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Moving to Les Roches for your first year? We can’t wait to welcome you! Until then, you’ve probably got a ton of questions, so here are answers to the most common ones we were asked during our recent Instagram new students Q&A.
We had a lot of questions about dress code, with many of you wondering how strict it is… and what happens if you don’t follow the rules ;-). We also had more specific questions about shoes, painted nails and a fair few questions on beards – shape and length and whether you could grow one after arrival. And we thought the hipster phase was over?!
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Let’s tackle those popular ones first – Beards are fine, but we’re talking more 50 Cent than Game of Thrones, and nail polish is ok too, as long as it’s a classic, soft tone – not bright and luminous!
Shoes for women:
Shoes for men:
Here’s an overview of the dress code, or you can read the full dress code policy (page five).
We’re not that bad, but we do take our dress code seriously. A career in hospitality will require you to look smart at all times, so we want you to start thinking about your professional image from the moment you arrive at Les Roches. It pays to look your best too – recruiters and industry guests often visit campus looking for the brightest and best students, both for internships and graduate roles.
The code applies to all of us: students, faculty and staff, and there are consequences if we don’t follow the rules. For students, any failure to follow these guidelines will result in 0.2 behaviour points off per incident of dress code non-compliance.
If you need a Practical Arts Uniform, you will be measured and receive it during your induction week.
Temperatures range from -10 in winter to +30 in summer, check out the packing guide (page seven) for information about which clothes to bring.
You’ll have a locker in the main building, where you can change outfits and store belongings.
It’s only right that a hospitality school has a check-in process! So on your first day you’ll get a room and a roommate assigned and we’ll set up a computer for you. We’ll also sort the paperwork for the resident permit while you settle in to your new home-from-home.
In your second week you’ll be introduced to the campus, programmes and all the wonderful people at Les Roches.
Student life is what makes a good semester great. There are plenty of activities organised by the Sports & Events team, such as weekend trips and sports tournaments, as well as student-led events and clubs and societies.
You can also set up your own society or activity – just let us know and we’ll help make it happen! Read more about campus life.
This is a tricky one to answer as each program and course is very different. Some exams are practical, some courses require a written test and others are based on a group project. One certainty is that we’ll give you all of the tools necessary to pass each required task.
Cooking is not allowed inside the rooms (you’ll have plenty of opportunity in the Practical Arts sessions!), however, almost all the buildings (except St. Francois, Pré-Fleuri B and C, CDV and the main building dorm) have a kitchen in the communal area.
If you’re living on campus, you’ll have a Full Board meal plan, which means all meals are included at no extra cost. If you’re hungry between meal times, there’s additional food options you can pay for. If you’re living off campus, or in the Cheminots apartment building, you can opt for the Half Board option which includes breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
The world’s your classroom! You could could go anywhere, depending on your passport eligibility, language skills, previous experience and the recruitment process preparation.
You’ll receive full support from our Career Development and Industry Placement (CDIP) team to secure your internships. This includes in-class workshops, organising Career Days where employers visit the campus, one-to-one counseling, and an online platform with current opportunities.
Every student has different needs and wants, therefore CDIP will guide you towards your goals within the legal framework. After graduation, the alumni department will offer different activities and services such as access to exclusive job offers and career counselling and networking.
Overall the students who use the CDIP’s tools receive numerous offers before and right after graduating (an average of three offers per student). Of course, this will depend on your flexibility and involvement.
This varies greatly, some internships are paid, some unpaid. Others might offer a small remuneration and include meals, accommodation, training opportunities, transportation and laundry services etc. The CDIP department will be able to take into account your needs when looking at internship opportunities.
There is one career day per semester and attendance is compulsory for students of all programs (IEL, BBA, PGD, MBA). Around 70+ international hospitality companies (around 160 recruiters) will offer internships, management training and / or jobs (including supervisory and management jobs).
The main goal for this event is to give you the chance to network and meet professionals from the industry to grow your network and knowledge. This day offers you the chance to interview, get information, talk about career paths and attend workshops. The CDIP team will prepare you in advance for a day that will seriously improve your employability opportunities.
Part-time jobs are not included in the curriculum, but you can use Symplicity (the school’s career portal) to find any opportunities that we know of. You can use your downtime for a part-time job if you wish.
There’s a variety of shops in the area: from low cost brands to luxury boutiques. However, keep in mind that this is Switzerland so many things may well cost more here. Online shopping is of course available too and all orders can be delivered via the reception (please just ensure to put your name and numbers on orders).
Milan is also an option, in a just two hour train-ride you can be in Italy’s fashion capital for a shopping day. Any excuse 😉
During check-in a representative of UBS bank will be here to assist you in opening an account.
Lebara Mobile will be on-campus selling SIM cards during check-in.
French is a plus but not a necessity. We’re in a popular tourist area, which means many locals will understand English. But as with anywhere, any effort you make is always appreciated, such as saying ‘bonjour’ (hello), ‘au revoir’ (goodbye) and ‘merci’ (thank you).
Another tricky one, as students all have different spending habits. CHF800- 1’000 will comfortably see you through a typical month of spending.
Over the holidays and between semesters you can leave your belongings with a storage company on campus, Nova Sina. They charge rates based on weight, size and duration of storage. You’ll find more info on this on Moodle, the school’s e-learning intranet, under ‘Info and News’.
We always encourage students to purchase a CFF train half-fare card, which will drastically reduce costs if you intend on travelling often by public transport. For weekend getaways in Europe, Easyjet has over 30 low-cost routes from Geneva airport.
Many students opt to rent cars for the ease of getting around, but it’s not a necessity. Public transport is available to most destinations, but may involve a wait as buses aren’t that frequent.
Yes! Take a look at this infographic all about winter driving.
Imagine not being able to charge your mobile phone! Switzerland has its own standard three prong plug, adapters are readily available online or at airports.
All dorm buildings are equipped with laundry and ironing facilities. We use On-My-Way for dry cleaning. Drop-off and pick-up is at the school and charged as per the company’s rates. There is a service provided by the schools for the cleaning of Service and Kitchen uniforms.
Keep an eye out for entrepreneurial students offering extra services, such as ironing for a fee!
We have about five active clubs this 2018 semester (Student Governance Association (SGA), Wine club, Green club, Les Roches Gives Back and Art society) and many sports teams including football, rugby, volleyball, basketball and cricket. We’ll happily help you start a new club or team if it’s feasible and interest is there.
Cultural Night is one of the biggest events of the semester. It’s organised by students as part of a course in BBA7. All BBA1 students will be working for the event, but students in other semesters can join by creating their own show and food stall.
You’ll need to officially put forward your show or stall and it needs to be selected by the organising group of students.
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There are lots of nightspots in the area, such as restaurants, bars and a cinema, especially concentrated in Crans Montana, 10 minutes from campus.
Should you miss any class time, you will be docked hours and you will fall behind on the program.
In your first semester you will be required to work some weekends and project/exam work will require studying in the evening and on weekends. Otherwise, free time is your time!
So there you have it, the 34 most common questions new Les Roches students have before they start. All answered. If you have any other questions, we’d love to help – call us on+41 21 989 26 44 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – and see you soon!
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