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Villars Palace Academy | Hospitality Institute in the Swiss Alps
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Boasting Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) accreditation, this innovative institute trains the hospitality superstars of tomorrow. To provide a hands-on approach, the programme operates out of a Swiss alpine lodge, the first-ever Edu-Resort in the country. Choose from a seven month gap year programme or two-year Diploma— Both open doors to top-tier universities and workplaces around the globe.
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Location:

The Academy operates in the Villars Alpine Resort, a trio of stylish lodgings in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. The 90,000m2 campus boasts a slew of state-of-the-art amenities, including working restaurants and bars, fitness facilities (gym, pool, athletics, D class UEFA football field), exhibition halls, and the oldest theatre in the Alps (established 1895).

Students sleep in one of 332 luxurious rooms and study theoretical components in 12 high-tech classrooms.

The nearest international airport is in Geneva, a 90-minute drive away.

Overview:

The Villars Palace Academy is a purpose-built hospitality school famed for its comprehensive two-year Vocational Education & Training (VET) programme.

The former General Director of Collège Beau Soleil, Jérôme de Meyer, recently founded this innovative institute, which kickstarts its first class in July 2022.

Students ages 18 and older are encouraged to stay on campus to fully immerse themselves in the programme. Small class sizes afford ample teacher-student time, while a steadfast focus on Hospitality and Tourism keeps the curriculum on track.

The institute boasts full accreditation with Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), widely regarded as the top Hotel Management School in the world.

Core Values:

The Villars Palace Academy has an innovative and dynamic educational approach, with a core focus on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Culture, Sustainability, and Creativity. The institute reinforces these “soft skills” throughout its programmes to help budding hospitality professionals overcome the challenges of tomorrow.

Academics:

The Villars Palace Academy offers a two-year Diploma, a seven-month Gap Year Programme, a two-month 360° Summer Hospitality Programme, and various Professional Development workshops.

All programmes incorporate a strategic blend of theoretical and practical components, with hands-on exercises taking place at the resort’s in-house restaurants, hotels, and bars.

Established industry professionals provide the tuition—many teachers currently work at the Villars Resort. Topics covered include Food & Beverage, Front Office, House Keeping, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Events Management, and Human Resources.

The two-year programme awards a Professional Diploma in Hotel Administration with VET certification from EHL. With this Diploma, students wishing to carry on further with their higher studies will be able to attend renowned private universities around the world and benefit from the VPA credits' recognition to achieve a bachelor’s degree faster.

The Gap Year programme awards a Foundation VET by EHL certificate.

Extracurricular Activities:

The Villars Palace Academy offers a range of exciting extracurricular activities to help students strike a balance between work and play.

Participants can step outside their comfort zone on a high altitude hiking expedition, either right here in the Swiss Alps or to the summit of Mount Meru (4,565 m) in Tanzania. Sailing excursions on Lake Geneva and camping trips under the stars occur on weekends, giving students the chance to hone their communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.

A wide range of sports and activities take place at the institute’s fitness facilities to keep students healthy and focused.

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Tuition

  • Boarding Tuition

    Full programme of 2 years: CHF 98'000 (all inclusive) / Gap Year of 7 months: CHF 32'200 (all inclusive) / Summer Hospitality Training of 2 months: CHF 13'400 (all inclusive), Professional Development Workshops

Teaching Environment

  • Total enrollment

    70-80

  • Setting

    Mountain Resort

  • Average class size

    10

Programmes of Study

  • Academic programmes

    Professional Development Workshops / Summer Hospitality Trainings / Gap Year in Hospitality & Leadership / Professional Diploma in Hospitality Administration

  • Extracurricular programmes

    Skiing / Golf / Badminton / Dance / Table tennis / Basketball / Horse-riding / Tennis / Swimming / Sailing / Football / Hockey

Languages

  • Main language

    French / English

  • Language courses offered

    French& any other language upon demand (additional fees will apply)

Pupils

  • Girls

    Yes

  • Boys

    Yes

  • Age of entry

    18+

  • Age of entry to boarding houses

    18+

Boarding

  • Full boarding

    Yes

  • Day pupils

    Yes

  • Flexi-boarding

    Yes

  • Weekly boarding

    Yes

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