Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Institut Le Rosey Boarding School

age icon 8-18 years old

time icon 53 weeks

Academic Overview

Le Rosey’s academic curriculum provides education of breadth, depth and quality for an international student body. It develops inquiring and knowledgeable young people and prepares them for rigorous school leaving exams in English and French, and then for entry to the most competitive universities across the world.

A cornerstone of Le Rosey’s academic programme is its English-French bilingual approach, which produces students with a mastery of two languages. Students choose either English or French as their principal learning language but are given regular classes in the other. They then study cer tain subjects in the other language so as to increase their mastery and also to gain an understanding of two mentalities.

We strongly encourage students to study their mother tongues or, if this is not English or French, another language; it is also possible to study a fourth language.

STAGE 1: Primary (“Juniors”)

French and English classes: 9 to 7 (US grades 3-5; UK years 4-6)

  • French and English classes are obligatory and are taught in streamed groups, from beginner to mother tongue level.

  • Most of the curriculum is studied in French with some classes studied in English. From Class 7 onwards students can follow a balanced French-English programme. Individual guidance and language streaming ensure that each student follows a programme adapted to his or her linguistic abilities.

  • The programme is based upon the French National Curriculum for courses taught in French and upon the English National Curriculum for courses taught in English; it is also complemented with the IPC (International Primary Curriculum), which provides an international and cross-curricular approach.

STAGE 2: Secondary (“Cadets” and “Jeunes Seniors”)

French, English and Bilingual classes: 6 to 2 (US grades 6-10; UK years 7-11)

Students have the chance to study each subject in either English or French with increasing focus on the their final graduating diploma.

  • In consultation with parents and teachers, students choose either English or French as their first academic language.

  • Students can choose their language of instruction for each subject and it is possible to study 50% of subjects in French and 50% in English.

  • English and French programmes run in parallel and students follow at least one subject in their L2.

  • With adjustments to ensure proper coordination of content and sequence, the French programme follows the French national curriculum, and the English programme follows the UK national curriculum.

STAGE 3: “Seniors”: A Choice of Diplomas

The IB or the French baccalaureate: Classes 1 & t (US grades 11-12; UK years 12-13)

Students choose one of two demanding final diplomas: le bac français or the IB .

  • Le bac: French-speakers may prepare for one of three French Baccalaureate academic séries, literary, economic or scientific. They can also choose to sit the IB in French, or in English and French.

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a two-year programme, with the option of studying subjects in French (see below). All students are entered for the full IB diploma.

International Bacalaureate Diploma (IB)

Highly respected by universities throughout the world, the IB is in close harmony with the objectives of the Le Rosey: a solid academic training, independence of mind and the ability to work alone, as well as respect for varied cultural traditions, and the development of the whole person.

The IB Diploma covers the last two years of schooling (classes 1 & t).

Candidates must choose one subject from five of six fields of study, with a sixth subject chosen freely. In addition, they follow a compulsory course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), undertake an Extended Essay and participate in an extra-curricular programme based on Creativity, Action and Service to the Community (CAS).

Three of the six subjects are chosen at Higher level (6 lessons weekly) and the three others at Standard level (4 lessons per week).

The Choice of subjects is made in conjunction with the Head of the IB according to past academic achievements and future requirements,although availability may be limited by timetable restrictions.

The key characteristics and strengths of the IB Programme:

  • Subject choice allows the student to structure his or her final two years of study in the light of future university ambitions and academic ability.

  • The courses are rigorous and the standards demanding, making the IB particularly popular with admissions officers at prestigious universities across the world.

  • Le Rosey offers a large number of subject options and combinations and a number some of these in French.

  • The six subjects plus the Theory of Knowledge give a well-balanced weekly programme of about 32 lessons a week.

  • The IB recognizes and promotes bilingualism.

  • The candidate’s personal culture, language and identity are preserved through the IB’s mother-tongue entitlement policy.

  • Coursework (which is externally moderated) reduces the anxiety linked to a system solely dependent on a final examination.

  • The Theory of Knowledge course encourages students to reflect on all aspects of their work, to be critical about their knowledge and to analyse the cultural traditions of different nationalities.

  • The Extended Essay is particularly valuable preparation for university and college work. It consists of an original piece of research of some 4,000 words.

  • The CAS programme makes students understand that education is not limited to the classroom and opens the door to numerous possibilities of personal achievement.

University Acceptances (Matriculations 2022 in bold)


American University, Babson College, Bard College, Barnard College, Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Columbia University In the City of New York, Connecticut College, Drexel University, Duke University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Johns Hopkins University, La Salle

University, Loyola Marymount University, Lynn University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Met Film School, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Pace University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University-Main Campus, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Skidmore College, Southern Methodist University, St John~s University-New York, The New School, Trinity College, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Miami, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of New Hampshire-Main Campus, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of San Erancisco, University of Southern California ,University of Virginia-Main CampusVillanova University, Yale University


Aberystwyth University, Birmingham City University, Bristol, University of the West of England, Brunel University London, City & Guilds, City-University of London, Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, Durham University, Goldsmiths, Imperial College London, Istituto Marangoni London,** King's College London,** Kingston University, Lancaster University, London Metropolitan University, London School of Economics and Political Science, London South Bank University,** Loughborough University,** Met Eilm School, New College of the Humanities, Oxford Brookes University, Queen Mary University, Regent~s University London, Royal Holloway, SOAS, Swansea University, The University of Edinburgh, UCL, University For the Creative Arts, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of East Anglia, University of East London, University of Greenwich, University of Kent, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, University of Sussex, University of the Arts London, University of Warwick, University of West London, University of Westminster


Business School Lausanne, EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality, EU Business School Montreux, European Business School Geneva, Glion Institute of Higher Education, University of Geneva, University of St. Gallen, Webster University (Geneva Campus)


Spain: Instituto Quimico de Sarria (IQS), IE University

Erance: EDHEC Business School

Netherlands: Radbound University

Romania: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Bucharest

Tuition Fees Approximately

**JUNIORS **(Classes 9 to 6)

Boarding Fee:

97800 CHF

Application Fee:

3000 CHF

Deposit Fee:

47600 CHF (1st Term Fee+15000CHF Extra expenses)

**CADETS-SENIORS **(Classes 5 to Terminale)

Boarding Fee:

138900 CHF

Application Fee:

3000 CHF

Deposit Fee:

61300CHF (1st Term Fee+15000CHF Extra expenses)

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