Learn French in Switzerland

French immersion programs in a Swiss boarding school

Academic year, winter & summer camps

Immersion, fun activities, excursions & sports

Chantemerle has more than 50 years experience of teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE). Every year, students ages 6 to 16 come to Chantemerle to join our French immersion program during the academic school year and for shorter winter or summer camps.

Long-term students prepare for the DELF exams. They integrate mainstream classes (mathematics, physics, history, science) and validate a full school year abroad with an official grade report. They can then return to their country of origin without no interruption in their studies. Some students decide to remain at Chantemerle and continue their studies in Switzerland preparing for the Swiss maturity or the IB diploma.

Other students choose a shorter course of study, enrolling on our intensive courses, discovering the beauties of western Switzerland in the Fall or Spring season or enjoying skiing during the Winter, as they rapidly improve their written and conversational French.

French Immersion

Long-term French immersion

Chantemerle proposes long term immersion (up to 10 months) during the school year. Long term students prepare for the DELF diplomas and can validate of full school year in French with an official grade report. 

Winter Language Camps

Winter French language camps

From January to March 2019. Students join our immersion program for a minimum stay of 1 week, up to one trimester. This is a wonderful way to learn French while learning to ski and discover Switzerland in winter. 


Summer French language camps

Summer French language camps 

During the summer, from May 1st to August 8th 2019, learning French is combined with performance sports as well as artistic, cultural and recreational experiences of the beautiful part of west Switzerland. 


6 to 16 years


DELF certifications

Dates 2019-20

Full school year (10 months)
Winter camp (January-March)
Spring camp (April-June)
Summer camp (July-August)

Fees 2019-20

1 to 4 weeks: CHF 1’650.- / w
5 to 8 weeks:CHF 1’500.- / w
> 8-weeks: ask for quote

Brochure and fees 2019-20

Our teaching approach 

At Chantemerle, French courses are efficient, practical and fun. They are based on a communicative approach in all the 4 competences (written and oral comprehension, written and oral production) detailed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students work in small groups to build confidence in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.  Oral communication is carried out through fun and practical projects and activities relating to Swiss traditions and culture. Our long term students have the opportunity to prepare for the DELF exams (A1 to B2 levels).

Long-term immersion: learn French and experience a new culture

Studying abroad for a full academic year may be one of the most life changing experience for any teenager, and it comes with great opportunities:

  • Learn French and prepare for the official DELF certifications
  • Experience the boarding school, a new culture and education system in a personalized family environment
  • Validate a school year abroad without interrupting the study program at home
  • Have fun and make new friends from all over the world while discovering Switzerland

Long-term permission is usually granted from the student’s main school, as time abroad and additional foreign languages are highly esteemed by universities, and add value to a student’s future college applications. We recommend parents however, to check first with their child’s school at home how they will validate Chantemerle’s curriculum.

Short-term stays

Students choose a minimum stay of 1 week up to one trimester. The objective is to learn or improve his/her level in French, while experiencing immersion at the boarding school, and discovering western Switzerland. 

Boarding life at Chantemerle

French is the language of use at Chantemerle. Surrounded by French-speaking students and staff, in the midst of the French-speaking part of Switzerland, students are fully immersed in the French langage and the local culture.

With a maximum capacity of 75 boarding students, Chantemerle offers a stimulating and safe environment where one learns to live in community, developing its sense of responsibilities while studying and having fun. 

All our students are accommodated in the boarding school under permanent supervision by experienced and dedicated educators. They are accommodated in warm and cosy “chalet-style” bedrooms of 2 or 3 with lake view where they can be mixed with other students from our school.

This is how a typical day as an immersion student at Chantemerle looks like:

  • 0700-0750 Good morning and breakfast
  • 0800-1200 French classes
  • 1200-1330 Lunch break
  • 1330-1830 project-base program, art and cultural excursions, sports, ski in Winter
  • 1830 Dinner
  • 1930 Supervised home work and study time
  • 2100 Good night and bedtime

A wide program of sports, excursions and fun activities

Chantemerle proposes a rich program of sports, artistic and cultural activities after the class and during the weekends. 

All students are invited to choose between 2 or 3 activities in Chantemerle or outdoors. Many sports, creative workshops and games are offered in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. During the ski season, between January and March, Chantemerle proposes a full Ski Package with teachers from the Swiss Ski Schools and clothes and material rentals.