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HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy

Professional sports academy for skiing, snowboarding and hockey
Address: Chalchera, 7551 Scuol, Switzerland
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Description HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy

  • Location: Scuol, canton Graubünden, Switzerland
  • Date of foundation: in 1793 – 225 years of Swiss Education
  • Age of students: 12-18 years
  • Total students: 80
  • Students/ Teacher Ratio: 6/1
  • Type of study: joint 
  • Type of stay: day / board (residence; full or week)
  • Language of instruction: German and English.

HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy is one of the oldest private schools in Switzerland. The HIF Campus with excellent sports facilities extends along the mountain side at 1700 metres above sea level in a beautiful alpine setting in the south eastern part of Switzerland. The region boarders on Italy and Austria. Ftan is a 3-hour drive from Zurich (CH) International Airport, and 2 hours from Milan (IT) or Munich (DE) International Airports

This is a respected international boarding school with a sports bias: the Sports Academy, which works at the HIF, is widely known not only in the country, but also abroad. About 80 children from 12 to 18 years study here: there are both classical academic programs (Swiss Matura Swiss Certificate, GCSE) and combined courses with professional sports training. For example, in Hochalpines Institut Ftan there is one of the best snowboarder programs in the world!

Founded in 1793, the Hochalpines Institut Ftan (HIF) Swiss International School and Sports Academy is an open-hearted campus community where young people from around the world can thrive in the sublime, healthgiving environment of the Swiss Alps at 1700 meters. An education at HIF is aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and personal skills to navigate the educational and professional challenges of the 21st century. At HIF young people thrive as they discover their individual talents, develop their intellectual and personal potential and learn to appreciate the benefits of an active outdoor life. HIF caters to students in school years/grades 7 to 12 with a passion for sport and strong academic ambitions. They can combine competitive or leisure sports with an international academic programme.

Sport, a core element in HIF education, promotes health and well-being but also resilience, self-discipline and team spirit – vital qualities for future leaders. Learning at HIF goes beyond the walls of the classroom. In an atmosphere marked by its tolerance and vitality, our boarding house team provides pupils with supervision, support and care around the clock, in matters of academic or personal importance. The school support the desire to perform and aim to awaken and encourage enthusiasm for life and learning. Boarding house residents develop their sense of responsibility, openmindedness and creativity

The main language of instruction here is German, but there is also the possibility of bilingual learning “German + English”. Elective language courses are in great demand: German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Graduate diploma received: 

  • Pre-IGCSE and IGCSE
  • Swiss Baccalaureate (Matura)
  • IB Diploma
  • Language Integration Programme (6 to 12 months)

Career guidance and preparation for admission to universities are conducted, useful career consultations with leading experts are conducted.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
12-18
from 53 400 CHF / year

Swiss Matura (Swiss Matura)

The classical educational program, supplemented by sports training at a professional level - the best preparation for obtaining a prestigious certificate and continuing study abroad (higher education).

Students improve their knowledge of English and German, are professionally involved in sports (the desired type can be chosen from a fairly wide list - coaches of the same high qualification on any of them), and also study the mandatory list of general education subjects.

The cost of schooling may vary depending on the curriculum and the chosen placement option:

  • daily form (without accommodation) = 20600CHF-32400CHF
  • full board = 50980CHF-83500CHF.
Annual
14-16
from 57 000 CHF / year

GCSE

The universal British secondary school program allows students to obtain a certificate of incomplete secondary education: with it you can prepare for graduate classes (preparation for university) or continue their education in secondary schools. Hochalpines Institut Ftan teaches the Cambridge IGCSE format, which is specially adapted for foreigners and at the same time strictly compliant with British standards.

The curriculum includes the following disciplines and areas:

  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • German / French as a foreign language
  • Combined scientific course: practice + theory in chemistry, biology, physics
  • Geography, natural development
  • Mathematics (international standard for preparing for the IB Diploma Mathematics Standard and Higher Level)
  • Special Course "Global Perspectives"
  • Business science.

The cost of the program is from 70000CHF per year.

Annual
16-18
from 57 000 CHF / year

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) standard is now accepted and appreciated throughout the world: it is a universal appreciation of a student’s academic abilities and his readiness to enter a university for higher education.

All students who choose the IB program learn:

  • literature in the selected language
  • primary or secondary language (usually English / French + foreign)
  • CAS course (Creativity, Service, Activity)
  • social sciences: economics, history
  • math
  • general theory of knowledge (CURRENT)
  • the method of writing an extended academic essay (volume of 4,000 words, the topic is chosen independently and is consistent with the teacher).

Pupils choose subjects for a personal curriculum independently - one of each of the following groups (to avoid duplication), 3 of which will be studied at a standard level, and 3 at a sophisticated, in-depth one:

  • A: English, German (other foreign languages ​​are possible)
  • B: English, German, French
  • C: economics, history, geography
  • D: math
  • E: biology, chemistry, physics
  • F: + 1 item from groups AE, not previously selected.

The cost of the program is from 70000CHF per year.

19.07.2020 -01.08.2020
10-16
from 3 450 CHF / 2 weeks

HIF International Summer Adventure Camp with English Courses 

  • Age group: 10 – 16
  • Course length: 2 weeks
  • Dates: 19 July to 1 August 2020
  • Languages: 50 language lessons in English or German
  • Programme: language learning in the morning, sports, cultural and adventure activities in the afternoons and evenings
  • Focus Activities: Horseback riding; Golf; Arts; Adventure and sports; Nature and Sustainability

The HIF International Summer Adventure Camp 2020 is a two-week learning journey, on the doorstep of the Swiss National Park with its wildlife and its landscape of mountains. Learn English or German based on your individual learning targets in small classes and lively, varied lessons. Explore the Alps on foot, bike, horseback or on a raft. Discover new talents and make friends from around the world. Develop the confidence to face challenges and practice new skills. Have a go at the fabulous sports opportunities that HIF offers.

19.07.2020 -01.08.2020
10-16
from 3 450 CHF / 2 weeks

HIF International summer adventure camp with training in German

  • Dates: July 19 - August 1
  • Age: 10-16 years old
  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • Full board
  • 50 German lessons.

HIF International Summer Adventure Camp - two weeks of study and adventure in the mountains at an altitude of 1700 m. Hochalpines Institut Ftan campus is located in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland, where girls and boys from different countries study.

Annual
12-18
from 53 400 CHF / year

Language Integration Year

A special program (as the name implies, designed for 1 academic year), ideally preparing foreign students for studying at a Swiss college.

This course will help you prepare in all the necessary areas:

  • academic (adaptation to the new educational system)
  • linguistic (intensive improvement of English / German skills)
  • social (the student gets used to living in an international atmosphere)
  • sports
  • cultural.

Stubborn, confident students can prepare for the Bilingual Matura during this time.

The cost of schooling may vary depending on the curriculum and the chosen accommodation option: the academic year costs:

  • from 7 to 10 grade (Grades 7-10) = 53400CHF.
  • from 11 to 12 grade (Grades 11-12) = 57000CHF.

Accommodation, housing and food

You will live in one of the 70 bright rooms (cabinets), decorated in a modern attractive style. The campus has lounges with sofas for meeting friends with a cup of coffee, reading and relaxing.

Camp participants live in full board and receive a balanced diet. Regional, seasonal, fresh, healthy - this is the concept of HIF nutrition. A balanced and tasty diet is necessary for concentration, mental and sports results, while it gives pleasure and brings joy. The school has organized local deliveries of seasonal products from the Engadine Mountains region: Hatecke supplies environmentally friendly meat products, Pastizaria Cantieni offers freshly baked bread. Students with allergies and intolerances are offered separate food options.

Events HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy

  • Music, choir, visual arts
  • Leasure sports: tennis, football, skateboarding, slackline, trampolines, biking, hiking, nordic skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding, ice hockey, ice skating
  • Individualised fitness coaching
  • Robotics
  • Spanish
  • Study Centre and individualised mentoring

Advantages

  • Excellent reputation earned over the years of successful work
  • Professional approach to sports: an exceptionally experienced coaching staff, a wide range of sports disciplines, all the conditions for effective, comfortable and safe classes
  • Ideal proportion of academic lessons and extracurricular / sports activities
  • Constant monitoring of the educational and training process: children never feel lonely - curators and mentors are ready to help them solve any problem, give valuable advice, give moral support
  • Magnificent landscapes and ecological cleanliness of the place where the school is located
  • Prestige and demand for educational certificates: Switzerland is one of the recognized world leaders in the field of education

Accreditation

  • Swiss Federal and Cantonal Authorities, giving access to study at Swiss or international universities with Swiss Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Assessment as a centre for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  • Candidate School of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School for school year 2020/21
  • Centre for TELC examinations for learners of German and English

Equipment HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy

The school has direct access to the alpine ski resort of Scuol Motta Naluns (2146 metres asl) with lifts which take skiers up to nearly 2800 metres for thrilling descents all the way down to the valley station.

The gym is equipped with a trampoline and AirTrack, ergometers, treadmills, a large weights room, gymnastics and therapy rooms.

On campus in summer and autumn:

  • Two tennis courts
  • Football field
  • 100 m sprint track
  • Skateboard mini ramp
  • Slackline
  • Outdoor trampolines
  • Countless biking and hiking trails on the school’s doorstep

During the winter:

  • HIF has direct access to cross-country skiing tracks
  • A biathlon rifle range
  • Access to the skiing resort Scuol Motta Naluns, including a freestyle park
  • Endless kilometres of winter hiking trails
  • Ice-skating and ice hockey

Boarding facilities

  • Single or double rooms, shared facilities
  • Individualised support in academic and personal development
  • Happy, healthy and safe surroundings
  • Healthy, balanced food
  • Secure location - private road
  • 7/24 pastoral care
  • Medical support – trained staff, clinics within 10 minutes from school

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of studying may vary depending on the curriculum and the chosen placement option.

International fees 

  • Annual Administration Fee (including visa, health, accident and liability insurance up to 18 years): CHF 2 350
  • Annual Administration Fee (over 18 years): CHF 5 200
  • Entrance Fee (one-off, non-refundable): CHF 1 500
  • Deposit (refundable against final HIF bill): CHF 10 000

 

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 1500 CHF
  • Deposit for a course/programme 10000 CHF

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of two most recent school reports (with English translation)
  • Written teacher recommendations (English and Math teachers), form will be sent to teachers directly
  • Copy of passports (child, parents)
  • Copy of learning difficulty diagnostic tests (if applicable)

Map, location

Insurance, flights, residence permits, citizenship and other services

HIF Swiss International School and Sports Academy reviews

Marie Casey
I am interested in sending my daughter(age16), to a German speaking school with sports facilities including skiing for a term in 2022, from January to Easter, do you have a facility for this and also do you have availability? Thank you, Marie Casey
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Smapse
Dear Marie Casey, Thank you for your request. Our specialist will contact you via email you have provided. Regards, Smapse Education

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