Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz

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Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
Lyceum Alpinum Zouz Logo.png
Zuoz, Canton of Graubünden
Type Private, International boarding school
Motto Mens sana in corpore sano, A healthy mind in a healthy body
Established 1904[1]
Headmaster Dr Karsten Plöger[2]
Enrollment ~300[3]
Student to teacher ratio 4:1[4]
Nickname Lyceum Alpinum
Annual tuition CHF 80,000 (varies within different age groups)[5]

Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is an international boarding school in Zuoz, near St.Moritz in Switzerland. It is located in the upper part of the alpine village in the area of Surmulins.

The school was founded in 1904 by five Engadinern as "Institute Engiadina" and had 22 students housed, cared for by two teachers and one director.[6] Today there are around 300, including 220 in the boarding school. The boarders are coming from over 30 countries, such as Italy, Russia, Germany and the U.S.


Founded in 1904 Lyceum Alpinum is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. It is located 1750m above sea level on the Swiss Alps of Zuoz, near the alpine village of St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The school was founded by a group of locals from the Engadine as an institution for ailing boys, whose parents were spending their vacation in St.Moritz, so that they could benefit from the mountain air and did not fall behind in any of their subjects. It was at the time called the "Institut Engiadina", and had 22 students in its first year. Back then it was run by a director and two teachers.[7]

However, it very soon developed into a fully-fledged secondary school for boys, later on girls were also admitted and the school attained its international reputation. It is attended by around 200 boarders and 100 day pupils from the region. The pupils are between 12 and 18 years old. It is known for its cultural diversity and extensive sports programme; the pupils themselves come from over 30 different countries. Most frequently from Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Austria.

Academic curriculum[edit]

Students at the school can study for internationally recognised higher education entrance qualifications. On offer are the Swiss Matura (German or German/English), the German Abitur and, exclusively in English, the International Baccalaureate.

About three hundred students between 12 and 18 years of age from around the world follow programmes leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), the Swiss Matura (German) or the bilingual Swiss Matura (German/English) and German Abitur. Tolerance, fair play and respect for community values are at the heart of a Lyceum education.


Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz

The Lyceum campus overlooking the village of Zuoz covers 130,000 m2 and encompasses 12 buildings, sports fields, ice rinks, tennis courts, golf driving

range etc.

The schools consists of 5 boarding houses:

  • Grosshaus
  • Chesa Arpiglia
  • Mädcheninternat
  • Kleinhaus
  • Spencer House


The school has had its own amateur theatre since 2006. The German-speaking Shakespeare Company performs, amongst other things, plays written by this British dramatist. The English Theatre Company develop their stage plays from scratch themselves and perform only in English. In December 2011 the Zuoz Globe was opened - the only permanent theatre in the Engadine.

The Zuoz Club[edit]

The Zuoz Club is the alumni organisation related to the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. It was founded in 1923.[8] The Zuoz Club consists of former students of the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. Presently, the alumni organisation has 2,200 members in 42 countries and is divided in 18 regional groups worldwide.

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our School". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  2. ^ "School Management". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  3. ^ "How many students study at the school?". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Academics". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Fees (Overview of fees 2015/2016)". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Chronicle". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Chronicle". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  8. ^ "Zuoz Club". 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  9. ^ International Skiing History Association (December 2006). Skiing Heritage Journal. International Skiing History Association. pp. 13–17. ISSN 1082-2895. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

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Coordinates: 46°36′18″N 9°57′37″E / 46.60500°N 9.96028°E / 46.60500; 9.96028