments and collective households.

Students receive comprehensive training taking into account current and future requirements of the Swiss and international hospitality sector.

The school theory classes—which comprise practical experience, case studies and seminars—and work placements allow future managers to acquire professional skills on a practical and intellectual level. SSAT graduates are creative experts capable of motivating staff and managing a hotel.

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The International Hotel School, South Africa

The International Hotel School, in Cape Town South Africa, teaches the basic skills of hospitality operations as well as the management skills necessary in this dynamic and growing field.

Graduates who successfully complete this programme will be awarded The International Hotel School Diploma in Hospitality Management which is registered with the South Africa Qualifications Authority (SAQA ID No. 57447)

This programme consists of 50% academic (classroom) study and 50% work integrated learning (practical) which takes place in leading hospitality establishments. The programme’s equal emphasis on both academic and work integrated learning ensures that graduates are job ready. On completion of the programme, students may decide to gain further experience in top establishments or are able to succeed in a junior supervisory or management positions at home or abroad.

This qualification is internationally recognized and is strongly favoured by the local and international hospitality industry.

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