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Coronavirus Update

This page provides the latest updates for the EHL Community on the covid 19 situation and how it is handled by our on-campus and off-campus teams. 

Coronavirus

How EHL Group is handling the Coronavirus situation

EHL has announced the closing of its campuses on 13 March 2020 according to the instructions of the local authorities and has migrated to remote learning methods. EHL will remain operational during this period and available for support or to answer your questions.

Our decisions are aimed at helping to slow the contagion of the coronavirus, in an effort of social responsibility and solidarity towards people who are most vulnerable to the virus, and alleviate the strain on medical services.

We know that these decisions may be unsettling, and we assure you that all efforts are being made to ensure a smooth transition and minimize the impacts. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Update as of 03.04.2020:

 

A message from our CEO: Video message from Mr Rochat

 

No further updates.

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How do I get informed?  

Please read our FAQs below.

If you are an EHL Campus Lausanne Student, Faculty or Staff:  visit EHL Lausanne Intranet

If you are an EHL Campus Passugg Student, Faculty or Staff:  visit EHL Passugg Intranet

We will update our FAQs very regularly. We concentrate first and foremost on helping our students get safely home, so we appreciate your support and patience for any non-urgent question.

For urgent questions or concerns we remain available here

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where can I find the latest information about the Covid-19 situation in Switzerland?                      

The latest information on the situation in Switzerland is available on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health 

 

Where can I find the latest information about Covid-19 globally?             

We encourage you to refer to these official websites:

 

How long will the campus be closed?

The campus closing has been announced until the end of April 2020 in accordance with the decisions of the local authorities. EHL is monitoring the situation and will continue to put the health and wellbeing of the EHL community as the utmost priority. Considering the global uncertainties and rapidly evolving situations around the world, the campus reopening may be postponed and information will be provided in due course.

EHL remains operational during this period and continue to provide remote learning solutions and services to students.

 

Are there online classes?        

Yes. EHL is providing remote learning sessions for academic classes and projects. Our goal is to continue to ensure the highest quality education and provide students with the necessary tools and guidance for the remote learning set-up. Students will continue to receive information as and when available from the Directors of Program and Faculty members. All information related to courses is available to current students in the LMS portal.

Due to the nature of the practical workshops for Preparatory Year and CREM students, workshops have been postponed until the campus reopens.

 

What will happen with exams?

The current health crisis is having an impact on the academic calendar, particularly the exam sessions. Consequently, the retake session scheduled for the month of April has been postponed. New dates in June have been communicated to the concerned students.

For the next exam sessions, students will receive updated information from their Program Directors and Professors.

 

Will the Student Business Projects (SBPs) still take place?

The format for the upcoming SBP session has been redesigned in order to:

  • preserve the safety and wellbeing of students;
  • minimize the impact on academic learning;
  • allow students to finish their course in the initial time allowed by working on projects still linked to the reality of the real world;
  • and guarantee the same conditions and opportunities to ALL students in this uncertain context.

Details have been provided to all final semester Bachelor students and the project proposals will be announced on 20 April 2020.

 

Can students living on campus stay on-site?          

All students who are able to return home, in Switzerland or abroad should go home. Students who are unable to return home may stay in their residences in the Neighborwood. While F&B services have been provided on campus during the first 2 weeks of closing, very few students have elected to take advantage of this option, and some days none at all. As we all endeavor to stay at home and comply with social distancing recommendations, EHL will therefore be limiting further services on campus.

From Monday 30th March, the campus will therefore be fully closed, including the F&B outlets. The Extended Services Desk is available to support students. All services remain available virtually during regular working hours and security will continue to be present on site 24/7 and available in case of emergency.

 

Will all events taking place at EHL campuses be postponed?       

Yes, all events originally scheduled during the campus closure will be postponed. There will however be virtual sessions for special events like the Open Day. For more information visit EHL Open Days

Other internal events such as the Young Hoteliers Summit and Career Fair are also being held through virtual solutions.

 

Will the Berceau des Sens be closed?

The Berceau des Sens will be closed until end of April.  All existing bookings will unfortunately be cancelled. We invite you to access our booking system should you wish to reschedule. 

 

Will I be reimbursed during the campus closing?

Please note that in any case all pre-paid fees will be carried over once the campus reopens. Our priority at the moment is to ensure the safe return home of students and that remote learning can be set up efficiently. Considering the current worldwide uncertainties, financial matters are being evaluated by the internal teams and will be addressed in due course, once we have a better view of the overall situation and effective campus closing period. More information will be provided as soon as possible and we thank you in advance for your patience.

 

Can I still apply for the September 2020 intake?

Yes. The deadline for applying for our September 2020 bachelor intake has been postponed to 1 June 2020. For students who have applied or are applying, please get in touch with our Admissions department at admissions@ehl.ch for any academic enquiries.

 

What shall I do if my high school exams and/or diploma delivery are delayed?

These are exceptional situations which require exceptional measures. We understand that the current global situation may affect the deadlines for your final exams and diplomas. As the situation in each country, and region, is different we invite you to contact your Admissions Officer with specific questions related to your application.

The International Baccalaureate has reviewed its processes to enable Diploma and Certificate delivery in these extraordinary times. Diplomas will be available from 5 July 2020 and these should be submitted to your Admissions Officer once available. For more information on the International Baccalaureate measures, please visit the Covid-19 IB updates.

 

Will the Junior Academy take place this summer?

We expect to reopen the campus and hold the regular Junior Academy sessions this summer. EHL is monitoring the situation closely and will provide more information in due course if any sessions should need to be postponed. For enquiries about our Summer 2020 EHL Junior Academy, please get in touch with our team at ehlacademy@ehl.ch.

According to the decision by Cantonal authorities, all in-person classes must transition to distance learning. As a result we will be migrating classes to remote learning methods and restricting access to our academic campus buildings in Lausanne and Passugg until end of April.

Further communications are being shared with all students and staff via internal communications means.

As of tonight, 94% of our students have been able to go home.

The remaining students who were not able yet to go home are staying in their on-campus accommodation and we are in close contact with them.

As of Monday 16.03.2020, 94% of our students have been able to go home. The remaining students who were not able yet to go home are staying in their on-campus accommodation and we are in close contact with them.
  • Another 20 students have been able to return home, and EHL is contact with all students remaining on campus to facilitate their return home when possible, and support them during the campus closing.
  • Considering the global situation, all online systems are strained which can cause issues connecting to certain platforms, including the online courses. EHL’s IT teams are monitoring the situation closely to mitigate impacts on study and work platforms.
  • As of March 18, we have been informed that 1 Preparatory Year student has tested positive for Covid-19 on 17 March in their country of residence after returning home. The student is recovering and followed by the local medical services. The student’s roommate, classmates and relevant Professors and members of staff have been contacted by the EHL Infirmary to advise on precautionary measures to be taken.
    We remain in regular contact with all students and members of staff to ensure that necessary precautions are taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Academic continuity
  • Due to the nature of the practical workshops for AP and CREM students, these will be suspended from March 23 until the end of the campus closing.
  • Our goal is to continue to ensure the highest quality and provide students with the necessary tools and guidance for the remote learning set-up. Students will continue to receive information as and when available from the Directors of Program and Faculty members.

Current situation within the EHL Community :

  • One-to-one contacts with students on internships continues to support them with individual solutions and to ensure their safety.

  • As of March 18, we have been informed that 1 Preparatory Year student has tested positive for Covid-19 on 17 March in their country of residence after returning home. The student is recovering and followed by the local medical services. The student’s roommate, classmates and relevant Professors and members of staff have been contacted by the EHL Infirmary to advise on precautionary measures to be taken.
    We remain in regular contact with all students and members of staff to ensure that necessary precautions are taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Academic continuity
  • Bachelor online courses and connect sessions have been planned until end of April - from Electives, Business Tools I and Business Tools II. This represented a total of more than 400 scheduled activities.

  • 98 sessions were given online this week for Preperatory Year and CREM students, accounting for about 168 hours of contact, with mostly very positive feedback from faculty and students.

  • Collection of student feedback from Class Representatives and the Student Council for continuous improvements.

Employers contact
  • For questions pertaining to job or internship offers from employers, please email rec@ehl.ch

Update 23.3.2020

  • Online courses have begun for most students, and retake/exam information will be provided shortly to relevant students.

  • EHL continues to support the few students remaining on campus to return home.

  • EHL is closely monitoring the situation of the EHL Community and the Infirmary is in contact with students who may have been infected. As coronavirus testing guidelines vary greatly per country, we are currently unable to confirm with certainty the number of people infected. Ten days after the campus closing, we remind all students and staff to remain at home, and to monitor for any potential symptoms. The EHL Infirmary is available to answer questions and provide support here. 

September 2020 applications:

EHL is monitoring the international situation closely and, given its rapid and unpredictable evolution, we don't expect to be able to make a decision before May regarding the possible postponement of the September intake or implement any arrangement concerning admission criteria. As this is an exceptional situation, we will consider exceptional measures to alleviate the negative impacts of this pandemic.

However, EHL will continue to receive applications. The deadline for applying for our September 2020 bachelor intake remains May 1st 2020. For students who have applied or are applying, please get in touch with our Admissions department at admissions@ehl.ch for any academic enquiries.

For enquiries about our Summer 2020 EHL Junior Academy, please get in touch with our team at ehlacademy@ehl.ch.

Application deadline:

The deadline for applying for our September 2020 bachelor intake has been postponed to 1 June 2020. For students who have applied or are applying, please get in touch with our Admissions department for any academic enquiries.

For enquiries about our Summer 2020 EHL Junior Academy, please get in touch with our team.

Retake Exams:

The current health crisis is having an impact on the academic calendar, particularly the exam sessions. Consequently, the retake session scheduled for the month of April has been postponed. New dates in June have been communicated to the concerned students.

Student Business Projects (SBPs):

The format for the upcoming SBP session has been redesigned in order to:

  • preserve the safety and wellbeing of students;
  • minimize the impact on academic learning;
  • allow students to finish their course in the initial time allowed by working on projects still linked to the reality of the real world;
  • and guarantee the same conditions and opportunities to ALL students in this uncertain context.

Details have been provided to all final semester Bachelor students and the project proposals will be announced on 20 April 2020. However, EHL will continue to receive applications. The deadline for applying for our September 2020 bachelor intake remains May 1st 2020. For students who have applied or are applying, please get in touch with our Admissions department for any academic enquiries.

For enquiries about our Summer 2020 EHL Junior Academy, please get in touch with our team.

Application deadline:

The deadline for applying for our September 2020 bachelor intake has been postponed to 1 June 2020. For students who have applied or are applying, please get in touch with our Admissions department at admissions@ehl.ch for any academic enquiries.

For enquiries about our Summer 2020 EHL Junior Academy, please get in touch with our team at ehlacademy@ehl.ch.

 

International Baccalaureate:

The International Baccalaureate has reviewed its processes to enable Diploma and Certificate delivery in these extraordinary times. Diplomas will be available from 5 July 2020 and these should be submitted to your Admissions Officer once available. For more information on the International Baccalaureate measures, please visit the Covid-19 IB updates.

 

Campus Residences:

The vast majority of EHL students have returned home since the campus closing, in Switzerland or abroad. 73 students remain in the “Neighborwood” residences on campus. While F&B services were provided during the first 2 weeks after the campus closing, very few students had elected to take advantage of this option, and some days none at all. As we all endeavor to stay at home and comply with social distancing recommendations, we will therefore be limiting further services on campus. From Monday 30th March, the campus will therefore be fully closed, including the F&B outlets. All EHL support teams will remain operational and available virtually during the normal working hours. Security will continue to be present on site 24/7 and available in case of emergency.

A message from our CEO: Video message from ROC

Innovation Hub Incubator:

In compliance with the guidelines from the cantonal authorities, the incubator will also be fully closed from 1st April and all start-ups of the EHL Incubator will be working from home. Regular services provided by EHL will remain operational via remote work.

Internships:

For all students who were unable to finish their internship, either due to the employer’s decision or for personal reasons, EHL is offering support to find personalized solutions to each situation. We will also provide flexibility regarding the number of internship weeks in order to minimize the impacts of our students’ academic curriculum. The modalities of this flexibility are under evaluation, namely in light of the HES-SO guidelines and will be communicated to students as soon as confirmed.

Number of Covid-19 cases within the EHL Community

EHL is closely monitoring the situation of the EHL Community and the Infirmary is in contact with students who may have been infected. As Covid-19 testing guidelines vary greatly per country, we are currently unable to confirm with certainty the number of people infected. Since the campus has now been closed since more than 15 days, any new cases identified would likely not be relevant for tracing the origin of contagions. We will therefore not provide data on the number of cases within the EHL community anymore as the information available may not be accurate and misleading.

We encourage you to refer to your national and/or regional statistics for information about the spread of the coronavirus. For Switzerland refer to the Federal Office of Public Health website, and globally the World Health Organization and the Global Dashboard from John Hopkins University.

We remind all students and staff to remain at home, and to monitor for any potential symptoms. The EHL Infirmary is available to answer questions and provide support here.