FOUNDATION YEAR in International Hospitality Management

Duration: 1 Year

Before accessing to one of best MBA Degree in México, some students would need to do this Foundation year in order to be accepted to our MBA Program the following year.

Indeed, our MBA program has a very high level, students must have working experiences in Hospitality and must have a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality to be admitted. Therefore, students with a Bachelor Degree from another industry must do this Foundation to know all about hospitality. Students will also get working experiences in luxury hotels

Our goal is to prepare students to become the best leaders in the Hospitality & Tourism industries thanks to our Swiss experience in education and in hotel management. SHG México is combining academic courses with professional trainings and internships in luxury hotels. Thanks to this concept, our students are assured to obtain management positions offers in many countries worldwide.


  • Swiss Quality
  • International Environment
  • Discipline
  • Rigor
  • Hands-on Learning Experience

Foundation Program

Concept of the Foundation Year


A combination of academic courses at school and professional courses held in our hotel network (Duration: 6 months)



In a luxury hotel in the country or worldwide

(Duration: 6 months)

Direct access to MBA program after the Foundation Year

Details of the Calendar in 2018 / 2019 - All intakes

Our next intake at SHG México will be in September 2018.

Academic Courses in Foundation Year

On our campus in Playa del Carmen

Courses are available in English and in Spanish. Students select the language of their choice at the start. In case of difficulties, SHG México gives extra lessons to students who need some help. 

Our teachers are among the best in their specialities, they are composing a team coming from México, France and Switzerland.

We teach the following subjects:

  • Management of people
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Yield Management
  • Intercultural Management
  • Events Management
  • Grooming & Self-Image
  • Luxury Environment
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Digital Marketing
  • Wines of the world
  • Hotel Environment
  • Food & Beverage Industry
  • Cost Control in F&B
  • Negotiation
  • International Relations
  • 3 Languages to select: English, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic Spanish, German, Italian.

Courses are from Monday to Friday at our campus in Playa del Carmen.

Courses Descriptions in Foundation Year

International Accreditations

International recognition

SHG MEXICO and other SHG Schools are accredited by International Quality Bodies such as:

  • AHLEI (American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute)
  • CHRIE (Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education)
  • EHSAC (European Hospitality Schools Accreditations Council)

Professional Courses in Luxury Hotels

We train students to get skills and working experiences in every department in a hotel. The students practice in all departments 1 by 1 and must come back to some departments several times to improve their skills. There are 4 main departments: Restaurant Service, Culinary, Administration and Room Division.

  • Restaurant Service: It includes Fine-Dining Restaurants, Traditional Restaurants, Bar, Room-Service, Catering Service, Banqueting Service. 
  • Culinary: It includes all parts of the Kitchen (Cold, Hot, Pastry, International Food, Gourmet, etc.)
  • Room Division: It includes Housekeeping, Front Desk, Guest Services, etc.
  • Administration: It includes Sales, Marketing, HR, Finance, etc.

Luxury Hotels in Playa del Carmen:

Our students have real working experience in practicing and learning in real hotels. All our partner hotels in Playa del Carmen are luxury hotels, therefore our students learn with the highest standards.

Paid-Internship in Luxury Hotels

Offered by SHG MEXICO

During that year, students must go through a paid internship over a 6-month period. The remuneration depends from the country in which the hotel is located and may include accommodation and meals. In all cases, the hotels proposed by SHG México are always in the 4* or 5* category. Thus, SHG México takes care of all necessary arrangements. Transportation expenses to the internship destination are usually born by students.

During and after the internship, students are evaluated and graded by the hotel. Following the internship, students have to write a management report proving that he/she has fully mastered the internship's objective.

Admissions & Fees


  • Fill up the application form (click below to: SHG Application Form)
  • Motivation letter (at least 500 words)
  • English Test (at least 5.0 IELTS or equivalent) for students selecting the English language for courses.
  • Interview (via Skype or Face to Face with one of our admission officer)
  • High School Degree (A' Level Degree / Baccalauréat / Maturité)
  • Bachelor Degree


  • Tuitions fees: MXN 128'500 / Year or MXN 11'450 / Month for courses in Spanish
  • Tuitions fees: MXN 147'000 / Year or MXN 12'900 / Month for courses in English
  • Administration fees: MXN 4'650 / Year
  • Uniform Kit & Books: MXN 5'590 (once)

Next Intakes

  • September 2018
  • March 2019

Our Admission Center in México

Our Admission Center in México is in charge of the admissions for the campus in Playa del Carmen. In addition, all Mexican students who wish to study in another SHG campus in the world must send their application to our Admission Center in México.

SHG MEXICO - International Hospitality School

c/o Agora Language Center, Calle 6 bis entre 25 y 30, Centro, Playa del Carmen, 

Quintana Roo, 77710, México

Phone Number: +52 984 147 64 30


School Manager: Mrs Anne CALDERON

Country Manager México: Mrs Hilde GUSTAFSSON

Our Admissions Offices in the World


Swiss Hospitality Group (SHG) 

SHG Swiss Education (Headquarters)

2 route de Peney, Case postale 678

CH-1214 Vernier, Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0) 22 518 72 90


SHG Lyon

International Hospitality School

Floor 27, WTC, Tour Oxygène, 10-12 Boulevard Vivier Merle, 69003 Lyon, France

Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 53 53 19


SHG Swiss Education (Middle East)

M.Hussain, MKH, Bin Sulaiman Center, Prince Sultan Street, Al Khaldiya District, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 594 362 764


SHG Swiss Education (Africa)

Mrs Arshley DAKA

RTG, 1 Pennefather Avenue,

Harare, Zimbabwe

Tel: +263 773 600 271


SHG Swiss Education (South Asia)

M. Shafique, Suite 07, 4th floor, Zohra Heights, Main Market Gilbert II,

Lahore, Pakistan

Tel: +92 333 4098338


SHG Hong-Kong - International Hospitality School

1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2166 8000