Swiss Summer Adventure Challenging and Inspiring

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




Win a free week @Academic Summer Camp

We are very excited to launch our 2022 social media competition where we are giving away one FREE week at Academic Summer in Bristol or London. 
All you have to do to enter is: 
  1. Complete this short form. 
  1. Head over to your favourite social media platform - Instagram, Facebook or Tik Tok and post your creative and inspirational photos/videos demonstrating the positive impact your Academic Summer experience had on your life and future.  If you’ve never attended one of our camps then we’d like to see how you think the opportunity will help you.  Remember to add #AcademicSummer #AcademicCamp so we can find your posts.   

More about Win a free week @Academic Summer Camp here.


2022 risk free booking is opened!

Academic Summer and Academic Camp have operated summer camps during the summers of 2020 and 2021 in the UK and Europe. We, therefore, have experience in running our camps during COVID times. We hope this will give you the confidence to book your summer camp with us.   

We are now taking bookings for 2022 with an option to book risk-free. 

In order to help families to make decisions about next summer and book with confidence, we are introducing interim terms and conditions for any new bookings made between 1st  December 2021 and 28th February 2022.

More about COVID-19 Amendments to Terms and Conditions for 2022 here.


New for 2022: activity electives!!

For the first time ever we are going to let you decide how you spend your afternoons with us.  Not only do students get to chose their subjects at Academic Summer but now they can chose their afternoon activies.  Options include:  athletics, games, food technology, arts and crafts, drama, outdoor education, English workshop, horse-riding* or golf *. Read more here.


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 Academic French subject we teach in 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 2024. 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: