For specific entry requirements, please refer to the page about the programme you are interested in, where you will be able to read more detailed information about the programmes and entry requirements.
Qualifications vary from country to country, so if you are unsure about which programme to apply for, contact us on and one of our Admission Officers will contact you to discuss with you personally.

The following documents are required as an integral part of the application process at IMI

  • Completed IMI Switzerland - Application Form
  • Motivation Letter, outlining who you are, why you would like to study at IMI in Switzerland and your plans for your future career in this industry - approx. 500 words
  • CV/Résumé in English
  • Transcripts/Certificates of your academic qualifications since High School
  • Students transferring from recognised hotel management schools must also include official transcripts or records for each semester of their previous course of study
  • IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent English test results
  • Two recent passport photographs (3.5 x 4.5 cm), make sure background is white or grey, if it is colour it might be refused
  • Copy of passport and Swiss residence permit where applicable
  • Declaration of good health signed by a licensed physician. Please download the form here.
  • If you will be under the age of 18 at the commencement of your IMI study semester, then a parent/legal guardian must complete the Study Authorisation Form. Please download the form here.

In most countries the Swiss Embassy/Consulate may also request the following additional documentation

  • Bank Statement showing proof of sufficient financial funds (if possible in student's name, if not in the parent’s name)
  • Evidence of English certification
  • Letter of intent to leave Switzerland after completion of studies
  • Motivation Letter

Visas and Permits

In many countries outside Europe, students will be required to submit an application for a study visa to Switzerland. This application should be done at the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate and can take up to 12 weeks.

Our Admissions Officers will be happy to speak to you about your individual situation. If you are applying through IMI representatives, they will advise you on the details of the visa application process pertaining to your country of application.

All efforts will be made to assist in the processing of your visa application but, please note, the final decision on the study visa issue rests with the Swiss authorities. You will be informed by our Admissions Officers as soon as your study visa has been approved.

Since the Schengen agreement of 2009 it is now easy for any student at IMI to travel within Europe. This allows all B- or C- Permit holders to take short holidays in the Schengen countries, including Germany, Austria and France without a visa.

Nevertheless, to avoid disappointment, we always advise students to research entry visa regulations by contacting the Embassy of the country they wish to visit.

You will be required to carry Passports and Swiss Permits. For more information please e-mail us on and one of our Admissions Officers will contact you to discuss your situation personally.

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