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We’re getting ready to welcome you – safely – to campus

The Glion Spirit has helped our entire community through some challenging times. Now, with restrictions easing significantly in Switzerland, we’re looking toward resuming the personalized, face-to-face learning on campus that gives a Glion education its unique flavor.

If you are a current student, if you’ve already enrolled to join us this Fall, or if you are thinking about studying with us, you’ll find relevant and up-to-date information on this page, as well as full details on how we’ll keep you safe and healthy on campus.

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Current students

Campus re-opening and remote learning

“We have managed to get the virus under control.”
-Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga

With the Swiss government announcing a significant relaxation of restrictions, we are now making detailed preparations to welcome students back to our Glion and Bulle campuses at the end of July. All our staff and faculty are looking forward to the day when our campus corridors are buzzing once again with students who have returned to us after their remote learning experience.

Our remote learning programs concluded at the end of May, except for BBA semester 7 and MSc semester 2 students who have chosen to complete their programs remotely. For everyone else, there’s an opportunity to recharge your batteries ready to resume your face-to-face studies from the end of July.

Glion Swiss Campus

  • Arrival and check-in: Friday 24 July 2020
  • Seminars and classes commencing: Monday 27 July 2020

The period from July 27 to early October 2020 will include:

  • A new Leadership series focused on “Crisis management” which will deliver an additional joint certificate upon successful completion
  • The completion and final classes of your courses for the semester
  • Tutorials and workshops for your final exams and assessment
  • Exams and assessment weeks
  • And resit weeks

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to welfareinfo@glion.edu.

Glion London campus

For Glion London, we must of course comply with UK regulations, which means a different timetable to Switzerland.

For BBA students currently on semester 2 internship, and for students currently on MSc Semester 1, your next semesters of study are forecast to start on Monday August 24th, 2020.

For BBA semesters 4, 6 and 7, and MSc 1 provisions the forecast start date is: Monday October 12th, 2020.

We are still working with the relevant UK authorities and we will confirm these intended start dates as soon as we can.

Before you travel to continue your studies

Our campus teams are dedicated to supporting our returning students with B permits and visas, general arrival questions as well as guidance on quarantine measures. Please email us at welfareinfo@glion.edu.

For travel guidance, our corporate travel agency Executive Travel will be happy to assist students with all your travel arrangements.

For new and prospective students

Check-in dates for new students

If you’re a new student you can find your provisional check-in dates at the link below.

Check-in dates and start dates

We’re offering flexibility on entry criteria

As a world-leading hospitality business school, we remain committed to operating within rigorous academic guidelines when setting our admissions criteria. However, we appreciate that the current situation means you may not have access to the necessary documents for your application. And we understand that capacity for English language testing may be reduced in your country.

We’ll try to be as flexible and accommodating as we can within our guidelines and quality standards. For example, we’ll accept predicted grades where possible, and find solutions for students who have not received their graduation certificates. The three additional English language tests that will be accepted (for the Fall 2020 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)

Visa support and late arrivals

We appreciate that you may be finding the constantly changing picture on international travel and visa regulations confusing. We’re here to help: our admissions and enrolment team will be happy to advise you on your applications and to provide additional information on visa requirements and processes.

We want you to have the best possible opportunity to begin your studies with us this Fall, so the start of the semester has been moved back to October to give you more time to obtain your visa and make your travel arrangements.

If you think you are going to arrive on campus after your program start date, please contact the admissions and enrolment team to make a late arrival request, so we can prepare your additional pre- and post-arrival support. We are allowing late arrivals of up to one month from program start date.

We will also be making extra resources available for visa applications for Switzerland. Keep checking back on this page for updates.

For our current and future student communities:

Enhanced on-campus health, safety and welfare policies

Your wellbeing is our absolute priority and we’re doing everything possible to create a safe campus environment for you. We’ve introduced four key principles to support your safety on campus:

– Reinforced sanitary protocols
– Clear guidelines for personal hygiene
– Physical distancing in all situations
– Regular communication to staff, faculty and students

Detailed COVID-19 protocols have been developed by each campus. They cover all activities and areas, and are applicable to staff, faculty, students, and visitors. Our protocols have been evaluated and confirmed by medical and hygiene experts. They follow, and often go beyond, the advice of health authorities and advisors.

We’re more committed than ever to your career success

With restrictions easing in many countries, travel and hotel demand is starting to build. It’s the beginning of what we hope will be a full recovery for a hospitality industry that’s proved its resilience to shocks in the past. The luxury sector, too, is emerging strongly, with many brands earning acclaim for their willingness to support the pandemic response.

Your Glion education is purpose-designed to equip you with the skills and professional polish you’ll need to compete for the best positions in luxury and hospitality – whether that’s for your professional internships or future leadership roles after graduation. As a global Top 3 hospitality business school, you also have the power of the Glion name to open doors to the roles you desire.

Our specialist Career and Internship team will be ready and waiting on campus, to ensure you’re connected to the roles and opportunities you want – in your home country or elsewhere in the world if you choose.

Summary of our main COVID-19 safety protocols

These measures will continue to evolve to follow updated guidelines from the health authorities in our different locations.

Before and during your arrival on campus
  • The campuses will be completely disinfected prior to the arrival of students
  • Full protocols and other health-related guidelines will be communicated prior to arrival. We require every student to follow these protocols, in order to protect themselves and the other members of our campus communities
  • All students will be required to provide us with their arrival date and time, including (when applicable) flight number, airport transfer, etc.
  • Upon arrival, you will be given a health and temperature check by the campus medical team
    You will receive a personal hygiene set (3 reusable and 10 disposable masks, hydroalcoholic gel, detailed health and safety guidelines)
  • A hygiene and safety briefing will be part of the Induction week and ‘Welcome back’ package
    For Swiss campuses : downloading and activation of the SwissCovid App recommended
Enhancements to main entrance/reception areas
  • The main and secondary entrances to campuses will be equipped with automatic thermal cameras that measure body temperature. A warning is issued in case of excessive body temperature, and a specific protocol will be implemented if this is the case (isolation, meeting with medical team, etc.)
  • All students and staff must enter in single file
  • We will require everyone to wear face masks while on campus – each student will be given three reusable masks when they arrive on campus
  • Numerous hand sanitizers available in all public areas, and regularly refilled
  • Flow direction/patterns will be marked on the floors, to enable social distancing. These will be supplemented by posters and markings
  • Students will be allocated to a specific classroom and will not change classroom during a given day
  • Hand sanitizer will be positioned at the entrance of every classroom
  • Seating will be organized to ensure a 1.5-meter distance between students
  • Cameras installed in classrooms for live broadcasting to enable remote learning for BBA 3, 4, 6 and MSc 1 students
  • Video recordings available on Moodle within 24 to 48 hours
  • Air conditioning will be disabled and replaced by regular opening of doors and windows
  • Classrooms, table-tops, etc, will be cleaned and disinfected at least three times per day
Restaurants and outlets
  • Students and staff will be given specific eating time slots to allow for social distancing when eating and when in the queue for self-service
  • Social distancing of 1.5-meters will be enforced for seating and in queues
  • Kitchen and service personnel will wear masks and gloves
  • Tables and chairs will be cleaned and disinfected after guests have departed
  • 100% cashless payments
Common lavatories and bathrooms
  • Special attention will be given to restrooms, including very frequent cleaning (above normal hospitality standards)
Student dormitories
  • Hydroalcoholic gel available upon arrival
  • Reinforced cleaning procedures
  • Soap and additional cleaning supplied available in all buildings
  • Housekeeping teams to wear masks and gloves while cleaning rooms
  • Security team to wear masks when visiting student accommodation
Medical team and nurses
  • A health team available on campus from Monday to Friday
  • Security team on call 24/7
  • We will maintain regular contact with local medical network and public health authorities
Self-isolation measures
  • All staff, faculty, and students will be required to continually monitor their health
  • Immediate self-confinement measures for staff and students if required, according to the campus COVID-19 protocol, including tracing of contacts
  • Follow-up by the campus health team, medical doctor, and health authorities, as specified by the campus protocol