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International boarding school for girls in Switzerland – Surval Montreux
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Set in a stunning location overlooking Lake Geneva, Surval Montreux is one of the only all-girls boarding schools in Switzerland.


Against the inspiring backdrop of Lac Léman and the Alps and situated on the edge of the vibrant, safe town of Montreux, Surval enjoys an enviable location where girls can be given the freedom to go into town and travel to neighbouring towns by train, allowing them the opportunity to develop their confidence and independence. Easy access to other places in Europe is provided through the rail network including easy access to Geneva airport.

The beautiful outdoors environment allows girls the opportunity to challenge themselves through a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, snowsports, watersports and cycling. Whether they enjoy shopping, cafes and culture, or the serenity of the mountains, forests and lakes, Surval students have it all on their doorstep.

Housed in a former art déco luxury hotel, Surval Montreux boasts a beautiful wraparound terrace overlooking Lake Léman and Château de Chillon, large balconies accessible from the bedrooms and private tennis courts.


Surval Montreux is a unique international full boarding school in Switzerland for girls aged 12-19 offering a bespoke and flexible curriculum, which includes the American High School Program and Advanced Placements, international IGCSE and A Level curriculum and a broad, balanced Foundation programme in Grade 8, developed to build strong foundations in language, core subjects and independent study skills to set girls up for success in their studies in Grade 9 and beyond, whether they are embarking on the Surval High School Diploma programme or on UK qualifications.

Surval Montreux prides itself on offering further educational opportunities including a unique pre-university finishing-style programme, the Surval Swiss Gap Experience, as well as a Winter Term programme and a very successful Surval Summer Camp.

With an average of 10 students per class, and often fewer, the Surval community of 60 girls offers each student a welcoming home away from home alongside the opportunity to receive the support she needs to achieve her best, to grow in confidence and to feel empowered to find her true voice, free from any stereotypes and preconceptions.


Surval offers broad and flexible curriculum course options covering US (American High School Diploma and Advanced Placements) and UK (iGCSE and A Level) programmes to ensure each student’s programme is tailored to their needs and goals beyond school and keeps options open for further study in the UK, US and university destinations around the world.

Several Surval students have continued their further education in the fields of Business Management, Law, and International Relations, and have been accepted at some of the world’s best universities in Switzerland, as well as Russell Group, QS Top Universities and Forbes’ Best Colleges in the United Kingdom, Latin America and the United States of America.

Extracurricular Activities

A Surval education includes richness of opportunities beyond the classroom - whether it be enjoying the beautiful outdoors environment skiing, hiking, cycling or on the water, or exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of towns and cities in Switzerland and across Europe. Girls are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and embrace challenge in order to grow.

Core Values

Surval firmly believes in empowering its young girls providing a modern bespoke education built around a foundation of championing social enterprise, forging global perspectives, and celebrating languages and culture.

Surval Montreux offers an Etiquette and Savoir-faire programme quite unique in Switzerland and across the world, which ranges from presentation skills to world etiquette and customs, preparing the girls for any business and personal situation they might find themselves in.

Survaliennes benefit from a truly international and multilingual experience, expanding their horizons to become a globally competent, internationally-minded and understanding individual. Students also find inspiration, drive and focus in the natural beauty and numerous outdoor sports activities offered by the school location.

Top all-girls Swiss private boarding school – Surval Montreux

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    CHF 78’000 (Foundation Year) / CHF 87’000 (American High School/IGCSE/A-Levels/Pre-University)

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