VISIT GLION SWITZERLAND
Why visit us in Switzerland?
Would you choose a car without taking it for a test drive or buy a home in a neighbourhood you never visited? Choosing a university is an investment choice that will affect your life for years to come. That’s why it is absolutely essential to visit your university, to get a feel for the people and see the campus, before you make your final decision.
In addition to our Open Days we welcome prospective students for individual visits to the Swiss campuses of Glion and Bulle in Switzerland. On campus, you will experience our five-star hospitality and meet the students, staff and faculty members who have earned Glion it’s excellent reputation among hospitality professionals worldwide.
What to see in Switzerland
This densely populated country still remains incredibly natural compared to other parts of the world. With cultural influences from France, Italy and Germany, historical heritage from the Roman time and Middle Ages, this landlocked mountainous country has a unique identity.
With vast meadows found in central Switzerland, a Mediterranean touch in Ticino, the green Jura highland and the famous Alpine range, you are never far away from a different climate and culture.
From typical mountain villages where traditions remain strong to the über-cool Zurich full of alternative ways of life and a strong green ethos- a true lifestyle can be found developing in each larger city as a byproduct of its own local flavor:
Basel, at the crossroads of France and Germany, and located in the Rhine Valley, the city benefits from a lot of sunshine. Basel is known as the cultural capital of Switzerland given the sheer number of art galleries, museums, and its international contemporary art fair, Art Basel.
Bern is Unesco World Heritage listed and the Swiss capital city, where even the baker speaks four languages. It is also a little architectural jewel mixed with bright medieval houses and modern buildings such as the Paul Klee Center. The city’s 6 km long medieval archway downtown makes it a very easy-going shopping center.
Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city, is the seat for the International Red Cross committee and the European HQ of the UN as well as being home to the permanent missions of over 160 States. Geneva is also a base for over a hundred multinationals and foreign banks. With its quays alongside Lake Geneva, public parks, smart boutiques and trendy restaurants, Geneva is an attractive city for leisurely strolls.
Lausanne appears as a small provincial city with all the dynamics of a metropolis: intense cultural life with the Bejart Ballet and a rich Theater scene. The city is full of students with 7 universities (including CHU and EPFL).The capital city of Vaud, Michelin starred restaurants abound, as do a number of unique museums and festivals.
Lugano, Switzerland’s third financial center, abounds in luxury shops while the atmosphere remains very laid back due to a touch of Mediterranean lifestyle. Not far from Como and Bergamo, Lugano is set against beautiful nature and its location by the lake makes it a beautiful destination for hiking and outdoors activities.
Luzern, is a charming city and one of the main tourist destinations. It is surrounded by lake Lucerne, as well as the Rigi and Pilatus mountains. With the city straddling the Reuss River, it has a number of remarkable bridges. The most famous is the Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest wooden covered bridge originally built in 1333. Since the creation of the culture and convention center, Lucerne has found a balance between the so-called established culture and alternative culture.
Schaffhouse, in the Schaffhouse canton is blessed by the Rhine river which gives it a natural border with Germany but above all magnificent landscapes, namely the famous Rhine falls. The canton is the home of several remarkable medieval cities and villages. The city itself is also worth the detour with its ancient streets, historical buildings, religious monuments and Munot Fortress.
St Moritz, a star winter sport resort, which claims to be the top resort of the world, is a tiny city with 5500 inhabitants and an additional 3000 seasonal workers to help cater for tourists during winter time. The dry and sunny days, mineral springs and the beauty of the Upper Engadin region add to the appeal of this city.
Zermatt, since the mid-19th century, has featured among Switzerland’s most glamorous resorts. As well as mountain lovers, the resort welcomes the hyper trendy and jet-setters in search of designer clothes. The Matterhorn sitting in the background of the resort makes for an incredible sight.
Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and most important financial center of the country, gives a sentiment of nonchalance and calm. The reputation of Zurich’s nightlife scene reaches beyond the borders and ranges from discreet bars to dance clubs set in old factories. Zurich is regularly ranked among the world’s top cities for quality of life.
Many more smaller cities throughout Switzerland offer a wide range of activities for history and culture lovers or sports enthusiasts.
Tips for a perfect visit
Know which Campus
Glion Institute of Higher Education has two campuses in Switzerland:
Glion Campus is where students of the bachelor in Hospitality Management and Event, Sport and Entertainment Management spend Semesters 1 & 2 of the bachelor degree program.
Bulle Campus is our graduate campus where students of the postgraduate and master’s programs live and study. Undergraduate students also spend semesters 4, 6 & 7 in Bulle.
Please note that it is possible to visit both campuses during a personalized visit. However, undergraduate candidates are invited to visit Glion campus first where they will see more of the hospitality management-specific courses. On Glion campus, candidates can view photos and a virtual tour of the Bulle campus using our visitor iPad.
Pick the Best Dates
Our campuses are open most of the year, but we strongly advise candidates to visit during the periods when students are actively participating in classes on campus. For more information about the dates of the official academic school year, which includes mid-term breaks in spring and fall, and longer winter and summer and breaks, please see the Academic Catalog or contact us directly.
Time Your Visit Well
A typical visit to one campus will take around 3-4 hours. For the Glion campus visit, we recommend that candidates plan to arrive in the morning, around 9-10 AM and stay for lunch. This time frame will give you the best chance to observe the rhythm of classes and student life on campus. This will also allow time for a visit to Bulle in the afternoon. Afternoon visits to either campus are also an option with a campus tour, coffee break, and a chance to observe after-school activities. If you wish to visit both campuses, plan to take the whole day: the morning for Glion, the afternoon for Bulle.
Take Time to Enjoy Switzerland
If you have to make a long journey to visit Glion, then why not stay a few days to explore Switzerland and the region? We can provide you with a list of our preferred hotel partners who offer special rates to our guests. Glion visitors also receive special rates for the taxis in Montreux and Bulle, and our receptions provide tourism information about regional attractions, local markets, events and public transportation.
Get Good Advice and Assistance
Fill in our form to book a visit and you will be contacted by one of our professional visit coordinators who will provide you with the information and assistance that you need to plan your five-star visit to Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.
Food & Gastronomy
Most visitors to this country will have tasted cheese fondue accompanied with local white wine and milk chocolate at least once. Local gastronomy is based on rich and filling meals using seasonal ingredients. Swiss are also fond of the local specialties like the meringue dessert with double cream in Gruyère, gingerbread in Basel called Leckerli, polenta in Ticino, fish in Neuchatel, many varieties of sausages in Vaud, St Gall and Appenzel, and dried meat in Grisons.
What is less known about Switzerland is the presence of vineyards across the entire territory. Local wines are mostly for internal consumption and are adapting to international standards in terms of preparation and quality of taste. Another less known fact is the impressive list of Michelin starred or Gault & Millau recognised restaurants that are sometimes nestled in very remote locations.
Kaufleuten in Zurich, l’Usine in Geneva and the Moulin à Danse in Lausanne (MAD) are old factories that were turned into large dance clubs, they opened decades ago and still continue to lead the way. Many less known, as well as more recent places, are worth an evening out.
Switzerland hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, you’ll find one to your taste in every week of July and August. The season starts early in spring with specialized music festivals as well as performing and visual arts events.
Tourist information: www.myswitzerland.com
Latest news about Switzerland: www.swissinfo.ch
Exhibitions, festivals, shows in Suisse Romande: www.regart.ch
Parties & music events: www.tillate.com
Hiking and walking: www.randonner.ch or www.wandern.ch
Excursions and leisure in Suisse Romande: www.loisirs.ch