Glion Institute of Higher Education
Welcome to Glion Institute of Higher Education
From the snow-capped mountains, azure lakes and emerald meadows of Switzerland, to the high rises, history and sprawling parks of London, Glion Institute of Higher Education offers a properly international education.
Glion is spread across three campuses – Glion above Montreaux, where undergraduates start their education; Bulle in the Gruyere region, for second year onward and graduate students; and London, where you can opt to study for part of your degree.
Glion started life in 1962 as a hotel school and has become one of the premier hospitality and events training institutes in the world. It trains its students for jobs in the global service industry, and representatives from top luxury, sports and events brands – as well as the hospitality industries that visit the school every year to recruit staff and international interns.
Education at Glion is career-focused, so the students’ time here is a combination of academic work and hands-on experience. The aim being, of course, to create graduates who are ready to walk straight into a job at the end of their course.
Students at Glion can expect to make friends and contacts for life, and the alumni association is extremely active with networking events and gatherings throughout the year.
Courses and fees
Glion is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in hospitality, sport and event management.
The school also offers an online MBA in Hospitality and Service Industries Management, which can be taken on campus (full time & part time), online or a combination of on-campus and online studies.
For all courses, you need to apply directly to Glion and can do so by standard mail, email or online.
All applicants are asked to submit the following:
- A 250 – 1000 word essay explaining your motivation for wanting to study at Glion
- A 250 – 1000 word essay describing what you’d like to do after you graduate, and confirming that you will be leaving Switzerland at the end of your studies
- Medical certificate and physician’s report
- Sponsors letter from the person financing your studies, or a copy of your student loan authorization
- If you’re from outside the EU, a bank guarantee confirming that you have enough funds to cover fees and expenses
For the undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management or Event, Sport and Entertainment (ESE) Management, you need to be at least 18 years old and to have successfully completed 12 years of education when you start.
You should have at least a secondary education diploma or 240 UCAS tariff points and you’ll need to have passed two full A-levels or the equivalent. You must also have a minimum English proficiency of 500 TOEFL (or equivalent).
For the undergraduate degree in Hospitality or ESE with honours, you should again be at least 18 years old and need to have successfully completed 13 years of education. You’ll need a secondary education diploma or 300 UCAS tariff points and you’ll need to have passed two full A-levels or the equivalent, plus have an English proficiency of at least 550 TOEFL (or equivalent).
For the postgraduate diploma in Hospitality or Event, Sport & Entertainment Administration, you should preferably be at least 24 years old with a minimum of two years of work experience and English proficiency of at least 550 TOEFL (or equivalent). You’ll also need to hold a bachelor degree, or a three year diploma, or similar.
For the master’s degree programme you need a uni degree or three years of work experience and your English proficiency should be a minimum 600 TOEFL (or equivalent).
There are a variety of ways you can structure your Glion degree, which then influences your fees. So please be aware that the fees below are just an indication. If you’d like to work out your exact fees, you can visit the website at www.glion.edu
For semesters or entire courses at Glion London fees are charged in British Pounds. If semesters or entire courses are taken in Switzerland then fees are charged in Swiss Francs. Any fee conversion below are based on the March 2016 exchange rate – therefore these are only indicative and are subject to exchange rate changes.
For undergraduates – fees include tuition, room, board and insurances (where applicable), textbooks.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Hospitality or Event, Sport & Entertainment Management (3.5 years) - CHF 186,800 / €171,196 / £134,421
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Hospitality (3.5 years) - CHF 186,800 / €171,196 / £134,421 Specialisations in: Luxury Brand Management, Sustainable Development in Tourism, Finance and Revenue Management, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Event Management.
For postgraduates – fees include tuition, room, board and insurances (where applicable), textbooks.
Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality or Event, Sport and Entertainment Administration Management (1.5 years) - CHF 59,200 / €54,254 / £42,600
MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management (1 year) - CHF 71,600 / €65,618 / £51,523
Bursaries and scholarships
For new students there are three scholarships that cover a portion of tuition fees available directly from Glion. Eligibility for all of them is decided on a case by case basis and for further details visit www.glion.edu
On all three campuses, you’ll be working with new or recently upgraded technology and facilities. For example, the Glion London campus offers the best of old and new, with new technology and learning spaces, all in a gorgeous historical setting. A recent renovation of the Swiss campuses means they not only look ultra-chic but now include an upgraded IT infrastructure that joins the Glion, Bulle and London computer networks.
Library and Study Facilities
Each of the three campuses has a well-equipped library that’s open seven days a week, with the London campus library open around the clock at peak academic times.
With the recent renovations, all three libraries offer updated facilities along with access to more than 10,000 electronic journals and databases to help with research.
There are full-time librarians to help with finding resources and each of the libraries maintains a subscription to the latest hospitality and event industry magazines, along with newspapers in a variety of languages.
The Glion campus library has areas for group and individual study and the Bulle library offers a 24-hour study area. Inter-library loans are available between the Glion and Bulle campuses and with the Swiss University libraries.
In London there is a dedicated Glion learning resource centre, which you can use for individual or group study. The centre above the library is open 24 hours a day. You can also book study areas and places to practice group work.
Welfare and Financial AidIn Switzerland, the Student Welfare offices are open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday on the Glion campus, and 9am to 5pm on Fridays at the Bulle campus. If you need advice about settling in or have other issues that you’d like to chat through, this is your first stop.
You can also make an appointment with the Accounting and Registrar office from Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 5pm if you need to discuss anything financial relating to your studies.
There’s some limited financial aid available against tuition fees for existing students, if you find that your circumstances have changed drastically since enrolment. You’ll need to supply quite a lot of paperwork, and show that other financial aid avenues have been explored first. Financial aid is rarely offered to new students, but may be considered under exceptional circumstances, so contact the Regional Admission Director if you feel that your circumstances might qualify.
Glion’s focus is on prepare students for their future careers, and 86% of its students have job offers or have secured positions on graduation day.
The Career and Internship office is there to help you get your CV and covering letters into shape and provide career advice and coaching. This is also where you can find out about internship opportunities and get advice about visas and work permits.
The Glion programmes include internships around the world, so that you have hands-on experience of your industries and are ready to step into your career when you graduate. Each year, representatives from more than 100 global hotel, tourism, luxury, events, finance, business and other service industries visit the campuses to recruit interns and employees. You could find yourself working in places as far flung as the Rathi Rah luxury resort in the Maldives, The Four Seasons in Paris or the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo.
The Glion Alumni Association, established in 1964, provides students with lifelong support. Glion says it’s one of the most active alumni associations in the hospitality industry, providing alumni with contacts and networking opportunities throughout their careers.
There’s a healthcare advisor at both of the Swiss campuses to provide advice about healthcare issues and to help you organise appointments with local doctors and hospitals. At the Glion campus, the office is open Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 1pm, and at the Bulle campus Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 2:15pm.
There’s also a counsellor on campus to offer you support and advice if you’re feeling anxious about exams or life, or need help with stress, family issues or motivation. The Glion office is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4.30pm, and the Bulle office is open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 6pm.
Most of the students at Glion are international. There are 89 nationalities represented in the student body, with only 8% of the students coming from Switzerland.
The courses all offer a balance of practical hand-on training and experience and business management skills with a major focus on multiculturalism to prepare you for an international career.
There is a minimum English requirement for all the courses and these ask for a proficiency in English for Higher Education studies with a minimum TOEFL score between 500 and 600, depending on the course.
Glion is all about gaining a multicultural experience and building up a network of friends and colleagues that will remain with you throughout your career. Unlike most other unis, Glion’s students remain in residence throughout their degrees, so that they have plenty to do with their classmates.
At the Glion campus you’re encouraged to spend at least your first semester in a double room so that you can quickly start meeting new people and cultures. If things don’t work out though you can request a room change before the end of your sixth week.
Single rooms are available but limited so you’ll need to pay for the room quickly to secure it.
Each room has a bed, a desk and a wardrobe for each student.
There are five accommodation buildings scattered around Bulle and the bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes.
If you’d like to do your own cooking, there are rooms with kitchenettes available at La Résidence lodging. Raymond Jaussi has a kitchenette on each floor, and Frederic Tissot has a common kitchen.
As at Glion, single bedrooms are available but you’ll need to be quick to get one.
Each room comes with a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and safety deposit box.
Rooms are either in Chadwick Hall or at the Whitelands College campus, all singles averaging around 10-12 square metres, with en-suite bathrooms.
There is a shared kitchen, which comes with a fridge, freezer, stove/cooker and microwave.
Each of the rooms comes with a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and shelves, and all rooms have internet access.
There are open days on all three of the Glion campuses, so if you want to get a feel for the school, find a day that suits you at the website -http://www.glion.edu/open-days
If you’re visiting the Glion campus, there’s a shuttle bus that will transport you up from Montreux.
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