Dulwich Launch Ignite: Switzerland Experiential Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of Ignite: Switzerland, a 12-week experiential learning programme where Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi Year 9 students will be able to spend a term in the stunning Swiss Alps.


Ignite: Switzerland is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to delivering a student-centred, holistic education that enables the students in our care to discover and develop their full potential.

Those Dulwich students who attend Ignite: Switzerland will have the unique opportunity to spend 12 weeks in the south-eastern region of Switzerland; leading their own expedition into the world of learning, discovering their own potential, and reflecting on the world around them in an awe-inspiring natural environment.


David Ingram
Founding Head of College


We are thrilled that our students have this opportunity to step outside their comfort zone in this stunning environment.


This exciting opportunity will take place in the Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG (HIF), a member of the Dulwich College International family of schools. Located in the Lower Engadin valley near Ftan, three hours from Zurich and two hours from Milan, Ignite will give students an exceptional experience of indoor and outdoor learning, where they will encounter new challenges and discover their passions, bringing out the very best version of themselves. In close proximity to the southern alpine peaks and the Swiss National Park, students will become stewards of the natural environment, inspired to explore its wildlife, mountains, forests, pastures, and rivers.


Much more than just 12-weeks away from home with life-changing outdoor learning experiences, Ignite: Switzerland also provides a rigorous academic programme that allows students to seamlessly continue their academic progression from Year 9 through to the commencement of the IGCSE programme.


Academic Programme


The core academic programme will ensure that all students study English, Maths, Science, and a language to the same standard as Dulwich Colleges Shanghai Puxi. All subjects will be aligned to, and fully meet, the criteria of the Year 9/IGCSE curriculum.

The electives provide a personal pathway for students to develop their passions or try something new, as they will have the opportunity to select 2 electives to study in depth for 12 hours a week for 12 weeks.

Their learning will culminate in a Passion Project, which they will share with their fellow students and teachers in the programme, and with their parents and classmates when they return to their respective colleges. The Passion Project encourages students to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest.


Outdoor Learning Programme


The Outdoor Learning Programme will be the highlight of the Ignite: Switzerland experience. With the Swiss National Park and the southern alpine peaks on their doorstep, the students can walk from the school out into the most beautiful of surroundings. The alpine environment offers a variety of exciting, challenging, and easily accessible sports and activities for all.


Seasonal Sport Programme


The Seasonal Sport Programme has been developed around the seasons, taking advantage of what different weather can offer and ensuring safety at all times.


Programme Director, Ms Caroline Taylor


Ignite: Switzerland is being directed by Caroline Taylor, the former Head of College at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong. Caroline is an experienced leader who started her career with Dulwich 12 years ago at Dulwich College Beijing campus before moving to Shanghai in 2014. Caroline is now living in Switzerland overseeing all areas of the Ignite: Switzerland programme.


Who will thrive at Ignite: Switzerland?


Ignite: Switzerland was developed with Dulwich College International students in mind. The experiential learning programme has been carefully crafted to extend the Dulwich experience and take advantage of the natural talents and pioneering disposition of our students.

Is your child a passionate thrill-seeker with a pioneering spirit, ready to take on new challenges? A resilient adventurer who is confident, flexible, and adaptable? An independent thinker who wants to take control of their own learning? An innovative designer who wishes to create a sustainable future for people and the planet? If so, Ignite: Switzerland may be the perfect opportunity to leverage their talents and bring their learning experience to the next level.

Ignite: Switzerland is an exclusive opportunity for Dulwich College Year 9 students. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting programme, we encourage you to reach out to our admissions department to see if your child has what it takes.



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