Minimum 18 years of age by beginning of school (17 for the Young Talent Traineeship)

Academic Requirements (one of the following)

  • High School Certificate, or
  • International Baccalaureate, or
  • BTEC qualification level 3, or
  • Gymnasium, or
  • Other higher secondary educational qualifications are accepted if they lead to university admission in the country where you have completed your education.

Should you be in your final year of secondary or high school education and wish to apply, you will be assessed on your results from previous years. For this you are required to submit certified transcripts. The results of your final exams and diploma can be submitted later, but always before the start of your studies at SSTH.

Hospitality Work Experience

  • SSTH Applicants with hospitality work experience are given credit towards the total time required for completing the Swiss Professional Degree of up to one year (work certificates required).
  • SSTH Applicants who have completed a qualified apprenticeship program in the hotel or restaurant industries are qualified for further reduction in total credits required.
  • SSTH Applicants who have not yet worked in the hospitality industry are required to gain 24 months total work experience by the beginning of the 6th semester. During the Swiss Professional Degree, two 6-month internships are integrated into the program, and may be extended to allow for missing work experience.
  • SSTH recommends having at least 6 months’ work experience before starting the Swiss Professional Degree, and offers to place applicants in Switzerland or internationally through our SSTH Young Talent Traineeship program.

Language Requirements
Excellent written and verbal command of English is required. As proof, you are asked to submit one of the following international English certificates:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 455 (paper-based), 135 (computer-based), 87 (internet-based)
  • TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) - minimum score of 605
  • Cambridge First Certificate

Additional Documents, Interview and Testing

  • Letter of Recommendation: At least one letter of recommendation from a former teacher, school counselor or employer.
  • Motivational Letter: A statement of motivation for entering the hospitality industry, and SSTH in particular.
  • Personal Interview: Our admissions officer will schedule the appointment as soon as all documents have been received.

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