English Foundation Programme

The English Foundation Programme, offered by Swiss Education Group, is an ideal way for students to strengthen their English language skills before commencing their academic studies at one of the Swiss Education Group schools.

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The programme helps students to acquire the competence, confidence and skills necessary to enter any programme offered by a Swiss Education Group school.

It consists of a number of levels of intensive non-credit courses, which are delivered to small groups of students.

Students entering the programme are tested upon arrival using the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) in order to place students in the appropriate class level.

The programme offers students a minimum of 20 hours of English instruction per week and covers the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to College Studies
  • Structured Writing and Grammar
  • Learning Strategies and Study Techniques
  • Vocabulary Development and Intermediate Reading
  • Reading and Text Analysis
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • General Hospitality Knowledge


The programme can be taken prior to commencing any undergraduate or postgraduate programme at any Swiss Education Group school. The length of the programme for each participant depends on his or her personal English level and motivation.


The English Foundation Programme runs throughout the year in 4-week blocks. Students may join at the beginning of any 4-week block, for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks. Students must achieve the required OOPT score to progress to their programme. If a student has not achieved the required OOPT score but has completed the maximum 12 weeks of study, it is not possible to remain in the English Foundation Programme.


The English Foundation Programme is held at Hotel Institute Montreux. Students from all Swiss Education Group schools may participate in the programme.


All students must bring their own business suit to wear Monday to Friday from 7am until 7.30pm. Business suits must be dark in colour.


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