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New Students

  • Before You Arrive: Travel and Visa Information

     

    • Enjoy a Multi-Campus Experience

      The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland has two locations: in downtown Lucerne, a world-renowned tourism destination in central Switzerland; and in Le Bouveret on the shores of Lake Geneva. In both Lucerne and Le Bouveret, the Culinary Arts Academy is located within the campus of César Ritz Colleges, one of the world’s leading hospitality management schools.

       

      Visa Application

      It is important to apply for a student visa at least 8-12 weeks before students begin their courses, at the respective Swiss Embassy/Consulate.

      To apply for a student visa, the following enclosures are required :

      1. 3x visa application form, duly completed, dated and signed (available at the local Swiss Embassy/Consulate)
        Visa Application Form
      2. 4 recent passport-size photos in colour (must adhere to Schengen requirements)
      3. Valid passport
      4. School confirmation letter
      5. Proof of financial resources (bank statement of the applicant or applicant’s parents)
      6. Diploma/certificates of completed studies with an official translation
      7. English certification (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, etc.)
      8. Résumé (curriculum vitae)
      9. Motivation letter and study plan
      10. Written confirmation that the applicant will leave Switzerland after the requested stay

      Visa requirements vary for each country so students should check with the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in their country before applying. More information on visa application

      Upon students arrival to Switzerland, the school will obtain necessary permits for study and work placement.

       

      Pre-departure Sessions

      Organised by the local representative in many countries for students to meet each other and to receive a briefing on how to prepare for their stay in Switzerland.

       

      Arrival Time/Dates

      Check-in weekend begins at 1pm on the Friday of the induction weekend. From this time, students will be able to move into their accommodation and have their meals at the school.

      Students should not arrive at school before this time. If it is unavoidable for students to arrive before Friday, they will be required to arrange their own accommodation.

       

      Transfer from Geneva Airport

      For students arriving at Geneva airport, the school can arrange a transfer. For more information students should contact their local representative or the admissions office. It is important that students’ arrival details are communicated no later than three weeks before the beginning of term to the following email address : airport@swisseducation.com

      The following information should be supplied :

      1. Ms/Mr, student first name and last name
      2. Date of birth
      3. Arrival date
      4. Arrival time
      5. Airline and flight number
      6. Arriving from
      7. Destination: school and course
      8. Any flight connection:
        airline, flight number and airport

      Geneva airport also has its own railway station.

      For train schedule and prices, please check the website: www.sbb.ch

       

      Welcome Desk at Geneva Airport

      Swiss Education GroupOver the induction weekend, a Swiss Education Group welcome desk operates at Geneva airport (Friday 8 am until Sunday night 10:30 pm). Located immediately after the custom clearance, the desk is marked with the Swiss Education Group logo.

      Senior students and/or staff will welcome students at the desk, help with purchasing their train tickets and ensure that they take the correct train to Le Bouveret. It takes approximately two hours to Le Bouveret by train.

       

      Transfer from Zurich Airport

      Zurich airport has its own railway station in Basement 2 of Terminal B. It takes approximately one hour to Lucerne and 4 hours to Le Bouveret so for students going to Le Bouveret Campus, we recommend that they book their flight through to Geneva even though they may stop over in Zurich.

      Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in Basement 1 or the ticket machine before boarding the train and all major credit cards are accepted. For the train schedule and price, please check the following website : www.sbb.ch

      Please note that transfers are not organised from Zurich airport.

      Lucerne students should arrive at the Zurich airport and inform us of their arrival details (arrival date, time, flight number and airline) well upon confirmation to administration-lucerne@ritz.edu. Our welcome team at Zurich airport will be happy to greet students and assist them with purchasing their train ticket and in taking the correct train to Lucerne. Students will be accompanied from Lucerne train station to the Lucerne campus.

       

      Arrival by Car

      For those arriving with their own transport to Lucerne, check your itinerary on Google.

      For those arriving with their own transport to Le Bouveret, check your itinerary on Google.

       

      Induction Weekend

      During the induction weekend, students will be involved in an orientation programme. This gives an introduction to the programmes and lifestyle at school.

      A series of checkpoints are set up to help students get acquainted with the school. Uniform and class schedules will also be distributed during this time.

      We strongly recommend for students to arrive no later than 4 p.m. on Saturday. Induction will take place all day Sunday.

  • What to Bring

     

    • Le Bouveret and Lucerne Campus

      Uniforms are to be worn by all students from Monday to Friday. The professional dress code applies from Monday through Friday starting at breakfast until after dinner, as well as during evening classes and events in all public areas (including but not limited to classrooms, office floors, reception areas and restaurants).

       

      Female students will receive:

      1. Kitchen uniforms
      2. 1 pair of black kitchen safety shoes
      3. 1 school blazer
      4. 1 skirt (knee length) or 1 pair of trousers
      5. 1 scarf

      To complete the school uniform, all female students are asked to bring :

      1. A set of white shirts to wear underneath the kitchen jacket
      2. 6 white blouses with collar – long sleeved, cotton, classic style
      3. 1 pair of black business shoes with heel (no loafers, slippers etc.)
      4. 1 grey or black wool sweater/pullover (to wear under the school blazer)
      5. 6 pairs of tights/stockings – skin coloured, or gray/black transparent
      6. 2 black skirts or trousers (service uniform)
         
       

      Male students will receive:

      1. Kitchen uniforms
      2. 1 pair of black kitchen safety shoes
      3. 1 school blazer
      4. 1 pair of trousers
      5. 1 tie

      To complete the school uniform, all male students are asked to bring :

      1. A set of 6 white shirts to wear underneath the kitchen jacket
      2. 6 white shirts – long sleeved, cotton, classic style
      3. 1 pair of black business shoes
      4. 1 grey or black wool sweater/pullover (to wear under the school blazer)
      5. 6 pairs of black socks
      6. 2 pairs of black trousers (service uniform)

       

      Please note that all culinary students will receive a professional knife set, and pastry students will receive a pastry set.

      Additional blazers, skirts, trousers, scarves and ties can be purchased from the housekeeping department. For prices please contact the reception.

       

      Restaurant Uniform

      Professional uniform for the restaurant practical classes are loaned to students during the academic term.

       

      Additional Clothing

      Students should bring a business suit (to be worn when their uniform is being cleaned ; a uniform dispensation is required from the reception).

      For winter weather

      1. Thick padded jacket or overcoat
      2. Sweaters
      3. Gloves and scarves
      4. Sturdy waterproof shoes
      5. Warm hat

      For special events
      A traditional costume from students’ home countries could prove useful for special events.

       

      Smart Casual Dress

      When not in school uniform, students must bear in mind that as a student of a hotel management school, it is important that the image projected is professional. During the welcome weekend, students’ lecturers will advise on dress codes. These comments should be taken as sound advice and respected accordingly.

      Students must adhere to the appropriate outlined standards during the academic term and during their internship.

       

      Name Tag

      Students will receive a nametag and a school pin on arrival. These must be worn during class hours and while on professional excursions (they must both be worn horizontally on the left side of students’ jackets).

       

      Laptop

      Although the school provides a modern IT resource centre, all students are encouraged to bring a laptop. Laptops must be formatted to connect to the school network. This will be organised by the IT helpdesk upon arrival.

      It is essential that students’ computers run on an English operating system (Windows or Mac). If students do not have an English operating system, they can be purchased at a discounted student rate.

       

      International Power Adaptor

      Swiss power socketThis is a picture of a Swiss power socket. An adaptor may be required to plug in electrical devices, these are available to purchase at most airports.

       

      Miscellaneous Items

      1. Alarm clock
      2. Calculator
      3. Dictionary
      4. Toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.)
      5. Stationary supplies (pens, paper, etc.)
      6. Backpack/book bag
      7. Travellers money belt
      8. Umbrella and raincoat
      9. Small sewing kit
      10. Photocopies of important documents (eg. passport, previous educational qualifications and work experience)
      11. 4 passport-size photos in colour

       

      Spending Money

      Students will require pocket money in order to purchase toiletries, postage, phone calls and also to participate in leisure activities outside of school hours. The amount depends on the leisure activities undertaken, however a suggested minimum amount is CHF 100.- per week.

       

      Items Forbidden on all Campuses

      1. Electrical appliances such as irons, heating elements, rice cookers, toasters, cooking appliances etc. (Hair dryers and sound systems are permitted. 1 kettle per room will be provided by the school). This is a very important fire prevention rule.
      2. Weapons and substitutes (pocket knives) are strictly forbidden.
      3. Only medicines issued on prescription by a registered doctor may be brought to school. Culinary Arts Academy has a no drugs policy, on and off campus.
      4. Alcohol – no alcohol is to be brought onto school premises at any time.
  • Life at Culinary Arts Academy - Le Bouveret Campus

     

    • General Information

      Le Bouveret is a charismatic French-speaking town nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, just a five-minute drive to neighbouring France. Known for its beautiful beach and many outdoor attractions, Le Bouveret is a popular summer resort. Conveniently located near the vibrant towns of Montreux and Lausanne, the nearest airport is Geneva International Airport.

      Located in a magnificent former hotel dating back to the early 1900s, the Culinary Arts Academy campus is just minutes away from the town centre and the lake. The new campus extension, finished in 2012, provides 100 fully equipped single superior deluxe rooms with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities in collaboration with the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland.

       

      Study Facilities

      Campus
      The entire campus is set in a magnificent 26,000 m2 lakeside location and offers a tranquil and secure study environment. The main building holds classrooms, accommodation, The Ritz Lounge and the academic and operations offices.

      Training Restaurant
      Students apply food and beverage theory they have learned and when performing service skills at the César Ritz Fine Dining, a traditional fine-dining restaurant, serving an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner.

      Learning Resource Centre
      A full-time librarian is on hand, in the well-stocked library, to assist with students’ questions. Students also have access to a wide range of online catalogues and articles. All students receive an iPad upon arrival, for them to keep after they graduate.

       

      Recreational Facilities

      Restaurants
      Students have the choice to eat in any of the restaurants available on campus : The César Ritz Fine Dining or The Lakeview Restaurant (international buffet). All meals in these restaurants are included in the fees.

      The Ritz Lounge
      Renovated in 2013, the students can purchase a coffee, snacks or warm dishes from early morning until late in the evening.

      The Underground
      The students’ bar and nightclub, open four evenings per week, until late on weekends.

      Gym
      The gym provides a selection of weight machines, as well as aerobic training facilities. Located in the extension, it is the perfect place for students to expand their energy ! Before using the fitness facilities, students must ensure that they are fully informed about the specifics of each machine and that they adhere to general and safety guidelines when using equipment to avoid any injury or misuse of the facilities.

      Vending Machines
      Cold drinks and snacks are available in vending machines located on campus.

       

      Accommodation

      All student accommodation is designed to offer students the comfort and privacy needed for study or to simply relax. Bedrooms are spacious, modern and comfortable ; all are non-smoking. Rooms are located both in the main school building overlooking the lake and in the adjacent Bellevue building set among the trees. All students must chose a room category before they enroll.

      1. Double Standard Room (included in the fees)
      2. Single Standard
      3. Double Deluxe Room
      4. Single Deluxe Room
      5. Single Superior Deluxe Room
      6. Double Superior Deluxe Room
      7. The Ritz Suite

      Double standard rooms are reserved upon the reception of the deposit payment. All other room types can only be confirmed once full payment of school fees has been received. Allocation is made on a first-pay, first-served basis.

       

      Other Information

      Room Key
      Each live-in student will be issued with a key, which will give them access to the building as well as their room. If a key is lost or damaged, a replacement can be obtained from the reception for CHF 100.-. Keys must be returned at the end of each term.

      Internet Access
      A wireless connection is present throughout all school buildings for student use.

      Printers
      Students receive a rechargeable print-card with credits at the start of each term for use of the printers/photocopiers, located around the campus.

      Laundry Room
      A fully equipped student laundry room is available with washers, dryers and ironing boards. These facilities are card-operated. Cards are available to purchase from the reception at CHF 32.- each. Each card lasts for approximately 5-6 washes.

      School E-mail
      All students will be provided with a school e-mail address through which they will receive all school-related information. Students are required to check their e-mail on a regular basis in order to keep up to date with the school’s operations.

      Mail
      Incoming student mail will be distributed daily to students’ pigeonholes (located at the reception). Parcels must be signed for at reception.

       

      Activities in Le Bouveret

      Aquaparc
      This water theme park is located just a few minutes walk from the campus, offering both indoor and outdoor fun, thrills and excitement all year long. Some of the facilities available include pools, water slides, wellness areas, a sauna, and steam bath to name a few.

      Swiss Vapeur Parc
      This unique park situated on the shores of Lake Geneva displays miniature replicas from the rich heritage of Switzerland : castles, churches, bridges, tunnels and other viaducts. Stroll through the park or jump onboard the miniature train and experience the magnificent Swiss outdoors.

       

      Hotels in Le Bouveret

      Due to space limitations, the school is unable to provide accommodation for visitors. However, the school has special rates with hotels in Le Bouveret/Montreux. For more details, please contact the reception.

       

      Public Transport

      Public Buses
      Public buses run between Le Bouveret and Aigle. For timetables, please visit www.sbb.ch

      Train
      Bouveret train station is the starting point for any destination in Switzerland. For timetables, please visit www.sbb.ch

      Boat
      Direct boat services link Le Bouveret to the nearby city of Montreux. Various boat trips are also available to France, Lausanne or Geneva. For more information, please visit www.cgn.ch

  • Life at Culinary Arts Academy - Lucerne Campus

     

    • General Information

      Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland is a beautiful German-speaking city with a thriving tourism industry located just 45 minutes from Zurich International Airport. Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne, the city offers the perfect combination of tradition and modernity.

       

      Study Facilities

      Campus
      The Culinary Arts Academy campus is located in the heart of the city of Lucerne, in the impressive former Union hotel that was built in the 1900s and underwent major renovations in 2012, to welcome students in modern facilities. Known for its culture and modern convention centre, Lucerne has a large selection of shops, cinemas, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and clubs for students to enjoy.

      Training Restaurant
      Students apply food and beverage theory when applying service skills at the César Ritz Fine Dining in the Grand Hall, a traditional fine-dining restaurant serving from an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner.

      Learning Resource Centre
      A full-time librarian is on hand, in the well-stocked library, to assist with students’ questions. Students also have access to a wide range of online catalogues and articles. All students receive an iPad upon arrival, for them to keep after they graduate.

       

      Recreational Facilities

      Restaurants
      Students will have the choice to eat in any of the restaurants available on campus : The César Ritz Fine Dining in the Grand Hall or The Grand Hall (international buffet). All meals in these restaurants are included in students’ fees.

      Coffee Beans
      Open during school hours, students can purchase a coffee, snacks or warm dishes. 'Coffee Beans' is only open in the evenings for special occasions including Halloween and karaoke night.

      Vending Machines
      Cold drinks and snacks are available in vending machines located on campus.

      Gym
      A number of membership cards for the local gym are available at the Front Desk of the school, which can be borrowed by students (upon availability). This service is free of charge, however the cards must be returned within three hours. Students are required to pay a one-time fee of CHF 50.- for an introduction course at the gym, situated approximately 20 minutes walking distance or 7 minutes by bus.

       

      Accommodation

      The Lucerne campus offers a range of different room categories right in the heart of the city centre. All accommodation is modern, comfortable and spacious to enable students to feel at home. Rooms are located in the main campus building and also the 'Limelight' building next door ; all are non-smoking. The top floor rooms, equipped with balconies allow a superb view over the city and the magnificent Lake Lucerne. Upon enrolment students must have chosen one of the following room types :

      1. Double Standard Room (included in the fees)
      2. Single Standard
      3. Double Deluxe Room
      4. Single Deluxe Room
      5. Double Superior Deluxe Room
      6. Single Superior Deluxe Room

      Double standard rooms are reserved upon receiving the deposit payment. All other room types can only be confirmed once full payment of school fees has been received. Allocation is made on a first-pay first-served basis.

       

      Other Information

      Room Key
      Each live-in student will be issued with a magnetic key badge, which will give them access to the building as well as their room. If a key is lost or damaged, a replacement can be obtained from the reception for CHF 50.-. Badges must be returned at the end of each term.

      Internet Access
      A wireless connection is accessible throughout all school buildings for student use.

      Laundry Room
      A fully equipped student laundry room is available with washers, dryers and ironing boards. These facilities are card-operated. Cards are available for purchase at the reception.

      School E-mail
      All students will be provided with a school e-mail address through which they will receive all school-related information. Students are required to check their e-mail on a regular basis in order to keep up to date with the school’s operations.

      Mail
      Incoming student mail will be distributed daily to students’ pigeonholes (located at the reception).

       

      Activities in Lucerne

      Chapel Bridge
      Built in the first half of the 14th century, this is one of the most famous landmarks of the city of Lucerne and is a must see for all visitors.

      KKL Luzern
      This Convention and Cultural Center is hosted in an iconic Jean Nouvel building and is home to a concert hall, an auditorium and various food and beverage outlets. Various types of events and concerts are held there throughout the year, ranging from classical music to modern pop music.

      Excursions around Lucerne
      Lucerne is nestled in the picturesque Lake Lucerne area where there are numerous boat cruise opportunities as well as trips and excursions to some of Switzerland’s most famous mountain peaks. The Pilatus, the Rigi, the Engelberg-Titlis area or the Stanserhorn all offer breath taking views and panorama of Central Switzerland.

      Sport and Leisure
      For students interested in sports there is a multitude of activities available : mountain biking, golf, ice-skating and tennis just to name a few. In the summer months the magnificent Lake Lucerne is home to many water sports, which include : dragon boat racing, canoeing, kayaking, wakeboarding and windsurfing. Students also have access to a fully equipped sports hall, located just two minutes away from the campus, for team sports, that can be used twice a week. For the winter months the campus is located within a one-hour drive from many ski resorts situated in the Swiss Alps, for students to enjoy during their free time. A Sports and Leisure Coordinator is at the disposal of students and will organize weekly activities. (Some activities are at students’ own expenses, with others free of charge).

       

      Hotels in Lucerne

      Due to space limitations, the school is unable to provide accommodation for visitors. However, the school has special rates with hotels in Lucerne. For more information about rates and availability of hotels in Lucerne, visit the following website : www.luzern.com

       

      Public Transport

      Bus
      Public buses run between Lucerne and the neighbouring cities.

      Train
      The Lucerne train station is the starting point for any destination in Switzerland. For timetables, please visit www.sbb.ch

      Taxi
      Readily available in Lucerne, they are however quite expensive.

  • Academic Services

     

    • Academic Office

      Assists students with any administrative issues related to academics : study attestations, records of achievement, diplomas, class schedules, module exemptions etc.

       

      Administrative Office

      Available for questions regarding students visas, resident permits, invoices and other enrolment information.

       

      Internship Office

      Places every Bachelor, Postgraduate and direct entry students for professional training in Switzerland or abroad. They also assist older students with any internship questions.

       

      Study Adviser Scheme (SAS)

      Provides students with assistance and guidance in their academic studies by offering additional support in a variety of subjects.

       

      Computer Room

      The computer room is accessible to students outside of class hours.

       

      Module Exemption and Procedures

      Students may be exempt from carrying out a module(s) that they hold thorough knowledge or qualifications in.

      Exemption requests must be made during the first two weeks of term. The appropriate form, available from the academic office, must be submitted to the program manager in the first week of the academic term, accompanied by supporting documents (transcripts, course descriptions and learning objectives).

  • Your Life on Campus

     

    • Holiday Periods

      Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is able to accommodate students during term breaks free of charge. Accommodation can be provided in either one of The Swiss Education Group campuses (students may therefore be required to move campus for this duration).

       

      Housekeeping Services

      Linen and towels are provided for students and rooms are cleaned once per week by the housekeeping team. Students are required to keep their room clean and tidy at all times.

       

      Meals

      Full board is provided 7 days a week, 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals (brunch and dinner) at weekends.

      A range of options is offered at all meal times with vegetarian and non-pork/beef menus available. Students requiring a special diet due to medical reasons should inform the student counselor upon their arrival at school. A medical certificate will be required.

      For students who observe Ramadan, special arrangements for meals can be arranged upon request.

       

      Student Counselor

      The student counselor is available for students who wish to discuss health issues or social problems.

      Any medical problems that may prevent students from attending class will need to be reported immediately to the student counselor and the Front Desk. Failure to inform the counselor may result in unexcused absences from class.

       

      Events and Activities

      At Culinary Arts Academy, learning continues beyond the classroom walls. There are excellent opportunities to participate in social and sporting activities throughout Switzerland and Europe. Many of these activities are organised by the Student Ambassador Forum and Sports and Leisure Coordinator.

      Student Ambassador Forum
      The aim of the Student Ambassador Forum is to represent the entire student body. The committee strives to offer students a diverse, unique and unforgettable college experience by :

      1. Developing the student activities calendar every term
      2. Organising extracurricular activities
      3. Helping students solve communal and personal problems
      4. Promoting a positive, tolerant and multicultural school environment

      Social Activities
      Social activities provide students with the opportunity to get to know their fellow students away from the campus environment and can often help develop professional knowledge. Here are a few examples of events and excursions traditionally organised by the Student Ambassador Forum :

      1. Weekly theme nights
      2. Theatre
      3. Student parties
      4. Industry trade shows and fairs (e.g. Gastronomia and Vinea)
      5. Visits to famous cities in Switzerland and beyond

      Sport Activities
      The Sports and Leisure Coordinator and the Student Ambassador Forum organise sporting activities throughout the year, such as :

      1. Ski trips to nearby world-class ski resorts with ski instructors if needed
      2. Snowshoe trips in the winter
      3. Sport Days
      4. Paintball, bungee jumping and many other fun activities.

      Joining a sports team helps to create lasting friendships, develop team-spirit skills and maintain a good level of fitness !

      International Recruitment Forum
      Twice per year the International Recruitment Forum brings representatives from some of the world’s leading hospitality companies to meet students and present internship and graduate positions. An important occasion to network for future job opportunities !

      Banquets/Events
      As part of the curricular programme, students organise banquets and events, which are a fantastic experience at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland ! Some of these are open to the public.

      Graduation Ceremony
      Graduation takes place in Brig each March and September.

      Note : these events are subject to change.

  • Other Facilities and Useful Information

     

    • Reception

      The reception staff is available to students from Monday to Friday. Outside of opening hours, a residence supervisor is on call.

       

      Luggage Room

      During students’ internship they will have the opportunity to store one piece of luggage or one standard box in the school’s storage room for a maximum period of six months. All items must be clearly labeled and locked or sealed. This service is free of charge and the school will not be held responsible for any damages or loss of possessions.

       

      Health Care and Medical Insurance

      The school provides students with health care coverage (including the daily cost of hospitalization in a shared room) and for corporal accident both on and off school premises in Switzerland and abroad. In case of accident or illness, students should first contact the reception or the student counselor who will organise further action. Only medicines provided by doctors are covered and dental care is not included in the coverage.

      All medical bills should be forwarded to the schools health insurance coordinator and must not be paid by the student.

       

      Medication

      Some standard medicines are available at the student counselor’s office or the front desk.

       

      Security Deposit

      This deposit is a security deposit from which the following can be deducted :

      1. Damages caused directly by a student in his/her room and/or the school premises
      2. Health insurance during students’ internship
      3. Unpaid school fees under CHF 100.-

      The security deposit is paid once in full and in the following terms the student will pay what has been used during the terms preceeding. The security deposit will be refunded six months after the end of the last academic term.

       

      Safety and Security on Campus

      Both Culinary Arts Academy buildings are equipped with camera surveillance.

      A fire drill will be carried out at the beginning of each term. For safety reasons, students must familiarise themselves with emergency procedures and fire escape routes.

       

      Smoking Areas

      For safety reasons, smoking is strictly prohibited except in designated areas.

       

      Visitors

      Visitors are welcome on campus during certain hours. All visitors must report to the reception upon arrival and will be provided with a visitor badge. A form of identification must be presented.

  • Switzerland and General Information

     

    • There are a vast range of activities and destinations for students to enjoy during their time in Switzerland and students are encouraged to explore as much as possible during their stay.

      Swiss Regions

      Lausanne
      Attractions include the Olympic museum, the Quai d’Ouchy promenade and the old town.

      Geneva
      Visit the St-Pierre Cathedral and its ancient vaults, the old town and one of the most popular attractions, the Jet d’eau. An ideal destination for a shopping trip on a Saturday !

      Bern
      Switzerland’s capital city has a very attractive old town with lots of style ! Highly recommended for an impressive Saturday excursion.

      Zurich
      Zurich is often referred to as the economic capital of Switzerland, it is a vibrant city, with a lot to offer ; home to a variety of trendy bars and restaurants, also offering great nightlife.

       

      Population and Language

      Switzerland has a population of 8.1 million people. There are four native languages spoken and many people also have a good English level.

      1. German 74%
      2. French 20%
      3. Italian and Romansh 6%

      Swiss People and Swiss Culture

      Switzerland’s independence and neutrality have long played a role in the country’s culture. In more recent history, Switzerland has opened up to its European neighbours and is now an active member of the United Nations. Switzerland is active in many international organisations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

       

      History

      Switzerland’s history has been greatly influenced by its geography, which divides the country into small regions. These regions were independent until 1848 when the country became a confederation. Since this time the number of regions joining the confederation has grown to a total of 26 that now make up the country of Switzerland.

       

      Climate

      Generally speaking, spring is wet and cool, summer is warm and dry with maximum temperatures up to 35°C. Fall is usually dry, but cool. Winter is cold and dry and the temperature may drop below 0°C, especially at night. The Alps usually get a lot of snow, but even at lower elevations, it is not unusual to get a snowfall. More info on : www.meteonews.ch

       

      Airports

      Geneva airport is the closest international airport to Le Bouveret campus (approximately two hours by car or train). There are daily flights between Geneva, most European capitals and some American and Middle Eastern cities.

      Zurich airport is the closest international airport to the Lucerne campus (about one hour by train). There are daily flights between Zurich and numerous international cities worldwide.

       

      Getting Around

      The easiest and most affordable means of travel in Switzerland is by train. A half-fare card (demi-tarif) can be obtained at any train station and allows travel on trains at 50% of the normal fare. This card also allows for reductions on tram tickets throughout Switzerland.
      Combined with the half-fare card, students can also buy the “Voie 7” pass allowing free to travel in second from 7pm onwards. Students must be between 19-25 years old to be eligible for this pass.

      For more info, please visit www.sbb.ch

       

      Currency

      The local currency is the Swiss franc. The franc notes come in CHF 10.-, 20.-, 50.-, 100.-, 200.- and 1,000.- denominations.

       

      Banks

      Banks are opened from Monday to Friday from 8 am until 5 pm depending on the branch. Foreign currency and traveller’s checks can be exchanged in most branches.

       

      Other Information

      Electricity
      The main voltage is 230V.

      Weights and Measures
      Switzerland uses the metric system.

      Telephone
      Phone cards are available in Switzerland and can be bought from any post office or news agency. For mobile phone subscriptions, Swiss Education Group has partnered with Sunrise and offers all students a special mobile phone contract at a very attractive rate. For more information, please contact the school’s operations or administration department directly.

      Business and Shopping Hours
      Most offices are open between 8 am and 5 pm (Monday to Friday) while retail shops open from 9 am until 6.30 pm (Monday to Friday) and 8 am until 5 pm on Saturdays.

      Religious Services
      The predominant religions in Switzerland are Catholicism and Protestantism. Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish and Anglican communities are also established in most major cities of Switzerland. Some services are held in English; more information can be found from the local tourist information centre.

      Safety Tips
      Although Switzerland is considered one of the safest countries in the world, some basic personal safety rules apply :

      1. Never leave your belongings unattended
      2. Don’t let yourself be distracted at ATMs
      3. Don’t carry large sums of cash or valuables and always be discreet about them in public
      4. Never hitch-hike
      5. At night, stay on well lit streets and if possible travel in groups

      In the unlikely event that something should happen, the school staff is available to assist students.

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