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Hochalpines Institut Ftan (HIF) - FIT FOR SPORT AND FIT FOR LIFE

A place where young people thrive as they discover their unique talents, touch up their personal and intellectual potential, and develop a sense of appreciation for the outdoor life - the HIF Swiss International Boarding School and Sports Academy serves as a secure and health-giving environment that helps all young students become the better version of themselves. HIF Swiss International Boarding School and Sports Academy is steered towards equipping each individual with the knowledge and personal skills to seamlessly navigate both educational and professional challenges of the 21st century.



Hochalpines Institut Ftan is located in the South Eastern region of Switzerland, the Lower Engadine, Graubünden, bordering on Italy and Austria. It is a charming village which is only 3 hours away from Zurich airport, and 2 hours from Innsbruck and Milan.

The HIF Campus is communing with nature as it extends along the mountainside, high above the valley. It is 1,700 m above sea level, giving everyone the picturesque view of the southern alpine peaks that stretches away into the distance.


The HIF Swiss International Boarding School and Sports Academy was founded in 1793 by world-renowned Swiss educationalists. Its 225-year history is rich in good values shared by its founders and is known to have the highest standards of teaching and individual achievement in a school community based on kindness and understanding.

Here at HIF, educators help students discover their skills and talents, harness their potential, and equip them with the right mindset to pursue their dreams. As a result, all HIF graduates immerse themselves to the community as a local, a national and a global citizen, carrying a strong sense of responsibility, and devoting themselves to lifelong learning.

Sports is an integral element in the education of all HIF students. The educators recognize how sports shape an individual and promote health and well-being, as well as resilience, self-discipline and team spirit - all vital qualities for future leaders.

Students can choose to combine competitive or leisure sports with all academic programmes. They are guided by a competent team of teachers, coaches, and carers, who assist in the individual training sessions, competition schedules, and study plans.


Hochalpines Institut Ftan is a co-educational secondary school offering a wide range of educational programmes for students in grades 7-12. The institution is accredited by the Canton of Graubünde to prepare and examine the students for Swiss Matura and is also accredited by the Cambridge Assessment as a centre for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

HIF is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and awaiting its certification as an IB World School. This combination of Swiss and international educational programmes offers a wealth of opportunities to all international students and opens doors to Swiss and international universities.

International Programme :

  • Pre IGCSE (grades 7-8) - bilingual English/German programme with additional languages
  • IGCSE (grades 9-10) – taught in English with additional languages
  • IB Diploma (grades 11-12)*
  • Access to universities worldwide

* HIF is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School for school year 2020/21.

Swiss Bilingual Programme:

  • Grades 7 to 12, bilingual German/English programme, Swiss Federal Baccalaureate – Matura Diploma
  • Access to Swiss universities without additional entrance examinations
  • Access to universities worldwide

Integration Year

  • Intensive English or German language learning
  • Gradual integration into one of our academic programmes and Sports Academy

Sports Academy

HIF Sports Academy with its team of expert coaches and high-profile training facilities allows students to combine competitive or leisure sports with either a Swiss or international academic programme. Special support and mentoring programmes help students coordinate their training and competition schedules with the demands of school.

Our Sports

  • Nordic skiing
  • Alpine and freestyle snowboarding
  • Alpine and freestyle skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Golf

Sports Package: 2 professional trainings per week.

Sports Competition Package: daily professional trainings and competitions.

Extra Curriculum Activities:

HIF takes pride in its cutting-edge sports facilities offering opportunities in a wide range of other sports activities. Other fun programs such as Project Week, School Prom, Excursions, Musical Shows or School Trips are also conducted as a productive break and social interest or opportunity.

Summer Camp:

HIF also offers a 2-week summer camp program, complete with outdoor activities and a language tuition program, for children aged 10 to 16 years old.

The Summer Camp is teeming with exciting outdoor alpine adventure activities, language courses, and Swiss hospitality. Please check full details .



  • Day Tuition

    CHF 20,600 - 32,400

  • Boarding Tuition

    CHF 50,980 - 83,500


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