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Learn Italian at Alpadia Ascona

Age 10-17
Ideally situated only a stone’s throw away from the small streets of the old town and the quays lining the banks of Lake Maggiore, our Ascona course centre is located in the magnificent Collegio Papio.

The main building, an entirely renovated 16th century cloister, adjoins the modern school complex that houses the classrooms and bedrooms. The whole structure is perfectly adapted to language study stays, including comfortable classrooms fitted with overhead projectors and audiovisual supports, an auditorium, a computer area with free internet access, a games room offering pool and table football as well as football pitches, basketball and volleyball courts to practise your favourite sports.

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

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


Spending the summer in Ascona to learn Italian gives you the chance to enjoy yourself while learning in a lively, international atmosphere. With classes every morning and afternoons filled with fun activities, you will get the most out of your summer holiday. With the options of Standard, Intensive or Standard + Private classes, you will receive a high level of teaching to ensure you progress and build your confidence in the language.

Standard 20

20 lessons per week

Every weekday benefit from four lessons of language classes (45 minutes each, 15 hours per week) in small groups with our motivating and dynamic teachers.

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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

Alpadia Ascona's location in the charming 16th century "Collegio Papio" provides you with a truly unique environment. Housed in the modern extension to this building, rooms and bathrooms are shared by two to four students. With a lounge area and huge terrace boasting breathtaking views on the mountains and lake, you have plenty of areas to chill out with your newly made friends.

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Surrounded by the Alps and Lake Maggiore, Ascona presents many diverse activities, mostly outdoor. During the week you will have the opportunity to engage in a vast selection of team sports, cultural outings, games and amusing animations.

Standard included activities

We make sure that you are kept active and the proposed activities cater to varied interests. Whether you enjoy team sports, swimming, sunbathing or shopping, our fantastic bilingual camp allows all of this and much more!

Optional complementary activities

Three afternoons during the week are dedicated to Creative arts, Tennis and Watersports Premium+ options.

Premium+ Creative Arts

Get involved in a variety of creative projects – drawing, painting, sculpting, making collages – under the guidance of our experienced teacher.

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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

Get the most out of learning a new language by taking part in this intensive workshop. Using creative and analytical approaches to understanding the language, you will significantly improve your knowledge and confidence.  

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Known as one of the most beautiful and exotic parts of the country, the Italian part of Switzerland has a generous range of places to visit and things to do; 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

For entry into Switzerland, certain non-European nationals may need to acquire a visa. To find out more about Swiss visa requirements, please view our dedicated page by clicking the link.


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