Established in 1793 by the Protestant minister Andrea Rosius à Porta (1754 - 1838), the High Alpine Institute Ftan (HIF) is an international school in the Swiss region of Lower Engadine which is firmly anchored in its impressive natural surroundings. The school offers an up-to-date and diverse higher education for young people between 13 and 20 years of age from all over the world. HIF regards itself as the school of life for future leaders where performance-orientated students from different cultural backgrounds come to the gorgeous mountain world of Engadine to be prepared for a successful future.
At this high altitude school, it is a case of personality building and character development in the spirit of future leadership. Here, talents in all sectors of education are individually challenged and encouraged – performance orientated and with clear leadership, but in a kind, informal environment. HIF is a school that is steeped in tradition but at the same time modern. It is its goal that students achieve the highest level of education, so that they can meet their own objectives.
● Individual Encouragement ● Discipline ● Performance ● Leadership ● Quality in Both Education and Sports ● Humanity ● Nature
HIF lies in the picturesque Engadine region above the village of Ftan on a sunny platform with a breathtaking view of the Engadine Dolomites. Young people can find their role in life on this unique stage and develop freely and undisturbed, well away from the hustle and bustle and noise.
HIF believes in individual encouragement, which means that its educational direction and schooling are specifically and entirely aimed at the individual. The Institute’s founder, Andreas Rosius à Porta urged both parents and teaching staff to deal affectionately and in a friendly manner with the strengths and weaknesses of each individual. In a climate of mutual consideration, teaching staff and other employees supervise young people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds during their school education and personal development.
Live together, learn together
HIF is known both internally and externally for its informal ambience. In this very personal environment, your child will get the opportunity to learn for life, supported in every respect around the clock, as well as experiencing school in a completely new light. The HIF employees in the boarding school are there for students 24/7 to take care of their every need. They support students during study time and organise an extensive range of leisure activities. Students have at their disposal their own comfortable rooms and a large number of common rooms.
A good basis for different perspectives
Secondary school lasts three years and creates an important educational foundation for further schools or starting a profession. Independent thinking, oral expression and artistic skills are encouraged, as are a determination to perform and a sense of personal responsibility. Anyone who likes has the ideal opportunity here to prepare for the acceptance examinations for grammar school or upper-secondary specialized school.
Optimum preparation for university
The grammar school offers a broad-ranging general education as the ideal preparation for university. It facilitates examination-free access to university, as well as admission to Federal examinations in medicine. Taking centre stage, apart from the transfer of knowledge, is the development of working techniques and problem-solving strategies that are commensurate with age and level. Working independently and project work in a team are particularly worthy of mention here.
Extended general education, promoting the development of individual personalities
The upper-secondary specialised school provides a broad-ranging, general education and, as well as technical skills, also teaches self-competence, social skills and methodological competence. It provides optimal preparation for ongoing vocational training in the health, social work and education sectors. A specialised baccalaureate facilitates access to technical universities.
In addition to numerous activities which are organised both by the boarding house team as well as in collaboration with the students, there are also a number of facilities which students have at their disposal for daily and individual use.