The Challenger

Gain a deeper understanding of your abilities and strike out to explore new passions. Your time on The Challenger programme will help feed your natural curiosity, and thrive in the face of the unexpected.


Those attending The Challenger programme are setting off upon journeys of their own, hungry for new horizons and an independence which will help shape them as young adults. Each week of our Summer School is designed to give them expert guidance, while encouraging them to wholeheartedly engage with exciting new experiences - whether that is physically on our mountain during challenging expeditions, or academically in the classroom.

The Challenger is aimed toward teenagers who are hungry to experience more challenging subject matter, to get to grips with ideas that go beyond the fundamental and really delve into fascinating opportunities for discovery. As such, we have developed a range of courses which reflect The Challenger students’ readiness for more complex ideas, featuring a structure that places emphasis upon both individual achievement and the development of greater teamwork skills. Each academic option is led by experienced teachers, who regularly audit their curriculum to ensure students receive the most effective and most relevant educational experience available.

"The Challenger" Morning Course Offerings
English or French
Interactive English Course

Our Interactive English course - available for students of beginner, intermediate, and advanced abilities - provides the opportunity to gain a greater practical and theoretical insight into this valuable language.

Through interactive games and collaborative classroom activities, students will develop their skills on the path to becoming confident and competent English language communicators. Our passionate educators have crafted a curriculum which embraces project-led methods for engaging students with the tools they need to take their language learning to the next level.

At Aiglon, the primary language is English, and as a result students receive a high degree of exposure to the language during their day-to-day interactions. We know from decades of experience that combining recreational activities with interactive learning methods results in students receiving an effective and enjoyable linguistic education.

Interactive French Course

The value of students being global thinkers cannot be overstated, and the ability to communicate in multiple languages opens up not just useful educational and vocational opportunities for students, but also the chance to connect meaningfully with other cultures.

The Interactive French courses that we’ve created - for beginner, intermediate, or advanced abilities - provide students with the tools to improve their linguistic skills through interactive games and collaborative classroom projects. Our campus is housed in the Swiss Alpine environment, and as such the mother tongue of our host country is French. Our courses place great emphasis upon incorporating interactive approaches to learning a language, and students will discover opportunities to explore the surrounding regions, utilising the skills learnt with our passionate teachers.

As part of the Summer School activities schedule, we hold a French social evening, during which all students learning French come together for an additional opportunity to practice their improved skill set with fellow summer Aiglonians and Francophone staff. We fully embrace the concept that enjoyable educational exercises, supported by interactive activities and new experiences are an excellent method for students to absorb their new language.

Course Details
  • Single or multiple week curriculum options for both English or French.
  • Courses are for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
The Sustainable Creator
The Sustainable Creator Course

At Aiglon, we enjoy a deep connection to the environment in which we are fortunate to spend each day. It is truly a gift to be surrounded by awe-inspiring natural wonders, and we place great emphasis on providing expeditions and experiences which allow us to better appreciate our mountain home. With this in mind, we have developed an exciting new course; The Sustainable Creator.

For students who wish to take a more hands-on approach to their summer education, this course combines practical design, sustainable cooking methods, and knowledge of the resources provided by the natural world. Guided by enthusiastic experts, students will develop creative and engineering skills as they build a pizza/bread oven. They will then spend their time learning to make dough for bread, make pizzas from scratch, and forage in our Swiss Alpine surroundings for ingredients with which to make their own jams.

While we are fortunate to live in an era filled with technological advantages, this course provides opportunities for students to connect more meaningfully with the natural world through a deeper understanding of sustainable living methods, and developing a valuable toolbox of practical skill sets.

Course Details
  • Two week curriculum option only.
  • Weeks 3 & 4, starting 11 July - Places available

Maths & Science
Maths & Science Investigator Course

STEM subjects offer some of the most fascinating and enriching opportunities. Our Maths and Science investigator course is the perfect environment to encourage the natural curiosity of students who live for experimentation, students who take things apart to understand the inner workings, and students who are obsessed with discovering how the universe works! Students create a course folder of activities which range from rocket building and robot programming to mountain science and botany. The course is hands-on and interactive - a great new extension to the Summer School.

Course Details
  • Recommended for students that have intermediate English and above.
  • Two week curriculum option only.
  • Weeks 1 & 2, starting 27 June - Places available
  • Weeks 3 & 4, starting 11 July - Places available
  • Weeks 5 & 6, starting 25 July - Places available
Leadership Skills
Leadership Skills Course

At Aiglon, we know the value of truly understanding what it means to be a leader in the challenging environments posed by today’s world. To be an effective leader, we must also learn the value of service, and the importance of acting as a productive team member. We’re fortunate that our environment is ideally suited for this course, using the school campus and mountains to learn key leadership skills.

The course features an exciting structure, which varies from body language and public speaking skills to team challenges, map reading and orienteering.

Course Details
  • Recommended for students that have intermediate English and above.
  • Two week curriculum option only.
  • Weeks 1 & 2, starting 27 June - Places available
  • Weeks 3 & 4, starting 11 July - Places available
  • Weeks 5 & 6, starting 25 July - Places available
​Swiss Explorer​
Switzerland Explorer Course

At Aiglon, we are fortunate to spend each day surrounded by the incredible vistas provided by our Alpine environment. Switzerland continues to offer opportunities to be inspired, and avenues for exploration. This new morning course will teach students about Switzerland's unique geography and culture. They will explore the local community, learning how cheese and chocolate are made, visiting salt mines, and experience the varied mountain geography such as gorges and waterfalls.

Course Details
  • One week curriculum, available as an extension to a 2 or 3 week course at Summer School.
  • Week 3 starting 11 July - Places available
  • Week 4 starting 18 July - Places available
  • Week 5 starting 25 July - Places available
  • Week 6 starting 1 August - Places available
Activities & Expeditions

Afternoons and evenings are dedicated to activities supported by Aiglon’s holistic framework, taking advantage of our awe-inspiring Alpine environment. The activities for the Challenger programme are tailored to enrich the 13 - 15 year old age group, giving them an exciting environment to engage with, as well as make a diverse range of new friends from attendees hailing from more than 30 countries. Each student on the Challenger programme takes part in an overnight camping expedition to develop outdoor skills, and enjoy time around the campfire.

Students attending The Challenger are embarking upon important journeys of their own - this is a transitional time in their lives, and our programme will help to provide them with experiences that will empower them confront changes with a sense of confidence and a spirit of discovery.

"The Challenger" Dates & Fees


  • 27 June - 10 July 2020
  • 11 July - 24 July 2020
  • 25 July - 07 August 2020


  • 27 June - 17 July 2020
  • 11 July - 31 July 2020


  • 27 June - 24 July 2020
  • 11 July - 07 August 2020

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We are delighted that you are considering Aiglon College. We are always pleased to introduce prospective students and their families to life at the school, and we welcome all enquiries.

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