Diploma in International Hotel Management |

Diploma in International Hotel Management

N/811/4/0344 06/22 (PA8179)

Dual Award programme
The dual award Diploma in International Hotel Management is designed to prepare students for operations management and practical aspects of the hospitality industry. Our training adopts a Swiss influence in methods and curriculum, which is a combination of the traditional Swiss hotelier with modern management techniques.

For practical experience, students will intern for one semester industrial placement in renowned hotels or resorts in Malaysia and abroad. The programme focuses on courses required for the industry by nurturing professionalism and characteristics that are essential for success in the industry. Graduates of this programme receive not only a KDU Penang University College degree, but also an award from IMI International Management Institute in Luzern, Switzerland.

SWISS HOSPITALITY PROGRAMMES - Swiss European programme syllabus
As the pioneer in hospitality education since 1893, the Swiss reputation for hospitality excellence is respected and trusted globally. Experience a renowned European syllabus which incorporates the very best of Swiss hotel management and hospitality. The school is also a finalist for the Electrolux Hospitality Institution of the Year 2017 & 2018 (Regional) Award presented at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore.
Innovating ‘out of the classroom’ experience through our ‘Bringing Books to Life’ initiative by introducing International study trips to vineyards, wineries, breweries and tourism sites. Students experience different cultures in Europe, Australia, Thailand and many other countries for a full experiential learning experience.
5-STAR FACILITIES - 5-star Kitchens, Restaurant, Café, Mixology Lab and Equatorial Hospitality Training Suite
The school furnishes students with RM 6 Million worth of learning facilities in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, F&B outlets and hotels in the industry. This ensures that they are familiar with industry standard tools, and are equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and globally marketable in the future.
AWARD WINNING LECTURERS - Taught by Award Winning Chefs, Hospitality Experts and Tourism Researchers
Lecturers and chefs consist of experts from the hotel, tourism and culinary fields. Students are taught by Master Chefs, Celebrity Chefs, F&B Specialists and Tourism Researchers. Academic staff is highly qualified and passionate in grooming the next generation of chefs and hoteliers. 
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS - International 5 Star Industry Training
Students can choose from our wide network of top 5 Star establishments locally as well as internationally, including pathways from internship to management traineeship in global hotel groups. The international exposure gained from a worldwide internship placement gives our graduates an edge in experience and a wider global perspective.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI - Award Winning Students and Graduates
Graduates from the school have been sought after by employees since 1993, with our graduates being made general managers, winemakers, mixologists, chefs, entrepreneurs, as well as hospitality educators.

This diploma programme provides a pathway to:
  • Undergraduate studies: Dual Award BA (Hons) in International Hotel and Tourism Management
  • Career opportunities: Hotels, Motels, Spas, Resorts, Food Service Establishments, Casinos, Theme Parks, Cruise Lines, Services, Hospitality Consultancies, Convention Centers
Dual Award title:
KDU Penang University College AwardIMI International Management Institute in Luzern, Switzerland
Diploma in International Hotel ManagementDiploma in International Hotel Management
Graduates of this dual award degree programme receive a degree award from both KDU Penang University College and IMI International Management Institute. A dual award degree programme constitutes completion of a single programme of study and is differentiated from a double –degree.
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Programme Structure
2 years
KDU University College, Penang
  • Introduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • Ethics and Moral 2
  • Holistic Personal Development
  • Pengajian Malaysia 2 OR Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
  • Rooms Division Operations and Management - Housekeeping
  • Rooms Division Operations and Management - Front Office
  • Principles of Wine and Beverage Operations
  • Personal Development Skills 1
  • Hospitality Business English 1
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Procurement in Hospitality Operations
  • Restaurant Management Theory and Practice
  • Culinary Fundamentals Theory and Practice
  • Hospitality Business French OR Hospitality Business German
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Personal Development Skills 2
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A OR Oral Communication 2
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • Managing Guest Experience
  • Financial Accounting for Hospitality
  • Hospitality Facilities Management
  • Hospitality Business English 2
  • Hospitality Entrepreneurship
  • Industrial Placement
  • Internship Workshop
Study Route
Fees & Intakes
  • 14 Jan, 8 April & 26 August 2019
  • RM46,250
  • RM55,650
Fees will depend on their commencement dates

Talk to us about our easily accessible discounts and scholarships. Most students are successful in securing a significant reduction in their tuition fees, with KDU Penang in 2018 issuing more than RM7 million in scholarships! More information on our scholarships is available here.

Finance should not be a barrier to enrolling in this programme.
Entry Requirements
  • SPM
  • 3 Credits  
  • GCE ‘O’ Level 
  • 3 Credits
  • UEC 
  • 3 Credits (Min B6)
  • Certificate in related field
  • Recognised Certificate from government
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia
  • Pass Level 3 in hospitality and culinary skills, and Pass in SPM with a minimum of 1 Credit in any subject
Local StudentPass in English at SPM level or equivalent
If English language is not fulfilled, students are required to take an additional module.
International Student
  • IELTS Band 4; or
  • TOEFL PBT (397) / TOEFL IBT (30); or
  • Cambridge English CAE (160); or
  • Cambridge English CPE (180); or
  • PTE Academic 30; or
  • MUET Band 2