NJC plans to offer in-class, on campus instruction and educational travel experiences for the 2020-21 academic year. High schools have re-opened in Switzerland.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students continues to be NJC's main priority. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions.

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Can students currently enter Switzerland to attend NJC?

    The Swiss government has put in place guidelines to maintain the safety of residents of Switzerland. At this time, students from Canada are able to enter Switzerland without any need for quarantine or restrictions. Students are required to apply for a Swiss Student Visa. 

    For further information on current guidelines for entry to Switzerland, please contact
  • How is COVID-19 impacting NJC’s program this year?

    NJC will continue to offer the key elements of our program while following the health guidelines set out by the Swiss Government.   With the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority, students are able to enjoy:
    • In-class instruction on NJC’s campus
    • Access to community life in Neuchâtel 
    • Travel throughout Switzerland and to permissible countries in Europe

     The situation is fluid and will be continuously monitored as set by the “médecin cantonal” (Public Health office). Our Head of School communicates with students and families on a continuous basis with updates.
  • What school measures has NJC put in place to help ensure the health and safety of its students and staff?

    On campus, strict cleaning measures are in place and social distancing and other safety protocols are being enforced. These protocols include:

    • Covid-19 posters will be placed around school and handwashing stations with sanitizing solutions will be available throughout all buildings and classrooms on campus.
    • Classrooms and common areas have been set up so that, as much as possible, students will maintain a distance of  1.5m apart.  In areas where social distancing is not possible, students and staff will wear masks.
    • Masks must be worn and are available to students and faculty members at all times. Garbage cans specifically for masks have been placed around campus. 
    • Assigned seating in class to help with traceability.  Students will be asked to download the Swiss Covid app. 
    • Photocopiers will be disinfected after each use.  
    • Microcity, where students each lunch daily, has taken the following safety measures: 
      • Ground markings to direct traffic flow
      • Providing NJC with its own eating area
  • How do I get a Swiss student visa?

    Swiss consulates are currently processing Swiss Student Visas. We encourage families who are applying to contact the admissions office for more information.
    If a student holds a passport from an EU country, they may be exempt from the student visa process. Please contact the admissions office for more information.
  • What happens if students need to quarantine when they first arrive in Switzerland?

    Should students be entering from a country that requires them to quarantine, they will remain in the pension (host families) homes for the period required.
  • Will students be able to travel?

    One of the hallmarks of our program is access to travel, and students enjoy curriculum-based and independent travel. The health and safety of students is the highest priority. Students will need to respect all protocols set out by the school and the countries that they visit.

    Our travel policy is updated on an on-going basis and we adhere to the guidelines permitted at the time of travel. If you would like more information please contact
  • Will NJC host its standard events?

    The calendar of 2021/22 events is updated regularly with the safety of students, staff and prospective visitors to Switzerland as the school's top priority.

    At this time all events are scheduled to run including Parents’ weekend.
  • What if someone gets sick?

    If a student feels unwell, the school must be informed immediately. NJC works directly with a husband-wife doctor team that is always available to students. As well, Neuchâtel has 2 hospitals. COVID-19 testing is available in Switzerland.  NJC will follow all protocols set out by the Swiss authorities as well as those set out in our school pandemic policy.
  • How will classes be completed if students have to return home during the school year?

    In March 2020, NJC successfully moved to a Google Meets platform through Google Classroom. Direct interactive instruction, regular advisory group meetings, guest speakers, school spirit events and weekly assemblies transitioned seamlessly to this platform. If NJC’s program needs to be modified to online delivery, we will use Google Meets/Classroom once again.
Neuchâtel Junior College offers the unique opportunity to study Canadian curriculum abroad. While living in Switzerland in a French community, students enjoy an international education through travel and experiential learning in Europe. Gap year and Grade 12  high school students gain international experience and develop independence and life skills that prepare them for university and the global workplace.

A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap