Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil

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Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Suisse
Villars-sur-Ollon, Canton of Vaud
Type Private, international boarding school
Established 1910[1]
Authorizer NEASC, IBO, CIS, & ECIS
Principal Frances King
Staff 120[2]
Faculty 90[2]
Enrollment ~300[3]
Color(s) Turquois, grey, white
Nickname BS
Tuition CHF 100000 CHF (95500 €) tuition and boarding (2014-2015)
Affiliations Secular
Information (+41) 24 496 26 26

Founded in 1910 Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. It is located 1350m above sea level on the Swiss Alps of Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. The college provides a full boarding education for students from over 60 different nationalities aged 11-18 years old. Owned by the de Meyer family until 2010, the school then passed into the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. Nord Anglia Education is responsible for 35 international schools located across 14 countries, with a total of 23,600 students.


The student body numbers about 240 students from more than 40 nationalities. The campus is set around one main building dating from the school's founding in 1910, but has been expanded and modified, with now 6 external dorms around the town of Villars.

Tuition and Fees[edit]

The tuition and fees for one academic year in Beau Soleil are approximately 100,000 CHF, including boarding commodities. Beau Soleil College is often referred to as a school for the world's young elite, as many international publications consider the school as one of the most exclusive and expensive boarding school in the world, in particular is ranked as the second most expensive school in the world. See List of most expensive schools in the world.


  • September 1910: founding of the school in a châlet in Gstaad under the direction of Mme Bluette Ferrier.
  • 1920: move of the school to Villars-sur-Ollon.
  • 1958: Pierre de Meyer became the second director. He adopts the name of his wife as his was that of a commoner. Following a hunting accident in the eighties (he shot himself in the foot) the school is run by Mr Ian Lawson who was a former headmaster in Gordonstoun (Scotland) and was also the tutor of Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward of England.
  • 1991: Jérôme de Meyer became the third director.
  • 15 December 2005: ninety students, alumni and teachers unfurled the flag of Beau Soleil on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (at 5895 metres the highest peak in Africa).
  • June 2010: Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school. New building inauguration.
  • September 2013: Mrs Frances King becomes Principal of the school.

The Beau Soleil Philosophy[edit]

Beau Soleil aims to provide its students with a comprehensive education in order to develop their critical awareness and an appreciation of personal effort and self-discipline.


Beau Soleil offers two distinct, parallel systems: a French Section and an International Section. The programme of studies offers academic subjects up to university level, coupled with an holistic education providing art, music, drama, sports and expeditions encouraging all-round personal development.

The classes in the French Section extend from 6ème to Terminale and prepare students for the official French government examinations - the Diplôme National du Brevet at the end of the 3ème and the French Baccalauréat (series L, ES and S) at the end of Terminale. The subjects taught in the French Section conform to the requirements of the French Ministry of Education. International Section. The classes in the International Section extend from 6th Grade to 12th Grade, and prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the end of 10th Grade and the International Baccalaureate (IB) at the end of the 12th Grade.

Beau Soleil offers a wide variety of summer and winter sports, such as different team sports in the fall and summer term and skiing and/or snowboarding in the winter term, when it offers restaurants to the students on their private ski slopes.


Beau Soleil is renowned for its expeditions.[citation needed] Every year, some students climb Kilimanjaro in Africa. There are trips ranging from New Zealand, Morocco, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Uruguay, Japan, Chile, United States Of America, Madagascar, China. On November 27th 2009, 252 people, the students and staff, embarked on a 12-day cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to celebrate 100 years of Beau Soleil.[citation needed] In February, 2013, the whole school went on a trip to Tanzania, where students and staff climbed Kilimanjaro, travelled to Zanzibar on a cultural trip, visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and helped in a local orphanage owned by the school.


Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil owns orphanages including some in Madagascar, Tanzania, India and Uruguay. The school visits these orphanages as part of humanitarian expeditions.[citation needed]


Beau Soleil is a member of the Round Square Association

The school belongs to l'Association vaudoise des écoles privées (AVDEP) and the Fédération suisse des écoles privées (FSEP).

Notable alumni[edit]

Many alumni names cannot be written for security and privacy reasons.

There is a large international Beau Soleil alumni network, with reunions held in cities around the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Beau Soleil". 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Essential Character". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. [broken citation]
  3. ^ "Financial Times". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ The new Villeneuve: the life of Jacques Villeneuve, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998 By Timothy Collings, page 79

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Coordinates: 46°17′58″N 7°03′10″E / 46.29944°N 7.05278°E / 46.29944; 7.05278