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Learn English at Alpadia Ascona

Age 10-17
With an ideal situation close to old town and to the shores of Lake Maggiore, our Ascona summer camp is located in the magnificent Collegio Papio.

The main building is a renovated 16th century cloister next to the modern school complex that houses the classrooms and bedrooms. The location is perfectly adapted to language summer camp, including bright and modern classrooms with audiovisual equipment, an auditorium, a computer room offering free internet access, a games area offering pool and table football as well as pitches to practice basketball, football and volleyball.

  • Certificate
  • Excursions
  • Full-board accommodation
  • International classes
  • Supervision

Collegio Papio - Ascona
Via delle Cappelle 1
6612 Ascona
CH– Switzerland


Learning English at Alpadia Ascona offers you a fantastic opportunity to learn the language in an exotic, lakeside location. Our energetic teachers will provide you with the skills needed to advance your knowledge, helping you boost your confidence. Despite the Italian speaking location, you will find that you have plenty of opportunity to practise your English with fellow international students and staff members. With a choice of Standard, Intensive and Standard + Private classes, you can progress at the pace that best suits your needs.

Standard 20

20 lessons per week

An excellent choice if you want to improve your general linguistic communication skills and still have free time. Classes usually take place in the morning, so that you can make the most of your time off in the afternoon and take part in the organised activities, perfect for exercising your new language skills! The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

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Intensive 25

25 lessons per week

Benefit from five additional lessons per week, focussed mainly on oral communication, ideal for the most out of your group classes  and encouraging rapid progress.

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+ 5 lessons per week

In order to make maximum progress, benefit from an additional five private lessons of 45 minutes per week to reach your personal objectives. Rapid progress is the goal. Private lessons can only be combined with the Standard course.

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Student Residence

Twin/Quadruple room

At Alpadia Ascona, you are housed in the modern extension to the 16th century "Collegio Papio" building where classes are held, with two to four students sharing a room and bathroom with shower and toilet. There is a lounge that leads on to a massive terrace where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the spectacular views in your free time. 

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The gorgeous region around Ascona offers you many outdoor activities to take advantage of. Our entertaining programme offers adventure and excitement, ensuring that you have fun and enjoy your summer days with us.

Standard included activities

You will spend every weekday afternoon engaged in a sportive, creative or cultural activity. Whether you like team sports, shopping or visiting museums, plenty of choice is available. All the while, you will be encouraged to practise your newly acquired language skills.

Optional complementary activities

Three times a week, afternoons are allocated to the optional Premium+ activities: Creative arts, Tennis and Watersports plus.

Premium+ Watersports Plus

Take advantage of our ideal setting on Lake Maggiore, where watersports activities include waterskiing, sailing and stand-up paddling.

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Premium+ Language Plus

Boost your language immersion experience by participating in this intensive language workshop for small groups of 3 to 6 students. With customised projects and tailored objectives, you'll find that your learning curve takes a steep incline!

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This beautiful part of Switzerland offers plenty of places to discover; from shopping in the city to fun at a water park; from a boat trip to a leisurely walk on a mountain peak.

Monte Tamaro

View an impressive panorama from the mountain peak that is home to Mario Botta's Church of S. Maria degli Angeli.

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Three castles in Bellinzona

Wander around this group of UNESCO World Heritage classified medieval fortifications, located in the capital of Switzerland's Italian canton, Ticino.

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SplashSpa waterpark

Get ready for a thrilling day at this exciting water park that features several pools and five exhilarating water slides.

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Brissago Islands Tour

Discover two islands located in Lake Maggiore known for their lush botanical gardens with exotic and subtropical plants.

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Lugano shopping

Explore a lovely Italian-influenced Swiss village where there are plenty of boutiques and specialty stores.

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Dates & General Information

For more detailed information about our summer camps and services, please click the button to download our PDF.

Visa information

Please ensure that you have all the necessary documentation for entry into Switzerland. If you need further information regarding visa requirements, please click the link below.


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