What Students Frequently Ask About Studying at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

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When they’re not helping students to study in Switzerland, student ambassadors answer a lot of questions! Of course, choosing to study abroad is a big decision and it’s extremely easy for any individual to have questions about their international educational journey. So to give an insight on what it’s like to be an international student, a student ambassador compiled all of the frequently asked questions she gets regarding Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. 

Starting in February

As you probably know, EHL offers two intakes: one in February and the other one in September. The reason why there are two intakes is to give a 6-month period to students who are about to turn 18. 

Having two intakes a year gives you the opportunity to start in the later part of the year in case you won’t be 18 when the first intake happens. Additionally, it also provides ample time for students who are thinking of rendering an internship before joining the school.

Also, starting in February means you’ll have more semesters during spring than winter, and for many of you, I’m sure that’s a bonus.

Personal experience

A lot of potential students want to know what life as an EHL student is like. To be completely honest, I feel that my studies at EHL have been both an academic, professional and personal journey.

The growth in these three areas is huge. I feel like a totally different person from when I started 3 years ago. I have to say that going to EHL was the best choice I made and would do it all over again!

We also have so many opportunities around us. We get to be surrounded by people from all over the world and we get to apply the lessons to our daily life. In fact, all the committees we have on campus provide us with incredible opportunities to meet people, work on fantastic projects and gain experience.

To me, EHL is way more than just a university; it is a school of life that prepares you for a bright future.

Importance of speaking French on campus

EHL hosts students from more than 110 countries and most of them do not speak French. Being in an international school, all students are required to speak English hence, speaking French on campus is not of much importance.

However, learning how to speak French will improve your stay in the French part of Switzerland. For those of you who can only say “Bonjour,” do not worry because EHL offers French classes to all international students.

How can I prepare for my Selection Day interview?

One of the main questions we get is how do you prepare for your interview?

The interview is definitely not here to trick you or make you feel uncomfortable, it should be considered more as a discussion to get to know you. Still, one big piece of advice that we can give you is to think about it as a job interview and be yourself. I know it is easy to say but this is the most accurate way to ensure that you get the best out of your interview.

I feel most potential students are seeing it as the hardest step, but it’s not. The aim of the interview is to get to know the candidate, to understand his/her motivation and see if they are a good match for Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.

EHL Junior Academy

The EHL Junior Academy is a one or two week program consisting of interactive workshops and fun activities. It is designed to give you a taste of EHL’s bachelor program and you can choose to attend it at the Lausanne or Passugg (or both!) campus. For those of you who are interested in EHL but want to be sure first, this is perfect for you!

You will have a special look into the hospitality industry by exploring the latest trends, developing new skills and sharing experiences that build international friendships as well as enjoying Switzerland’s magnificent landscapes.

EHL also gives you the opportunity to chat directly with Student Ambassadors thanks to the Unibuddy platform. Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We are more than happy to help you on your journey!

Dress code

The dress and professional appearance are part of EHL’s principle of “savoir-vivre” and “savoir-être” and this applies to anyone on campus. It encourages a professional and responsible attitude and is the first image given to employers and visitors.

As EHL’s motto says “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, you want to make sure you are dressed according to EHL’s values.

Schedules

During the Preparatory Year, your schedule will probably not look like any previous schedule you had. In fact, some workshops (such as bakery) will have you get up at 5 am (but this also means you get to taste fresh out of the oven croissant, which makes up for it), for some others (such as service at the Berceau des Sens) you will have to stay until midnight, ensuring the best service to customers.

Your schedule will vary weekly, keeping the excitement high during the whole semester. Once you come back from your internship and effectively start the Bachelor program, you will have a schedule that looks more regular. Still, you won’t have as many classes as you used to have in high school.

EHL really focuses on group projects and therefore, your timetable will revolve around this. For almost all of your classes, you will have to submit a group project so your schedule will be different every day.

However, you will still have time for your friends and for other activities, just make sure you schedule them. EHL students love to have everything in their Outlook calendar, we are business people!

New campus

You might have seen or heard that EHL’s campus is transforming. The project started in 2017 and is set for completion in 2021. The project’s motto is “a campus designed by students, for students”.

The campus will extend for 60,600 sqm, will have the capacity to host more than 3,500 students and will accommodate 1000 of them. Additionally, the new campus will integrate new facilities such as an oenology room, a pedagogic garden, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor sports and many more!

Finding internships

EHL’s bachelor program includes two internships. The first one during the preparatory year and the second one during the third year. For many students, finding the perfect internship can be challenging. Fortunately, EHL has programs to helps students during their internship search.

The Career Fair is hosted once a semester. During the whole day, more than 200 companies come on campus to recruit students. This event is the most important one to attend (whether you look for your first internship or your first job once you graduate). You will have the opportunity to reach out to some of the biggest companies and give them your business cards and CV’s.

It is also an amazing networking opportunity. A second help is the job platform. This one gives you access to internship and job offers that companies decide to post specifically for EHL students. From this platform, you can apply to as many jobs as you want which expands the chances of finding the internship you dream of.

Finally, there is also the Internship Office which is your main contact point for any issue you may encounter during your internship. They will also provide assistance to finding the best internship program for you.

Opportunities after EHL

It is important to note that EHL is a Management school. Although some programs are focused on hospitality, it is still sure that you’ll have opportunities for both practices after finishing your respective program.

 As an example, I did my administrative internship (BOSC 4) in the pharmaceutical industry and studying hospitality was actually quite helpful! In fact, you will see that (sense of) hospitality is involved in any industry, and studying at EHL can only give you bonus points when working for a completely different business.

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