FAQ

How can I apply?
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Once you have identified the programme of interest, you can proceed with the online application directly through this website. Before selecting the intake you would like to apply for, prepare the following documentation: your CV, a motivation letter, transcripts of your academic qualifications since High School, IELTS or equivalent English test result and a copy of your passport.

Please review the requirements page for more detailed information about the documents required. You may also apply by email to info@imi-luzern.com

What scholarships do you offer?
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As a private institute, IMI/ICI offers no full scholarships and only a limited number of part-scholarships for new students. These scholarships are competitive and are linked to IMI/ICIs admissions strategy, which aims to assist motivated people to study at our institution. Each scholarship has specific criteria and eligibility so a request for a scholarship is examined on a case-by-case basis for those students who have submitted a complete application. Swiss nationals benefit from a preferential rate so please contact us on info@imi-luzern.com for more information.

Where is the school located?
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The school is located in the German speaking part of Switzerland, 15 minutes away from the historic city of Luzern. Enjoy the family atmosphere on campus with around 150 students studying per semester. We are a very international school with 40-50 different nationalities per term, allowing you to make friends from all over the world!

When should I start my application?
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For all non-Swiss applicants, a study visa is required for studying at IMI. The visa process can take about eight to ten weeks, depending on your nationality, so we recommend that you start the application process as early as possible. Our Admissions team is always available to answer any questions you might have about the application and/or visa process. Contact them any time at info@imi-luzern.com

Do I need to pass an exam for admission?
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You do not need to pass any specific exam. All you have to do is to make sure that you meet all the admission requirements for the program you are applying to. In order to assess your profile, you would need to send us your CV, motivation letter, latest transcripts and diplomas, passport copy and IELTS result (if you have one already) at info@imi-luzern.com.  We will then contact you for a personal consultation.

What are the accommodation options?
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We provide accommodation on campus here in Kastanienbaum in recently refurbished, bright and modern rooms. Accommodation is available in twin or single rooms with or without private shower, all at affordable prices. Rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  If you require advice for off-campus accommodation options, we can guide you accordingly.  Contact us on info@imi-luzern.com for a personal consultation.

What type of internship can I expect?
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An internship is work experience, generally between six months to one year in length, that gives you the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge about hospitality. Some common internship examples are a Night Audit position, F&B Service position, Kitchen placement, Front Office, etc. Our Internship and Career Services Department will support you in finding a suitable internship for you, either in Switzerland or abroad. A six-month paid internship in Switzerland pays a minimum gross salary of CHF 2,190 per month. The better you speak the local language, the better position you will get. For this reason, during your academic semester we give you the opportunity to learn basic French or German, providing you the tools to secure the best position possible. On the Swiss Degree programme, the languages are an integral part of the study programme.

Are internships and jobs guaranteed after the studies?
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There are no guarantees in life but, at IMI, we work together individually with each student to provide them with all the necessary tools and support for securing their dream job or internship. We organise Career Days on campus twice a year: Leading companies from the hospitality and tourism industry come here to present their job opportunities and to interview/recruit our students. Check our social media platforms to see all the companies that IMI regularly hosts. We also offer individual support on CV writing, interview skills, job applications and visa applications to support students at every stage of the process.

Can I have meals on campus?
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Our Main Dining Hall provides cuisine from around the world, allowing students to have variety and choice in their diet. Meals consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. During the weekdays, The Swissroom, our training restaurant, offers a 3-course meal, giving our service and culinary students the chance to develop their skills, and other students the opportunity to enjoy an exceptional fine-dining lunch.

What facilities and amenities does the campus provide?
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IMI facilities aim to enhance the students' experience by catering for all their needs. In the campus building, you can take full advantage of a well-equipped library, a gym, a recreational area with billiards, ping pong and foosball table, board games and sports gears and equipment, a garden, a basketball field, a laundry room with washing machines and driers. Your room will be equipped with a fridge, a kettle, a safe and studying lamps. You do not have to worry about linens and towels, because IMI provides you with them and with the opportunity of receiving fresh ones weekly (bed linen every other week). Free WIFI is available across all campus, and is included in your registration fee.

Do I have to wear a uniform at IMI?
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At IMI, we are training you to be the future managers of the industry so, during weekdays from 8am until 5.30pm, our students must follow our business dress code: black, navy blue or dark grey suit, white shirt, black business shoes and dark socks. Female students can wear skirts with an appropriate length, no shorter than the knee level. Male students must wear a tie. All students except BA, PGHM and MBA must wear the IMI tie for gentlemen and scarf for ladies. IMI ties and scarfs will be provided by the school. As regards the kitchen and service uniforms, where needed, these will also be provided by IMI and are included in the fees. 

What happens during my first week at IMI?
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Your first week of school is called BIG Week and consists of fun activities and lots of informative sessions. During these first days, you will learn about student services and campus life, IT connections and wifi, ID cards, dress code and grooming standards, Swiss bank accounts, internships and careers opportunities, CV workshops, duties and all other essential IMI Information. The purpose of this week is to smoothly introduce you to your new environment and to make you feel at home and part of the IMI 'family.' 

After graduating, will I still receive support from the Career Services department?
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Once you graduate, you will join the IMI Alumni community for the rest of your life. Thanks to our new website, powered by the HOSCO Network, you will be able to keep in touch with the whole Alumni community, will receive job notifications and be able to create job alerts. In addition, you are always able to contact our Career Service department for support in defining the next steps in your career. You will be registered on our Alumni website -  www.imi-alumni.com - during your last term at IMI to ensure you have access to all the great features listed above.

On the day of my arrival, how do I get to IMI?
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IMI organises a pick-up service for you as part of the registration fee paid by all new students. Whether you land in Zurich airport or arrive at Luzern train station, a member of staff will be there to transport you to campus. You will just need to inform us about the arrival date and flight number and we will take care of the rest so that you can have a stress-free start.  Contact our Admissions Team at info@imi-luzern.com should you have any further queries.

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