What we are looking for

At the Villars Palace Academy we are looking for passionate people with big dreams! The Palace Academy is a place for future leaders willing to grow on a personal level as well as learning the Swiss hospitality excellence and much more.

For us, academic excellence isn’t the only trait we’re looking at when recruiting our future students. The Palace Academy family is a community of curious, open minded and entrepreneurial people, willing to shape the new era of hospitality business.

Intake dates

We have two intakes a year, one in January and another in August. Here our next intake dates:

summer semester Intake
August 2022 - JULY 2024
Winter semester Intake
january 2023 - JANUARY 2025

Entry requirements

Secondary school leaving certificate

Min. 17 y.o. by the beginning
of the cursus

English language : Level B1 minimum. Proof of English level (IELTS 4.5, TOIEC 550, Cambridge PET, etc.)*

*if not available, the VPA team can organize an English test during the admission process.

Application process

Three Steps to join the Villars Palace Academy

Step1 - Online Application
(no application fees apply)

To complete your Admission Form you will need to send us the following documents:

  • "Dream Big": As part of your application, we would like to know what is your dream career path, which values, skills and experiences you will need and to which extent the Villars Palace academy will enable you to reach your objective? Be creative and authentic! Send us a video of your presentation: Max. 3 min long in mp4 format
  • "Be proud of yourself": write a few words to describe a highlight experience that makes you proud. No academic related experience, try to think of a unique achievement. Max. 300 words
  • Reference form completed by a former schoolteacher or professional supervisor and return separately to admissions@var.ch
  • Secondary school leaving certificate and most recent grading reports
  • Proof of employment, work certificates (if applicable)
  • Proof of English qualification
  • Copy of your passport and vaccination record

Step 2 - Interview

The interview is not a test of your knowledge, and you will not be quizzed on specific topics. The aim is to assess your motivation and get to know you. Our questions will focus, for example, on any summer jobs you may have had in the hospitality industry, your extracurricular activities, your passions and your international exposure. If your application has been successfully submitted, you will be invited to an assessment interview.

Step 3 - Final Decision

The Admissions team will consider the completed file and make a decision. If your application is successful, you will receive your official Letter of Offer in just 10 days. You will also be sent a complete acceptance package that contains:  

  • Official Acceptance Letter
  • Invoice for the 7-month programme (payment due within 30 days of reception)
  • Pre-arrival guide
  • Swiss student Visa/permit support.
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