FAQ - BHMS Business & Hotel Management School Lucerne Switzerland

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you require an official English test to enrol at BHMS?

Not necessarily, only if required by the Swiss Embassy to apply for a study visa to Switzerland. In such a case, applicants may take an online test at www.testpodium.com (level one) which will send the results directly to BHMS as we are a registered institution under this online placement test.

2. How many students are there per class?

There are around 20-30 students per class. Smaller classes mean that the teaching staff has more time to dedicate to students.

3. Will I need my own laptop?

Although this is not compulsory at BHMS, we recommend that you should bring your own laptop. Degree courses require this, and it is undoubtedly useful for completing assignments. There are docking stations in our computer room with which you can use your own laptop to access our network.

4. Do I have Internet access?

Yes! Internet access is included in your fees at BHMS! Currently access is through WLAN as well as through our computer room, which is conveniently located in the residence building where you will also be living. The computer room is open until 23:00 every evening.

5. Is it possible to live off BHMS student residence?

You can do this only after residing your first academic semester (ca. 6 months) at the BHMS student residence. You can then rent an apartment on your own. Please check with BHMS Student Service for further information.

6. Can I work part-time while I am studying?

While it is illegal for students requiring a visa for Switzerland to carry out a part-time job during their six months per year in school, the BHMS programs give you the opportunity to work full-time for 4-6 months in every year. This means you could earn around CHF 12'000 gross salary per academic year!

7. Will the school assist me in finding Industry Training in Switzerland?

BHMS employs a full-time Industry Training Co-ordinator to support your job search. Provided you have acceptable academic performance, attendance and professional behaviour, you will be entitled to this service.

8. Will the school assist me with finding job placement after completing my education in Switzerland?

Absolutely! BHMS works with numerous international placement agencies, which specialize in placing graduated students in Europe, Asia and North America. Higher Diploma in Hotel Management, successful completion of at least one internship period in a Swiss hotel or restaurant and very good communication and language abilities are essential ingredients for successful placement.

9. Are the course materials included in the school fees?

Yes. BHMS fees includes the lease of all course materials needed which must be returned in good condition.

10. What do the total school fees include?

Total school fees include tuition, the use of all course material, accommodation in a 2-bed room and your meals in our school restaurant for a period of maximum 24 weeks per year, access to our computer room and Internet, access to our library facilities, excursions and mandatory health insurance for 12 months.

11. Do I need to make full payment in advance?

No. You only need to make the initial payment to start your enrolment process.  Balance amount need to be paid after visa granting and before leaving to Switzerland. Please contact your BHMS marketing director or BHMS representative to learn about the amount required to start your enrolment process.

12. How can I get a student visa for Switzerland?

To be granted a student visa to Switzerland you must  satisfy the student visa requirements as published at the  nearest Swiss Embassy or consulate at your hometown. You may contact the BHMS authorized representative  in your hometown  to assist you during the visa application process. For more information about Swiss representations around the world please visit www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps.html

13. How long does it take to get a student visa for Switzerland?

8 to 12 weeks for non-European Union states or 4 to 8 weeks for European Union states.

14. What happens if my visa gets rejected?

In case of visa rejection for any legitimate reason, you will be entitled for a refund of your initial payment and all paid fees minus CHF400 for administration fees. The refund will be made two weeks upon receiving the official visa rejection from our Swiss authorities.

15. How many intakes are there per year for the Diploma, Higher Diploma & Postgraduate diploma semesters?  

8 times a year; January, February, April, May, July, August, September or October, and November

16. How many intakes are there per year for the BA Semester?  

2 times a year; February & August

17. If I get sick, is there somebody to assist me with a doctor visit?  

Our student counsellor is available for any personal or medical assistance required. If needed, he/she will arrange a doctor visit for you.

18. Do I have to wear a uniform at BHMS?

Instead of a formal uniform, BHMS students are expected to wear business dress. This consists of a dark cloth suit, shirt and tie for our male students and for the ladies, dark cloth pants or skirt with a blouse and jacket and dark closed shoes. In winter, it is of course possible to add a warm sweater!

For restaurant classes, students must wear black pants or skirts (black tights with skirts) and white shirts or blouses. Black ties and black shoes for gentlemen. Culinary students receive uniform to attend the kitchen lab.