Life in Switzerland

SWISS HOSPITALITY EDUCATION CULTURE

As the birthplace of hotel schools, Switzerland has set the standards for education and professionalism in the hospitality industry world-wide. Switzerland is an ideal place to study abroad because it offers a safe, clean living environment and opportunities to explore new cultures and new sports, in the cities and regions throughout Europe. Renowned for its breathtaking mountain landscapes, delicious cuisine and high quality of education, Switzerland’s French Speaking region is home to the Bulle Campus and Bluche Campus of LRG-University of Applied Science.

Here are a few of the Frequently Asked Questions about life in Switzerland and student life at LRG-University of Applied Sciences.

Bulle campus is located near the Lac de Gruyère and the mountains surrounding Le Moléson. Higher in altitude, the region offers crisp air and has warm summer temperatures (average 25°C) but cooler winters with frequent snow-fall.

Bluche campus is in the Swiss Alps, at 1,200 m. in altitude. The summer days are warm (15-28°C), the nights are cool and it’s a sunny climate above the clouds year-round. In winter, the village-style campus is often covered with a good amount of snow, making it a great place to enjoy some winter sports.

Switzerland is very safe, with a low crime rate, political stability and a harmonious multicultural society. Incidences of robbery and assault are rare and Switzerland has strict gun regulations and drug laws.

The three largest cities: Zurich, Bern and Geneva, all offer picturesque city centers with extensive shopping, fine dining, museums, theatres, bars and clubs, and cultural events.

Crans-Montana is an international tourist resort with expats and tourists living there and visiting the region year-round. Bulle is primarily occupied by Swiss residents, giving it a very peaceful atmosphere for studying and keeping in shape with outdoor sports.

Traditional Swiss food varies from one region to the next. In the French-speaking cantons surrounding our campuses, you can have delicious cheese fondue, raclette, viande sechée (dried meat), double cream with fruit, and chocolate, as well as many fine wines.

The Swiss-German part offers traditional meals such as Rösti, sausages and the minced veal “Zurich style” and the famous breakfast Müesli.

Switzerland is a small but very beautiful country with charming cities and natural settings:

Gruyère – A famous medieval town where they produce the famous Swiss cheese and double cream. Only 10 minutes away from Bulle campus.

Zurich & Lausanne – These two Swiss cities are popular for the shopping districts, restaurants, and especially for the night-life. Less than 2 hours by train from either campus.

The Alps – You cannot say that you really experienced Switzerland until you’ve seen the Alps, Zermatt and Jungfrau are easily accessible by public transportation.

In Switzerland you can reach any major city in Europe by train or take a quick trip from one of the main airports in Geneva and Zurich.

LRG-UAS encourages students to participate in sports by offering access to fitness centers, group classes, sporting events and excursions, sports teams and competitions.

Water sports:
Switzerland has many lakes and rivers where you can do many different sports: sailing, boating, rowing, swimming, wakeboarding, and water skiing are all commonly practiced on Lake Geneva while the Lake of Gruyère offers swimming and fishing. River trips can also be arranged for kayaking and rafting.

Mountain sports:
Did you know that more than 70% of Switzerland is actually mountain? There are so many sports you can enjoy and the list is endless: climbing, walking, skiing, sledging, snowshoeing and more. There are many top-level spots nearby each campus, so you can also rent equipment!!

Cycling:
What about the ‘Tour de Suisse’ ? Switzerland has excellent bike-ways connecting the whole country. A bike is a great way to discover the country at your own pace, stopping in scenic spots, on a small budget. Glion has bike’s you can use, or you can rent a bike and helmet at most train stations in Switzerland.