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Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland)

Address: Route de Caux 28, 1823 Glion, Switzerland
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Description Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland)

The elite institution Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International Etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland) was founded in 1954 - until now the school is run by the Neri-Faillettaz family, who acted as founders of the institution. The main goal of the programs is not only to increase the academic knowledge of women (in some courses also men) from all over the world, but also to provide valuable social and business skills and knowledge, improve the best personal qualities, and learn modern etiquette, protocol and norms of behavior in many different cultures.

Many students come after the completion of their secondary or university education, others are already active in the business world. The curriculum provides an opportunity to deepen and update existing knowledge, master the norms of international etiquette and protocol in various situations, improve understanding of customs and norms worldwide.

Lessons are taught in small classes, many subjects given with “hands-on” practice - this results in an individual approach, giving each student a maximum of personal attention.

The institution has accreditations from leading national and international commissions and associations:

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  • Association of Private Schools of the Canton of Vaud
  • Swiss Federation of Private Schools FSEP (Swiss Federation of Private Schools) and EDUQUA

All courses are taught in English. There is an intensive 6-week Summer course which covers a vast curriculum and several short one-week intensive seminars with a specific theme.

The school is linguistically strong - here you can study both French and English or combine two courses by choosing a bilingual program. If desired, students can prepare for international language exams and pass them at the end of the training:

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland)

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
16.06.2019 -24.07.2019
18+
from 9 570 CHF / 3 weeks

Diploma

A special course lasting 3-6 weeks with an intensity of 36 lessons weekly. Each student can make up her personal curriculum to make learning as effective as possible. Lessons can be conducted in English, French or bilingual.

The Diploma program is conducted in the specialty "International etiquette and protocol". The training course includes the following disciplines and areas:

  • European etiquette (4 lessons per week)

Study of good manners, table etiquette and rules of conduct in a restaurant, hotel. Planning the menu for different situations, the rules of serving, table talk, dress code for lunch and dinner.

  • Business etiquette (6 lessons per week)

Study of international customs regulations and safety in travel. The rules of business meetings, conferences and business lunches, business official correspondence and business correspondence. Writing a resume. Etiquette of the office, personal and telephone conversations.

  • International etiquette of private and business meetings (8 lessons weekly)

Rules of table setting (historical traditions of different countries), behavior at the table; Compilation and calculation of the menu.

  • Table setting and table etiquette (6 lessons per week)

Correct wine supply, choice of wine and suitable dishes. Serving the table, order in the buffet, caring for silverware and china. Organization and holding of private parties. Serving of tea and coffee table. Maintenance of conversation at the table: permitted and forbidden topics, international permissible protocol, verbal communication (sign language), compliance with the dress code. Practical lessons on the organization of a cocktail party or tea ceremony.

  • Decoration of the table and the art of drawing up bouquets (2 lessons per week)

Studying of compositions from fresh and dry colors, selection of colors on a season, a combination with fruit. Studying of classical and modern tendencies, rules of a combination with other subjects on a table (vases, napkins, cutlery, etc.).

In addition, girls can choose for themselves interesting additional electives (10 lessons per week, paid separately) - subject can be:

  • Ballroom dancing
  • bakery products
  • art
  • Housekeeping
  • Individual lessons of French
  • Cookery
  • Winemaking
  • PR.

In each class, up to 12 girls are engaged, usually 6 people each.

Dates of the program:

1) Diploma Course:

  • Three-week course: from June 19 to July 8, from July 10 to July 29
  • Six-week course: from June 19 to July 29.

Arrivals and departures are held from Friday to Sunday.

The cost of training for 1 person in the school is:

  • Diploma Course = 9570CHF / 3 weeks, 19140CHF / 6 weeks.
16.06.2019 -24.07.2019
18-30
from 7 920 CHF / 3 weeks

Higher Certificate

A program with an intensity of 26 lessons a week can last 3 or 6 weeks depending on the wishes, requirements and abilities of the student. Lessons can be conducted in English, French or bilingual.

The program is conducted in the specialty "International etiquette and protocol". The training course includes the following disciplines and areas:

  • European etiquette (4 lessons per week)

Study of good manners, table etiquette and rules of conduct in a restaurant, hotel. Planning the menu for different situations, the rules of serving, table talk, dress code for lunch and dinner.

  • Business etiquette (6 lessons per week)

Study of international customs regulations and safety in travel. The rules of business meetings, conferences and business lunches, business official correspondence and business correspondence. Writing a resume. Etiquette of the office, personal and telephone conversations.

  • International etiquette of private and business meetings (8 lessons weekly)

Rules of table setting (historical traditions of different countries), behavior at the table; Compilation and calculation of the menu.

  • Table setting and table etiquette (6 lessons per week)

Correct wine supply, choice of wine and suitable dishes. Serving the table, order in the buffet, caring for silverware and china. Organization and holding of private parties. Serving of tea and coffee table. Maintenance of conversation at the table: permitted and forbidden topics, international permissible protocol, verbal communication (sign language), compliance with the dress code. Practical lessons on the organization of a cocktail party or tea ceremony.

  • Decoration of the table and the art of drawing up bouquets (2 lessons per week)

Studying of compositions from fresh and dry colors, selection of colors on a season, a combination with fruit. Studying of classical and modern tendencies, rules of a combination with other subjects on a table (vases, napkins, cutlery, etc.).

In each class, up to 12 girls are engaged, usually 6 people each.

Dates of the program:

1) Higher Certificate Course:

  • Three-week course: from June 19 to July 8, from July 10 to July 29
  • Six-week course: from June 19 to July 29.

Arrivals and departures are held from Friday to Sunday.

The cost of training for 1 person in the school is:

  • Higher Certificate Course = 7920CHF / 3 weeks, 15840CHF / 6 weeks.
05.03.2020 -21.10.2020
21+
from 5 600 CHF / week

Intensive Etiquette Seminars

  • Age: from 21 years
  • Dates: March, June, August, October
  • Duration: 3-4 years.

At the program, young people over the age of 21 learn about the rules of etiquette at the international level, which must be observed at official or, conversely, informal events. Under the guidance of experienced teachers, students whose profession involves frequent interaction with representatives of business or political circles will receive the necessary skills of good etiquette, taking into account different cultures.

The Intensive Etiquette Seminars training course includes two main seminars that take place at different intervals throughout the year:

  • European Art of Dining (March 2-6, June 14-18, August 3-7, October 5-9).
  • Exploring Cultural Differences (October 12-16).

The five-day educational section of European Art of Dining is devoted to the study of the traditions and evolution of modern European dining etiquette. Students will get acquainted with different styles of menu design, table setting, coffee serving, will study the design of cutlery, will learn how to combine wine and food, learn about the rules of the dress code, as well as the intricacies of small talk as a guest or, conversely, the owner. The training course includes:

  • 36 training hours in 5 days
  • 4 manuals on traditional cuisine of 4 countries with feedback
  • Interactive classes, brainstorming, role-playing games and more.

The second study section of the Intensive Etiquette Seminars program - Exploring Cultural Differences - includes studying international traditions and etiquette customs, the knowledge of which will allow young people from different countries to better understand the characteristics of multicultural behavior and to feel confident in any environment.

Students will learn about the customs and traditions of the etiquette of several countries, learn the rules of small talk with the avoidance of uncomfortable topics, learn which gifts are appropriate depending on the occasion and culture; will get an idea of how to contact your interlocutors at an official event or in an informal setting. Young people will also learn the intricacies of handling different appliances (cutlery, chopsticks and so on). The training course includes:

  • 36 training hours in 5 days
  • 3 master classes in international cuisine
  • Interactive classes, brainstorming, role-playing games.

For an additional fee, students can also add individual lessons in different areas to the educational process:

  • Diplomatic protocol
  • Oenology
  • Personal presentation
  • Home management
  • Practical housekeeping.

For the distribution of individual classes, you can choose weekends or evening hours after workload according to the main educational program.

Summer Intensive Course International Etiquette & Protocol

  • Age: from 18 years old
  • Dates: June 21-July 31
  • Duration: 3 to 6 weeks.

The summer educational program, which includes 180-230 academic hours, the result of which will be the receipt of the diploma "International Etiquette and Protocol." Throughout the entire training program, students are waiting for about 30 tests on the theory, as well as three practical exams.

Such an educational course is suitable for young women who want to feel confident in social or business circles of the international level and have practical knowledge in the field of etiquette. This knowledge is necessary when working with people from business, political circles and prominent people from different fields.

The academic base load of the course is 28 basic lessons per week. The result of such training will be obtaining a certificate. For those students who want to gain in-depth knowledge on this topic, 8 more classes are offered that are held in the afternoon after the main ones. In total, to receive a diploma in the field of international etiquette, the course participants are waiting for 36 academic hours per week.

The duration of one lesson per course is 90 minutes and covers a wide range of academic disciplines. Lessons are held in small groups of up to 20 people for better efficiency. The educational program of the course includes the following areas of study:

  • Daily etiquette
  • Event Etiquette
  • Dress code
  • Etiquette at the table
  • Entertainment
  • Floristics and table decoration
  • Effective Home Management
  • International beverage culture.

Cost of education:

  • Certificate: from 7920CHF / 3 weeks, 15840CHF / 6 weeks
  • Diploma: 9570CHF / 3 weeks, 19140CHF / 6 weeks.

Also, as part of the summer etiquette program, there is an in-depth study of the International Savoir-Vivre topic, where immersion in the etiquette theme is carried out in the context of different countries, taking into account their cultural characteristics: America, Europe, Asia. The course includes workshops on nutrition features and consists of several sections:

  • Business etiquette
  • Protocol (Diplomatic Protocol)
  • Self-Development.

For a fee (from 480CHF / 3 weeks), students can add additional individual lessons to the main program in the following areas:

  • Effective communication
  • Practical home management
  • Oenology
  • French lessons.

Also on the course, students are offered additional individual lessons in exclusive areas (cost - from 250 to 480CHF for 3 weeks):

  • The art of self-presentation
  • Easy stress relief
  • In the face of the media
  • Media training
  • Key Leadership Aspects
  • Leadership training (managerial training)
  • Butler and property management.

Accommodation and food

Residences are located in Glion above Montreux, overlooking Lake Geneva. Students are offered boarding-school style, fully furnished rooms for 2-3 people. A few single rooms sharing the bathroom are also available. Each room has a safe for storing valuables, several have a balcony with a magnificent view of the mountains or lake. Some (older) students also choose to stay at a hotel or rented lodgings off campus, especially when they come with family members.

Meals : Breakfast is included from Monday to Friday for resident students.  As it is necessary for table manners and service practice, lunch is provided for all students from Monday to Friday and consists of a European style menu with meat or fish and a vegetarian or vegan menu. Food allergies or restrictions for religious purposes should be announced on the application form.

The cost of living is (for 1 person):

  • Residence, personal room: 3360CHF / 3 weeks, 6270CHF / 6 weeks
  • Residence, double room: 2100CHF / 3 weeks, 4200CHF / 6 weeks.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: art, art of drawing up bouquets, business etiquette, Cookery, English, European etiquette, French, international etiquette, laying, preparation for AFC, preparation for DALF, preparation for DELF, preparation for language exams Cambridge, preparation for PET, Preparation for TOEFL, Preparing for SAT, Public relations (PR), table setting and table etiquette, The art of dance, winemaking

Events Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland)

Interesting events and festivals are held in Monteux, such as the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival (in July) and the Festival of Classical Music in August.

The purpose-equipped buildings of the school are designed for practicing theory learnt in class. In their free time students can also enjoy the school’s swimming pool or use the many sports facilities in the Glion-Montreux area which are very wide and varied:

  • Fitness
  • Snowboarding
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Windsurfing
  • Skiing [mountain and cross-country skiing]
  • Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

In the very Montreux constantly hosts interesting events, festivals, festivals: for example, the famous summer Jazz Festival (in July), the big Festival of Classical Music in August. Students can attend a theatrical performance, various concerts, go to the cinema or to a ballet.

Equipment Institut Villa Pierrefeu (School of International etiquette and Protocol in Switzerland)

The campus of the school is perfectly equipped for effective studying, active leisure and pleasant leisure time during extra-curricular hours. On the territory of the school there are fitness centers and gyms, a sauna, a jacuzzi and a large heated pool. Only 5 minutes walk - and you are already in the foothills, where you can learn skiing or snowboarding, also close to the coast of Lake Geneva, available for water sports (sailing, surfing, water skiing - the school has its boat). Near the campus there are tennis courts (tennis), Dressage school and riding arena.

The school campus is located just above the famous resort of Montreux, and is surrounded by a large private park.

Term dates and fees

Program Dates: (2020 summer courses have been cancelled)

1) Higher Certificate Course: (women only)

    • Three-week course: from June 20 to July 9, July 11 to July 30, 2021
    • Six-week course Course: from June 20 to July 30, 2021.

2) Diploma Course: (women only)

    • Three-week course: from June 20 to July 9, July 11 to July 30, 2021
    • Six-week course: from June 20 to July 30, 2021.

3) European Art of Dining seminar (men and women)

  • October 5 to 9, 2020
  • March 1 to 5, 2021
  • June 13 to 17, 2021
  • August 2 to 6, 2021

4) Exploring Cultural Differences (men and women)

  • October 12 to 16, 2020

Arrivals are on Sundays and departures on Friday.

Tuition for 1 person in the school is:

  • Higher Certificate Course = 7920CHF / 3 weeks , 15840CHF / 6 weeks
  • Diploma Course = 9570CHF / 3 weeks, 19140CHF / 6 weeks.

The indicated price already includes:

  •  
  • Curriculum of the selected program as described in the brochure
  • Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program
  • Contribution to school infrastructure and facilities
  • One excursion per three weeks

Paid separately and does not include:

  • Registration fee = 600 CHF
  • Accommodations and some meals (see in the corresponding section)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy)
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Deposit for extra classes or expenses (non-used part is refundable): 1200 CHF / 3 weeks, 2400 CHF / 6 weeks
  • IVP course and exercise-books 450CHF
  • Transfer from and to Geneva airport = 330 CHF-350 CHF
  • Additional courses or one-on-one private lessons (optional)
  • Examination fee Higher Certificate / Diploma = 1200 CHF( Exams are optional)
  • Personal expenses = vary according to each person

 

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

camp / language school 

    • copy of 1 page 
    • certificate of language proficiency (if any) 

private school, boardinghouse 

    • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
    • certificate of language proficiency 
    • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school) 
    • school registration form 
    • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
    • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects 
    • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype) 
    • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
    • motivation letter (not for all schools) 
    • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs) 
    • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations 
    • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s) 

university 

    • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport 
    • certificate of language proficiency 
    • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master 
    • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
    • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any) 
    • motivation letter / personal statement 
    • interview with a representative of the institution 

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Alyssa
Hello, I’ve taken a great interest in your program. I was wondering how the application process works. I live in Canada, female and I’m twenty five. Do I need certain qualifications to apply ? Or does this program apply to the General public ? Regards, Alyssa
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Alice, anyone can go through this program.
Bernis
Dear Sir or Madam, I have 3 daughter at the age if 13+,15+ and 16+. All of the girls are currently studying in uk and are a boarding student.I will like to my daughter to learn etiquette and communication with others.Bt the way we are from Singapore. Kindest Regards, Bernis
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Manager Smaps
Bernice, our company will be happy to enroll your girls in school.
SMAPSE consultant
Dear Odio, Thank you for your message. It is possible to learn so if your English is at least B1 which is Intermediate level.
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Odio/ Temi
Would love to attend , primarily the etiquette diploma . Languages spoken however are Spanish and Chinese very keenly . Is it possible to learn a lot in housekeeping , baking ,PR and social graces in 3 weeks ?
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Dear Odio, Thanks for your message. You can find out if your English is at least B1, which is an intermediate level.
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