The Best Boarding Schools in Switzerland

The Best Boarding Schools in Switzerland
September 15, 2018

Boarding Schools are very popular in Switzerland. Discover our selection of the Best Boarding Schools in Switzerland.

Why so many international students choose Switzerland?

Switzerland is known for mountains & lakes, banks, innovation, watches and chocolate. Swiss education is ranked among the best in the world. Public schools have a good reputation and Swiss private boarding schools and international day schools are exceptional and rank in the top levels internationally.

Switzerland Education Tip

High reputation

Switzerland is the home of some of the world’s finest and most prestigious boarding schools. Swiss boarding schools, while being expensive compared to other countries, are renowned for their very high reputation and academic excellence. Students come from all over the world to study in a truly international and safe environment.

Selection

With over 100 international schools, there is a very high concentration of international education, for a fairly small country of only 8 million people. Parents whose children study in Switzerland appreciate the safe learning environment, the high academic standards, the international and cultural diversity, the language focus and the top extracurricular program.

Academic Standards

Many expats and local parents send their children to international schools in Switzerland, despite the quality of its public schools. Swiss international schools are among the best in the world. Typically, they offer international diploma, such as the International Baccalaureate, British Curriculum, American, French or Swiss curriculum. (See also: how to choose the right curriculum for your child)

Many schools offer a combination of the different curricula. You will find day or boarding schools in most of the larger cities, where international companies and organisations are located. Especially the lake Geneva region has a high international school density.

Ideal Location

Switzerland’s location in the heart of Europe makes it the ideal place to learn about different cultures and study languages. With four national languages; shared borders with Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein; and a highly international population, Switzerland helps students develop into world citizens.

Outdoor Adventures

With mountains, rivers, and lakes a plenty, Switzerland offers unlimited opportunities for students to engage with the outdoors. Whether they are into hiking, trail running, rock climbing, canyoning, kayaking, rafting, or cycling, students will inevitably emerge from their time at a Swiss boarding school with a heightened appreciation for the outdoors and a better understanding for what it takes to succeed in challenging environments.

 

 

Top Boarding Schools in Switzerland

Schools in alphabetical order, no ranking:

Founded by international education pioneer M. Crist Fleming in 1956, TASIS The American School in Switzerland is a day and boarding school committed to creating global citizens through education, travel, and service. TASIS welcomes students from Pre-Kindergarten through Postgraduate. Approximately 710 students make up the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools each year, with 250 students…

  • Via Collina d'Oro 15, 6926 Collina d'Oro, Switzerland
  • Co-Educational
  • Boarding, Day School
  • Number of students: 710
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : $25,000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : $83,900
  • Via Collina d'Oro 15, 6926 Collina d'Oro, Switzerland
  • +41 91 960 51 51

Set in a stunning location overlooking Lake Geneva, Surval Montreux is a unique private international boarding school for girls between the ages of 12 and 19. Founded in 1961, the school has provided over 55 years of excellence in girls’ education. Having changed its name from Surval Mont Fleuri and enhanced its academic offering in…

  • Route de Glion 56, 1820 Territet, Switzerland
  • Girls Only
  • Boarding School
  • Number of students: 60
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 72'750
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 81'480

Préfleuri is an exclusive international boarding school in the Swiss Alps that caters for children from 3 to 13 years of age. Since 1948, Préfleuri has been a loving home to many children, giving them the very best in education and sports as well life ethics. Préfleuri still upholds a strong tradition of care and…

  • Chemin de Curnaux 32, 1885 Ollon, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Day School|Boarding School
  • Number of students:
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 15'500
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 57'000

The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, founded in 1904, is a Swiss international boarding school set in spectacular alpine landscape near St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Lyceum campus occupies an extensive site with its own sports fields overlooking the alpine village of Zuoz. In 2004 the school celebrated its 100th jubilee. Our school philosophy is founded on respect…

  • Aguêl 185, 7524 Zuoz, Switzerland
  • Co-Educational
  • Boarding School, Day School
  • Number of students: 200 boarding students, 100 day students
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : 72,100
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : 82,500

Le Régent College is a British International boarding and day school in the Swiss Alps town of Crans-Montana, for children aged 4-18. WE AIM TO Produce well-rounded, internationally-minded young men and women, through a rigorous approach to teaching and learning Teach our students to value cultural differences, through the dynamics of the school’s multi-cultural environment…

  • Rue du Bisse, 3963 Lens, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Boarding and day school
  • Number of students: Full capacity: 300 students
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 20,000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 88,000

Institut Montana Zugerberg is a fully accredited Swiss international boarding school for 90 years now and since 1987 an official IB World School. We offer four academic programmes: The Bilingual Elementary School (English/German, Grades 1-6) The Bilingual Secondary School (English/German, Grades 7-9) The International School (English, Grades 7-12) Swiss Gymnasium (German or German/English, Grades 7-12) The School’s longstanding…

  • Institut Montana, 6300 Zug, Switzerland
  • CoEducational
  • Boarding and Day School
  • Number of students: 300
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 26'700
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CH 70'900

Institut auf dem Rosenberg is a Swiss international private boarding school for boys and girls aged 6-19 years. Passionate about education and the development of meaningful learning and free-time experiences, the Institut auf dem Rosenberg is considered to be among the best international private boarding schools in Switzerland. For years, the school has pioneered ways…

  • 9000 St Gallen, Switzerland
  • CoEducational
  • Boarding, Day School
  • Number of students: 300
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) :
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) :

Ecole Lemania was founded in 1908 by Dr Paul Du Pasquier and is now one of the major important private schools in the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Ideally located in the centre of Lausanne, near the Swiss Alps, enjoying a calm, peaceful setting in lush surroundings, Ecole Lemania has over 100 years of expertise…

  • Chemin de Préville 3, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Day School|Boarding School
  • Number of students: 1000+
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 25'000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 80'000

Founded in 1910 Beau Soleil is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. It provides a full boarding education for students from over 40 different nationalities aged 11-18 years old. Given our spectacular location in the Swiss Alps we aim to provide an education which encourages full participation from our students both inside…

  • Rue du Village, 1884 Ollon, Switzerland
  • Co-educational
  • Boarding School
  • Number of students: 240
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : -
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : -

Brillantmont International School is one of the oldest schools in Switzerland. It was founded in 1882 and is still owned by the founding family. What makes Brillantmont special is not only its location in the heart of the vibrant city of Lausanne but also its size, which creates a strong sense of community, a real…

  • Avenue Charles-Secrétan 16, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Co-educational
  • Boarding and Day School
  • Number of students: 100 boarding students; 30 day students
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF. 77’000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF. 86’000


St. George’s International School is an independent international Day and Boarding School community, of over 400 boys and girls aged between 1.5 and 18. Approximately 20% of our students are British, amongst the over 60 different nationalities represented in the student body. The language of instruction is English. We have a thriving bilingual English/French programme…

  • Chemin de Saint-Georges 19, 1815 Clarens, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Day School|Boarding School
  • Number of students: 400
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 27'300
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 40'800

Located in picturesque Leysin, facing the panorama of the Southern Alps, LAS has both a strong academic ethos and an inspirational setting! The school combines an American educational philosophy with the rigor of a European educational system. We offer the International Baccalaureate diploma, a comprehensive US university preparatory curriculum and for non-native English speakers an…

  • Chemin de la Source, 1854 Leysin, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Boarding School
  • Number of students: 340
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 85'000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) :

Founded in 1947, La Garenne International School is one of the leading primary/middle boarding schools located on the balcony of the Swiss Alps. Owned and managed since two generations by the Méan family, our school is set in the charming alpine French speaking ski resort – Villars-sur-Ollon – which provides secure environment for our students.…

  • 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Day School|Boarding School
  • Number of students: Reception to Year 9 class
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : CHF 25'000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : CHF 72'000

Since 1874, Monte Rosa has been offering a wide range of academic programs in both general subject areas and intensive language studies, taught by enthusiastic teaching experts, in a family-like atmosphere conducive to learning. Located in Montreux, Switzerland, our private school provides a wide range of subjects which are available for pupils from 9 to…

  • Avenue de Chillon 57, 1820 Territet, Switzerland
  • Co-Educational
  • Boarding, Day school
  • Number of students: 60
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : 36300
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : N/A

Collège du LéŽman is an international university preparatory school located in Geneva, Switzerland and offers individual growth, academic excellence and life-long learning to students from Pre-K through Grade 12. Collège du LéŽman opened its doors in May 1960, on the site of a former school. Its philosophy and objectives were educating and teaching in a…

  • Route de Sauverny 74, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
  • CoEducational
  • Boarding, Day School
  • Number of students: 1900
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) :
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) :

Education should be a way of life. School should be about the development of the whole person. When John Corlette founded Aiglon College in 1949, he had a unique vision: to combine the special character of mountain life with a new vision for education. Aiglon today guards this original vision and has grown into one…

  • Avenue Centrale, 1885 Ollon, Switzerland
  • Co-educational
  • 90% of our students are boarders in eight residential houses
  • Number of students: 360
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) : 35'000
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : 111'000

A+ World Academy is a boarding school on a Tall Ship – “high school on a boat”. Up to 60 students in grades 11 and 12 live and work the 90 year old Norwegian Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. This high school is tough, and that’s the point.…

  • Zinggstrasse 16, 3007 Bern, Switzerland
  • Co-Education
  • Boarding School
  • Number of students: 58
Yearly Tuition FEE (MIN) :
Yearly Tuition FEE (MAX) : EUR 53,900

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