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Pension Boarding

The tradition of our students living in the home—en pension—with French-speaking, Swiss families dates back to when NJC was founded. We have never altered this aspect of our program because the experience consistently proves to be one of the most transformational and cherished aspects of the time abroad.
Living truly as Europeans, students become integrated with Swiss culture and daily life, while gradually learning French and becoming more independent. Pensions are assigned at the end of the Orientation Trip so that we can make the best match based on each student's personality and needs. Most pensions have been taking our students for multiple years, and many for decades! The maîtresse de pension maintains close contact with the College via NJC's Pension Coordinator, so there is an abundant support system working in concert at home and at school. Accommodations vary from flats in the engaging heart of the town to country homes in picturesque villages on the outskirts of Neuchâtel. Live solo in a Pension or with a fellow NJC classmate, and travel to school by Swiss train, tram or bus, as a mark of your new, more independent life. 

Callais Harrison '19

My pension has been the most unforgettable part of my NJC experience. From day one, they welcomed all four of us girls into their house with open arms and tried to ensure that we had the best experience possible. 
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap