Immersion Foundation Program

Immersion in Swiss Hospitality

Immersion Foundation Program

The Immersion Foundation Program (IFP) allows students to ease into life and studying in Switzerland through discovery classes and hospitality immersion courses. Experience living in Switzerland prior to the start of your academic career.​

This program does not cater to students who need to improve their DELT or IELTS scores. If this is needed, please refer to the English Foundation Program (EFP).

Next intake

September 09, 2024


4 weeks



hospitality immersion program


Swiss Hospitality Experience

The Immersion Foundation Program (IFP) introduces you to the learning styles and academic expectations of elite hospitality education and focuses on personalized conversations and hospitality-based practical classes to increase your confidence to study in your program.

  • Learn specific practical communication skills for internships and jobs
  • Reinforce key academic and studying skills to prepare you for university-level studies
  • Engage with and understand both the cultural and academic context of university study, enabling you to fully benefit from your degree courses

Fulfilling this program will better prepare you for a high-level hospitality environment, developing your academic study skills and hospitality communication.

September 09, 2024

Program Details

IFP is for...
  • Incoming SHMS students who have never lived abroad before, or need hospitality experience
  • Students who want a chance to experience and live in Switzerland before SHMS classes begin
  • Students who need to build confidence for communication in relevant study topics such as Hospitality, Accounting, Wine and Bar, Service, etc.
4 Weeks of hospitality immersion, including:
  • 20 hours per week of classes and study skills
    • Swiss Hospitality Touch
    • Academic Skills
    • English for Hospitality
    • Guest Lecture Projects
  • 15 hours per week of practical sessions
    • Training in F&B service, Spa, and Reception
  • Study Hall
    • Self-study component with daily tasks to be completed
    • Listening Lab
    • Skills Development

The Immersion Foundation Program and the English Foundation Program (EFP) are currently held at the Leysin campus of Swiss Hotel Management School.

IFP Next Intakes

We recommend you apply 3 months in advance before your desired start date. If you need a visa, please be sure to allow enough time between the application and the start of the intake as it can take up to 12 weeks to process.

September 09, 2024

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