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This Summer at TASIS: 2023

Summer 2023

From intensive academics in the morning and adventurous water sports in the afternoon to European exploration on the weekend and warmhearted celebrations on Final Night, we take a photo-driven look at this past summer at TASIS.


Record-Setting Summer

On Saturday, June 24, Families from around the world flocked to campus for Opening Day of the 2023 TASIS Summer Programs. The 849 students (423 students for session one, which ran from June 24–July 20, and 426 students for session two, which ran from July 23–August 12) set a new record enrollment for the TASIS Summer Programs. Learn more.


Engaging Academics

Students in our Château des Enfants (CDE, ages 4–10), Middle School Program (MSP, ages 11–13), and High School Program (HSP, ages 14–17) had the opportunity to choose from a wide range of subjects for their main academic offering, including Academic Writing, Architecture & Design, Digital Photography, English as an Additional Language, Fashion & Textile Design, Filmmaking, Fine Art Portfolio, French, International Baccalaureate Preparation, Italian, La Cucina Italiana Cooking, Lean Startup Masterclass, Musical Theater, and STEAM. Learn more


Fast Friends

Students from around the world found common ground within hours of being on campus. See more photos of CDE Minnows (ages 4–6) in the classroom and on the playground.


Staying Cool

HSP students were thrilled to spend the afternoon of June 27 on Lake Lugano. As expected in Ticino, the weather throughout the summer was almost exclusively sunny, warm, and clear. See more photos.


Cruising Lake Lugano

CDE students explored beautiful Lake Lugano by pedal boat on the morning of June 28. See more photos.


Travel from A to Z

Our first weekend of travel (July 1–2) included trips to Andermatt, Ascona, Balbianello, Basel, Bellagio, Brissago, Brunnen, Engelberg, Interlaken, the Italian Riviera, Locarno, Lucerne, Milan, Osagno Cresciano, Rome, Sasso San Gottardo, Valle Verzasca, Viamala Thusis, and Zurich!


Runway Ready

High School students in our Fashion and Textile Design course spent their summer building a fashion portfolio through experimentation with fabrics, cuts, and stitches. See more photos.


Training with the Best

Students at TASIS have the incredible opportunity to work with coaches from the renowned AC Milan Club through the Milan Academy Scuola Calcio. See photos of our CDE, MSP, and HSP students training with the Academy.


Session One Arts Festival

Students who attend the TASIS Summer Programs in Lugano have the opportunity to pursue a huge variety of performing arts offerings—including musical theater, singing, ukulele, guitar, xylophones, dance track, filmmaking, and theater tech—under the direction of the best team in the business.

The culmination of their artistic pursuits are the always-popular Summer Arts Festivals, which are held in the final few days of each session. These vibrant celebrations of the arts offer students in all three divisions of the TASIS Summer Programs a platform to present their outstanding work to their parents, peers, teachers, and counselors. Watch the performances from Session One.


Celebrating Their Time Together

To commemorate their summer together, CDE and MSP students gathered one last time in the Palestra for Final Night celebrations on the afternoon and evening of July 19. See photos of the CDE and MSP Final Nights.


Alumni Celebrations

Throughout the summer, the TASIS Classes of 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2018 returned to campus for special alumni reunions full of reconnection, reminiscing, and revelry. Learn more about recent reunions.


Take Two

Summer staff welcomed families to campus for the start of the second session of the TASIS Summer Programs on July 23. See more photos.


Time Travelers

CDE students explored the Castles of Bellinzona on July 26. Built in the 13th and 14th century, the castles offered the students a window into Switzerland’s Middle Ages. See more photos.


Cooking Up a Feast

On August 1, HSP students in Mr. Hugo Baumann’s La Cucina Italiana Cooking class learned how to make braided bread, a treat they enjoyed for lunch with the herb chicken, fennel salad, and assorted desserts they also prepared. See more photos.


Swiss Day Celebrations

CDE and MSP students celebrated Swiss Day with a boat cruise, dance, and fireworks on August 1. See more photos.


Campfire Songs

CDE students roasted marshmallows and sang songs with Mr. Mikey and Mr. Ajay one evening during their two-night camping trip to Novaggio on August 2–4. See more photos



HSP students spent the afternoon of August 3 sailing on Lake Lugano. See more photos.


Talented Staff

Our talented summer staff performed for students on the evening of August 3. Teachers and counselors danced, sang, played instruments, and encouraged students to share their own talents during the upcoming Summer Arts Festival. See more photos.


Taking on Ticino

MSP students spent the weekend of August 4 tackling Ticino’s wild outdoors—hiking, canyoning, kayaking, and climbing some of the canton’s most adventurous terrain. See more photos.


Delectable Delights

While on a tour of Switzerland’s Gruyère District on August 4–6, MSP students took on the delicious task of making chocolate. See more photos.


Big-Kid Trip

Our oldest CDE students, the 10-year-olds, went on a special trip to the Monte Tamaro Adventure Park on August 7 and had a great time taking on the high ropes course. See more photos.



The TASIS Summer Programs concluded with a heartfelt rendition of the TASIS song, “T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R.” Our summer students and staff went their separate ways on August 12, but as the song goes, “Always together we will be.”