study abroad, gap year, language immersion French, English

French and English immersion programs 

Gap year / Study abroad programs in Switzerland 

Short and long stays, from September to June

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:

  • Gain confidence in French and English, prepare for official certifications (DELF and Cambridge)
  • Validate your school year with official qualifications : the IGCSE in English or the DNB in French
  • Return home without interrupting your program of studies
  • Experience life in a boarding school, a new culture and education system
  • Have fun and make new friends 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.

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Long-term immersion

Students prepare for official exams (DNB in French and the GCSE in English). They return home with a fully validated school year without interrupting their studies. Students can also prepare for officiel DELF and Cambridge certifications. 

winter program immersion


From January to March 2021. Students join our immersion program for a minimum stay of 1 week, up to one trimester. This is a wonderful way to learn French and English while learning to ski and discovering Switzerland in winter. 


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Spring and Summer

During the spring and the summer, from May 1st to August: intensive French or English programs combined with sports, art, cultural and recreational activities in the beautiful part of west Switzerland.


12 to 17 years


DELF, Cambridge

Dates 2022-23

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

Fees 2022-23

1 to 4 weeks: CHF 1’600.- / w
5 to 8 weeks:CHF 1’450.- / w
> 8-weeks: CHF 1’300.-
Brochure and fees 2022

Official exams and certifications

Long term students have the possibility to prepare for official exams and certifications :

  • Secondary Education Qualifications
    • The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in English
    • The diplôme national du brevet (DNB) in French 
  • Language certifications :
    • DELF in French
    • Cambridge in English

Boarding life at Chantemerle

French and English are the main languages 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. English language is also very present in the class and outside, most of our students are fluent in both languages and all our educators are bilingual.

With a maximum capacity of 65 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. At Chantemerle, we take the time to reinforce the learning of essential, simple and useful routine: punctuality and politeness, saying ‘good morning‘, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, making your bed and tidying your room, returning your homework on time. After school, a rich and targeted choice of sports, cultural and artistic activities is offered to students.

Chantemerle promotes the reasonable and controlled use of personal electronic devices and video games. A minimum of 15 minutes per day of reading time is encouraged for everyone as well as weekly nature walks and promenades. Similarly, the intelligent and rigorous application of simple community rules contributes to the smooth running of the establishment and its harmony. In the event of a problem, a dialogue is initiated with the child, the educators and the parents to quickly find a solution. A school nurse is permanently present at the school and can thus follow the children in relation to their health.

Healthy meals are prepared onsite daily from ingredients sourced from local producers. Our school follows the Fourchette Verte quality label.

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.

Sports, excursions and fun activities

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

During the ski season, between January and March, Chantemerle proposes a full Ski Package with teachers from the Swiss Ski Schools, access to local resorts (Portes du Soleil, Villars, Zermatt), including material rentals.

Learn more about Chantemerle’s activity and personal development program

Sport & Study programs

These programs bring together young talented athlete and artist students who wish to continue their passion at the highest level without foregoing their academic project. Candidates for these programs are high-performing, motivated and autonomous students who are seeking to compete at the national or international level, or join an American university on a sports scholarship.

To make this program successful, Chantemerle has implemented several partnerships with a selection of local elite, competition-oriented academies or clubs. The school program is adapted in order to respect individual objectives and insure optimal coordination between the academy, the students and the teachers.

At the moment, we have students athletes following this program in ice hockey, water-polo, football, basketball, golf and tennis. We also have art students in ballet academy and piano.

Learn more about Chantemerle Sport, Art and Study programs