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English Foundation Program

Improve your English skills

The English Foundation Program, offered by Swiss Education Group, will help you enhance the skills you need for academic and professional success.  We have over 15 years of experience supporting students in study skills and language development and our programs are designed and delivered around your needs, allowing you to start your studies at one of the Swiss Education Group schools with confidence.

The program helps students to acquire the competence, confidence and skills necessary to enter any program offered by a Swiss Education Group school.

It consists of a number of levels of intensive non-credit courses, which are delivered to small groups of students.

Students entering the program are tested upon arrival using the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) in order to place students in the appropriate class level.

The program offers students a minimum of 20 hours of English instruction per week and covers the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to College Studies
  • Structured Writing and Grammar
  • Learning Strategies and Study Techniques
  • Vocabulary Development and Intermediate Reading
  • Reading and Text Analysis
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • General Hospitality Knowledge


The program can be taken prior to commencing any undergraduate or postgraduate program at any Swiss Education Group school. The length of the program for each participant depends on his or her personal English level and motivation.


The English Foundation Program runs throughout the year in 4-week blocks. Students may join at the beginning of any 4-week block, for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks. Students are required to complete the program successfully in order to progress to the chosen campus.


The English Foundation Program is currently held at Hotel Institute Montreux. Students from all Swiss Education Group schools may participate in the program.


IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. Swiss Education Group schools are recognized and trusted IELTS test centers, we can advise you on test dates and fees and also give guidance on how to prepare for the test and what to expect on the day.

Other Information

  • 2021 intakes
    • 11th January to 29th January*
    • 1st February to 26th February
    • 1st March to 19th March*
    • 5th April to 30th April
    • 3rd May to 28th May
    • 31st May to 18th June*
    • 5th July to 30th July
    • 2nd August to 27th August
    • 30th August to 17th September*
    • 4th October to 29th October
    • 1st November to 26th November
    • 29th November to December 17th*