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Travel Curriculum

Throughout the academic year, students can take advantage of Leysin’s ideal location in the heart of Europe to visit our neighbors in France, Italy and Germany, as well as the many historic cities in Switzerland. Paris, Milan and Zurich are all around three hours away by train. Only in Switzerland, with its reliable transport networks and modern infrastructure, is this possible.

Leysin American School organizes such visits several times each semester for students and staff, but students may also travel independently if parents provide permission.

Regular School-sponsored Excursions

Formal study trips are part of the curriculum. Although students are expected to pursue academic tasks on these visits and complete reports and projects, the trips are a highlight of many courses.

September Weekend

Faculty family trips are generally within Switzerland and often involve sports and team-building activities. The group of international students and staff become a student’s family in Leysin.

Swiss Culturals (October)

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 visit cultural centers of their host country, Switzerland. They enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful historic locations—such as Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lucerne and Lugano—and see why Switzerland is so popular with tourists.

Italian Culturals (October)

Senior and postgraduate students visit Florence, Rome or Venice as part of their Theory of Knowledge class. These destinations are world famous for their art, architecture and the “dolce vita” that LAS students experience on these trips.

European Culturals (May)

Students choose which European cities they want to visit, including Barcelona, London, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Vienna, Munich, Prague, St. Petersburg or others. Can you think of a better way to finish the academic year?

Through the Swiss chapter of Habitat for Humanity, students may choose to participate in community service in countries such as Romania, Nepal or Malawi to assist the less fortunate.