Swiss Hotel Management School
Swiss Hotel Management School
Your new horizon in hospitality
Hotel school in Switzerland
Swiss Hotel Management School
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Hotel, Resort, Events and Spa management programmes.
Swiss Hotel Management School:
Your hospitality management studies

Hospitality programmes
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Take your career to the next level

Master's degrees in Hotel, Food & Beverage, Resort and Spa management are available at Swiss Hotel Management School

Master's Degree in hospitality
Swiss Hotel Management School
Live and learn hospitality in exceptional surroundings

With 2 campuses in Switzerland, the school offers a range of programmes founded upon the recognized Swiss hospitality traditions and focuses on global trends, business strategy and operational leadership.

Hotel school in Switzerland
Swiss Hotel Management School
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Swiss Hotel Management School graduates will benefit from a multitude of advantages such as professional network, exclusive job offers and much more.

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New Students at Swiss Hotel Management School

Starting your life as hotel management student

Prior to start your hospitality management studies in Switzerland, you will need to be ready. Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) is answering all practical questions and providing useful information you may need to know about campus, student facilities, academic services or other in our hotel school.

  • Before You Arrive: Travel and Visa Information

     

    • Visa Application

      It is important to apply for your student visa at least 8-12 weeks before the start of your course at your local Swiss Embassy/Consulate.

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

      1. 3x visa application form, duly filled in, dated and signed (available at the local Swiss Embassy/Consulate)
        Visa Application Form
      2. 4 recent passport-size photos in colour (adapted to the 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 you should check with the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in your country before applying. More information on visa application

      After your arrival in Switzerland, the school will obtain the necessary permits for study and work placement.

       

      Pre-departure Sessions

      Organized 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 noon on the Friday of the induction weekend. From this time, you will be able to move into your accommodation and have your meals at the school. Students should not arrive at school before this time.

      If it is unavoidable for you to arrive before Friday, it will be necessary to arrange your own accommodation.

       

      Transfer from Geneva Airport

      For students arriving at Geneva airport, the school can arrange a transfer. For more information, please contact your local representative or the admissions office. It is important that your arrival details are communicated no later than three weeks before the beginning of the semester to the following e-mail 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 numbers
      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 price, please check the website: www.sbb.ch

       

      Welcome Desk

      Swiss Education GroupOver the induction weekend, a welcome desk of the Swiss Education Group operates at Geneva airport (Friday noon until Sunday night 6 p.m.). Located immediately after the custom clearance the desk is marked with the SEG logo

       

      Transfer from Zurich Airport

      Zurich airport has its own railway station in Basement 2 of Terminal B. It takes about four hours to Caux or Leysin. Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter 1 or ticket machine before boarding the train and all major credit cards are accepted. For train schedule and price, please check the following website: www.sbb.ch

      Please note that transfers are not normally organized from Zurich airport.

       

      Arrival by Car

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

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

       

      Induction Weekend

      Over the induction weekend at Swiss Hotel Management School, students will be involved in an orientation programme. This gives an introduction to the courses and lifestyle at school.

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

      We strongly recommend for you to arrive no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday.

  • What to Bring

     

    • Uniform - Caux Campus

      Uniforms are to be worn by all students from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 7.30 p.m.

       

      Female students will receive:

      1. 1 school blazer
      2. 1 skirt (knee length) or 1 pair of trousers
      3. 1 scarf

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

      1. 6 white blouses with collar - long sleeves, cotton, classic style
      2. 2 black skirts or trousers (service uniform)
      3. pairs of black business shoes with heel (no loafers, slippers etc)
      4. 1 grey or black wool sweater/pullover (to wear under the uniform jacket)
      5. 6 pairs of tights/stockings - beige, black or grey
         
       

      Male students will receive:

      1. 1 school blazer
      2. 1 pair of trousers
      3. 1 tie

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

      1. 6 white shirts - long sleeves, cotton, classic style
      2. 2 black trousers (service uniform)
      3. 2 pairs of black business shoes
      4. 1 grey or black wool sweater/pullover (to wear under the uniform jacket)
      5. 6 pairs of black socks

       

      Leysin Campus

      Students at Leysin will not be provided with a uniform and must bring a business suit to wear. Business suits must be worn by all students from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Business suits must be complimentary and dark in colour.

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

       

      Kitchen and Restaurant Uniform

      Professional uniform for the kitchen and restaurant practical classes are loaned to the students during the semester.

       

      Additional Clothing

      You should bring a business suit (to be worn when uniform is being cleaned; a uniform dispensation is required from 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 your home country could prove to be useful for special events.

       

      Smart Casual Dress

      When you are not in school uniform, bear in mind that as a student of a hotel management school, it is important that the image you project is professional. During the opening stages of the semester our lecturers may advise you on your dress. Please take these comments as sound advice and act accordingly.

      Make sure that you maintain these standards during both the academic semester and your internship!

       

      Name Tag

      You will receive a name tag and a school pin and are required to wear them during class hours and while on professional excursions. (The name tag is to be worn horizontally on the left side of the chest).

       

      Laptop

      Although the school provides a modern IT resource center, we encourage you to bring your own laptop. Laptops must be formatted to connect to the school network. This will be organised by the IT helpdesk when you arrive at school.

      Please note that it is essential that your computer is running an English operating system (Windows or Mac). If you do not have an English operating system it will be available to purchase 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 appliances; such devices are usually available from travel shops and in airports.

       

      Miscellaneous Items

      1. Alarm clock
      2. Calculator
      3. Dictionary
      4. Toiletries (shampoo, etc.)
      5. Stationery supplies (pens, pencils, paper, paperclips, etc.)
      6. Backpack/book bag
      7. Laundry bag
      8. Travelers money belt
      9. Umbrella and raincoat
      10. Small sewing kit
      11. Photocopies of important documents such as passport, previous education qualifications and work experience

       

      Pocket Money

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

       

      Items Forbidden on all Campuses

      1. Electrical appliances such as  kettles, irons, heating elements, rice cookers, toasters, cooking appliances, etc. (Hair dryers and sound systems are permitted). 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. The Swiss Hotel Management School has a no drugs policy, inside and outside campus
      4. Alcohol - no alcohol is to be brought on to the school premises by students
  • Life at Swiss Hotel Management School - Caux Campus

     

    • General Information

      SHMS Caux is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland, above the wellknown town of Montreux and overlooking Lake Geneva.

      Housed in the historic Caux Palace, the campus enjoys a unique situation. As one of the first Palace Hotels built in Switzerland, the Caux Palace and offers a truly unique place to study.

       

      Study Facilities

      Campus
      The main building, Caux Palace, holds all classrooms, accommodation, training restaurants and the academic and operation offices. Several external buildings are also available for accommodation.

      Training Restaurants
      Year 1 Bachelor and Postgraduate students will be trained in service in three of the restaurants on campus:

      1. Four Seasons, international buffet
      2. Buffet de la Gare, open to the public
      3. Le Caux Palace, fine-dining restaurant

      Training Kitchen
      Year 1 Bachelor and Postgraduate students will do practical kitchen training with our professional chefs in our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

      Learning Resources Center
      A full-time librarian is on hand, in the wellstocked library, to assist with your questions. Students also have access to a wide range of online catalogues and articles.

       

      Recreational Facilities

      Restaurants
      You will have the choice to eat in any of the restaurants available on campus: Four Seasons or Le Caux Palace. All meals in these restaurants are included in your fees (Le Caux Palace Restaurant upon reservation).

      Buffet de la Gare
      Buffet de la Gare is a Swiss-style restaurant open to students and the general public. The concept of opening to the public allows students to learn in a real-life environment.

      Coffee Beans Lounge Bar
      Coffee Beans is the Swiss Education Group’s own franchise of coffee shops. Run by our in-house trainees it serves a wide range of hot and cold beverages as well as snacks and sandwiches. You will find it on the fourth floor of the Caux Palace next to the reception area.

      Internet Café
      The Internet café, located next to the lobby, is the perfect place to check your e-mail, keep up-to-date with world news and catch up with your family and friends on Facebook!

      Gym
      The gym provides a selection of weight machines, as well as aerobic training facilities. Located next to the main building, it is the perfect place to expend your energy! When using the fitness facilities ensure that you are informed about the specifics of each machine and that you use the equipment properly. Any misuse of fitness equipment may lead to injury.

      Student Bar
      The Grotto is the best place to relax at the end of a hard days study. On weekends the Grotto turns up the heat with the disco open for the exclusive use of students.

      Vending Machines
      Cold drinks and snacks are available in vending machines located on the first, third and fourth floor.

       

      Other Facilities and Useful Information

      Room Key
      Each live-in student will be issued with a magnetic key card 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 40.-. Keys are required to be returned at the end of each semester.

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

      Printers
      Students receive a rechargeable print-card with credits at the start of each semester to use the printers, which are located around the campus.

      Laundry Room
      A fully equipped student laundry is available in Caux Palace with washers, dryers and ironing boards. These facilities are card-operated. Cards are available for purchase from the reception. Irons must be borrowed from the reception.

      School E-mail
      All students will be provided with a school email 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’ pigeon holes (located at the reception).

      Telephone Calls and Faxes
      Public phones are available in the school. Students can make outside phone calls with phone cards (available in nearby shops).Students who have a phone in their room may receive incoming calls. The number is a direct line.Faxes destined to students can be sent to the reception fax at the following number: +41 (0)21 962 99 75

      Faxes should display the name of the recipient and will be distributed to the students’pigeon holes.

       

      Events at SHMS Caux

      Having a good quality of life includes having access to sports, physical activity, the outdoors, excursions, museums, arts, local heritage, festivals, individual hobbies and interests. The Sports and Leisure Coordinator works hard to organise a wide variety of sport and leisure activities throughout the semester.

      Welcome Cocktail
      Organised at the beginning of every semester, students are invited to meet and get to know each other.

      International Recruitment Forum
      Each semester 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
      As part of the curricular programme, Year 2 Bachelor and Postgraduate students organise banquets, which are fantastic events at the Swiss Hotel Mangement School!

      Wine Trip
      Each semester the school organises a wine trip for students, to learn more about the wines studied during classes and which provides the opportunity to discover new regions.

      Spring and Ball
      All students are invited to attend this major event organised on campus. A celebration shared by all Swiss Hotel Management School students and prepared and served by staff members.

      International Day
      A major event that celebrates the different nationalities represented at the school by demonstrating their culture and traditions. A large number of VIPs from embassies and consulates are represented as well as people from the hospitality industry.

      Sports Day
      Each semester a sports competition is organised between all schools of the Swiss Education Group; all students are invited to join a team and cheer for their school!

      Graduation Ceremony
      This important event in the life of a student is hosted in the Grand Theatre in Caux. Following the ceremony all graduating students and their friends and family are invited to a cocktail party.

      Note: these events are subject to change.

       

      Activities in Caux, Montreux

      Night Life
      Cinemas, nightclubs, pubs and a casino are all available in the local area.

      Lake Promenade
      The lake promenade in Montreux is very attractive with its range of outside restaurants, artists, musicians and markets and is very popular during the spring, summer and autumn evenings.

      Boat Excursions
      Several different boat excursions on Lake Geneva can be boarded from Montreux. For more information, please visit: www.cgn.ch

       

      Hotels in Caux, Montreux

      Due to space limitations, the school is unable to provide accommodation for visitors.

      However, the school has special rates with hotels in Caux/Montreux. For more details, please contact the reception. For more information about rates and availability of hotels in Montreux, visit the following website: www.montreux.ch

       

      Public Transport

      A cog railway goes from Montreux to Caux in 20 minutes, the train pass is included in the school fee. All buses in Montreux are also included in the pass.

      Public Buses
      Public buses run between Montreux, Vevey and Villeneuve. For timetables, please visit: www.vmcv.ch

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

      Taxis
      Readily available at Montreux train station, they are however quite expensive.

      Useful contacts

         

      Caux Palace
      CH-1824 Caux
      Montreux, Switzerland
      Tel. + 41 (0)21 962 95 55
      Fax + 41 (0)21 962 99 75

       

      For your room location:
      rooms.caux@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)21 962 95 55

         

      For general information:
      reception.caux@shms.com
      Tel. +41 (0)21 962 95 55

       

      For health insurance matters:
      insurance.caux@shms.com
      Tel. +41 (0)21 962 99 60

         

      For admission purposes
      (e.g. enrollment, visa, etc.):

      admissions.caux@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)21 962 99 45

       

      For sending information about
      your flights (airport pick-ups):

      airport@swisseducation.com

         

      For academic information:
      academic.caux@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)21 962 99 70

       

      Emergency phone number:
      Tel. +41 (0)21 962 93 12

      This emergency number is attended 24 hours a day and should only be used in case of emergency.

  • Life at Swiss Hotel Management School - Leysin Campus

     

    • General Information

      The Leysin campus is in the heart of Leysin-Village (1,264 m), at the base of its ski resort. Leysin benefits from an exceptional sun exposure and has much to offer year-round.

       

      Study Facilities

      Campus
      SHMS Leysin is housed in two former hotels, the Mont-Blanc Palace and the Belvédère, linked by the SHMS Skytrain.

      Training Restaurants
      Postgraduate operations students will be trained in restaurant service in each of the three restaurants:

      1. Market Place, international buffet
      2. Sitio, international buffet
      3. Mont-Blanc Palace, fine-dining restaurant

      Training Kitchen
      Postgraduate operations students will do practical kitchen training with our professional chefs in our state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

      Learning Resource Center
      A full-time librarian is on hand, in the wellstocked library, to assist with your questions. Students also have access to a wide range of online catalogues and articles.

       

      Recreational Facilities

      Restaurants
      You will have the choice to eat in any of the restaurants available on campus: Market Place, Sitio or Mont-Blanc Palace.

      All meals in these restaurants are included in your fees (Mont-Blanc Palace upon reservation).

      Culinary Studio
      As part of the curricular programme, the MIB students run the two Culinary Studios on the Leysin campus. from A to Z. Offering a new, creative concept every semester and applying their knowledge in every operational and administrative aspect of running a restaurant. The Culinary Studio looks forward to welcoming you!

      Coffee Beans
      Coffee Beans is the Swiss Education Group’s own brand of coffee shop that opens for students as well as for the general public. It offers a diverse range of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, as well as snacks and pastries.

      Club Maxx Bar
      Club Maxx is a lounge bar open in the evenings from Sunday until Thursday and turns into a nightclub for Friday and Saturday evenings. This facility is for the exclusive use of students.

      Beleza Beauty Spa
      Come and discover SHMS-Leysin’s recently inaugurated Spa and Beauty Salon, let our team of professionals pamper you with their selection of treatments, including massages, manicure, pedicure, depilation and hair-dressing, all at a preferential student rate!

      Spa and Wellness Centre
      The wellness centre is fully equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. It opens on alternating days for male and female students.

      Gym
      The gym provides a selection of weight machines, as well as aerobic training facilities. When using the fitness facilities ensure that you are informed about the specifics of each machine and that you use the equipment properly. Any misuse of fitness equipment may lead to injury.

      Internet Café/Corners
      The computers are all equipped with highspeed Internet connection. Check your email or catch up with your family and friends on Facebook!

      Vending Machines
      Vending machines are located in both the Mont-Blanc Palace and Belvédère building.

      Student Kitchen
      There is a student kitchen available, which you may book in order to enjoy private dinner amongst friends and cook your favourite food.

       

      Other Information

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

      Printers and Copiers
      Students receive a rechargeable print-card with credits at the start of each semester to use the printers, which are located around the campus.

      Room Key
      Students will be issued with a key to their room, which should be used carefully and kept safely. If a key is lost or damaged, a replacement can be obtained from the reception for CHF 150.-. Keys are required to be returned at the end of each semester.

      Laundry Room
      A self-service laundry is available in every accommodation building. The laundry machines are card-operated and cards are available for purchase from the reception. Irons can be borrowed from the reception.

      School E-mail
      You will be provided with a school e-mail address through which you will receive all school related information. You are required to check your e-mails on a regular basis in order to keep up-to-date with the school’s operations.

      Mail
      Incoming student mail will be distributed daily in the mailbox rooms. It is important to inform your family and friends of your room number as well as the school’s address.

      Registered Mail and Parcels
      If you receive a registered letter or a parcel, you will be notified by e-mail to collect it from the reception. You are requested to come in person (don’t send a friend!) and will have to sign the school’s logbook.

      Telephone Calls and Faxes
      You can receive phone calls directly to your room. The phone number of your room will be communicated upon your arrival. Students can make outside phone calls from their rooms using calling cards (available in nearby stores). Faxes destined to students can be sent to the reception fax at the following number: +41 (0)24 493 26 66

      Faxes should display the name of the recipient. You will then be informed by e-mail that a fax has been received for you and is available for pick-up. If you wish to send a fax, you may do so from the reception for a minimal charge.

       

      Events at SHMS Leysin

      Having a good quality of life includes having access to sports, physical activity, the outdoors, excursions, museums, arts, local heritage, festivals, individual hobbies and interests. The school’s Sports and Leisure Coordinator works hard to organise a wide variety of sport and leisure activities throughout the semester.

      International Recruitment Forum
      Each semester 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!

      Theme Nights and Banquets
      As part of their curricular programme, students will organise and attend banquets, which are fantastic creative events in school!

      Spring and Christmas Ball
      Students are invited to attend a major event organised by the school. It is a celebration shared by all the students and prepared and served by staff members.

      Sports Day
      Once per semester a sports competition is organised between all Swiss Education Group schools; all students are invited to join a team and cheer for their school!

      World of Hospitality
      The signature event of SHMS Leysin where students demonstrate what they have learned in the classroom. Industry guests, local residents and VIPs are invited to this spectacular event.

      Graduation Ceremony
      This important event in the life of a student is hosted in the Grand Hall. Following the ceremony all graduating students and their friends and family are invited to a cocktail party.

      Tobogganing
      One of Leysin’s most popular attractions is the tobogganing park, a series of slopes and half-pipe corridors through which you slide down on an inflatable doughnut. Not for the faint-hearted!

      Kuklos Revolving Restaurant
      Located at a height of 2,048 metres, enjoy a meal while admiring the 360° panorama featuring some of Europe’s highest and most renowned peaks.

      Night Life
      Leysin being a university town and tourist resort, has much to offer to its young visitors with restaurants, bars, clubs and a cinema.

      For more information regarding the activities, social life and accommodation in Leysin, don’t hesitate to visit the Leysin Tourism website at www.leysin.ch

      Note: these events are subject to change.

       

      Activities in Leysin

      Outdoor Activities
      Leysin is famous for the many outdoor possibilities it offers such as skiing, sledging, rockclimbing, hiking, biking and many more.

      Indoor Sports
      Two sports centres offer a wide range of facilities both indoor and outdoor. Swimming pools, skating rink, tennis courts, squash courts, climbing wall, fitness rooms and a multi-sport hall.

       

      Hotels in Leysin

      The school is unable to provide accommodation for relatives and friends of students. However, the school has special rates with hotels in Leysin. For more details, please contact the reception.

      To find information about rates and availability of hotels in Leysin, please visit the following website: www.leysin.ch

       

      Public Transport

      A cog railway connects Leysin to the town of Aigle in 30 minutes. The train pass for this line is included in the school fees.

      SHMS Leysin is located directly opposite the Leysin-Feydey stop.

      Train
      The Aigle train station is a starting point for any destination in Switzerland and many of the surrounding countries. www.sbb.ch

      Taxis
      Taxi companies operate in Leysin and the surrounding region. However, they are expensive.

      Useful contacts

         

      Mont-Blanc Palace
      Avenue Léopold de Reynier 2
      CH-1854 Leysin
      Switzerland
      Tel. + 41 (0)24 493 23 00
      Fax + 41 (0)24 493 23 33

       

      For your room location:
      rooms.leysin@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)24 493 23 00

         

      For general information:
      reception.leysin@shms.com
      Tel. +41 (0)24 493 26 00

       

      For health insurance matters:
      insurance.leysin@shms.com
      Tel. +41 (0)24 493 24 43

         

      For administration purposes
      (e.g. enrollment, visa, etc.):

      admissions.leysin@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)24 493 23 23

       

      For sending information about
      your flights (airport pick-ups):

      airport@swisseducation.com

         

      For academic information:
      academic.leysin@shms.com
      Tel. + 41 (0)24 493 24 78

       

      Emergency phone number:
      Tel. +41 (0)24 493 28 88

      This emergency number is attended 24 hours a day and should only be used in case of emergency.

  • Academic Services

     

    • Academic Office

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

       

      Administration Office

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

       

      Internship Office

      The internship office places Year 1 Bachelor, Postgraduate and direct entry students for professional training in Switzerland or abroad. They also assist older students with their internship questions.

       

      Study Adviser Scheme (SAS)

      The study advisor scheme 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 who have thorough knowledge or qualifications in a module may be exempted. Exemption requests must be made during the first two weeks of the semester

      The appropriate form, available from the academic office must be submitted to the module lecturer in the first week of the academic semester accompanied by supporting documents (transcripts, course descriptions and learning objectives).

  • Your Life on Campus

     

    • Accommodation

      At the time of your enrolment you have chosen one of the following room types:

      1. Double standard (included in the fees)
      2. Single standard
      3. Double deluxe
      4. Single deluxe
      5. Double superior deluxe
      6. Single superior deluxe

      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.

       

      Holiday Periods

      SHMS Caux & SHMS Leysin
      The Swiss Hotel Management School is able to accomodate students during the winter break at an additional charge. Accommodation can be provided in either SHMS Caux or SHMS Leysin (students may therefore have to move campus for this duration).

       

      Housekeeping Service

      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 at an acceptable level of tidiness 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 are 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 counsellor 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 counsellor is available for students who wish to discuss health issues or social problems.

      Any medical problem that may prevent you from attending class will need to be reported immediately to the student counsellor. Failure to inform the counsellor may result in nonexcused absences from class.

       

      Sports and Leisure Coordinator

      The sport and leisure coordinator is at the disposal of the students and organises weekly sporting activities and excursions.

  • Other Facilities and Useful Information

     

    • Reception

      The reception staff is at your disposal from Monday to Friday. Outside of opening hours a residence supervisor is on call.

       

      Luggage Room

      During your internship periods you will have the opportunity to store one piece of luggage or one standard box in the school’s luggage room for a maximum period of six months. All items must be clearly labelled 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 stored.

       

      Parking

      Parking spaces are limited and should be requested in advance. For more information, please contact your local representative or the reception.

       

      Health Care and Medical Insurance

      The school provides its students with health care coverage (including the daily cost of hospitalisation 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 counsellor who will organise further action. Only medicines prescribed by doctors are covered and dental care is not included in the coverage.

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

       

      Medicines

      Some standard medicines are available at the student counsellor’s office or the front desk in case of emergency. For legal reasons, you will have to sign a discharge every time you ask for medicine.

       

      Security Deposit

      This deposit is a security deposit from which can be deducted the following (this list is not exhaustive):

      1. Damages caused directly by you in your room and/or the school premises
      2. Collective damages: these are damages that cannot be allocated to a student in particular and are therefore split between all students
      3. Yearbook
      4. Deductible for health insurance
      5. Unpaid school fees under CHF 100.-

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

       

      Safety and Security on Campus

      All Swiss Hotel Management School buildings are equipped with camera surveillance.

      A door code is used to access buildings outside of school hours. The code, which is regularly changed, should not to be given to any outside person under any circumstances.

      A fire drill will be carried out at the beginning of the semester and for your own safety, you should familiarise yourself with emergency procedures and fire escape routes.

       

      Smoking Areas

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

       

      Visitors

      Visitors are more than welcome on campus during certain hours. All visitors must report to the reception upon arrival and be provided with a visitor badge. An identification document will have to be presented.

  • Switzerland and General Information

     

    • Activities

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

      Local Region
      From the Aquaparc in Le Bouveret, the world’s largest maze at the Labyrinth Adventure in Evionnaz, Chillon Castle, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the Glacier of Diablerets and the wine and vine museum in Aigle, the local region abounds with places to discover.

      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 and a variety of trendy bars and restaurants and a great nightlife.

      Population and Language
      Switzerland has a population of 7.7 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.

      Economy
      Switzerland is a prosperous and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labour force and a per capita GDP (gross domestic product) larger than that of the big western European economies.

      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 Caux and Leysin campus (about one and a half hours by car or train). There are daily flights between Geneva and most European capitals. Zurich airport is about three hours drive.

      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. 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 a.m. until 5 p.m. 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 newsagency. For mobile phone subscriptions, enquire at a telephone shop.

      Business and Shopping Hours
      Most offices are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday) while retail shops open from 9 am until 6.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 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, you will find more information in your 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 are available to assist students.

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