Noth­ing could have pre­pared us for the stun­ning view of the Alps, from the class­rooms at Col­lege Alpin In­ter­na­tional Beau Soleil or even how dif­fer­ent the cam­pus, am­bi­ence and over­all char­ac­ter would be from the other board­ing school we had vis­ited. With coun­tries like Italy, France and Ger­many as close neigh­bours, Beau Soleil, es­tab­lished in 1910, looks more like a re­sort than a school fa­cil­ity, lo­cated in Vil­lars-surOl­lon, at an al­ti­tude of 1,300 m. Wrapped around the curve of a hill­side with a cam­pus area of around 15,000 sq m (an ad­di­tional 30,000 sq m will to be added this year as part of an elab­o­rate ren­o­va­tion). The school be­lieves in mak­ing its stu­dents feel at home and takes ex­tra care to make it hap­pen in the­ory and prac­tice as well. For in­stance, when they had an In­dian stu­dent from a Delhi-based Jain fam­ily on board, they got the chef to train and per­fect spe­cial cook­ing tech­niques to take into ac­count the boy’s spe­cial meal re­quire­ments. Aca­demics are im­por­tant at Beau Soleil, but a lot of the fo­cus is on out­door pur­suits, en­trepreneur­ship, and the arts. Stu­dents have to take at least two ex­tracur­ric­u­lar clubs per week and can choose from 30 to 40 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing per­form­ing arts, ex­pe­di­tions or char­ity. Dur­ing win­ter, ski­ing is the main sport with the slopes at an easy walk­ing dis­tance from the cam­pus build­ing. Fact File The school fol­lows two aca­demic pro­grammes; the in­ter­na­tional sec­tion has English as teach­ing medium, whereas it is French for the French sec­tion Fee 98,500 CHF (`66 lakh) per year for board­ing and tu­ition, plus 25,000 CHF (`16 lakh) for ex­tras like ski­ing, uni­form, ex­pe­di­tions, ex­cur­sions, pocket money, and health in­sur­ance At Route du Vil­lage 1, CH1884 Vil­lars-sur-Ol­lon Tel + 41 24 496 26 26 www.beau­

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