Diplomas

EUROPEAN DIPLOMAS

Eurhodip diplomas and degrees were created in 1991 in order to help hotel schools to include a European dimension in the programmes they are offering.

In accordance with the Bologna Declaration, the aim of diplomas is to:

– promote European education in view of the internationalisation of competition and  employment
– encourage students and teachers mobility
– improve the transparency of programmes and diplomas
– comply with the European Credit Transfer System (E.C.T.S.)

There are 4 levels of Eurhodip Diplomas and Degrees

– European Technician Diploma in Restaurant, Cuisine, Pastry or Reception
– European Junior Diploma in Hotel Management
– European Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management
– European Master Degree in Hotel Management

Eurhodip Diplomas take into account both the national exam and a series of tests assessing the student’s European knowledge, his/her ability to speak a foreign language and his/her practical experience in Europe.

In order to organise Eurhodip examination and award Eurhodip Diplomas, schools have to:

– be a full member or an associate member of Eurhodip
– be certified by Eurhodip (see the Application for Certification)
– organize a Eurhodip Day during which a Eurhodip expert assesses the educational level of each student.

THE EURHODIP DAY

Placed under the entire responsibility of a Eurhodip expert, the purpose of this day is to assess the student’s general educational level and “European Plus” through an oral examination.

ORGANISATION AND CONTENTS

I – General educational level of the student

The student’s general level is checked on the basis of the marks he/she obtained in the national examination. The school shall give the results obtained by each student in the national examination. Students who have passed the national examination only can take the Eurhodip diploma.

II – European PLUS

European Plus required by Eurhodip for awarding the diploma are:

1. European internship
2. European languages
3. European knowledge

A mark between 0 and 20 will be given for each European Plus. Every mark below 8 is eliminatory (failing grade).

1 – European internship

The candidate must go on a placement period abroad in a country different from his/her country of origin.

The placement or internship may take place outside Europe, in a country bearing a resemblance to Europe as far as language and culture are concerned. The word “internship” can be understood in the general sense of work.

Minimum duration of internships:

– Level 1. Technician: 2 months
– Level 2. Junior or Operational Management: 2 months
– Level 3. Bachelor: 3 months
– Level 4. Master: 4 months

The candidate shall produce:

– a certificate (issued by his/her tutor) bearing some comments concerning the work done
– an internship report written out in an official European language different from his/her mother tongue.

The internship report should include:

– Level 1. Technician: 8 to 10 pages describing the cultural environment and the place of the internship.
– Level 2. Junior or Operational Management: 10 to 15 pages describing the place of the internship and professional specificities proper to the country where the internship is taking place ;
– Level 3. Bachelor: 15 to 20 pages (including one page for abstract) describing the place of the internship and a specific management point.
– Level 4 Master : 20 to 30 pages (including 1 page for abstract) describing the place of the internship and an analysis concerning one management department.

The report shall be assessed and marked by the relevant teacher.
The Eurhodip expert shall give the student a mark between 0 and 20 once he has assessed the progress of the internship, the report and the oral examination.

2 – European Languages

1st Language :

the oral examination shall be conducted in the same language as that of the written report. The Eurhodip expert shall assess the student’s capacity for expressing him/herself in an official European language different from his/her mother tongue, in accordance with his/her educational level. The expert shall give a mark included between 0 and 20 to the student.

2nd language :

this examination consists in assessing the student’s ability to express himself/herself in a second official European language different from his/her mother tongue The examination shall be carried out within a professional framework in accordance with the specialization and the level of the student.

Exempt candidates:

From Level 1 – Technician.
Students from other levels when they have already taken this exam within the national examination.

3- European Knowledge

This examination consists in assessing the student’s European knowledge.
During an oral examination conducted in the student’s language of study, he/she shall answer the questions asked by the Eurhodip expert.
A teacher from the school may take part in the examination.
Each candidate shall be given a mark between 0 and 20.
Depending on the educational level, the contents of European knowledge shall be as follows:

Level 1. Technician

European general knowledge
European mechanisms and Institutions
European professional techniques and European products and habits.

Level 2. Junior or Operational Hotel Management

European general knowledge
European mechanisms and institutions
Specific professional practices in the European hotel and catering industry

Level 3. Bachelor

European general knowledge
European food and beverage knowledge
European law and economics

Level 4. Master

European general knowledge
European Management
European Economics and Tourism

A list of questions shall be drafted by the school.
The Eurhodip expert is entitled to ask further questions.

III- MISCELLANEOUS

1.Place of the Eurhodip Day:
The Eurhodip Day takes place in the school where the candidate is enrolled in.

2.Date of the Eurhodip Day:
It is determined by the school and shall take place after the national exam and the European internship.

3.Number of candidates:
A minimum of 10 candidates for each level of examination is required for organizing a Eurhodip Day.

4.Documents to be made out:
3 months prior to the Eurhodip Day, the school shall send Eurhodip Secretariat:

1.The list of candidates
2.The list of internships
3.The payment of enrolment fees (100 Euros per candidate).

5.The Eurhodip expert:
Travel, food and accommodation costs incurred by the expert for the organization of the Eurhodip Day shall be at the school’s expenses.

European Diploma:

The candidate shall be awarded the Eurhodip Diploma or Degree, if he/she has scored a pass mark (not below 10/20) for the whole 3 oral tests. A mark below 8/20 in one of the test is a disqualifying mark.

CERTIFICATION OF THE SCHOOL

The first step in the process of Eurhodip Diplomas is the certification of the school for one or several courses. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors of Eurhodip. The certification procedure is as follows:

Article 1 – “General File”: it includes 3 parts:

– General information on the school and on the various existing courses.
– information on the course to be certified.
– Information on the national examination.

Article 2 – “Course to be certified”: together with the General File, the school send the following documents to the President of Eurhodip: the curriculum of the course including ECTS credits – the description of each course unit including ECTS credits.

Article 3 – Information Expertise: a Eurhodip expert may be appointed by the Board of Directors to check the information given by the school in the General Information and the Description of the course.

Article 4
– ECTS Credits: ECTS credits represent the amount of personal work the student is supposed to do for each unit. It takes the form of a numerical value (between 1 and 60) allocated to each course unit.
In general, 30 credits should correspond to one semester and 20 credits to one term of study. One credit is more or less equal to 10 teaching hours.

Article 5
– Certification of the school: The school is sent a certification diploma after a period which should not exceed 6 months following the receipt of the completed files.

Article 6
– Duration of the certification: the certification is obtained for 3 years. After this deadline, the demand for certification should be renewed.

Article 7
– Certification fees amount to 200 Euros for each course to be certified. In case the certification should require a Eurhodip expert, his/her travelling, board and lodging expenses are to be borne by the school. The date of the visit will be decided by mutual agreement between the school and Eurhodip.