How do you choose your hotel school
The atmosphere and environment of the school: The well-being of students during their studies is essential because it is a source of motivation and fulfillment. A hotel school on a human scale is in favor of the best teaching. In addition to the proximity between the administration, the teaching team and the students, the school environment, the quality of the facilities and tools made available and the places dedicated to student life are all essential criteria for successful studies. Before enrolling, it is therefore recommended to visit the school, read student reviews or consult rankings such as the Happy@School ranking.
A program combining management and operations: To keep the promise to students to enable them to become tomorrow's managers in the international hotel industry, a hotel management school must offer its students a 360° training. That's the difference with a business school: in a hotel school, you learn management but you also learn operational professions. To be a good manager in the hotel industry, it is essential to know all the professions that make up a hotel establishment. It is necessary to learn and practice during studies and of course during an internship all the functions of a hotel: reception, catering, concierge, events... At the same time, the theory allows students to acquire solid skills in management, leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, project management and the entire business and strategy dimension of a hotel. It is for this reason that a hotel school is preferable to a business school with a Bachelor's degree, a course that can be easily completed by a Master's degree in business school for example.
Multiculturality and the international: Multiculturalism is a reality that is today at the center of the tourism and hotel industry through customers and also teams. Multicultural management is a major challenge for employers and managers. It is therefore essential that a hotel school prepares its students very early on for these multicultural issues. A hotel management school must therefore have international professors, academic partnerships with foreign universities, students from diverse backgrounds... A hotel management school must also allow and encourage its students to go on an international internship. A hotel management school must guarantee each student fluency in English at the end of the course in order to be able to take advantage of international opportunities in their future career. Before enrolling, it is therefore necessary to check the share of courses in English and the international academic partners in the program you choose.
Tailor-made internships to launch your career: Halfway between studies and the beginning of the professional career, internships are an essential link in a student's curriculum. In hotel schools, internships in 5-star hotels, luxury hotels and major international hotel chains make it possible to consolidate and confront one's skills with the realities on the ground. A hotel management school must have a network of prestigious and influential partners to give all its students the opportunity to complete internships in the most beautiful establishments. The school must also accompany and closely monitor the evolution of its students during their internships. These internships are the first step in the career of a hotel school graduate. It is therefore necessary to find out about the list of internships held by students from previous classes and the share of top-of-the-range institutions that remain the most demanding and prestigious on a CV.