Terms and Conditions
Registration & School Fees
A non-refundable reservation fee is payable within 10 days of receiving the letter of acceptance. All fees and deposits must be paid to BHMS bank account in Switzerland. First year fee is payable upon receiving visa approval. All subsequent fees are payable before term start.
BHMS academic catalog will be provided upon student's arrival to Switzerland and it is the student's responsibility to read it carefully and fully understand its contents. BHMS and its subsidiaries reserve the right to make changes in the members of its staff and faculty and to modify policies, regulations, curricula, courses, tuition and fees, or any other aspects of its programs deemed to be in the best interest of the institution and its students without prior notice. BHMS is obliged to provide no more than 24 teacher contact hours per week for the duration of program a student is enrolled in. Additional tutoring may require private tutoring at additional expense charged to the student. Further information can be found at BHMS official website at www.bhms.ch.
BHMS is an accredited Institution for adult learning. Academically, BHMS is accredited by eduQua, Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems SQS. BHMS is entitled to operate a private school on college level in the State of Lucerne in compliance with federal and state law. In addition, BHMS is accredited by the Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, Scotland, the University of Brighton in Eastbourne, UK, and the ACFF, American Culinary Federation Foundation. BHMS is accredited by the City University of Seattle, WA, USA.
BHMS is regulated by the Canton of Luzern for the provision of quality standards in higher education. For further information concerning the Swiss education system kindly refer to this document of the Canton of Lucerne.
Transcripts & Credit Transfer
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all high school and postsecondary transcripts are available during the admission process. If these records are not immediately available, a "provisional" acceptance letter may be issued authorizing the applicant to begin a degree program or other program of study as an enrolled student for a limited period of time during which official documents required for matriculation are obtained. BHMS does not guarantee that academic credits from other institutions will be accepted.
Accommodation & Board
BHMS is obliged to provide room and board, as far as a student has contracted such. Clean and safe accommodation in double occupancy, 24 hours supervision as well as food and beverage privileges that includes daily buffet breakfast, light lunch, and full dinner Mondays to Fridays. Brunch and dinners are offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
During the industry training in Switzerland, students will be under contractual obligation with their employers which will entitle them to receive a monthly trainee's gross salary of CHF2'168. While no tuition fees are due to BHMS during this period, employers may have deductions for room, board, and taxes equivalent to ca. CHF700 - 900 on a monthly basis. To qualify for industry training in Switzerland, students are expected to meet specific academic, professional, and language skills standards set forth by BHMS. Working part-time off-campus during the academic semester is illegal and therefore not permitted.
Courses are held only with a sufficient number of participants. BHMS or its subsidiary company reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient participants, or due to circumstances beyond its control. Already paid school fees will be returned to participants. Claims for damages or compensation in this case will not be entertained and the participant agrees that they are excluded. Classes will be held in rooms, buildings or locations determined by BHMS or its subsidiary company. A right of the participant to have classes or instruction in a specific classroom, a specific school building, or specific location is excluded. Claims for damages or compensation in this case will not be entertained and the participant agrees that they are excluded. In reasonable and justified cases, courses which have been started can be postponed, or alternatively continued in a location in another BHMS- or subsidiary company school. Claims for damages or compensation in this case will not be entertained and the participant agrees that they are excluded.
Admission cancellation or withdrawal will be accepted up to 90 days prior to term start by registered mail. An administrative charge in the amount of the paid reservation fee or deposit shall apply. For cancellation or withdrawal received less than 90 days prior to term start, all paid fees are forfeited. In case of visa rejected by the Swiss authorities for any legitimate reason, applicants are entitled for a full refund excluding an administration fee of CHF400.
The present Terms and Conditions of Enrolment shall be governed by Swiss Law. For any controversy arising between BHMS and a student and/or agent, the place of jurisdiction shall be that of the Canton of Luzern, Switzerland.