Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil

Founded in 1910, Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. It is located 1,350 metres (4,430 ft) 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 61 international schools located across 28 countries, with a total of more than 61,000 students.

Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Suisse

TypePrivate, international boarding school
AuthorizerNEASC, IBO, CIS, & ECIS
PrincipalStuart White
Color(s)Dark Navy, Gold, Bright Blue
TuitionCHF 108000 in tuition and boarding (2019-2020)

Beau Soleil has been listed by The Daily Telegraph as "One of the Most Exclusive Schools in the World".[4]


Beau Soleil offers two distinct, parallel systems: a French Section[5] and an International Section.[6] The program of studies offers academic subjects. Students are allowed to go to town on the weekends, or can sign up to go to other places. Some Saturdays are reserved for academics and challenges. During the year they have 7 challenges such as a 10 kilometer run in the mountains and ski races. They have two uniforms; one for Monday that is fancy attire while a more casual set of uniform is used for Tuesday to Friday. After class, students are permitted to wear their own clothes.



CAIBS's (upper) secondary education (Middle and High School) is not approved as a Mittelschule/Collège/Liceo by the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).[7]



The student body numbers about 240 students from more than 40 nationalities.[8] 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.


  • 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 Ian Lawson who was a former headmaster in Gordonstoun (Scotland) and was also the tutor of Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward of the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • June 2010: Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school. New building inauguration.
  • September 2013: Frances King became principal of the school.
  • August 2016: New principal Kevin Foyle takes over.


Every year, some students climb Kilimanjaro in Africa. There are trips to several places around the world, some of which include New Zealand, Morocco, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Uruguay, Japan, Chile, United States Of America, Madagascar and China. On November 27, 2009, 252 people, the students and staff of the school, embarked on a 12-day cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to celebrate 100 years of Beau Soleil. In February, 2013, the whole school went on a trip to Tanzania, where students and staff climbed Kilimanjaro, traveled 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.[9]

Notable alumni

See also


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