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IB, British, and Swiss
Ages 12 to 18

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CitySwiss Alps
CurriculumsIB, British, and Swiss
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 12 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 7 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: CHF 71,220
to: CHF 71,220
Address: Chalchera 154 • CH-7551 Ftan • Switzerland
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and German speaking teachers

80% of our teachers are native speakers

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

We offer a Language Integration Year in German or English

Additional language classes offered by the school

Depending on the curriculum, our students can study English, German, French, Italian or Romansh.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, such as flat screen monitors, projectors, whiteboards, computer connections and much more.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

All religions are welcome at HIF

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Of course, every pupil is free to practise his/her religion or not if he/she wishes to do so. This is always done with mutual respect. Rooms are available where pupils can find the peace and quiet they need for inner reflection

External examinations or assessments available

Swiss Bilingual Matura (German/English, German/Romansh), Ignite: Switzerland program

Results in these examinations

99% success rate of Swiss Matura

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The students have assisted studying time in the evening 5 times/week

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, with the help of an external team

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

HIF Swiss International School and HIF Sports Academy strives to offer a fair and balanced admissions process that gives prospective students every opportunity to study at HIF. We have a min. language requirements depending on the year of study and we run a math exam as well

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

End of June

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

Yes, local bus company

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Vegetarian meals, Lactose-free meals, Gluten-free meals

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Arts, vocal group, psychology, team sports, natural sciences and experiments, participation in the student council

Sports activities included

Alpin Skiing, Crosscountry Skiing, Snowboard Freestyle, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Strength Training, Team Sports, ...

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school is a training site of the Grison Ski Nordic and Snowboard Association as well as an acclaimed regional performance center of the Swiss Ski Association for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboard freestyle, biathlon. With its Sports Academy, HIF offers an ideal academic and athletic background for highly talented athletes on the one hand and for less competitive, but sports-interested, students on the other hand. Our sports: Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Snowboard Freestlye, Icehockey.

Facilities at the school

Library, science labs, Yoga Room, Recreation Rooms, ...

Sports facilities at the school

Ski slopes, Snowboard slopes, Cross-country skiing trails, Gymnasium with trampoline and airtrack, ergometer, strength and gymnastics room, therapy room, two tennis courts, football pitch, 100m sprint track, skateboard miniramp, slackline, countless biking and hiking trails in the surrounding area

Grades/ages available for boarding

Age 12-19

Boarding facilities at the school

Living, Eating, Recreation, Sports, Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Wellbeing

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Hochalpines Institut Ftan – School. Sport. Nature. Where Your Future Begins.

Surrounded by the picturesque village of Ftan in the Romansh-speaking Lower Engadine, we have been providing students excellence in education in a unique institution for over two centuries, founded on principles of respect, responsibility, and kindness.

With our bilingual Swiss Matura in German/English or German/Romansh, we not only embrace our Engadine culture but also open doors to national and international universities.

Our aim is to educate young individuals into young adults who discover their individual talents and make a personal contribution to a sustainable society.

For three decades, we have also been pioneers in the training of elite athletes. Our HIF Sports Academy, certified by Swiss-Ski, uniquely combines school and sports in disciplines such as cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboard freestyle, and biathlon.

Complementing our offerings is Ignite: Switzerland, an exciting nature experience program for international Grade 8 students, and our boarding school, placing the highest value on safety and well-being.

Welcome to HIF, where your future begins!

Teaching approach of the school

21st Century Learning and Teaching

HIF offers some of the world’s leading programmes of study recognised for admission by the top universities in the USA, the UK, Switzerland and worldwide.
A knowledge-rich and skills-based curriculum promotes mastery of subject content in Languages, Mathematics, the Natural Sciences, the Humanities, the Arts, Sport, plus classes focused on issues facing societies and individuals across the globe. Excellent teaching inspires a sense of excitement and the drive to discover more. Students learn that success comes from perseverance, from sticking at a task and building on their progress in understanding and performance.

Switzerland has an education system which is second to none. It is rigorous but fair, opening doors of opportunity for young people to progress to higher education or vocational training at every stage in their secondary school careers.

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