Student life

Student life at Hotel Institute Montreux

Student life

Life in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe

Located in the Heart of Europe, Switzerland promises the most cultural and convenient destinations for those who want to experience the country and beyond. Its central location allows the ease of visiting neighboring countries such as France, Italy, Germany, or Monaco, within just a few hours. However, traveling in Switzerland, which possesses some of the most modern, clean, safe, and predictable transport in all of Europe, is not to be overlooked. Why not take a panoramic train through the alps while enjoying fondue and visit the Swiss Alps, glaciers, transparent lakes, and historic villages. Whether you are someone active or a homebody - students can enjoy endless adventures all year-round. 

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Culture & Travel

On Lake Geneva’s shores in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, Montreux offers stunning views of the Alps and the terraced vineyards of Lavaux. Montreux has a unique microclimate, and the city has an undeniable Mediterranean flair, from bright-colored buildings to sidewalks lined with palm trees. Summertime has everything the lake offers, from swimming, paddle boarding, water skiing, or sunbathing. In the winter, there are places to go skiing or sledding less than 30 min away. Montreux is the perfect location to explore Lake Geneva, go hiking in the nearby Alps or speed down a ski slope.

Swiss culture

The Swiss are commonly known for their friendly and polite ways. Punctual, clean, discreet, and organized are the traits that best represent the Swiss people. 
 
The campus is located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Nevertheless, languages are one of the most exciting aspects of Swiss culture. Home to four national languages, German, French, Italian, and Romansch, the country is accustomed to foreign tongues, and language barriers are hardly a problem. English, the unofficial fifth language, is commonly spoken throughout the country. 

The local culture composed of diverse landscapes and cosmopolitan surroundings. Switzerland is a melting pot of cultures and integrates various neighboring countries' traits, giving its own distinguishable atmosphere. Through their craftsmanship and culinary skills, Swiss are known for some of the best chocolate, cheese, and watch-making in the world. 

Swiss tradition
Tourist spots

A castle carved out of a rock on Lake Geneva and home to the prison that once held Lord Byron and inspired many of his novels, the Chateau de Chillon is the most visited landmark in Switzerland. Less than 15 minutes away is Europe's largest indoor water park, Aquaparc, open year-round. Besides Montreux's undeniably breathtaking scenery, it is also on the edge of the famous and UNESCO-protected vineyards of Lavaux in Switzerland. 

Castle in Lake Geneva, home to the prison that once held Lord Byron
Events / Concerts / Festivals

Montreux hosts the third-largest music festival in the world, The Montreux Jazz Festival, which takes place annually. It was also home to Freddie Mercury, and the city pays homage to him yearly with look-alikes from around the world. In the winter, you can ride the carousel or get in some holiday shopping at Switzerland's most famous Christmas market in the city. Montreux is notably the music capital of the country. 

Events, concerts, festivals
Travel abroad

Since it is central to the rest of Europe, Switzerland allows the ease of visiting neighboring countries such as France, Italy, Germany, or Monaco within a few hours. The airports of Zurich and Geneva are one of the hottest hubs in Europe, hosting flights around the world with some of the lowest rates. 

Travel abroad
Campus life

Our campus offers a complete and unique living experience. With activities and tailored facilities available all year long, a home-like environment is created. Montreux is one of the most mesmerizing Swiss towns and hold treasures that provide an ideal environment for a memorable student experience.

Student life at Hotel Institute Montreux. Landscape
Nightlife/restaurants/bars

Located in the heart of Montreux - there are live music bars and nightclubs all within walking distance of HIM. Students can also enjoy life on campus with events and parties organized weekly.

Nightlife/ Restaurants/ Bars
Day time activities

Summertime in Montreux has everything the lake offers, from swimming to paddle boarding, water-skiing, or sunbathing. In the winter, there are places to go skiing or sledding less than 30 minutes away. 

Day time activities. Skiing
Clubs, associations, teams, committees

The Student Ambassador Forum (SAF) are a committee of representatives chosen for and by our students. The SAF is responsible for linking students with the school and campus, creating memorable events and activities in sync with the student body. The schools also have athletic teams for football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, and badminton with weekly training and external competitions.

Clubs, associations, teams, committees
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