A lot of the time, as you sit through your lectures, you’re probably wondering how what you’re learning would be useful to you in your career. It will eventually have its uses, even though it’s not immediately apparent. But for now, you just sit through the lectures, and take it all in.
But if you’re the type that’s up for a challenge, and really want to take on real problems with what you know, then Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne has a program for someone like you. It’s called the Student Business Project (SBP) Program.
What’s the SBP Program?
It’s a group project, but with higher stakes. Aside from your grade, you’ll also have a real company’s business problems and solutions in your hands.
A group of six students is given nine weeks to research the problem, create a written report of how they think it should be solved, and to give recommendations. They will then present the results in a formal talk in the campus so that other students could also learn from them!
As a hospitality school, EHL allows its students to take on business problems about market research, sales and marketing strategies, or new concept development. All through the program, the students get coaching and support from their internationally-recognized faculty and they’re actually able to meet face-to-face with their clients.
This way, students are able to use what they learn, while still getting feedback from their mentors in school. It’s the peak of hands-on learning!
A Dream is a Concept Your Team Makes
The most common projects that students in the SBP program take on involve new concepts—whether it’s for food, an event, a new hotel, or a new restaurant. This would also include market research, feasibility studies, and other strategic development studies.
Over the years, the school has partnered with corporations like Credit Suisse, Richmond, Nespresso, Nestle, Accor, Andros, and many more! Not a lot of students can say that they helped a big brand conceptualize and implement a new thing before they’ve even graduated, but EHL’s students can.
To date, students have completed over 1,100 projects for more than 650 clients.
Small businesses and startups have the greatest appreciation for the work that students are able to accomplish working on business challenges. EHL’s clients have mentioned that they continue to return to the project report even years after the conclusion. Imagine having that kind of impact.
EHL delivers great academic immersion into hospitality best practices, and students are able to test out what they learn through classroom study! It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to make that kind of international impact in the hospitality scene, and are looking to study abroad, then Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne would be a great fit for you.