Swiss Diploma in International Hospitality Management

Course Description

The BIHC Swiss Diploma in International Hospitality Management is designed to prepare students for qualified employment in the international hospitality & tourism industry; and progression, if eligible, to a final year for a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management.

The program equips future hoteliers with the necessary practical early in the program to ensure that they are able to operate quickly and competently within the rooms division environments and management operations. The supervisory and management competencies are developed throughout the program to provide the tools for assuming greater unit and people responsibility over time. On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze and evaluate the defining characteristics of hospitality as a phenomenon, for example, the different cultural aspects of hospitality; explain the procedures of sales and marketing, based on evaluation and impact of international tourism on the hospitality industry; describe hospitality accommodation demand and supply and hotels expansion for a very competitive market; and evaluate and apply within the hotel management context, appropriate theories and concepts from supporting management subjects.

Other important aspects are included and delivered in a continuous mode from year 1 to year 2, such as food and beverage management and events, revenue management, accounting, sales and marketing and human resources and, most importantly, the development of supervisory skills through the Food and Beverage Operations Supervision Practical as well as the Applied Hotel Operations module (AHO).


Course Duration

2 years


Course Intake

January, May, September


Entry Requirements

  • KCSE Mean grade C- (MINUS) with C- (MINUS) or above in English or Kiswahili and a D (PLAIN) in Mathematics
  • IB/ A – Level 4 Credits
  • IGCSE 4 'O' Passes with D and above and/or equivalent of a mean grade of C- (MINUS) with E in Math and a D English or Kiswahili
  • SATs 1060 and above out of 1600

Course Fees Kshs per annum

Student Tuition Application Fee Student Pass Accident Insurance Student ID Graduation & BHMS Admin Fee Uniform
Kenyan 468,000 2,500 - 5,000 1,000 25,000 30,600
East African 468,000 5,000 2,500 5,000 1,000 25,000 30,600
International 569,232 5,000 12,500 5,000 1,000 25,000 30,600

For more details see our full fees structure documents on downloads



Study Areas

Year 1
  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • Food and Beverage Service (Theory and Practicals)
  • The Art and Science of Food
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts
  • Business Applications (IT & Research Skills)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Practices
  • French 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Wine & Beverages
  • Housekeeping & Laundry Operations (Theory & Practicals)
  • Front Office Operations & Information Systems (Theory & Practicals)
  • Food & Beverage Cost Control
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Applied Hotel Operations Practicals @ The Boma Hotel
  • 15 Weeks Industry Placement
  • Year 2
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ethics
  • Life Skills and Critical Thinking
  • Human Resources Management
  • Mandarin 1 & 2
  • Research Methods
  • Mixology and Bar Management?
  • Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food & Beverage Events Management
  • Managing Hospitality Business and Service Experience
  • Revenue Management
  • Legal Aspects in the Hospitality Industry
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Facilities Management (including practical)
  • Food and Beverage Marketing in the Digital Age
  • Applied Hotel Operations Practical
  • 30 weeks Industry Placement

  • Enrollment

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