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Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Suisse
Type Private, international boarding school
Established 1910
Authorizer NEASC, IBO, CIS, & ECIS
Principal Kevin Foyle
Staff 120
Faculty 90
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment ~300
Color(s) Dark Navy, Gold, Bright Blue
Nickname CABS
Tuition CHF 98'500 in tuition and boarding (2016-2017)
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 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 43 international schools located across 15 countries, with a total of 37,000 students.

Beau Soleil was recently listed by The Telegraph as "One of the Most Exclusive Schools in the World".


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.


Beau Soleil Entrance
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil Entrance

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 art, music, drama, sports and expeditions.


Beau Soleil Founded 1910
Beau Soleil was Founded in 1910

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 27, 2009, 252 people, the students and staff, 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, 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.

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