Student life

Student life at Hotel Institute Montreux

Student life

Live well, learn well

Student life is more than studies. On campus or off campus, you can explore your interests, learn new skills, build life-long friendships, and develop both personally and professionally. 

In addition to great leisure activities, themed events and extracurricular clubs, HIM is ideally located to maximize living in Switzerland. Be it outdoor or cultural activities you seek, the choices are unlimited.

Life outside the classroom

Sports Day

Staying active

As a student, you have access to fitness facilities near the school. We also have football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, and badminton teams with weekly training and external competitions, such as the Swiss Education Group Sports Day, which brings students together from across all our sister schools once a term.

Icebreaker event at HIM

All fun and games

Each new term starts with a bang when students literally break the ice by smashing an ice sculpture! That's just the beginning of a series of banquets, themed events, and cultural nights where you get a firsthand experience of hospitality, great food, and fun with your fellow classmates.

Truffle masterclass


Optional masterclasses are a great way to broaden your horizons and gain new skills–from whisky and truffles, to perfumes and digital marketing, take advantage of these unique learning opportunities

Our wellbeing vision

We strive to create an environment where students thrive academically, emotionally, and physically through holistic development, positive relationships, and support systems.

At HIM we prioritize the wellbeing of our students, for we recognize the significant impact it has on their overall health and success. We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes and supports wellbeing in all aspects of life.

Our approach to wellbeing is all-encompassing and includes physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects. A holistic approach is crucial in creating an environment where our students can thrive.

To ensure the wellbeing of our students, we are dedicated to the following principles:

Supportive Culture

Creating a supportive culture where students feel valued and respected through open communication and empathy.

Providing resources

We organize workshops on different aspects of wellbeing (stress, time, and conflict management)

Nurturing mental and emotional health  

We are dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and fostering a safe environment where students feel comfortable seeking help. We provide access to counseling services both on and off campus.

Collaboration with community partners

We collaborate with local wellbeing organizations and professionals to enhance the range of prevention services available to students.


Health on campus

Staying healthy

A student counsellor is available on each campus to assist you when you are sick, help you book medical or dental appointments, and handle any medical emergencies.

Student counselling

Student counselling

Being a student is a unique time in your life with unique opportunities and pressures. Navigating course work while figuring out what you want to do with your life can feel overwhelming. Our school counsellor is here to provide a listening ear and tools to help you get a better understanding of your personality and purpose.

Yoga workshop

Wellbeing workshops

We offer regular workshops where you can gain strategies to better manage your stress and anxiety: mindfulness, meditation, yoga, stress management, time management, cultural immersion, conflict management. Take advantage of our Meyers-Briggs assessments and competency evaluations to identify your personality traits and develop your own unique brand of leadership.

Student Ambassador Forum at HIM

Student Ambassador Forum

Fostering the next generation of leaders

Each term, students elect a committee of peers who represent them to improve the student experience on campus. Fostering a spirit of democratic cooperation among the student body, the committee works together as a mini-company, with each member serving in a different capacity.

Their involvement on campus includes organizing events and parties, promoting student activities on social media, putting together the yearbook, expressing academic concerns to faculty, and supervising school clubs.

Exploring Switzerland and beyond

Switzerland Mountains

Organized excursions

Every term, we offer free excursions to some of Switzerland’s top cities and destinations so you can enjoy all the country has to offer. Whether you’re visiting the capital of Bern, or another sought-after site such as Lucerne, Zurich, or Interlaken, you’ll have many opportunities to explore, shop, dine, and discover Switzerland’s unique culture.

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Take advantage of the great outdoors

Switzerland also provides year-round opportunities for outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, hiking, swimming, river rafting, sailing, water-skiing, golfing, horseback riding, and paragliding. With nearly 200 winter sports resorts across the country, there are plenty of activities, including skiing, sledding, skating, hockey, and ice climbing to keep you busy in the winter months.

Events, concerts, festivals

Cultural activities

Switzerland also offers an extensive range of cultural experiences. Enjoy world-renowned exhibitions, trade fairs, film festivals, museums, and musical events throughout the year or stroll through the many traditional Christmas, antiques’, and farmers’ markets.



Dress the part

Explore our school-branded merchandise and find comfortable, Swiss-made apparel that will showcase your school spirit to the world!

Cheerleading at Sports Day

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