The HIF is known both internally and externally for its informal ambience. In this very personal environment, your child will get the opportunity to learn for life, supported in every respect around the clock, as well as experiencing school in a completely new light. Our employees in the boarding school are there for students 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to take care of their every need. They support students during study time and organise an extensive range of leisure activities.

Boarding school

Live together – learn together

Our boarding house community includes pupils from an array of nations. This mix of cultures, languages and personalities helps youths to develop appreciation, esteem and respect towards others, as well as their social competence.


We support the desire to perform and aim to awaken and encourage enthusiasm for life and learning. Our boarding house residents develop their sense of responsibility, open-mindedness and creativity.

Supervision and support

In an atmosphere marked by its tolerance and vitality, our boarding house team provides pupils with supervision, support and care around the clock, in matters of academic or personal importance.


The staff of caregivers accompany pupils in study halls, and organise a diverse array of free-time activities, both during the week as well as at weekends.

The boarding house team

Joe Zangerl Joe: Head of Boarding

Ruth Beyeler: Deputy Head of Boarding

Bernd Mall

Andreas Overath

Daily routine and rules

The structure of our daily routine is clearly laid out, improving work morale and encouraging a rhythm of productive regularity. Pupils are imparted with important values such as punctuality, good behaviour and taking responsibility for oneself and one’s actions.


Sensible and clear rules, which are enforced fairly, understandingly and consistently, encourage thoughtfulness and discipline. Throughout the course of their school career at the Institute, pupils are gradually given more responsibility but are also simultaneously awarded more freedom to autonomously organise their day and personal habits. The deciding factors along these lines are their age, scholastic performance, personal attitude and their willingness to act as a good example for others through positive engagement within the school community.

Sport and leisure activities

In addition to numerous activities which are organised both by the boarding house team as well as in collaboration with the pupils, there are also a number of facilities which pupils have at their disposal for daily and individual use.


The media centre is a key component of boarding house life, and offers in addition to a comfortable lounge area, a computer lab and a well-stocked library, and is equipped with billiard, foosball and table tennis tables. Additionally, there is a TV room available, and pupils with musical interests are free to use the grand piano in the auditorium to practice.


The gymnasium is equipped with an integrated climbing wall, and among the sports equipment there is both an athletic trampoline as well as an outdoor trampoline. The expansive and modern training room offers a variety of possibilities for both strength and endurance training.


The school grounds are equipped with tennis courts and a football pitch where a volleyball net can also be set up.  Furthermore, there is an outdoor basketball hoop, a newly installed halfpipe, and a nearby downhill-freeride mountain biking parkour, which is not only available as a training opportunity for members of the sport class, but can be used by all sports enthusiasts as well.


The beautiful natural surroundings of the Lower Engadin invite pupils to try out a broad array of athletic activities, such as rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking in summer, and cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding in winter. In the immediate vicinity of the school there is a chair lift which provides access directly to the ski area of Motta Naluns. Cross-country tracks as well as sledging and hiking trails are at the doorstep. Indeed, doing sport, making friends and learning successfully, all in the midst of a fantastic natural backdrop is business as usual in Ftan.

Housing and nutrition

At HIF there are a total of 70 comfortable boarding rooms, and a number of lounge areas which pupils have at their disposal.


Nutrition concept

Culinary requirements are taken very seriously at the HIF. We are renowned for well-balanced, tasty and healthy nutrition here using top-quality local products. We developed our nutrition concept together with top-class chef Eduard Hitzberger. Our light menus satisfy diners, but do not lie heavily on the stomach, so as not to discourage concentrated learning and sports activities.


About Eduard Hitzberger

This top-class chef, known for his healthy cuisine, has lived in Ftan for around 20 years and with 18 Gault-Millau points and 2 Michelin Stars, is one of the most decorated chefs in Switzerland.

Personal consultation

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our array of educational services, daily life at the school or our boardinghouse.


Patrizia Peer, Head of Admissions, looks forward to getting to know you and is happy to provide thorough answers to any questions you have.


We are also naturally more than happy to provide a guided tour of our beautiful and historic school facilities, or arrange for a trial visitation in one of our classes.


Tel. +41 81 861 22 82 or

Contact person

Joe Zangerl
Head of Boarding
+41 81 861 22 01

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