Swiss Summer Adventure Challenging and Inspiring

  • Academic Summer Camp for 12-17 year olds
  • Go tubing and kayaking, visit cheese and chocolate factories, spend a weekend in Paris & visit Geneva or Zurich
  • Live in the picturesque castle town of Porrentruy near Basel and get your very own iPad
  • Study at Collège & Lycée Saint-Charles established in 1897
  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Experienced and encouraging teachers and leaders




Risk-free booking for summer 2021

Enjoy peace of mind by booking with summer course provider with experience in running COVID-secure courses. We are now taking bookings for 2021 with an option to book risk-free.
More about We are now taking bookings for 2021 - risk-free. here.


Academic Summer @home

Academic Summer @home - fantastic online summer camp for students aged 7-17 with quality academic learning & innovative online leisure programme.
Specialist courses: Get Ready for MedicineEngineeringComputer Science, Top GradesIELTS and TOEFL online.
We run from 5th July to 14th August 2021


Summer Reunion & Academic Student Lottery for alumni

Are you Academic Camp Alumni? Join our Summer Reunion events & win one free week at Academic Summer Camp 2021 or other prices for you or your sibling/friend.  


We have prepared fun sessions with photos, quiz and an interactive game for all of us to enjoy, gain energy from our friendship and keep in touch in the future:
☺ Academic Camp Switzerland: 28th February at 5pm UK time (booking deadline: 19th February) 
☺ Academic Summer UK (all locations Bristol, London and Cambridge): 14th March at 5pm UK time (booking deadline: 5th March) 
☺ Academic Camp Canada (both locations Brentwood & Rothesay): 21st March at 5pm UK time (booking deadline: 12th March)

Book here to reunite with your friends, teachers and leaders yet again. We look forward to seeing you!

We have included all our 2017-2020 participants into our Academic Student Lottery. On 30th April 2021 we will choose three winners:  
  • - 1st place: a free full boarding week at Academic Summer camp 
  • - 2nd place: 100 GBP pocket money to your 2021 booking (or 2021 booking of your sibling/friend) 
  • - 3rd place: Academic Summer t-shirt 
Would you like to increase your chances in the lottery? You can gain extra ticket by attending the Summer Reunion. Watch our newsletters as they will include further options to get an extra ticket to the lottery. 

More about Summer Reunion & Academic Student Lottery for alumni here.


Not a normal summer but still an opportunity for an amazing experience…

Wow what a year 2020 has been so far. The whole world came to a halt in March and we all went into lockdown. What a shock to the system. Everything we knew came to a stop – no meeting friends, no going to work or school, no international travel. Our big global world suddenly became small and we all had to stay at home.
More about Not a normal summer but still an opportunity for an amazing experience… here.


ACADEMIC TUTOR ONLINE - quality online academic tuition

The current situation limits access to education, that is why we would like to drive your attention to Academic Tutor Online our sister company that offers high quality, professional online tutoring to meet the needs of anyone and everyone where-ever in the world you are.

With over 20 years of experience they understand the needs of remote learners and match them to their perfect tutor who will understand, engage and inspire them to help them to achieve their goals. Read more information from their students or find more on


Our teaching methodology is based around CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning. You study the content of academic subjects and at the same time, improve your English language skills. 

age 12 to 14

Our Explorers study a range of academic subjects in classes of up to ten students. You will study English, mathematics, sciences, social studies and art with us. The medium of instruction is English and there are 30 hours of study a week.
Explorers learn valuable study skills to help them in their academic careers and are introduced to different ways of learning.

We integrate content (academic subject matter) and language development following the IB MYP’s liberal approach to learning. Discovery and exploration are more highly valued than simply learning what is taught. We want you to develop your competence in the communicative use of English as an international language whether you are a native or non-native speaker of English.


We offer Engagers a good range of academic subjects to choose from. You study in classes of up to ten students and there are 30 hours of study a week. You have four 60-minute lessons per day, attend leadership sessions and assemblies.

You choose the subjects you want to study prior to arrival, and we write your individual timetable around these choices. We offer the following subjects in English:

Applied mathematics  Art  • Biology  • Chemistry  • Economics, business & entrepreneurship  • English  • Essay writing  • Physics  • Presentations & interviews  • Social studies  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK) 

And following subjects in French:  Academic French 


...and how will your day look like?








Leadership pod 

Activities and trips



Free time, sports and activities


Be a leader Activities - Trips

We want you to have an unforgettable summer bursting with fun, adventure and equipping you skills that will stick with you for life. This is why our Be a Leader programme is filled with original trips and fun-filled, challenging and thought provoking activities. We will show you Switzerland as you've never seen it before as well as taking you to the top tourist must sees.  
Every activity, trip, game and adventure will tie into your Be a Leader project so the final result will be inspired by your real life experience. Whether you are a natural born leader or someone that prefers to support the team in the background we will develop your skill set to help you reach your Personal Best. We will work together to discover and develop your communication, negotiation, communication and presentation skills, so at the end in your pod group you are happy, confident and undertaking tasks you never thought yourself capable of. The cherry on the cake? You will receive an accredited CPD qualification to show the world your achievements.

Would you like to know what trips are planned during the weeks you want to join us? Contact us on for detailed schedule or click here to read more.


Location & Accommodation

Academic Camp Switzerland is located at Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles in the small and safe town of Porrentruy - one hour from Basel.

Porrentruy is in the Swiss Jura region and is situated in the Northwest of Switzerland close to the French border.  The official language is French.

Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles sits at the foot of a magnificient castle. The campus has the main school building with modern classrooms, boarding accommodation, a beautiful chapel, a cinema and a sports complex (including tennis courts, basketball court, playground and a sports hall).





Academic Camp Switzerland
Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles

The school offers a variety of comfortable bedrooms. Girls and boys are accommodated on different floors.

Girls stay in spacious double and single bedrooms. There are some double rooms with private showers and toilets but most bedrooms are with shared toilets and showers. Showers and toilets are individual cubicles with doors that can be locked to give you privacy.

Boys stay in triple and double rooms All the rooms have washbasins. Showers and toilets are shared and they have individual cubicles that can be locked.

You can use the cosy common rooms with a small kitchen where you can meet with your friends or have a snack.

Academic Camp Switzerland <br> Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles

Book now!

Online application for 2022. The online application will be available soon.

In the meantime please contact us ( for more information or to make a booking.

Work for us

Academic Camp Switzerland is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects its staff to share this commitment.
In the summer we employ a team of teachers who are qualified to teach their subjects and have experience in teaching A-Level, the IB, Advanced Placement and ESL.
As well as experience we are looking for teachers that have enthusiasm and a love for their subjects. We like our teachers to make content interesting and the lessons will be a mixture of theory and practical work.

We also look for enthusiastic camp counsellors. We employ active and enthusiastic people who are comfortable leading groups of students for a range of activities and trips, supervising the students and helping them to have the best stay at camp possible. You must be flexible and have a few activity ideas up your sleeve!

Our course in Switzerland runs for four weeks with students joining in two week blocks. Teachers can teach one to four teaching blocks (each block is one daily lesson, Monday - Friday) a week,  and there is the opportunity to take part in additional camp counsellor work. We are particularly keen to hear from teachers who are happy to teach a range of subjects.

We offer the following subjects, taught in English:
Economics, business & entrepreneurship
Essay writing
Presentations & Interviews
Social Studies
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Additionally we offer the following subjects taught in French:
Academic French
International Business
Please contact us for more information: