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English Foundation Programme

A minimum of 20 hours per week

English Foundation Programme

The English Foundation Programme, offered by Swiss Education Group, and based at Hotel Institute Montreux, 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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Overview

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

Structure

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.

Duration

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.

Location

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

Uniform

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.

Other Information

  • Intakes

    • 2017 intakes

      2018 intakes

      2 October
      30 October
      27 November

      8 January
      5 February
      5 March
      9 April
      7 May
      4 June
      9 July
      6 August
      3 September
      1 October
      29 October
      26 November

  • Recommended number of weeks

    • OOPT score

      Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 50+

      Guideline to achieve an OOPT score of 60+/70+

      60-69

      No course required

      4-8 weeks

         

      50-59

      No course required

      8-12 weeks

         

      48-49

      4-8 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      46-47

      8-12 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      44-45

      12 weeks

      12 weeks

         

      40-43

      12 weeks

      Recommendation to take additional preparatory English programmes prior to joining for 12 weeks.

         

      1-39

      Swiss Authorities require a minimum score of 40 points;
      Recommendation to take an external English programme before joining any Swiss Education Group school

  • Language Level Requirements

    • The following table indicates the English level required for entry into the Swiss Education Group schools and programmes from 3 common English testing methods (IELTS, TOEFL and OOPT).

      SCHOOL

      UNDERGRADUATE

      POSTGRADUATE

      MASTER'S

      Test

      IELTS

      TOEFL

      OOPT

      IELTS

      TOEFL

      OOPT

      OOPT

              

      César Ritz Colleges

      5.0

      500

      50+

      N/A

      N/A

      N/A

      70+*

              

      Culinary Arts Academy

      5.0

      500

      50+

      5.0

      500

      50+

      60+

              

      Hotel Institute Montreux

      5.0

      500

      50+

      5.0

      500

      50+

      60+

              

      IHTTI School of Hotel Management

      5.0

      500

      50+

      5.0

      500

      50+

      60+

              

      Swiss Hotel Management School

      5.0

      500

      50+

      5.0

      500

      50+

      60+**


      * Only applicable if students have attended the English Foundation Programme. Otherwise, all master’s degrees require IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550.

      ** Only applicable for Direct Entry into Master of Business programme. The Master of Science in International Hospitality Management requires either TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0.

      N.B:
      Should you wish to continue your studies at Hotel Institute Montreux or Swiss Hotel Management School and require a visa, an alternative English testing method to OOPT will be required for visa approval.

  • English Test Score Comparison

    • ALTE level

      CEF LEVEL

      CAMBRIDGE

      IELTS Range

      OOPT Computer based test score

      TOEFL

      Paper

      IBT internet

      5.0

      C2

      CPE

      8.0-8.5-9.0

      100-120

      625-680

      105-120

      4.0

      C1

      CAE, BEC Higher

      7.0-7.5

      80-99

      575-624

      88-104

      3.0

      B2

      FCE, BEC Vantage

      6.0-6.5

      60-79

      525-574

      68-87

      2.0

      B1

      PET, BEC Prelim

      5.0-5.5

      40-59

      475-525

      53-67

      1.0

      A2

      KET

      4.0-4.5

      20-39

      425-474

      37-53

      0.5

      A1

       

      3.0-3.5

      1-19

      325-424

      31-36

      0.0

       

       

      2.0-2.5

       

      225-325

      20-30


      ALTE Association of Language Testers of Europe
      CEF Common European Framework
      OOPT Oxford Online Placement Test
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