Glion Institute of Higher Education


Glion Institute of Higher Education is an international hospitality management institution in Switzerland. Opened in the fall of 1962 in the former Bellevue Hotel, Glion Hotel School (as it was then named) was the first private, university-level Swiss hotel management school. As a private, for-profit institution, GIHE has built its reputation for excellence and become a leader in hospitality education worldwide.

More than a simple hotel school, Glion Institute of Higher Education is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to deliver programs leading to diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, postgraduate and master’s level qualifications in international hospitality management and event, sport and entertainment management.

Every year, GIHE provides post-secondary education for approximately 1,500 students from 90 countries around the world. The success of our graduates can be attributed to GIHE’s time-tested merger between university academics and the Swiss hotel school model, close ties with the hospitality industry, and an international university environment. For over 50 years, thousands of graduates have gone through the Glion experience and carried on the famous "Glion Spirit" to represent our institution as leaders in the hospitality industry.

Our Mission


Through its challenging academic programs, structured living environment, craft-based learning, and the “Glion Spirit”, the Glion Institute of Higher Education develops innovative leaders for a broad array of service industries.


The Glion Institute of Higher Education offers management-focused programs for the hospitality and other service industries. With an emphasis on both didactic and craft-based learning, GIHE is European in its outlook, Swiss in its work ethos, American in its educational approach and multi-national in its student body.

All programs emphasize the development of generic thinking skills, the understanding of contemporary management theory, and the integration of theory and practice. The “Glion Spirit” and GIHE’s academic programs prepare for rapid progress to international managerial positions.

The values that guide GIHE as we work toward our vision are:

  • To provide educational breadth coupled with optional specializations
  • To work as reflective practitioners
  • To develop leadership, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • To respect differences of culture
  • To act with integrity
  • To practice and teach the Swiss work ethos
  • To foster an international perspective
  • To mentor our students
  • To guide students to increasing responsibility
  • To provide students with an American style Student Services
  • To operate a sustainable business model and reflect this in our curriculum
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MBA - International Hospitality and Service Industries Management

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 year February 2017 Switzerland Montreux + 1 more

Our MBA in hospitality is a uniquely flexible degree that will sharpen your strategic management skills and build your professional network for access to upper-management positions within the hospitality, tourism and service industries. [+]

A fast-track to new opportunities Our MBA in hospitality is a uniquely flexible degree that will sharpen your strategic management skills and build your professional network for access to upper-management positions within the hospitality, tourism and service industries. The MBA in hospitality is a NEASC accredited, industry-approved MBA that develops skills in critical thinking, leadership, business data analysis, and financial management. Additionally, the MBA class environment contributes to professional development through contact with industry leaders, cross-cultural work groups, and industry-specific business projects. Glion MBA - Online, Campus & Professional Options To meet the needs of students with varying work experience, educational backgrounds and professional situations, Glion offers the following program options which all lead to the same degree: the MBA in International Hospitality & Service Industries Management. Campus – Our traditional, one-year MBA in hospitality The campus MBA program is designed for students with a degree in hospitality, event or tourism. Campus & Online – A flexible MBA hybrid For students who have two years of work experience, the hybrid MBA is taught 50% on campus, and 50% online. Online MBA – 100% Online for Experienced Professionals For experienced professionals only, this MBA allows the flexibility to study at one’s own pace while continuing to work. Professional MBA For students who have little or no work experience, this program integrates internships and offers flexibility to study online. MBA Career Advancement MBA graduates are actively recruited by major hotel companies around the world to enter management positions in hotels, restaurants and tourism businesses, as well as consultancy, business analysis, marketing, or financial management positions in any service organization. Glion graduates have the opportunity to join the Glion Alumni Association , where they become life-long members of our worldwide network of alumni and industry partners. This membership gives them the opportunity to participate in social networking, access employment opportunities and share their career advancement with other alumni. MBA Students Profile In July 2012, the MBA program enrolled 53 students out of 74 applicants. The class is composed of 36 women and 17 men. The average age is 22-25 years old. The MBA class shares a rich cultural mix with 25 nationalities represented: 24% from all of Europe, 10% from North and South America, and 55% from Asia and Eastern Pacific countries. All of the MBA students entered the program with a Bachelor degree and some work experience in a service related position. Online MBA Students Profile With seven intakes now underway, over 120 students are now studying on the GIHE Online MBA. The combined classrooms are composed of 33% women and 67% men, with an average age of 37 years and 15 years of relevant working experience with 17% students gaining corporate sponsorship for their studies. The Online MBA boasts a cultural mix of 48 countries: 32% European, 16% from North and South America, and 52% from Africa, Asia and Eastern Pacific countries. [-]


About us!


Glion Institute of Higher Education

Address Rue de l'Ondine 20
1630 Bulle, CH
Phone +41 26 919 78 78

Glion Institute of Higher Education

Address Glion Rd 111
1823 Glion-sur-Montreux, Switzerland
Phone +41 21 966 35 35

Glion Institute of Higher Education

Address SW15 4JD Storbritannia
Phone +44 20 8392 3500