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International School of Berne Study Abroad:
The International School of Berne is an international day school providing an English language education for children of over 40 nationalities. Our school year extends from August until June, and we now offer a semester or year-long homestay study abroad program for high school students ages 14 to 19 (Grades 8 - 12). Study abroad students will become extended members of the families of IS Berne students or other local Swiss families, (with English, French and German language immersion benefits). The nearby Bern-Belp Airport receives flights from many major European cities, and Zurich International Airport is approximately 1 hour away by car/bus.

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Semester / Year-long Homestay Study Abroad Program for students ages 14 - 19 (Grades 8 - 12)
Do you want to experience life in Switzerland? Go on weekly ski trips to the Swiss Alps? Or have class excursions to the Globe Theatre in London or CERN in Geneva? Celebrating 50 years serving the expat and diplomatic community in Switzerland’s capital, the International School of Berne now offers a homestay study abroad programme for high school students ages 14 to 19. During your semester or year, you will become an extended member of your local host family. You can choose to live with an English speaking family, or do a French or German language homestay immersion.

A limited number of spaces have been extended to select, qualifying students worldwide. With enrollment beginning in August 2012, the programme is an exclusive, innovative and premier study abroad option in Switzerland.  Students attend classes full-time at the ISBerne campus in the village of Gümligen, a short distance from the heart of Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage City.

The IB Middle Years Programme (Grades 8–10)
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) concentrates on five areas of interaction, which are:

- Approaches to Learning
- Community and Service
- Human Ingenuity
- Environments
- Health and Social Education

ISBerne currently offers the following courses:
English, French, German, mathematics, integrated science (biology, chemistry, and physics), history, geography, art, drama, music, information and design technology, physical education, community and service, library skills, and personal and social education (PSE). All students finish their MYP studies in Grade 10 with a personal project (a major piece of independent study) and, upon successful completion of their studies, receive certification from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

The IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), for students aged 16-19 is a two-year course of study leading to the award of the IB Diploma. It also allows students to fulfil the requirements of their national education system. The IB diploma is recognized internationally as a qualification for university entrance. In addition, students may also graduate with an ISBerne High School Diploma. ISBerne currently offers the following IB DP courses at both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL):

- English A1, A2 and B
- French A1, A2 and B
- German A1, A2 and B
- Ab Initio (beginner) French and German (SL only)
- Economics
- Geography
- History
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Biology
- Mathematics
- Mathematical Studies (SL only)
- Film
- Visual Arts

All Diploma candidates in Grades 11 and 12 complete:
- the IB Theory of Knowledge programme,
- the IB Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) programme,
- an IB Extended Essay (a 4000-word research paper).

Extra-curricular Activities
This programme complements, maintains and develops existing curricula aims and objectives. It gives students access to activities that cannot normally be offered within the framework of the curriculum and offers them challenging, new experiences to enrich their time at ISBerne. ISBerne offers a broad range of activities to meet the differing needs of the students, such as: theatre club, Model United Nations, student councils, eco club, languages, art club, board games, and much more. Sports include basketball and volleyball, soccer and  swimming. Sports teams regularly participate in SGIS sports tournaments.

On every Friday of the winter season, students take part in the Ski Days programme. The school charters a train that travels directly to the Zweisimmen resort, where students spend the day learning to ski from a certified Swiss ski instructor.  Grade 8 and above also have the option to snowboard. Kindergarten and grade one students go to Berne to ice skate.

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Address: Mattenstrasse 3 3073 Guemligen, Bern, Switzerland
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2018-12-25 were from:

Colorado Springs, USA;   Mississauga, Canada;   Geneva, Switzerland;   Tirana, Albania;   Terni, Italy;   Reno Nevada, USA;   WAIKKAL, Sri Lanka;   Cantwell, USA;   China;   Hong Kong;   and more.
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Geneva English School
Courses / Programs
Located close to the city centre of Geneva, Switzerland, Geneva English School is a vibrant, friendly primary school for boys and girls ages 3 to 12 years in a truly international environment.

We provide a balanced, high-quality English language education based on the English National Curriculum, including French lessons throughout the week for all children. From Reception through to Year 6, students are immersed in core subject areas including Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Expressive Arts, and more.

Geneva English School aims to provide an outstanding British-based primary education, in an international community where boys and girls learn, achieve and grow together in an inspiring, purposeful, happy and enriching environment.

We encourage and guide all children to realize their potentials and become independent thinkers, academically curious and socially confident.
International Primary and Secondary School for Boys & Girls Ages 3-12:

- Based on the English National Curriculum

- Balanced, high-quality English language education

- Daily French lessons

- Quality international education from Nusery through to Year 7

- Core subject areas include Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Expressive Arts, and Extra-Curricular Activities
Léman International Academy, Geneva
Courses / Programs
Léman International Academy (LIA) is a family-size French / English bilingual, Christian international school situated in Cologny in the Canton of Geneva in the southwest of Switzerland, approximately 5 km from Geneva City Centre. We welcome both French and English speaking students ages 3 to 11 years from all ethnic and religious backgrounds in a multi-cultural and supportive learning environment. We follow both the Swiss Plan d'Etudes Romand and the North American standards.

The mission of Léman International Academy is to inspire a passion for learning, encourage emotional and intellectual vitality, and empower students to grow with confidence and courage to contribute to the global community. Our approach is to facilitate learning in partnership with the student and his or her family. Our families love our values, our caring teachers and easily accessible location.

Our highly qualified staff guides their students in acquiring a framework of knowledge while encouraging them to develop their skills and self-confidence. Students will master grade-appropriate competencies while being nurtured in their natural curiosity to explore the world around them.
French / English bilingual programs for students ages 3-11 years:

- We use both the Swiss Plan d'Etudes Romand & the North American standards curriculum.

Subjects taught:
- In French (French, mathematics & at least 1 other) meet the objectives of the Swiss program.

- In English (English-language & at least 3 other subjects) are aligned with North American curriculum strands.

- Languages
- Mathematics & natural sciences
- Human & social sciences, Biblical culture
- Visual & musical arts
- Sport & health
Gstaad International School
Courses / Programs
Situated in the stunning village of Gstaad overlooking the Swiss Alps, Gstaad International School is a co-educational boarding school for students ages 13-19 that specialises in an exclusive, high-quality boarding school education set within a unique, intimate and nurturing environment. The school offers an international curriculum consisting of British IGCSE and A Levels, American High School Diploma, Foundation Year and a tailored Pre-University Foundation Programme, in addition to a Summer Programme.

While English is the primary language of instruction, there is also a comprehensive English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) programme in place throughout the curriculum. Each academic programme can be tailored to the needs of our students, and we provide continuous academic guidance to our students to help choose the right path for their future goals.

At Gstaad International School our mission is to develop compassionate men and women who will go on to be leaders in their chosen professions and of good influence in the world.
International Boarding School Programmes for Students Ages 13-19:

- British IGCSE programme
- British A-Levels
- American High School Diploma programme
- Foundation Year course
- Pre-University Foundation programme
- Summer academic programme

Classes are taught through English, with a comprehensive EAL (English as an Additional Language) option available
St. George's School in Switzerland
Courses / Programs
Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, close to the Alpine town of Montreux in south-west Switzerland, St. George's School in Switzerland is an international day and boarding school that caters to boys and girls from around the world.

We provide a complete educational programme in English with an increasingly French bilingual approach for children aged 3 to 19.

Academically, our students are prepared for public examination with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB), as well as through our own High School Diploma (HSD).

Founded as a British school, St. George's aims to combine its well-structured, traditional ethos with academic excellence in an international environment.

We strive to develop leadership skills in our children through all that we do, especially in sport and the creative arts, with an emphasis placed on integrity, teamwork and celebrating success.
International Day & Boarding School Programmes:
- Taught in English - with a French Bilingual Approach
- Day School options (ages 3-19)
- Boarding school programmes (ages 14-19)

Junior School Academic Programmes:
- Foundation Stage
- Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 2

Senior School Academic Programmes:
- Key Stage 3
- Pre-IB Diploma Programme
- IGCSE Programme
- IB Diploma Programme
- High School Diploma Programme
International School Zurich North
Courses / Programs
Situated just 5 minutes from Zurich International Airport in north-east Zurich, Switzerland, International School Zurich North (ISZN) is a multi-cultural, day IB World School that provides education in English to students ages 0-18.

Affiliated to Cambridge IGCSE and GCSE Board of Exams, we maintain a high standard level of education for both local and expat children in Zurich.

As a private international school, we are outstanding when it comes for education, curriculum and personal development of a child. With a 1:8 staff to student ratio, it is easy for teachers to deliver individual attention to each child.

We have 40+ highly-qualified teachers at ISZN. With English being the primary mode of communication and language; we have teachers who have taught in different countries and are acquainted with diverse cultures and students.

Our teachers have 100+ combined years of teaching experience that makes the ISZN foundation of learning strong.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Education Programmes:

All subjects are taught in English

- Early Years Programme (under 3)

- Primary Programme (PYP) Early Years-Grade 5 (age 3-11)

- Middle School Programme Grade 6-10 (age 11-16)

- High School Programme Grade 11-12 (age 16-18)
International School of Schaffhausen (ISSH)
Courses / Programs
Located in Schaffhausen, north of Zurich, The International School of Schaffhausen offers high quality international education in English to local students and international students. We are an authorized IB World School for the primary program, the middle years program and the IB diploma program. Our Junior College boarding programme is specifically designed for teenagers aged 16-18 from around the world.

We currently offer classes from nursery (age 3) through to grade 12 (age 18). Internationally-recognised standards, small classes with highly qualified staff and a modern infrastructure is what makes ISSH unique. Our students are invited to join our international community of learners, to share our passion for knowledge and to develop into lifelong learners.

We offer a unique residential programme and an international university entrance qualification, the IB Diploma, that will open doors to universities across Europe, America, Africa or Australasia. Due to our emphasis on fostering independence and the huge range of extra-curricular opportunities, our residential programme develops responsible young adults who are well prepared for university life abroad and have a clear vision of their talents, strengths and goals for life.

Situated just 51 km north of Zurich, our school is 3km from the main railway station, and is accessible by public transport (bus No 23), by road from Schaffhausen centre, and from the motorway coming from Singen or Winterthur.
- Early years program: For young learners ages 3-5 years.

- Primary years program: An international curriculum framework designed for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years.

- Middle years program: This is is designed for students aged 11-16 years.

- The IB Diploma program including boarding programme: (Grades 11 & 12). Leads to a world-wide recognized university entrance diploma, the International Baccalaureate.

Additionally: Extra curricular activities.