Hospitality management programmes in France

The Luxury Hotelschool Paris publishes an annual study on hospitality management programmes in France since 2013. The study highlights the differences between a bachelor's and a master's degree delivered by a university on the one hand and a French “Bachelor”, “MBA” or “MSc” certificate on the other hand.

The Luxury Hotelschool Paris is the only hotel school in France to prepare a Master's degree, it is thus the school with the highest academic level. The school has also forged alliances for over 25 years with numerous luxury hotels and international hotel chains, as well as two academic collaborations with EHL and eCornell.

Postgraduate 2020 Study (pdf)Undergraduate 2020 Study (pdf)2020 Study (xls)

School Postgraduate Diploma Market name Language Type of school
Luxury Hotelschool A - Master Master A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
Institut Paul Bocuse B - Professional certificate “MSc” A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
ESSEC B - Professional certificate “MSc” A - Anglais B - Ecole de commerce
AIM B - Professional certificate “MBA” A - Anglais C - Ecole de tourisme
INSEEC B - Professional certificate “MSc2” B - Mixte B - Ecole de commerce
CMH B - Professional certificate “MBA2” B - Mixte C - Ecole de tourisme
Vatel B - Professional certificate “MBA” C - Français A - Ecole hôtelière
ESG B - Professional certificate “MBA” C - Français B - Ecole de commerce
Ecole de Savignac B - Professional certificate “MBA” C - Français C - Ecole de tourisme
Ferrières C - School certificate Mastère A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
Ferrandi C - School certificate “Master of Science” A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
ESCP C - School certificate “Master of Science” A - Anglais B - Ecole de Commerce
SHG C - School certificate “MBA” B - Mixte C - Ecole de tourisme
School Undergraduate Diploma Market name Language Type of school
Luxury Hotelschool A - Bachelor universitaire Bachelor A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
Institut Paul Bocuse B - Diplôme visé “Bachelor (Hons)” A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
Ferrandi B - Diplôme visé “Bachelor” B - Mixte A - Ecole hôtelière
AIM C - Professional certificate “Bachelor of Science” A - Anglais C - Ecole de tourisme
CMH C - Professional certificate “Bachelor pro” B - Mixte C - Ecole de tourisme
Ecole de Savignac C - Professional certificate “Bachelor international” B - Mixte C - Ecole de tourisme
Vatel C - Professional certificate “Bachelor” C - Français A - Ecole hôtelière
ESG C - Professional certificate “Bachelor” C - Français B - Ecole de commerce
ICI-ICARE C - Professional certificate “Bachelor” C - Français C - Ecole de tourisme
Ferrières D - School certificate “Bachelor” A - Anglais A - Ecole hôtelière
SHG D - School certificate “Bachelor” B - Mixte C - Ecole de tourisme

Annual study

In France as elsewhere, only a university can deliver a Master's degree. In France, hotel school ussually deliver professional certifications that are marketed under the names MBA, MSc or master of science. In this case, only the professional certifications arer approved by the state; the MBA, MSc or master of science are just appelations and are not State-approved.

Professional certifications

MSc, MBA and master of science in France are not Master's degree when they are not awarded by a university, they are professional certifications instead. The RNCP is the directory of these certifications and is available online. The certification is State-approved, the MBA, MSc or master of science is not, it is a trade name.

Master's degree in France

An ordinance dated April 25th, 2002 in France creates the master's degree and article 7 states that only public institutions duly recognised can award the Master's degree.

In France as in the UK then, only universities and other public institutions can award degrees. No business school and certainly no hotel school in France can deliver a bachelor or a master's degree alone.

UK Master's degree

LH Luxury Hotelschool jointly delivers the Master in international tourism and hospitality management with London South Bank University. As of 2018, it is the only authentic degree in all French hotel schools.

The UK master is one of the most prestigious degree in the world. Graduates can request an official comparison with French degrees if required. An example of the document they receive is accessible below.

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    “You can be very proud of your diploma and your training, which are great assets for your future career.” Matthias Terrettaz, Hotel Manager Shangri-La Paris and sponsor of the 2013 cohort

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LH Luxury Hotelschool is an international hotel management school dedicated to luxury. This family institution founded 30 years ago is the specialist of international luxury hotel management.

The school offers Bachelor's and Master's degree taught in English in Paris, combining French tradition of gastronomy and luxury hospitality, and anglo-saxon management skills.

Each year, a luxury hotel sponsors the graduations and signs the diplomas as did the Ritz in 1996, Crillon in 1997, Lutetia, Le Bristol, Shangri-La Paris, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Prince de Galles, Raphaël, Fouquet's...

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