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University – Hotel Management University – Engelberg, Switzerland
The Swiss campus is located in SIU`s Hotel Europe and Hotel Bellevue, large, well-known hotels of long tradition in the center of Engelberg, within easy walking distance to the shopping center, sports complex and railway station. Built in the early 1900`s, the hotels now have modern facilities, yet retain their original charm and elegance. This provides an ideal environment for hotel management students to learn hotel and restaurant operations, not only in the classroom but also through work experience.
Students in the diploma program (a one-year program) must complete a six-month paid internship in a hospitality business in Switzerland after completing six months of study. Interns’ gross pay is approximately 2050 Swiss francs per month. Students in the AS program may do a second six-month internship. Students may be eligible for University Service Grants (USG). These are work-study positions with the university. Students work in the school library for example. A full USG position requires the student to work twelve hours per week per term or semester. The pay is equal to 25% of the tuition fee.
Engelberg is the leading mountain resort in central Switzerland. It is visited as much for its skiing as for its clean air - there are twenty-four ski lifts and cableways in the vicinity. With its combination of modern sports facilities and alpine location, Engelberg is a magnet for both summer and winter tourism. Winter activities include skiing and snowboarding (at two ski resorts), sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, and for the more adventurous, ice climbing and mountaineering. When the snow melts, tourists come for the hiking, fresh air, and scenery. A trip to Mount Titlis (via cable car) is a must for travelers from all over the world. Less than an hour away by train (half an hour by car) lies the famous city of Lucerne with all its cultural and entertainment resources, while Switzerland`s largest metropolis, Zurich, is only an hour`s drive from Engelberg.
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