Your First Weeks on our Swiss Campuses
To ensure that you have all the necessary information for your first few weeks on Glion or Bulle campus, we’ve created a Pre-Arrival Information booklet. Find out all about the arrival and check-in process, what happens during the induction week, what it is like to live on our Swiss campuses, and how you can join any of the student committees upon your arrival.
New Student Checklist
As you make the final preparations for starting your studies in Glion, we hope this short guide will help you to get ready on time. The guide contains checklists to enable you to pack the right clothes, have the correct documents on arrival, book your room and transport, and much more.
Your Campus Guide
We want you to feel at home as soon as you set foot on campus. This is why we’ve prepared a Campus Directory as a guide to help you find the various facilities, contact any of the school departments and make use of all the student services we offer.
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March 2021 intake: advice and guidance for new and prospective students
Will I have to quarantine on arrival to Switzerland?
From the start of the pandemic, Switzerland has worked hard to limit the health risks to everyone living in the country, including our students. These efforts continue today, and they include requiring proof of a negative PCR Covid test taken a maximum of 72 hours before your arrival by air.
In addition, students entering Switzerland from certain countries and areas will have to go into quarantine for ten days. The most up- to-date official information on quarantine and entry restrictions can be found here. If students have travelled from – or been in – one of the countries with entry restrictions in the previous 14 days before traveling, our teams will be on-hand to guide them upon arrival, including the provision of detailed quarantine instructions. Our Health Advisors are available to answer any specific questions relating to students’ personal medical situations, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are required to quarantine on arrival, we recommend that you arrive 11 days before the official check in date of your program in order to complete your 10-day quarantine. A full board accommodation service will be provided at the Les Roches campus in Crans-Montana (with a fixed rate of CHF100 per night). Alternatively, you can select a hotel or private accommodation for your quarantine period.
For all non-quarantining students who arrive within (or after) the official arrivals window, no additional accommodation charges will apply.
All students undergoing quarantine at Les Roches are required by the cantonal authorities in Valais to serve the full 10-day period. If you have arranged quarantine accommodation in Vaud or Fribourg cantons, however, you are permitted to reduce your quarantine period to seven days, provided you can produce a negative Covid-19 test (testing is at your own expense) after the seven-day period is up.
Should your travel arrangements mean you are self-quarantining after the start of the semester, you will be able to attend classes remotely from your room, joining the live class broadcasts with your faculty and peers.
What arrivals support arrangements are available for the March 2021 intake?
Our official arrival dates for the Glion campus are 16-18 March and Bulle Campus 17-18 March. On each of these days, we will be offering a complimentary airport welcome and transfer from Geneva Airport to campus.
Outside of the official arrival dates, you will be required to travel independently at your own expense. However, we can put you in touch with our recommended transfer provider, who will be happy to help.
What if I cannot start my Bachelor’s degree on campus in March, due to travel restrictions?
Our bespoke remote learning platform, Glion Connect, lets you begin your Bachelor studies at home. You have the option to study remotely for the first 10 weeks of the semester, then join us on campus, or to complete the entire 20-week semester remotely. In both cases you will achieve the same learning outcomes as a semester studied fully on campus. Glion Connect is tailor-made for learning hospitality’s practical arts. It offers a mixture of live or on-demand classes and demonstrations, one-to-one coaching and mentoring, plus expert guest lectures and much more.
We are so confident in the quality of Glion Connect that we offer a satisfaction guarantee: you can trial the platform for up to four weeks and defer without extra charge to the next on-campus BBA1 semester if you are not satisfied with the remote learning experience. To qualify for this guarantee you must have paid your tuition fees before the start date of the program.
What remote learning arrangements are available for Master’s students?
We now offer an ‘a la carte’ menu of study options for Master’s students. You can join us on campus for your complete program; you can study 100% remotely; or you can opt for a blended approach which allows you to begin your studies at home then continue on campus when you are ready.
Each remote Master’s study package comes with a satisfaction guarantee: should you try it and decide you’d prefer to wait for a fully face-to-face experience, you can defer to the next on-campus intake without extra charge. This guarantee is for a trial period of up to 4 weeks and to qualify for it you must have paid your tuition fees before the start date of the program.
What should I do if my government has not yet reopened airports/borders?
We now offer exceptional levels of flexibility to allow you to continue your education whether you are at undergraduate or graduate level. For example, we have adjusted our late arrival policy for the Spring 2021 semester to allow more time to join us on campus.
For Master’s students
All our Master’s programs can now be studied 100% on campus, 100% remotely or started remotely before later switching to campus at a time of your choosing, with seamless integration of your curriculum. You can trial the remote learning option for up to four weeks then defer to the next face-to-face program intake at no extra charge, should you be unhappy with the experience.
For Bachelor’s students
If you have chosen to start your Bachelor’s semester on campus, you must begin your program within four weeks of its start date so as not to fall behind in your studies. If you are studying BBA1 remotely via Glion Connect (see question 3) you must commence your studies as soon as the platform goes live.
For all students
Students who have not been able to make plans to travel to campus are not required to pay their accommodation and board fees upfront; instead we will invoice them for the period they are on-campus if they already plan to study remotely beyond the first four weeks of the semester.
My local English language testing center is currently closed – what are my options?
The Swiss authorities have indicated that they will accept our validation of your English level. As a result, we have set up an alternative testing plan.
The three additional English language tests that will be accepted, for the Spring 2021 intake only, are:
- IELTS Indicator (you sit the test independently and provide us with your official results)
- Oxford Placement Test (this test is bookable via our International Enrolment team and is included as part of your application fee)
- Language Cert (you sit the test independently and then provide us with your official results)
The English language level we require remains the same and your English skills must be strong enough to study your chosen program successfully.
What happens if I don’t graduate in time to arrive for the start date?
If you are unable to complete your last year at senior high school or your last year at University due to the impact of coronavirus, you can still start your Glion program under the following conditions:
1. Your registration remains conditional until your admissions file is complete
2. For students registered onto the Undergraduate program (BBA): you need to provide the final transcripts before arrival on campus – the actual High School Diploma, if not available before arrival, you are to provide an official copy to the Registrar ideally during BBA1 but by the latest before the start of BBA3.
3. For students registered onto the Postgraduate programs (MSc): you need to provide the final University transcripts before arrival on campus and an attestation from the University that you have met all the criteria for graduation – the actual official Bachelor Degree, if not available before arrival, you are to provide an official copy to the Registrar by the latest the end of MSc1.
4. If you fail to obtain your High School qualification, you would be able to finish BBA1 but not allowed to progress onto an internship and no refund claim is possible on any fees paid.
5. Any BBA1 UK student who would need a Student Route visa to transfer to London for BBA3 would need their academic qualification to secure their UK visa.
What reassurance can I get about health and safety on campus?
Your safety on campus is our number one priority. We have introduced key precautionary measures in readiness for your arrival, which align with, or go beyond, the advice of Swiss health authorities. This includes ongoing temperature checks using thermal cameras, hand sanitizers and social distancing measures in classrooms and in on-campus restaurants, and reinforced sanitary protocols across campus.
Please note that we are also making single rooms available on all campuses for students who require them. However, we have a finite number of these rooms available, so current students are recommended to confirm their preference without delay. Equally, we strongly advise prospective students to complete your application and confirm your single room preference as soon as possible.
For more details on all our campus safety measures, see our Health & Safety fact sheet and campus videos.
What are my options if I wish to have a Covid-19 test?
Testing for Covid-19 is widely available in Switzerland, with a number of facilities in the immediate vicinity of the campuses, and thus easily accessible for students. In particular:
At least 5 testing centers within a 15-minute drive, including hospital, pharmacies and dedicated test centers. Many medical practices are equipped to run tests.
At least 7 testing centers within a 15-minute drive (most within 5 mins walking distance), including pharmacies and dedicated test centers. Many medical practices are equipped to run tests.
If you have arranged your health insurance through our contract with Allianz, standard Covid tests (i.e. nasal swab) will be covered by your policy, although you will need to submit a valid doctor’s prescription for each test. You will also be refunded for any medical treatment related to Covid-19.
If you are opting to arrange your own health insurance, you will have to contact your provider to determine the extent of coverage. If covered, you will be required to pay for the test up-front then claim via your insurance.
The Swiss government has also extended its strategy on testing. It will perform tests on an asymptomatic groups of people, including in schools or training facilities, as a preventative measure if an infection outbreak has occurred, or within the framework of a larger uncontrolled infection outbreak. These tests are paid for by the government.
What is the current situation with internships?
The global hospitality industry is receiving a literal shot in the arm from the accelerated rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. This is leading to an improving picture for employment in the industry, including the professional internships that are such valuable elements of our academic programs.
Our Career Services team will be on hand to fully support your internship search. The department is constantly in touch with industry representatives worldwide, in order to make you aware of the latest vacancies.
We have also built-in more flexibility to our internship arrangements:
For Bachelor’s students
Should you be unable to find and secure an internship for September 2021, you can defer your internship to later in your program and progress to semester 3 studies instead.
For Master’s students
Your placement can begin as soon as you have completed your second semester exams and you will have a two-year window in which to complete your internship. Valid positions for the placement semester will now include: internships, a management training position and full-time employment.
For all students
All students on every program will benefit from an intensive Career Development Program adapted to the level of studies, together with personalized support services (onsite and online) and workshops.
Glion Connect & Recruit, our recruitment day, will be online on the 27th of April, to ensure that even in this special time, when companies cannot travel to campus easily, you can still connect safely with a wide variety of industry leaders and recruiters.