English Foundation Programme

Improve your English skills

The English Foundation Programme, 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 programmes are designed and delivered around your needs, allowing you to start your studies at one of the Swiss Education Group schools with confidence.

The programme helps students to acquire the competence, confidence and skills necessary to enter any programme 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 programme are tested upon arrival using the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) in order to place students in the appropriate class level.

The programme 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

Structure

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

Duration

The English Foundation Programme 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 must achieve the required OOPT score to progress to their programme. Please note, if a student has completed 12 weeks of the English Foundation Programme on campus, but failed to achieve the required OOPT score, it will not be possible to remain on campus.

Location

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

IELTS

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test. Swiss Education Group is a recognized and trusted IELTS test centre, 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

  • 2020 Intakes

    • 2020 intakes

      6th January
      3rd February
      2nd March
      6th April
      4th May
      1st June
      6th July
      3rd August
      31st August
      5th October
      2nd November
      30th November

  • 2021 Intakes

    • 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*

      * 3 weeks

  • Recommended number of weeks

    • OOPT score

      Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 50+

      Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 60+/70+

      60-69

      No course required

      4-8 weeks

         

      50-59

      No course required

      8-12 weeks

         

      48-49

      4-8 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      46-47

      8-12 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      44-45

      12 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      40-43

      12 weeks

      Recommendation to take additional preparatory English programmes prior to joining for 12 weeks.

         

      1-39

      Swiss Authorities require a minimum score of 40 points;
      Recommendation to take an external English programme before joining any Swiss Education Group school

  • Language Level Requirements

    • English Language Academic Entry Requirements

       

      Campuses

      Programmes

      IELTS

      TOEFL IBT

      OOPT*

      SHMS-Caux

      Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Hospitality Management/and Events Management

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Master of International Business in Hotel Management

      6.0

      80

      N/A

      SHMS-Leysin

      MIB1/PGD In Hotel Operations Management/ International Hotel & Events Management

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Master of International Business in Hotel, Resort & Wellness Management (MIB 2)

      5.5

      80

      50+

      Master of Science in International Hospitality Management

      6.0

      80

      N/A

      HIM

      Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management (with Specialization)

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Master of International Business in Hospitality Management (with Specialization)

      5.5

      50

      50+

      CRCS-Bouveret

      Dual Degree: BIB in Hotel and Tourism Management/BA in Hospitality Business Management

      5.5

      55

      50+

      CRCS-Luzern

      Dual Degree: BIB in Hotel and Tourism Management/BA in Hospitality Business Management

      5.0

      55

      50+

      CRCS-Brig

      Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship for the Global Hospitality and Tourism Industry

      6.0

      80

      N/A

      CAA-Bouveret

      Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Swiss Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts

      5.5

      55

      50+

      CAA-Luzern

      Swiss Grand Diploma in Pastry and Chocolate Arts

      5.0

      46

      50+

      IHTTI

      Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality & Design Management

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel & Design Management (MIB1)

      5.5

      55

      50+

      Master of International Business in Hotel & Design Management (MIB2)

      5.5

      55

      50+

      All Schools

      HD/BA programme/Direct entry Year 3

      5.5

      65

      N/A


      Please note that entry requirements into the English Foundation Programme, for students who require a student visa, are as follows:

      IELTS Overall score of 5.5, with one branch below 4.5
      IELTS Overall score of 5, with all branches at 4.5 or above
      *Please note that only the Lucerne campus can accept OOPT for student visa applications

      N.B:
      This table is for guidance purposes only, and Swiss Education Group reserves the right to review each application on a case-by-case basis

  • English Test Score Comparison

    • ALTE level

      CEF LEVEL

      CAMBRIDGE

      IELTS Range

      OOPT Computer based test score

      TOEFL

      Paper

      IBT internet

      5.0

      C2

      CPE

      8.0-8.5-9.0

      100-120

      625-680

      105-120

      4.0

      C1

      CAE, BEC Higher

      7.0-7.5

      80-99

      575-624

      88-104

      3.0

      B2

      FCE, BEC Vantage

      6.0-6.5

      60-79

      525-574

      68-87

      2.0

      B1

      PET, BEC Prelim

      5.0-5.5

      40-59

      475-525

      53-67

      1.0

      A2

      KET

      4.0-4.5

      20-39

      425-474

      37-53

      0.5

      A1

       

      3.0-3.5

      1-19

      325-424

      31-36

      0.0

       

       

      2.0-2.5

       

      225-325

      20-30


      ALTE Association of Language Testers of Europe
      CEF Common European Framework
      OOPT Oxford Online Placement Test
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