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Health and Wellness


Emergency Contacts

  • Police - 117
  • Ambulance - 144
  • Fire - 118
  • Pepperdine Public Safety - 1 (310) 506-4441
  • Pan European Emergencies - 112
  • Château d'Hauteville - 021 321 0909
  • Director Ezra Plank - 076 422 2537

VEVEY Urgent Care

Centre médical Gare de Vevey

Place de la Gare 3
1800 Vevey

For medical care without an appointment:

+021 566 59 50

Monday - Saturday: 07h00 - 21h00
Sunday and public holidays: 10h00 - 21h00

*Please note that in Switzerland, if you fail to appear at a scheduled doctor's appointment, you will be charged.


If you are seriously ill and believe your ability to attend class is impaired, please fill out the program wellness form as soon as possible with a description of your illness and what classes you might miss.


All absences, despite the circumstances, totaling more than one hour in a 1 unit class, three hours in a 3 unit class, and four hours in any 4 unit class, automatically lower the final grade by one half of a letter grade (i.e., from an A- to a B+). Each successive absence will lower the grade by an additional one-half of a letter grade.


4 partial misses, regardless of how little the time portion is, count as one absence.

 Physical Fitness

Sports and Fitness

With nearly 70 acres of space to move, the Château d'Hauteville is the perfect place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The surrounding region is known as the "Silicon Valley of Sport", mostly due to the fact that Lausanne is the world's Olympic capital and hosts the International Olympic Committee headquarters (IOC) and numerous other world sporting federations. Because of this close association, sports and fitness are woven into the culture of our region of Switzerland. While you are here, take advantage of this unique part of Lausanne's history by going the Olympic Museum or by taking advantage of the scenic running trails along the lake. Below you will find resources for local gyms, running trails, and team sports.

Olympic Museum/Musee Olympique, Quai d'Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne
The official Olympic Museum, located right on the shores of Lac Léman.
T: 021 621 65 11


Downhill Skiing

Love to ski? You've come to the right country! Skiing is more than just a sport in Switzerland, it's way of life. During ski season, many trains will be outfitted with ski racks and many lifts can be accessed directly from the train platform. The same train that stops at the Chateau d'Hauteville continues up the mountains to a local ski resort, Les Pleiades. It's the perfect place for beginners and seasoned veterans looking for a quick trip down the slopes between classes. Beyond our local area, we have quick access to some of the best skiing in the world. Here's some information for just a few of our favorite local ski destinations:

Leysin, Switzerland
Villars, Switzerland
Verbier, Switzerland
Champery, Switzerland
Chamonix, France


Sporting Events


When: Every October

Where: Across Lausanne

Click HERE for more info.


When: Season runs from September to February

Where: CIG de Malley Arena

Click HERE for ticket info.


When: Every July

Where: Stade Olympique de la Pontaise

Click HERE for more information.

 Mental Health

Studying and living abroad is an exciting adventure but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Often students may struggle with the transition of being in a new country, the changes to routine and daily life, being far from support networks back home, and managing the stress of juggling the academic, social, and personal demands of such a transformative year.

Feelings such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, disappointment, and confusion can emerge, and previous emotional and mental health struggles may re-emerge as well. The time abroad can feel quite tough for many students, and counseling is one way that students can be supported during their stay in Lausanne.

The counseling service is:

- free

- confidential

Counseling services are available on campus on alternating Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment or to find out more, contact our program counselor, Julianna Dragos.

Julianna is a professional counselor and accredited by SGfB (the Swiss Association for Counseling) and a member of the American Counseling Association. She is a native Californian and has worked as a counselor in California and in Switzerland in university and residential settings since 2008.


Switzerland Program Contacts