EHL as an institution offers an excellent learning environment, where it not only allows the student to gain various hard and soft skills and grow as a person. When discussing with former students, it is possible to see a vast difference in maturity compared to other university students. Taking the words of the university slogan, EHL is a business school that teaches discipline.
As the bachelor programmes emphasize the importance of practical experience, students learn about the hospitality industry as a whole. Within the preparatory year, students rotate around the various outlets within the campus, from working at the school cafeteria to cleaning the dorms. The professors are industry insiders with a great understanding of hospitality with state-of-the-art facilities. Although physically arduous, students learn how to work within a dynamic environment that offers a learning process like no other school.
Furthermore, the university offers excellent career prospects with the two long-term internships integrated into its programme. In a sense, the school’s beauty lies in that students acquire skills that can be transferred to other industries. More than half of the students end up working outside of hospitality. In this manner, students are not chained down to one specific path and can always change.
As for student life, it is very easy to get active with the variety of extra-curricular programmes on offer. With a multitude of nationalities that are represented, the school has a diverse student body, and it will be possible to meet people from across the world.
Although I have had a very positive experience, it is certainly not a school for everyone. As EHL offers a specific learning environment, students get a unique university experience. With only one bachelor programme on offer, everyone will know each other by the end of their studies. With such a small student body, it almost feels like an extension of high school at times. Moreover, with the school being located on the outskirts of Lausanne, there is not much interaction with other university students. In a certain manner, EHL students are in a bubble.
However, I would still recommend that any students consider EHL as it offers a way of thinking that no other universities can offer. By the end of their studies, students will rapidly integrate into society and become part of a valuable alumni network.