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Through work on versatile projects and development hubs, you are able to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and professional competence needed in the service sector.

Basic information

  • Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship
  • Degree title: Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • Duration of studies: 210 ECTs, 3,5 years

As a Restaurant Entrepreneurship graduate you are practically oriented and can work as entrepreneur or in different organizations and companies as expert and manager.

After your studies you will have a broad understanding of entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry and gain practical knowledge of all the basic functions of restaurant business. You will be producing and developing services using Service Design Methods and in addition networking with the student restaurant BarLaurea and other development hubs.

What is the studying like in practice?

The Restaurant Entrepreneurship programme is implemented as daytime studies. You must be able to be present in class for face-to-face instruction and guidance during daytime on weekdays. The studies include a lot of different learning exercises as well as project assignments from companies, carried out in teams. Through work on versatile projects and development hubs, such as the student restaurant, BarLaurea, you are able to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and professional competence needed in the service sector. The Restaurant Entrepreneurship degree programme focuses on developing planning, organizing and communication skills. It helps students to acquire the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a range of hospitality and service business sectors such as producing services in the field of accommodation, event management and food business.

In addition to service business studies, the degree programme offers a wide range of studies in communication and interaction, since the capability to network and understand the needs of customers is a core competence. You will also gain competences to operate successfully in the modern digitalized business environment. You will have essential skills in teamwork, communication and project work.

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The strengths of the programme

The degree programme consists of theoretical studies, genuine project assignments from companies and work placements.

Nearly all study units include real-life projects carried out in cooperation with companies.

In particular you will learn how to implement service design methods in innovation and development projects.

Event management is another strength of Laurea’s degree programme in Restaurant Entrepreneurship taught in English. You will learn about the planning, security arrangements, development, management and coordination of various events, such as fairs, concerts and meetings.

Employment opportunities

As a Restaurant Entrepreneurship graduate you are practically oriented and can work as entrepreneur or in different organizations and companies as expert and manager. You are able to employ analytical skills in decision-making and will have the competence in establishing and operating your own enterprise. Career opportunities are for example entrepreneur in restaurant business, accommodation business or event business. In addition you can work as a project manager, event producer, restaurant manager or service design planner.

Tuition fees and grants

Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.

Tuition fee: €8000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.

Grants are intended for students paying yearly tuition fee in accordance with the grant fund regulations. The grants are provided to students applying for them provided that the student has completed at least 60 credits of studies that count towards their degree programme in the previous academic year ending on 31st July. ​The size of any grant is to be at most equivalent to 10% of the yearly tuition fee​.

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Opportunities for further studies

After completing a Bachelor's degree in Restaurant Entrepreneurship and gaining three years of work experience, you can apply for a Master's degree programme at a university of applied sciences. It will give you the same qualifications for a public office as a Master's degree from a university.
You can also apply for a place at a university or other higher education institution. In that case, you may be required to take complementary studies.

Universities of applied sciences also offer continuing education of various lengths. You can also acquire new knowledge through open university or open university of applied sciences studies.

Additional application period in July 2019

Application period for the progamme took place 1st – 15th July 2019. The application form closes on the last application day at 15:00.

To apply

  • fill in the additional application form during 1st - 15th July
  • upload your high school graduation certificate to your application and
  • participate in the entrance exam on Tuesday 13th of August 2019

All applicants who have filled in the additional application form for this degree programme can participate in the entrance exam which will take place at Laurea Leppävaara campus at the address Vanha maantie 9, Espoo. Applicants should arrive at the exam venue at 8:00 am on the exam day and applicants must bring their official identification (passport/official ID card) with them.

The exam will include a written part and group discussion. The exam does not have preliminary material. Reserve the whole day for the exam. The student admission of this additional application period will be based on the result of the entrance exam. Admission is conditional until the applicant's eligibility to apply has been checked from his/her upper secondary educational certificates. More information about eligibility is available at

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