Before your arrival

As a newly admitted student, you should read the official documentation provided by the Admissions Department in your acceptance package.  The Pre-Arrival Checklist provides you with all the necessary information about preparing yourself for your studies in GIHE. And don't forget to fill in the arrival form with your travel details so we can welcome you and help your transfer to the campus.

Arrival & Pick-Up

The Acceptance Letter will state the official arrival days for your program. During these days, Glion has a welcome booth in:

  • Geneva Airport open between 7:00 - 17:00 to help transfer students and their luggage to campus.
  • Heathrow Airport between 9:00 – 17:00 with transfers from the airport by taxi or mini-bus to the Glion London Campus.

Please announce your arrival to secure your transfer to the campus. 

Pre-Arrival Info: Switzerland

Residence Permit

All students, except Swiss nationals and C-Permit holders, will be required to apply for a residence permit upon arrival in Switzerland. The “Application for a Temporary Residence Permit for Study Purposes” must be completed in the first 48 hours on campus and the Student Affairs department assists students with this. Students must bring a copy of the documents submitted for the application and all students (including Swiss/C-Permit holders) should read the Residence Permit Process.


Health & Accident Insurance

Everyone in Switzerland is required to have valid health and accident insurance. Students will automatically be placed on the school’s health insurance if no valid proof of personal insurance is presented before arrival. There are two ways that a student can validate personal insurance:

  • Students who have the blue European health insurance card with the EU logo can send a copy (front and back) to Admissions.
  • Students who do not have a European health insurance card, but who believe they have the equivalent, can download the Check form for the Equivalent of Swiss Health Insurance (OCC form). This form must be completed by the health insurance company, stamped and sent back to Admissions.


If you do not have the equivalent of Swiss/European health insurance, you should complete the form Applying for Health and Accident Insurance through GIHE and return it to the Admissions department.


Glion Residential Life App

This app provides students of Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland with a one-stop place to access all of their residential life services and information:

  • Rooms on Glion and Bulle Campus
  • Pre-Arrival Information related to residential life
  • Check-in and Check-out dates and procedures
  • Contact for support and questions

To download the app, choose the right version below. We highly recommend you to allow push notifications, and to keep the app on your smartphone for future use.

NOTE: New students are not required to fill in the application form for accommodations on this app, that function is for returning students. 


Campus Guide - Switzerland

The first few weeks on campus may feel like a whirlwind of new faces and new things to remember, which is why we have created this guide to support you in your campus orientation.
This interactive campus guide has everything you need to know about our swiss campuses. From maps to departments opening hours, restaurants & meal times to information about student life and conduct, this guide will provide you with the necessary information for a successful start of the semester!




English Language Assessment

All students are required to present evidence of English proficiency unless they are native English speakers or have three years of full-time, English-taught education. Students who cannot provide a recognized English Language Certificate must sit an English exam (BULATS) at their own charge. See the English Language Assessment documentation for more details.