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BSc in Hospitality Management

At SHL we have a rolling intake, so you can start your online application as soon as you feel ready. Our Admissions Team is on hand to guide you throughout the application and admission process.  You are welcome to arrange a personal meeting with us – on site or online – to receive support with your application or to answer any questions you may have.

The application and admission process at SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern usually take three weeks approximately.

Application deadlines:
for September: Visa candidates: May 31st |  Non visa candidates: July 31st
for February: Visa candidates: October 31st | Non visa candidates: December 31st

Application & Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Prepare the required documents

    Prepare all the necessary documents for the application process and save them as PDF files. The following documents must be uploaded during the application process:

    • Copy of your passport and an up-to-date passport-sized photo
    • High school diploma and transcripts for the last three years*
    • Employment references (if available)
    • English language certificate
    • CV
    • Work certificates (if applicable)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation*
    • Admissions essay (more information about this in the next step)


    • Why don’t you design your CV to suit you better? Discover new tools such as Canva, Kickresume or Doyoubuzz.
    • Be sure to have someone proofread your CV and essay – you will most likely receive helpful suggestions for improvement.
    • Name your documents as follows: Surname_First name_Document type (e.g. Sample_Max_CV)
    • Make a professional impression by submitting a complete application. We appreciate it if all the necessary documents are submitted on time and together.


    *If your school would prefer to send these documents directly to SHL, please provide your school with the e-mail address of your SHL contact person or the SHL Admissions team:

  • Step 2: Writing an application paper

    The admissions essay is an important part of your application.It offers you the opportunity to highlight your strengths, your motivation and your interests. Choose one of the following topics for your essay:

    • SHL students are known for their passion and dedication to quality. Why have you chosen SHL and how do you feel you can contribute?
    • Comfort food is what we call food that makes us feel good. What is your comfort food and why?
    • «Hospitality is present when something happens for you. It is absent when something happens to you. Those two simple prepositions – for and to – express it all» (Danny Meyer). Do you agree with this statement? What is your definition of hospitality?
    • How do you feel new Communication Technology will affect hotels of the future?
    • Many SHL graduates own their own businesses. What are your entrepreneurial ambitions?

    Your essay should be typewritten and between 500 and 1'000 words long. Please do not forget to include your name and the topic you have chosen at the top of the first page. 


    • Share your unique experiences, ideas, qualities and beliefs with us in your essay. In other words: Give us the chance to get to know you!
  • Step 3: Complete online application

    To apply for your place at SHL, please complete the online application form. To submit your application, you will need to upload the documents listed in Step 1. You can save your application at any time and return to it later in order to upload documents and complete your application.

    You will be charged a registration fee of CHF 280 as the last step before you submit your online application. This fee must be paid online using a Visa or a MasterCard. As soon as we have received your complete application, our admission team will review all your documents.

  • Step 4: Completing online aptitude tests

    As soon as the application documents are reviewed and accepted, you will be invited to the second step of the admissions process where you complete an online aptitude test.

    The test consists of four different sections, testing for language and analogies, sequences, matrices and personality. No special preparation is required, and you should calculate approx. 45 min to complete it.

  • Step 5: Completing a personal admission interview

    The final step of the admissions process is the personal interview with the SHL Head of Admissions.

    We will mainly be talking about your academic and extra-curricular background, your experience working in teams, your passions and  aspirations for the future.

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