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 Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman (left) and Denise Nickerson (right)


Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman has teamed up with Denise Nickerson for a new project: Education Guide Switzerland. Lisa has been publishing Know-it-all passport® since 1999 and has built up a solid reputation in the area. The 8th edition is at press and will be available end-of-August 2012. Denise has been involved with education since 1997 and specializes in working with multicultural, international, and expatriated individuals and families, and international schools and universities.


This new catalog will be listing over 250 universities, graduate institutes, international schools and Montessori schools — all educational institutions that offer academic programs in English within Switzerland — listed free-of-charge. Each school will have a dedicated page for their description which will also contain quotes when available from parents, students, alumni, faculty, or directors. The tuition costs, contact details, location, fun facts or famous alumni, degrees and certificates will also be divulged in one handy book. This 272-page catalog will certainly meet the demands much needed in a country offering so many ways to learn.


Providing a catalog of a country boasting a variety of English-language educational experiences for children and adults in Switzerland has been met with much applaud. "This will be a very useful guide" and "What a super and useful idea!" are just some of the comments that have been pouring in.


Denise expressed, “Switzerland probably has more educational opportunities per square kilometer than any country on earth! For all the international families who move here — who may or may not speak French, German, or Italian — the amount of choices can be overwhelming. We hope our catalog will help people compare schools and make informed decisions for themselves and their families.”


Lisa confessed, “When Denise suggested this catalog to me I knew it would be a great resource. This is a hot topic and is often part of the Q&A when I am doing talks to groups in the area. I had no idea before we started that there are over 250 institutions that fit the requirements to be listed in Education Guide Switzerland. It was an idea waiting to happen and Denise is just the person for the job. I am happy to give it the Know-it-all passport® stamp of approval!”



Two ficticious schools show how the layout will be on this first edition.


In an attempt to help confused parents and counselors figure out the best match for children and young adults, each school was asked to provide their content information and quotes from their community that reflect the unique qualities and values of the institution. The mock-up, above, demonstrates how the school's pages will look. The easy-to-read layout gives you just the right amount of information without confusing you further! The icons down the sides of the page highlight the schools contact info, fee amounts, number of students and faculty, number of nationalities represented, fun facts or famous alumni.


Education Guide Switzerland is destined for:

— international families relocating to Switzerland with multinationals

— international families relocating to Switzerland with international organizations and NGOs

— HR departments in large international companies and organizations

— educators (teachers and administrators) seeking employment in international schools

— professionals seeking higher education to improve their employment opportunities (through professional certificates & MBA programs)

— universities worldwide who recruit students in Switzerland for their undergraduate and graduate programs

— relocation professionals 

— international families already living in Switzerland

— families worldwide looking for boarding schools in Switzerland


If you would like to be one of the first to get you hands on the limited quantity of the printed book, then you can pre-order here or ask your local bookshop to order one for you. Look out for it in September 2012!


VERNISSAGE—come to visit with Lisa and Denise, buy a book, and have it signed! Stay for a glass of wine or other non-alcoholic beverage and a little snack. Both Know-it-all passport® 2013/2014 and Education Guide Switzerland 2012/2014 will be on display!

Thursday, September 13, 2012



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