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SHL courses of study

Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF

Since 1909, the SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern has been known for training hotel managers and executives of tomorrow in a practical and application-oriented manner. Thanks to varied semesters at the SHL as well as in-depth internships in the professional world, the career-accompanying German course of study «Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF» leads to comprehensive competencies that are indispensable for managing a company.

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113 years of expertise

SHL is one of the two original hotel management schools in Switzerland with more than 100 years of experience in hotel management education.


The title «Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF» is federally recognised by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.

Practical relevance

67 percent of employers look for applicants who are already familiar with everyday working life. Our students gain a minimum of 18 months of work experience during their training and are therefore optimally equipped for the working world.


In 2020, SHL was named the best professional school by eduwo - Switzerland's education ranking. Additionally, SHL was awarded the Certificate of Excellence two years in a row.

The programmes at a glance

  • Content and structure

    The career-accompanying German course of study «Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF» at SHL is based on the long-standing experience that future managers should have experienced all the areas of a hotel business. This philosophy is clearly reflected in the structure and content of the four school semesters and the three practical internships.

    • Duration: full-time, 4 school semesters and 3 paid internship semesters (to the graphic - in German)
    • Language of instruction: German
    • Location: SHL Campus in Lucerne, Switzerland

    With a reasonable amount of effort, the SHL diploma can be supplemented with the «Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Hospitality Management» at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

    Want to find out more about semester content and highlights?



  • Admission requirements
    • 18 years of age
    • Federal Certificate of Proficiency (EFZ) or other upper secondary level qualification (e.g. Matura or Fachmittelschule)
    • German mother tongue or proof of German language skills at level C1
    • Before entering semester 6: Proof of a second foreign language (in addition to English) at level B1
  • Costs

    The semester fees are charged in stages - i.e. per semester. Since students gain work experience between semesters, they also earn money during this time and can (co-)finance their studies.

    Non-subsidised tariffs

    in CHF

    Semester 1 Gastronomie

    Semester 3 Hotellerie

    Semester 5 Betriebswirtschaft

    Semester 6 Unternehmensführung


    The semester rates include all digital teaching materials, examination fees, excursions, the kitchen and service uniforms, a knife set and meals from Monday morning to Friday noon (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    Semesters 2 and 4 are paid internship semesters, for which the minimum gross internship wage in Switzerland is CHF 2'216 per month (according to L-GAV | as of January 2022).  The management experience following semester 5 is also a paid practical internship in the hotel or gastronomy industry.

    Swiss students (incl. the Principality of Liechtenstein) and students with a B or C residence permit are subsidised by their canton of residence with CHF 20'000. The «Intercantonal Agreement on Contributions to Courses of Study at Colleges of Higher Education» (Interkantonale Vereinbarung über Beiträge an die Bildungsgänge der höheren Fachschulen, HFSV) specifically regulates the amount of contributions that a canton pays for its students to attend school outside the canton. The application submitted by SHL to the canton liable for payment will definitively decide on the awarding of the subsidies. Students from abroad who have their place of residence in Switzerland before the start of their studies are also able to submit an application.

  • Start , registration and graduation
    • Start: September and February
    • Registration deadlines: none - registration is possible all year round
    • Degree: Dipl. Hotelier(e)-Gastronom(in) HF
    • Recognition of the qualification: The title is federally recognised by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.

    Would you like to start your career now?

    Then register for the course of study here

  • Career

    To be successful in the national and international hotel industry, the right contacts can make a significant difference. During their time at SHL, our students make friends for life and become part of a global alumni network.

    SHL alumni are leaders in the hotel, gastronomy and other industries - in Switzerland and around the world.

    As a successful graduate, you will take on specialist and management functions in hotel and gastronomy businesses, in tourism or in the service sector. You can work in marketing, project management, accounting, finance, controlling, but also in HR and management consulting. Some of you will also realise the personal business ideas and start your own company.

  • «The world is my home,» says Aline Tschäppät, who lived and worked in Switzerland, Berlin, London, Beijing, Bangkok and Dubai before moving to Macau. As Senior Manager Design, she is jointly responsible for the construction and renovation of several Melco Resorts & Entertainment Developments in Macau.
    Aline Tschäppät

    Senior Manager Design, Melco Resort & Entertainment, Macau
    Graduation year 2009

  • «The constant reference to practice combined with very experienced lecturers convinced me 100% even before I registered on the SHL course - and I have not been disappointed in the slightest. My goal is to run a hotel one day. And I am sure that with SHL I have chosen the right path to achieve this.»
    Valentin Wiegand

    SHL Student 

  • «Even before applying to SHL, I knew that I wanted to be a hotel manager at the age of 30.» He pursued his goal with passion and dedication and took on his first general manager position at the age of 30. In 2014, the world’s stage called and so Dany went to China, where he managed the Kempinski Hotel in Chongqing City before taking over the unique Hotel Éclat Beijing.
    Dany Lützel

    General Manager, Hotel Éclat, Beijing
    Graduation year 2005

  • «I love the alternation of theory and practice in the SHL programme. I also like the 'personal' relationship with everyone: I am perceived as a person, not as one among many. I just love the hotel and gastronomy industry. Here you meet the most interesting people ever! And if they are really happy, then I am happy too.»
    Aamina Mahamed Alasow

    SHL Student

  • «When I was 13 years old, I had the possibility of having a look behind the scenes in a hotel for two days and totally fell in love with the industry. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be the general manager of a hotel one day. I'm now acquiring the essential leadership and business management skills for that here at SHL.»
    Yannick  Wedeking

    SHL Student

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Deciding on the right course of study can be quite tricky. Are you interested in studying at SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern, but still have questions about the course, the campus or the application procedure? Our study advisors will be happy to assist you by phone, video call or directly on our campus in Lucerne.