Summer Schools in Switzerland
Issue 1 / 20 February 2018
Summer Schools in Switzerland

Offer your child a memorable experience in the spectacular Swiss Alps.

Jackie Slaughter

Expand your child’s horizons at Switzerland’s famous International Summer Schools

Switzerland’s location at the heart of Europe makes it a fantastic place to study languages and learn about different cultures. With mountains, rivers and lakes aplenty, Switzerland offers unlimited opportunities for students to experience the great outdoors whilst learning new skills along the way. Spending time at a summer school will broaden their horizons and increase their independence in a safe environment. Best of all, you can spend time in the Swiss Alps too, soaking up the sunshine and mountain air in one of our luxury chalets nearby, safe in the knowledge that your children are having the time of their lives. Here’s our pick of the best summer camps and schools with luxury chalets nearby.

Summer camps in Verbier

Summer is when Verbier comes into flower and the melting snow fills small rivers across the mountain. This is the time for hiking, mountain biking, golfing and other outdoor pursuits. It is also the perfect location to relax with a good book and enjoy the spectacular scenery. An added bonus for summer visitors is the Verbier Festival, now in its 25th year. This is one of Europe's leading music festivals in late July/early August, attracting big names and offering a very special ambience and some superb performances.

Founded in 1987, Les Elfes in Verbier runs popular residential camps throughout the summer for children aged 7 to 18. Combining eight hours a week of language lessons with cultural excursions, the school welcomes students from over 70 different countries and has a diverse range of over 40 activities to choose from including cooking, art, music and drama classes as well as sports such as mountain biking, tennis, rock climbing, paragliding and more. Another popular summer camp in Verbier is AltitudeSet up in 2001 primarily as a ski and snowboard school, Altitude now offers fantastic summer camps for 7 to 14 year olds. Students begin the day with morning language classes in French or English before an afternoon of team building games, local excursions or activities on the mountain. The school also runs a Mountain Adventure Camp, designed for children who love to be outdoors. Each morning campers will enjoy a new activity such as fire building, map reading, shelter building, mountain biking or climbing whilst every Saturday is excursion day with student visiting places like the Aqua Park, Olympic Museum and Swiss Chocolate Factory.  


Gstaad is the perfect location for luxury summer holidays, with an elegant social scene much favoured by wealthy and well-known visitors and an unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of gastronomic restaurants, exclusive shopping options and superb wellness facilities amidst breathtaking scenery. Summer also sees Gstaad hosting a plethora of sporting events and the renowned Menuhin Music Festival from mid-July until the end of August.

Institute Le Rosey

Institute Le Rosey in Gstaad, is the oldest international boarding school in Switzerland and has been running summer camps for some 40 years. They have several campus’ – one near Lake Geneva and one in Schönried, a magnificent region of Gstaad. The camp has a maximum of 90 students aged 8 to 13, and offers intensive language courses and a wide range of outdoor activities and sports as well as educational trips and excursions. One night will be spent camping in the mountain wilderness in a teepee and there’s plenty of opportunity to hike through the natural landscape, taking in the mountain air. Students may choose to leave with their relatives at weekends or spend time with their new friends shopping in Gstaad, going to the cinema and enjoying barbecues together.  

JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp

Set within the picturesque village of Schönried near Gstaad, JFK Swiss Outdoor Camp offers children of 6 to 13 years old a chance to explore the magnificent alpine environment. Each day is packed with exhilarating activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and hiking as well as learning about habitats, rivers and rock formations. Some days students will go on an excursion to visit a Swiss landmark such as Gruyères, Cailler Chocolate Factory or Lucerne. In the evening there is time to relax with new friends and enjoy a barbecue or Swiss fondue.

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