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English is the universal language of global hospitality. So it makes sense for Glion’s academic programs to be taught in English, and for us to require a certain level of English language proficiency before students are accepted.

At the same time, we are immensely proud of the multicultural flavor of our campuses, with around 100 nationalities studying undergraduate or graduate degrees at any given time. We want to be open to the world; in the same way that the hospitality industry is built on offering the warmest welcome no matter where the guest arrives from.

That’s why our Swiss and London campuses offer an Intensive Hospitality English Language Program (IHELP), providing concentrated English learning which includes important hospitality industry terminology and knowledge.

Agaim Virk, from India, is among the current IHELP cohort studying in London. He says, “After completing my IHELP course I will be starting my Bachelor’s degree with Glion. Then, after that I’m also intending to take my Master’s degree here, so that I can return home to help develop our family hotel business in New Delhi.

How IHELP works

You can choose the length of your IHELP course depending on your needs and preferences. The London program is 15 weeks’ duration, while the Switzerland-based program is six weeks. Both courses average around 22-23 classroom hours, plus 15-20 hours of independent learning, per week.

Program content includes:

  • Listening & speaking
  • Reading & writing
  • English skills
  • Skills for success
  • English for hospitality
  • Hospitality projects*
  • Culture & tourism
  • Practical arts
  • Workshops*
  • Academic English**

*Only for Bachelor’s applicants **Only for MSc applicants

There are two intakes each year for IHELP in London and Switzerland – February and September.

The next available IHELP intake is September 2019. Visit our website for more details on how to apply.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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