Institut Villa Pierrefeu

Learning the importance of local knowledge in 20 countries across 5 continents

 
 
Institut Villa Pierrefeu :: The Original Swiss Finishing School has developped over 50 years a know-how in International Business and Social Etiquette second to none.

 

60th Anniversary of IVP

September 2015, IVP will organize its Diamond Jubilee Anniversary!

We need your help to find as many alumni as possible so if you are or know an alumni of IVP, please fill in the ALUMNI FORM to update your/their contact details.

We hope that you will be able to join us with your family for this very special celebration! Details of the programme will be sent to all alumni whose email we have as soon as it is ready.

 

Why Institut Villa Pierrefeu

With almost 60 years of experience, Institut Villa Pierrefeu is a traditional Finishing School of the type the world expects from Switzerland. Elegant, exclusive and charming, it will prepare you for a role in the business world and society, aiming to help you become more effective in multicultural environments and dealings.

IVP was described in a recently published German book by famous author Wolfgang KOYDL as one of the 33 things one should have done or seen while in Switzerland.

We offer several Finishing programs:

  1. 1.Autumn Intensive Etiquette Courses (5 days, starting September 29th or October 6th, 2014) for men & women over 21 years old.

Winter intensive: International dining manners

  1. Offering a slightly different curriculum, the Autumn courses are two very useful 5 day courses for anyone wanting to understand multi-cultural diversity and avoid making costly social or business mistakes. Attend both or only the one of your choice.

  2. Week 1 (29.09 - 03.09.2014) European "Art of Dining”: The traditions, evolution and present usage in the European “Art of dining”, with some practice as well as an introduction to Swiss customs and manners.

  3. European Table manners (French & English style)

  4. To apply or to supervise formal table service, settings and styles

  5. Refining your knowledge of cutlery

  6. Menu planning and structures, European menu sequences. Food and drink taboos

  7. Pairing food with wine

  8. Precedence and conversation at the table as well as small talk

  9. Types and styles of invitations

  10. Organizing European style receptions

  11. 5 dining tutorials at lunch

  12. After dinner coffee variables

  13. Swiss customs and etiquette

  14. Week 2 (06.10 - 10.10.2014) Exploring Cultural Differences: To give you a detailed overview of international customs and etiquette.
    Very useful for anyone wanting to understand multicultural diversity.

  15. International communications: comparing cultures

  16. European, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern customs including:

    Greetings, introductions and forms of address

    Do’s and don’ts in conversation

    Do’s and don’ts in giving gifts and flowers

    Dress codes

  17. International dining skills (mainly non-European as European dining skills are covered in detail in week 1)

  18. For these courses, board and lodging is at the Hotel Victoria, a 4 star "Relais et Châteaux", 5 minutes from the school.


  1. 2.Winter Intensive Etiquette Courses (5 days, starting February 23rd or March 2nd, 2015) for men & women over 21 years old.

Winter intensive: International dining manners

  1. Offering a slightly different curriculum, the Winter courses are two very useful 5 day courses for anyone wanting to understand multi-cultural diversity and avoid making costly social or business mistakes. Attend both or only the one of your choice.

  2. Week 1 (23.02 - 27.02.2015) European "Art of Dining”: The traditions, evolution and present usage in the European “Art of dining”, with some practice as well as an introduction to Swiss customs and manners.

  3. European Table manners (French & English style)

  4. To apply or to supervise formal table service, settings and styles

  5. Refining your knowledge of cutlery

  6. Menu planning and structures, European menu sequences. Food and drink taboos

  7. Pairing food with wine

  8. Precedence and conversation at the table as well as small talk

  9. Types and styles of invitations

  10. Organizing European style receptions

  11. 5 dining tutorials at lunch

  12. After dinner coffee variables

  13. Swiss customs and etiquette

  14. Week 2 (02.03 - 06.03.2015) Exploring Cultural Differences: To give you a detailed overview of international customs and etiquette.
    Very useful for anyone wanting to understand multicultural diversity.

  15. International communicatiosn: compairing cultures

  16. European, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern customs including:

    Greetings, introductions and forms of address

    Do’s and don’ts in conversation

    Do’s and don’ts in giving gifts and flowers

    Dress codes

  17. International dining skills (mainly non-European as European dining skills are covered in detail in week 1)

  18. For these courses, board and lodging is at the Hotel Victoria, a 4 star "Relais et Châteaux", 5 minutes from the school.


  1. 3.Summer Intensive International Etiquette & Protocol Courses (3 to 6 weeks, starting: June 14th or July 5th, 2015) for women over 18 years old.

Summer IEP: Business and social international etiquette

  1. IVP Diploma (36 weekly hours of class) in IEP (International Etiquette & Protocol) courses.

  2. First Certificate or Higher Certificate (26 weekly hours of class) in IEP (International Etiquette & Protocol) courses.

  3. These are intensive programs of International Etiquette (covering 20 countries), Protocol, “Savoir-Vivre”, Business Etiquette, Table Service, Hostessing, Floral Art & Table Decoration. (Extra courses: Effective Communication, Personal Presentation, Oenology, Home Management). Age: 18 to 40 (+).

  4. The full course is planned over 6 weeks but it is also possible to do 3 weeks in June or 3 weeks in July.

  5. Students can reside on campus ("residents") or stay at a hotel or an other place nearby and come as "day student".


  1. 4.Seminars and special training on request.

Seminar: Teaching professional from around the world

  1. Examples of tailor-made programs given on our own campus

  2. Introduction to European manners and lifestyle to ladies from other cultures.

  3. Intensive course in the customs and mores of European, American, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures.

  4. Diplomatic usage and Protocol, International customs, European etiquette variations for VIP Ladies from an other culture.

  5. Examples of tailor-made seminars we have given in other countries

  6. In Japan: International customs one should know when traveling and when receiving foreign guests.

  7. In the Middle East: Diplomatic Protocol, Precedence, European table manners and reception styles, Dress definitions for formal invitations.

  8. Special private two to ten day courses, in their own residence, program chosen from our list of subjects, adapted to the client’s culture and lifestyle.

  9. One week course in an exclusive private school for girls, for the graduating students.

  10. To protect the privacy of our “students” we do not give their names.

  11. In all these programs you will learn to apply theory in practice and develop your personal creativity whilst improving organizational skills.


  12. 5.IVP in the Media.

  13. Bespoke International Issue 32 May 2012

    The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - Manners Reborn: Why it's all change in the last Swiss finishing-school. By Sophie Wilson/ London, December 2012. (Download Article) - (To Website).

    Bespoke International Issue 32 May 2012

    Bespoke International Issue 32 (available in shops) - Finishing Schools: Fit and Finish. By Nadine Khalil / Beyrouth, May 2012. (Download Article) - (To Website).

    Diva Dubai November 2011

    Diva Dubaï - Etiquette and Education: A look inside Switzerland's leading Finishing School. By Mirna FARES / Dubaï, November 2011.(Download Article) - (To Website).

    Time Magazine 2011

    Time Magazine (US) - Switzerland's Last Finishing School. By William LEE ADAMS / Montreux, November 2011. (To Article).

    Time Magazine (Europe) - Mind Your Manners: The Secrets of Switzerland's Last Traditional Finishing School. By William LEE ADAMS / Montreux, November 2011. (To Article).

International Etiquette and protocole

Mrs Viviane NERI Principal
Mr Philippe NERI Director
Route de Caux 28
CH-1823 Glion/Montreux


T: +41 58 750 0 750
F: +41 58 750 0 755

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“The past months at Pierrefeu have truly been an incredible experience. I am highly content that I have had the opportunity to study not only in a place where you learn theory and practice, but also where you can mature, learn about life and feel in a family surrounding. (SPAIN)”

Alumni referal

“The Summer Course at Pierrefeu was one of the greatest experiences I have ever made. You have a wonderful school with warmhearted, amiable, kind but also resolute teachers / people who could teach me a lot for life! The girls were all great and we spent an amazing time together. I will never forget this breathtaking view of "Lac Léman". (GERMANY)”

Alumni referal

“I graduated from Institut Villa Pierrefeu over 25 years ago. It still stands out in my life as one of the best years of my life.  I have used the skills and knowledge innumerable times, both personally and professionally. It has stood me in excellent stead. I hope for the same for my daughter.” (USA)

Alumni referal