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An exchange program for the international hospitality industry

An international exchange program

Those who want to have a career in the hospitality and tourism industries must have an international outreach and like meeting with people from other cultures. Present in over 30 countries on four continents, Vatel Group gives its students the opportunity to develop their cross-cultural mindset by doing their second year in another Vatel school, that they can select from all our campuses throughout the world.

With this program, students can:

  • discover a new country
  • experience a new culture
  • learn an additional foreign language

while continuing their hotel management studies with our curriculum. Vatel schools throughout the world have the same educational programs: students thus continue their courses abroad before going back to their home school for their third Bachelor year.

The Marco Polo year is then validated by the students’ host school.
To increase their experience in the international hospitality industry, Vatel recommends that students extend their stay with an internship in their host countries.

A program awarded Best Innovation in an Educational Program

The Marco Polo program has been granted by the international hospitality professionals the Best Innovation in an Educational Program Award at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards.

A recognition expressed by those who recruit Vatel interns and Vatel alumni throughout the world.

From Switzerland and elsewhere...:

Hugo GUIDOT, a Vatel Switzerland student, did his Marco Polo year at Vatel Mauritius“In the hospitality industry, you must be curious, driven, and able to work with people from all different cultures. Studying for a year in Mauritius allowed me to meet classmates of all different nationalities as well as guests who had unique and specific demands."

Jennifer LUDWIG, a German student from Vatel Switzerland, who did her Marco Polo year at Vatel Paris “This year at Vatel Paris made me much more autonomous and I was able to improve my French. My second internship in Paris was a great one and an eye-opener for me: I want to start my career in the rooms division."

Natacha THEVENOT, a Vatel Paris student, did her Marco Polo year at Vatel SwitzerlandSwitzerland, known for its details, hospitality culture and openness to the world, is the ideal place to go to school. Vatel Switzerland is a multicultural school, with 47 different nationalities: this could only help me to be more open-minded. I wanted my courses to be in English, which helped me for my second internship.”

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