The High Alpine Institute Ftan (HIF) is an international school in the Swiss region of Lower Engadine which is firmly anchored in its impressive natural surroundings. The HIF regards itself as the school of life for future leaders where performance-orientated students from all over the world come to the gorgeous mountain world of Engadine to be prepared for a successful future.

The High Alpine Institute Ftan

Learning institute, sports and talent school

The High Alpine Institute Ftan regards itself as an indispensable part of the education system with a school in Lower Engadine. It is our intention to guide the legacy of our founder Andrea Rosius à Porta (1754 – 1838), who established the Institute in 1793, to ongoing future success. In this respect, we want to encourage students individually, in keeping with the times and at the highest level, so they strengthen their discipline and determination to perform, therefore making us their very own «school of life» – regionally, nationally and internationally.


Thanks to the encouragement of independence and strengthening an awareness of responsibilities, the school not only supports the success of its students but also their social skills for a successful future. We want to live by the values that are important to us on a daily basis.


The Institute can look back on a long history: it was founded on 1 October 1793 by priest‘s son and teacher Andrea Rosius à Porta, because at the time there were no education facilities open to the well-to-do youth of Engadine. Right from the beginning, à Porta also accepted girls as pupils. Influenced by the approaches adopted by Pestalozzi, he represented a style of education to impart knowledge on a one-to-one basis built on a foundation of friendliness, patience and gentleness. He called upon parents and teachers to above all boost the intellect of children, in order to make sure they found pleasure in learning.


After the largest part of the village of Ftan was destroyed by fire in 1794, the establishment was temporarily moved in 1796 to Zuoz. Apart from the ethical/religious orientation of lessons, learning languages was also a main area of focus. Andrea Rosius à Porta ran his Institute himself until 1829, when he handed it over to his two sons. He died in 1838. Through his textbook and the establishment of the first private school in Engadine, he has laid an enormous, important, educational foundation stone in this region. Once Lower Engadine was opened up by the Rhaetian Railway, in 1913 the High Alpine Girls‘ Institute Fetan came into being, which then opened its doors to boys from 1976 and since 1993 has been run under the name of High  Alpine Institute Ftan.

The Board of Directors and Management

The High Alpine Institute Ftan is a corporation.



Jon Peer, Chairman of the Board, Entrepreneur

Ursula Fraefel, Communications Specialist

Christian Fanzun, Mayor of Scuol

Duosch Fadri Felix, Council Member of Scuol

Paul Häring, Financial Expert

Dr. Beat Nägelin, Education Expert



Dr. Gerhard Pfister, National Councillor

Andri Lansel, Fiduciary



Dr. Elisabeth Steger Vogt, Director/CEO

Günter Boos, Assistent Director/Leader of Scholarship Development

Peter Debenjack, Head of Grammar School, Upper-Secondary Specialised School, The Optinal Year 10

Joe Zangerl, Head of Boarding

Muriel Hüberli, Head of Sport Class

Andreas H. Fischer, Head of Finances

Michael Fankhauser, Head of Marketing

Learning against a gorgeous backdrop

The High Alpine Institute Ftan lies in the picturesque Engadine region above the village of Ftan on a sunny platform with a breathtaking view of the Engadine Dolomites. Young people aged 13 to 20 years can find their role in life on this unique stage and develop freely and undisturbed, well away from the hustle and bustle and noise.


Apart from learning, the beautiful surrounding countryside invites students to take part in the most varied sporting activities – from climbing, horse riding and mountain biking in summer to cross-country skiing, skiing and snowboarding in winter. A chair lift which lies in close proximity to the school goes directly to the skiing region of Motta Naluns and the cross-country ski, toboggan and hiking trails start right by the front door. Participating in sports against a fantastic natural backdrop, making friendships and learning successfully are all part of day-to-day life in Ftan.

Ftan and environs

The lands belonging to the community of Ftan span from the Inn River at 1,200 meters above sea-level (MSL) all the way up to the summit of Augstenberg at 3,230 MSL. The main settlement is located at 1,648 MSL and has a population of 450 residents who are generally employed in the tourism, service and agricultural sectors or as tradespersons. As the regional capital of Scuol is located just 6 km away, a number of residents of Ftan are also commuters.


Ftan, far removed from any hustle and bustle, is nestled on a sunny terrace in the Lower Engadin and is equipped with all the amenities of a well-structured holiday destination, complete with plenty of hospitality as well as peace and quiet. The centrally located chair lift can be comfortably reached on foot and leads directly into the summer and winter sport paradise, Motta Naluns.

Contact person

Franziska Tribelhorn
School secretary
+41 81 861 22 11

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Steger Vogt
Director / CEO
+41 81 861 22 11

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