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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. 

Celeste Ozimek-Newman '17

"What surprised me is that the pension families are so eager to accept you into their family. With us, she is always attentive, feeds us until our stomach is full, and waits near the door to make sure we arrive home safely. When I am sick she is always ready to check my temperature, make foods that accommodate my illness, and serves me chamomile tea as if it were on a conveyer belt. She has truly made my stay welcome, feeling like I am not alone.”
A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap