Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: The Great School We’re Not Talking About
By Anahi Anaya
The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), located in Switzerland, is the first ever Swiss Hospitality Management School. The EHL was founded in 1893 and has received multiple awards for its outstanding programs. The school has even been ranked as the #2 Best Hospitality and Management Schools in the World for 2018, and #1 for schools outside the United States. It stands out for its rigorous coursework and the variety of opportunities it offers its students.
Diversity is an defining characteristic of the EHL. With an acceptance rate of 33%, there is a school population of 1,400 students, with a male-female ratio of alumni as 56% male and 44% female. These alumni come from all over the world, providing an environment that not only promotes cultural awareness, but also offers students opportunities to establish unique relationships. In addition, students are encouraged to socialize beyond the people they meet at school, as the completion of internships abroad is a requirement. The EHL is also unique because there is open accessibility to cultures. Transportation is relatively cheap; a trip to Paris is a three-hour train ride away, while a visit to Italy is a one-hour plane ride. To further embrace these cultures, the EHL offers multiple language courses, including Mandarin, Spanish, French, Russian, and German.
The unique opportunities offered by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne are reinforced through internships. Internships are considered part of the curriculum and have helped students gain work experience from early on. The gloomy future of being unable to find employment after graduation is not a worry for students who graduate from EHL. In fact, according to Daniel Flores, a recruitment officer at EHL, “97% of students find employment within six months.” Looking for innovative students with training in management, top brands tend to recruit EHL graduates. Companies such as L’Oreal, Four Seasons Hotels, and Resorts to Nestle are few among the many well-known brands. Approximately 7,000 industry partners recruit EHL graduates, with 64% of graduates eventually advancing to a senior or executive position.
For students focused on hospitality and management, the EHL provides countless possibilities. The cost is roughly $50,000 per year, including tuition and additional fees. Although the price is costly, there are also various ways to minimize the burden. Scholarships are often offered to need-based students who are ambitious and dedicated. In addition, the required internships that students participate in are paid and can help with tuition. Getting a job is another option, as the minimum wage in Switzerland is around twenty dollars an hour. Alumni can find jobs within the school as well, including as student ambassadors, which allows flexible hours to fit a student’s schedule and make life easier.
Students can apply to the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne through the Common App, so applying is easier than ever. An open house will take place on Nov. 3, but students are required to register prior to participating. EHL has a partnership with the airline SWISS, making it much easier and cheaper for students to visit the school. If traveling is not an option, students can also schedule a time to take part in an online, thirty-minute chat session to learn more about the school and converse with actual students. While you are making important college decisions, do not forget that EHL is a great option. It might just be the right school for you.