The magic begins on our campus. Perched on a hillside in sunny southern Switzerland with commanding views of snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and Lake Lugano, our ever-evolving global village comprises 25 buildings dating from the historic 17th- century Villa De Nobili to the state-of-the-art Campo Science Center.
Capitalizing on our location in the heart of Europe, our travel program will introduce you to majestic natural settings—from the Swiss Alps to the Italian lakes to the Mediterranean coast—and to stunning European cities, including, Basel, Florence, Milan, Nice, Rome, Siena, Venice, Andermatt, Zermatt, and Zurich.
• Go canyoning in Cresciano
• Raft down the Rhine River
• Hike the Jungfrau
• Ice climb the Furka Glacier in Andermatt
• Ride an alpine slide on Monte Tamaro
• Kayak on the Ticino River
• Waterski on Lake Lugano
• Paddleboard on Lake Maggiore
While our programs provide plenty of time to play and explore, most mornings are dedicated to traditional classroom learning with a first-rate team of dedicated educators. Among other options, you can take intensive courses in Italian, French, or English as an Additional Language; build an academic writing portfolio; prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; learn how to cook like an Italian; develop your own lean startup; and study robotics, science, graphic design, digital photography, architecture & design, fashion & textile design, or musical theater.
Our visual and performing arts programs are designed to build confidence and bring out the artist in every child. Whether you want to star in an original musical, learn a new instrument, perform a modern dance, write your own script or song, paint a canvas of the campus, take the perfect photo, design a poster, create an architecture model, or design a clothing line, our devoted team of professional artists and educators will help you achieve your goal.
English or French
Architecture & Design
Lean Startup Masterclass
Fashion & Textile Design
La Cucina Italiana
International Baccalaureate Prep
Challenging. Inspiring. Engaging. TSP courses offer you the opportunity to stretch your mind alongside new friends from around the world. Each student selects one of the following courses and focuses on that subject for approximately four hours each weekday morning. In addition, most students select a morning activity class from our menu of visual arts, performing arts, and STEM offerings.
I would like to praise the TASIS team for providing our daughter a once-in-a-lifetime experience! All was highly organized, the campus and town of Lugano were spectacular, the staff friendly and helpful. We are very pleased with her experience at TASIS Switzerland.
Hike the Jungfrau. Sketch in Venice. Climb a glacier. Eat in Rome. Explore Nice. Go canyoning, whitewater rafting, or kayaking. With a location in the heart of Europe, the TSP travel program introduces you to beautiful and exciting destinations—from the Italian lakes to the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean coast.
The trips, the people, the languages—it’s all special. TASIS is a part of the world where all people can come and learn about themselves.
Afternoons at TSP are devoted to sports, the arts, travel excursions, outdoor adventures, and other activities. Go windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, or swimming on the Italian lakes; play tennis, soccer, basketball, or volleyball; or improve your fitness and flexibility with yoga or Pilates. Dance, drama, film production, and musical theater options are also available and culminate with performances during the Summer Arts Festival.
The memories that TASIS leaves in my life keep me coming back year after year. It's such an experience to come here every summer. Every time I come here I leave with bright emotions in my soul. I come back and the memories hit me. This is my family now.
One of the most important aspects of TSP is friendship, and global friendships help us become global citizens. Where else can you meet people from more than 60 countries who quickly become a second family? TSP challenges you to grow into the best version of yourself.
|9:40–14:35||Selected course of study, with a break for lunch|
|14:45–18:00||Afternoon sports, arts, and/or excursions|
|19:40–22:00||Evening activities, free time|
|22:00||Return to dorms, check-in|
Beginner and Intermediate Italian
Second session only
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Second session only
Musical Theater Production
Second session only
Stretch your mind and develop new skills with first-rate teachers and inquisitive students from around the globe. Students are challenged each day to practice the skills they have learned in class as they meet new friends, develop their independence, and explore Switzerland.
Each MSP student selects one course and focuses on that subject for approximately four hours for five mornings each week. Students choose from the following options: English as an Additional Language (EAL), EAL Academic Writing, Beginning Italian, French, Musical Theater, and Digital Photography.
Students also explore new academic disciplines during afternoon clubs, cultural nights, special cultural projects, Arts Hour, and leadership activities.
Aspiring artists may choose to hone their drama, dance, and singing skills by working with our Dedicated Performing Arts Team. The Musical Theater course introduces students to every aspect of creating a production and culminates with a performance for parents and friends during our special Final Night event at the end of each session.
Climb up a mountain and take a zip-line down. Jump off a rock while canyoning. Pose with a peacock in a garden on Lago Maggiore. Watch an opera in Verona’s Roman amphitheater. Taste fresh cheese and olive oil in Tuscany. MSP offers travel experiences that open your mind and broaden your world.
Spending time outdoors is an important part of the MSP experience. Students go on hikes at the beginning of each session that explore the local area, and hiking is a part of many of our MSP trips in Ticino and beyond. Children are able to connect with their peers, counselors, and teachers in meaningful ways as they explore nature together.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the MSP “weekend” and are reserved for travel. Among other options, adventure lovers can go canyoning, caving, or swimming in icy Alpine waters while culture enthusiasts can explore Milan, Como, or Lucerne. Day trips immerse students in the cultures of Switzerland and Italy.
Overnight trips are an exciting blend of cultural and adventure activities. Trips may include ice climbing to an alpine hut near Andermatt, camping in the lush Swiss mountains, exploring the French-speaking region of Château-d’Oex, strolling the Italian coast between Santa Margherita and Portofino, visiting charming Tuscan hill towns, and marveling at the Matterhorn peak from Zermatt. These trips are a wonderful opportunity to bond with friends while experiencing a new part of the world.
Two afternoons a week, MSP students have a Sports track. Options include archery, tennis, windsurfing, climbing, waterskiing, volleyball, and more, ensuring that students spend time exercising and learning to stretch themselves physically.
Those looking to take their athletic skills to the next level can join an MSP Sports Club. Students can train with professional soccer coaches from the renowned AC Milan Club in the Milan Academy Scuola Calcio, work with first-rate basketball coaches in the Olimpia Milano Basketball Club, refine their tennis skills, or hone their golf games. Participation is at an extra cost.
Evening activities give students a chance to relax, play games, and spend time with friends. Mondays are always Cultural Nights, where students watch special performances. Other activities throughout the session include a World Cup soccer tournament, Capture the Flag, and a semi-formal dance.
Enrichment Afternoons are every Friday, when each teacher takes a group of students and immerses them in a structured non-academic lesson that stretches their knowledge. Examples include first aid, touch rugby, healthy eating, exploring local biodiversity, and visiting the Bellinzona castles.
Saturday afternoons are spent doing Leadership and Adventure Games, including a regatta on Lake Lugano and the TASIS Olympics.
On Sundays, all students work on Special Cultural Projects that include planning and executing a Carnivale and producing a World Expo featuring food, music, dance, and more. These fun projects require teamwork and leadership and allow students to use their target language or musical theater skills in a variety of situations.
Four nights per week, MSP students join our amazing DPAT instructors for Arts Hour, where they are encouraged to try something new— learn a musical instrument, write a song, create a dance, even be a part of the original musical— in a comfortable environment. Arts Hour classes perform during the Summer Arts Festival at the end of each session
Meet new friends from around the globe while exploring some of the most beautiful and exciting areas in Europe, challenging yourself physically, and expanding your horizons in the classroom. MSP will broaden your world.
Pastoral care is integral to the boarding program and allows MSP students to thrive as independent young people. Housed at one of the world’s renowned boarding campuses, MSP gives students the remarkable opportunity to be away from home within a nurturing and structured environment. TheTASIS ethos of culture, wisdom, knowledge, and truth remains central to the program.
For many MSP students, this is the first time away from home and represents an intense period of growth. Our dedicated staff is trained to support our boarders through this transition. Students are housed with peers from countries and cultures unlike their own, encouraging cultural exchange and global friendships.
After a full day of classwork and activities, students spend their evenings enjoying group activities before nightly dormitory meetings.
Afternoon: Activity & Sports Tracks
Evening: Cultural Night
Long day trips to nearby cities and towns such as Como, Lucerne, Bellagio, or Turin — or to adventure activities such as canyoning, caving, or an Alpine ropes course.
Overnight trips leave for destinations such as Tuscany, the Italian Riviera, Zermatt, and Andermatt.
Short day trips to Monte Tamaro, the Borromean Islands, or Villa Balbianello on Lake Como.
Evenings: Arts Hour, Activities with counselors. One-night overnight trips return.
Afternoon: Activity & Sports Tracks
Evening: Arts Hour, Activities with counselors, or shopping in Lugano. Two-night overnight trips return.
Afternoon: Enrichment Afternoons with teachers
Evening: Arts Hour, activities with the counselors
Afternoon: Leadership and Adventure Games with counselors
Evening: Arts Hour, activities with the counselors
Afternoon: Special Cultural Projects with teachers
Evening: Cultural Project Presentations or Evening Activities with counselors
Diverse. Nurturing. Fun. At CDE, language learning happens through interaction and exploration. Small class sizes allow our dynamic teachers to engage the children through the use of songs, games, and hands- on activities. With a class full of peers from all over the world, it’s bound to be an unforgettable summer!
Observe the skies at a local planetarium. Hike high above beautiful Lake Lugano. Explore the depths of an ancient cave. Watch Swiss chocolatiers work their magic. Visit the historical Bellinzona castles. CDE gives students the unique opportunity to explore Switzerland while forming strong bonds of friendship with peers from around the world.
Play is an integral part of childhood, and we believe in children having a choice of activities. In the morning, students choose from a variety of recreational activities. In the afternoon, they take part in a performing or visual arts course and choose between a number of creative activities, all of which aim to support language learning and expose children to new experiences.
CDE is proud to attract students from dozens of countries, truly bringing the world to your child. Our young learners delight in learning about each other’s cultures. They continuously grow in their understanding of their place in this world, as both individuals and as global citizens. Staffed by caring and dedicated educators, the CDE program is a vibrant and intimate community that reflects the ethos of the TASIS schools by encouraging children to respect and learn from one another.
In the Minnows program, play and creativity are the key ingredients in our recipe for success. Both ingredients encourage interaction, problem-solving, teachable moments, experimentation, innovation, and, of course, laughter. Above all, play bonds children and enhances verbal and non-verbal communication.
Students have the opportunity for open-ended play during choice time, where they are encouraged to choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoor choices focus on gross motor skills and may include playground play, sandbox construction, or kicking a soccer ball with a friend. Indoor choices focus on fine motor skills and are typically teacher-directed sensory and art experiences.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
English Language Arts (ELA)
It’s never too early to become a global citizen. As the youngest members of CDE, Minnows spend their day immersed in language learning through structured and open-ended play with children from all over the world. Students quickly become a tight-knit community of diverse learners. Talented teachers create a warm and inviting environment where learning is fun, interactive, and student-centered. Parents are invited to experience this first-hand at our Open House.
Children enroll in either English or French class. Classes meet formally for approximately one hour per day, focusing on spoken language and basic vocabulary. We ensure a balance of modeled, teacher-led lessons and open-ended, hands-on activities. Our goal is to nourish each child’s natural curiosity for language learning and see them excited to continue to pursue it in the future!
On campus, Minnows enjoy choice time in our exploration rooms. After students learn key vocabulary in their classes, they enter spaces that are set up with multiple learning areas that encourage authentic peer-to-peer communication. Students choose which areas they wish to explore each day. Areas incorporate many facets of STEAM and may include experimenting, singing, cooking, constructing, role-playing, counting, writing, and drawing. This open-ended exploration allows teachers the opportunity to work individually with students to reinforce their usage of English or French in meaningful ways.
Off-campus, Minnows explore the local area alongside our nurturing staff. Favorite field trips have included making cheese at an Alpine dairy farm, going on a nature walk in the Montagnola woods, touring downtown Lugano, and visiting Swissminiatur Park. Minnows also take a day trip to a mountainside campsite, where they picnic, sing camp songs, hike, and make their own s’mores!
Minnows have the opportunity to explore as either a partial-day student (4–6-year-olds) or a full-day student (6-year-olds only). Students in both pathways enroll in a language course, engage in age-appropriate music and art exploration, and partake in weekly morning field trips.
Partial-Day (ages 4-6)
Our partial-day Minnows program is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 in our beautiful Early Learning Center, Al Focolare. Just 200 meters down the hill from the main TASIS campus, Focolare is a spacious and inviting location for learning.
Full-Day (age 6 only)
Our full-day Minnows program is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00. After the partial-day Minnows depart at 15:00, our full-day Minnows move up to the main campus for the afternoon. They join the older CDE children for our performing arts and visual arts courses and sing with our CDE counselors and DPAT team.
It never ceases to amaze us just how much a young child can change and grow in only a few weeks. The children learn about each other and create their own community in which each child is valued and supported by one another. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to the Minnows!
|Partial-Day Program (ages 4–6)|
|8:45||Minnows begin to arrive|
|9:00||Morning Meeting begins|
|9:20||Interactive music class, led by DPAT|
|11:15||Choice Time (includes indoor/outdoor choices)|
|12:15||3-course lunch begins|
|14:00||Story & Activity|
|15:00||Partial-day Minnows are picked up by families|
|Full-Day Program (age 6 only)|
|15:00||Full-day Minnows transition to the main campus|
|16:30||Snack & Arts Hour|
|17:20||Singing with CDE, led by DPAT|
|18:00||All CDE day students and full-day Minnows are picked up by families|
- Courses in Geometry, Writing Enhancement, STEM, English Literature as Movies, Debate & Leadership Skills, Knights Castles & Crop Circles, British Council accredited English Language lessons, IELTS Review, TV Production, London Through a Lens, Fashion & Textile Design, Drawing & 3D Design, International Business (for ages 13–17)
- Reading Adventures, Earth Discovery, and Leadership (for ages 10-12)
- Weekend travel throughout Britain
- Located on a beautiful campus 18 miles southwest of London
- Hands-on study in architecture, painting & drawing, and photography
- Excursions draw on the cultural richness of the South of France
- Idyllic location in a beautifully-restored, 17th-century stone hamlet in the Ardeche
- Located on the TASIS Dorado campus in beautiful Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
- Spanish Language and Marine Life & Environmental Studies
- Oceanography and Ecology course associated with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center
- Excursions explore the cultural riches of the island