Top 10 Boarding Schools in Europe in 2012


There are plenty of boarding schools of quality all throughout Europe, but in 2012 the ranking of the top 10 schools was dominated, without any doubt, by the institutions from Switzerland. The following institutions have been the best throughout 2012, based on facts like student demand and student accomplishment. Unfortunately, these schools are known, aside from being the best schools in Europe and the world, as schools which also have some of the highest tuition fees in the world.

1. Le Rosey, Château de Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland

  • Tuition fee: 50,000 euros ($73,150) a year

Known around the entire world as the “school of kings” because of the high number of royals that attended this institution, it is widely recognized as the best and most expensive international school in the entire world. Among the amazing things that can be found here are 10 tennis courts, a Jacuzzi, a lakeside château on 28 acres and, of course, a sailing center. There are also countless saunas and steam rooms present all over the campus. It features a different campus for the winter period, in which students are moved from the beginning of January to the end of March.

2. Eton College, Windsor, England

  • 37,500 euros ($54,900) year

This school was founded in 1440 and it has become known as the emblem for the term “boarding school”. Even if, over the years, a lot of schools have changed their status as single sex schools, Eton remains accessible only for boys. There are more royals, celebrities, and politicians that have graduated from this institution than from any other in the entire world. Most of the graduates from this school continue their studies at Oxford and Cambridge.

3. College Alpin Beau Soleil, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

  • 48,000 euros ($70,220) a year

This school is located near Geneva, in the mountains that offer a great view on the Rhone Valley. Here students can make use of a digital recording studio, a performing arts center, and a riding center. The students, which are an average of eight per class, can also use a restaurant located on the private ski slopes.

4. Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland

  • 43,200 euros ($63,200) a year

This school focusses primarily on outdoor activities, some of the most important being skiing and hiking. Their focus is favored by their location at 1,200 meters in the Swiss Alps.

5. St. George’s School, Clarens, Switzerland

  • 38,000 euros ($56,000) year

This institution is the first British boarding school that was established in Switzerland and it offers its students incredible views on the Lake Geneva and the Alps. All types of sports are encouraged by this institution.

6. Brillantmont International School, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 40,000 euros ($58,500) a year

This institution is situated in the city of Lausanne and it has a great view of the Alps and Lake Geneva. The usual number of students per class is nine, and there are approximately 150 students present at this school.

7. Gstaad International School, Gstaad, Switzerland

  • 40,000 euros ($58,500) year

Probably the smallest boarding school in Switzerland, it is focused on outdoor activities like rock climbing, swimming, and skiing.

8. Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland

  • 39,200 euros ($57,350) year

The attending students will take part in mandatory cultural trips around the continent and they will be a part of the different programs focused on developing an entrepreneurial spirit.

9. Institut auf dem Rosenberg (Anglo-American Section), St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 39,000 euros ($57,000) year

Having more than 100,000 square meters, the campus of this institution is located by the Lake Constance.

10. Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Zuoz, Switzerland

  • 43,000 euros ($62,900) a year

This school can accept only 200 students, which are mostly from other countries, and it is mainly focused on all types of outdoor activities.

All these institutions were considered the best boarding schools in Europe during 2012, and they are usually the ones that form this ranking every year.

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