Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Switzerland
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Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Switzerland

The Institut auf dem Rosenberg is one of the world’s leading international boarding schools for students aged 6-18. The school was founded in 1889 and is well known for its excellence in education through an individual and international approach to learning. Rosenberg’s teaching philosophy is based on a wide choice of academic streams, a staff to student ratio of 1:4 and an average class size of 8 students per course. Successful graduates are usually multi-lingual and receive offers from leading universities worldwide.

The school, which is set in a 100’000m2 private park with picturesque historic buildings that are all being maintained to the highest standards, provides unmatched quality in accommodation in a safe and harmonious environment.

The reason for school’s ongoing success is based on its 123 years of experience and the preservation of its traditions. This includes the understanding that young people need to acquire social skills as much as academic knowledge.

The bond that students forge with each other during their stay at the Rosenberg often turn into life-long friendships and equip the school’s graduates with an outstanding and exclusive private network for the future.


Pic: Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Switzerland

The academic programme here is unique, providing students with great opportunities for participating in a curriculum that will benefit their interests and academic goals. The Institut supports tracks for the German, Italian, American, Swiss and British education systems, as well as language certificates.

The German section prepares students to sit for the German Abitur, a diploma that will include the secondary school leaving qualification. Subjects studied include German, mathematics, biology, the arts and sports.

The Italian programme sets students on course to take the Esame die Stato, a leaving or “maturity” exam. Those who successfully complete this exam are guaranteed acceptance at all Swiss universities.

The British and American sections fall under the international section, which serves students from the primary through high school grades. From primary school through grade 10, the international programme blends American and British educational elements. For the last two years of their Institut careers, pupils in the international section choose to study for the GCE A Level or high school diploma, and may participate in Advanced Placement college-level courses. High marks in these classes are essential for admittance into competitive universities.

Students from primary through secondary school may participate in the Swiss programme. This section emphasizes the development of a strong academic foundation, along with personal development and reasoning ability. At the end of this course, students take the Swiss federal Matura exams. Those who pass will be granted admission to any Swiss university, technical institute or applied science university of the students’ choosing.

The language sections are meant to supplement the academic curriculums, giving students an opportunity to improve their linguistic skills and abilities prior to or during full enrollment. Intensive programmes are offered in German and English.

The German intensive covers grammar, conversation and literature, and is designed for those seeking a German language diploma or entry into the German school system. Those who choose this course will study for the Goethe Institut’s language certificates and diplomas.

The English programme is designed for those who wish to enter an English-language school system, and benefits students participating in the international section at the Institut.

There are many choices for families and students to make regarding not only their academic life at the Institut, but their higher education goals as well. Institut advisers provide them with keen advice about which academic programme would best suit them, and later about which path to take when choosing a university. The school also holds numerous college fairs, giving students the opportunity to learn more about prospective destinations from those who live and work there.

The Institut takes great care with the quality of life of its boarding students. Accommodations are clean and airy, conducive to a comfortable and inviting living environment. Primary students live in co-ed housing environments where they are guided toward independence and first experience the sense of being social members of their surrounding community. Students 14 years and older are divided into boys’ and girls’ houses.

The Institut characterizes itself as being “first and foremost a boarding school,” meaning that there is a strong emphasis on the campus life element at the school. Only students whose parents live in St. Gallen or the surrounding area may enroll as day students.

Should students need medical attention, Institut staff are on hand for a quick response and surrounding St. Gallen has a hospital, several specialty clinics and more than 100 doctors so medical care is readily available.

Institut students may participate in a number of sporting activities, including seasonal programmes such as skiing and sledding in the winter and tennis and waterskiing in summer. Football, basketball, mountain biking, riding, fencing, climbing and several other sports are options throughout the year.


Pic: Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Switzerland

In addition to the lively campus life, students may also join excursions to Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Lucerne, among others. They may visit galleries and museums while there, and past trips have included performances at St. Gallen’s theatre and the opera in Zurich.

Age-appropriate trips are held twice weekly, so there is always something interesting and exciting for students to look forward to.

A highlight of student life at the Institut is the annual Rosenberg Ball, at which students perform for their families, who fly in from all over the world for the special event.

Admissions decisions are based on each student’s overall character and potential. The school takes into account physical, social and intellectual health, as well as academic achievement and aptitude when offering acceptance.