Hospitality Essentials – “HOTEL SCHOOL” Viesnīcu biznesa koledža

Hospitality Essentials

Hospitality Essentials

Hospitality Essentials

Study programme accredited in Latvia


“Hospitality Essentials”  is a professional development education programme that allows you to learn the specifics of work in the most important departments of hotels and other tourist accommodation – front office, guest service and housekeeping department, food and beverage departament,  learning to provide the basic services.

The programme was developed by the academic staff of HOTEL SCHOOL in 2020.

Subjects of the programme
  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • Accommodation Services and Operations
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • Legislation and settlement transactions in a hotel company
  • Information technology in the field of hospitality
  • Professional identity and leadership
  • Identification and assessment of risk factors in the working environment
  • Professional Latvian language (for foreigners)
  • Professional English
  • Professional Spanish

Learning process and practice

Acquisition of the programme will take 8 months or 2 semesters, during which 450 contact hours are planned. The training includes lectures, seminars and workshops (eg. restaurant service, housekeeping facilities etc.). Field trips to various hospitality companies and guest lectures by industry professionals are also organized.

The programme is partially implemented as on-the-job education, which means that practical training in certain subjects takes place in real hospitality companies in Latvia or abroad – Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, etc. During practical training abroad, students receive a monthly stipend (lodging and boarding costs are covered by the employer). Learn more about internships and scholarships.

A final examination must be taken at the end of the programme.
Tuition fees

The programme tuition fee is EUR 3,500 per year for EU citizens and EUR 5,000 per year for non-EU citizens. EU citizens can pay by a month. Admission to the programme is free of charge. Find out more.

Programme accreditation data

The study programme “Hospitality Essentials” is accredited until 06/30/2024. (License ID P_4156, accreditation ID AI 14218). Graduates of the programme are issued a state-recognized education document – a vocational training certificate.

Career and progression opportunities for graduates of the programme

The acquired education allows to work in local and foreign hotels and resorts, being in charge of providing basic tourist accommodation services to guests.

By continuing to acquire education at HOTEL SCHOOL, it is possible to receive the first level higher professional education and the 4th level professional qualification “Hotel service organizer” only in 2 years!

Requirements for applying to Latvian professional development education programmes

Admission to the education programme is possible after obtaining general basic education. Applicants are required to know the language in which the programme is being delivered. HOTEL SCHOOL can arrange a language test in person or via Skype.

Read the full admission rules for professional development education programmes.

Comment:  Anna Chekina, Head of admission committee 

“This is a vocational education program that will be suitable for those learners who have not yet completed secondary education or who want to acquire knowledge and skills in the required profession in the shortest possible time.”

Comment from

Jūlija Pasnaka

Jūlija Pasnaka

Head of College and Academic Department, Chair of the Board

"Learning outcomes obtained in the further education stage can be recognized within higher education study programs. Graduates of the program who want to continue their studies in the direction of "Hotel and restaurant service, tourism and leisure organization" can apply for admission in later stages of studies."

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