Renamed in 2014, ALPADIA benefits from the heritage of ESL Language Schools’ two decades of experience in language education. ALPADIA offers all year round schools for adults and summer camp junior programs in Switzerland, France, Germany and England.
Each year, our schools welcome more than 6,000 students from all over the world.

We are completely redesigning and updating our website to better serve you.
Until then, is still in use.

To download our new 2015 Adult Language Courses Abroad and Junior Summer Camp brochures, please click on the thumbnails below.



Our new junior camp ESL London City

Our new junior camp ESL London City

From summer 2014, ESL will be offering a new Junior Camp programme in London

Our centre is ideally located right in the heart of vibrant and trendy Hoxton, Shoreditch. It is spacious, with well-thought-out study facilities and modern, bright, well-equipped classrooms. There is a sizable courtyard with plenty of room to relax, plus other outdoor and indoor social areas to catch up with friends. Students are housed in a brand new high quality residence offering single ensuite rooms.

Take full advantage of our centre’s exceptional location and discover the magic and dynamic of the city. Welcome to ESL London City. 

2014 / programmes, dates and prices now available

2014 / programmes, dates and prices now available

Our new 2014 programmes for students and teenagers, dates and prices, are now available.

Download our brochures using this link.

We are available to answer all of your questions and look forward to welcoming you soon in one of our course centres.

Teacher training, DaF certificate course (EUROLTA) now also available at ESL Freiburg

Teacher training, DaF certificate course (EUROLTA) now also available at ESL Freiburg

ESL offers a EUROLTA DaF certificate course in October 2013 (30/09 - 25/10/2013) in its Freiburg location as well.

After successful completion of this intensive training course, you will receive a certificate issued by the school as well as the internationally recognized EUROLTA diploma (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults).

For further details regarding the course in Freiburg, please contact our Berlin teacher training centre at:

Find out more about training courses for teachers of German

Live from our schools!

Live from our schools!

Fantastic people, amazing memories, bursts of laughter... Take advantage of your language study stay to attend events in the city where you are studying. This is a great way to discover local culture and share unforgettable moments with your mates.


Cully Jazz Festival: from 05.04.13 until 13.04.13
The 10-day Cully Jazz annual music festival has presented concerts on 3 stages since 1983. The festival OFF is a great showcase for young artists, who play in the city’s cafés and famous wine cellars.

Animai Festival in Vevey: from 16.05.13 until 20.05.13
Designed for children, families, teenagers and young people, the festival presents concerts, performances and family shows in an idyllic setting on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Montreux Volley Master: from 28.05.13 until 02.06.13
The Montreux Volley Master is a one-week competition between the best women’s volleyball teams in the world.


Moissons d’avril: from 29.03.13 until 14.05.13

Moisson d’avril is an event dedicated to puppeteers and their art. Open to everyone, this biennial event presents some 15 performers in various venues throughout the city. 

Les Nuits Sonores: du 07.05.13 au 12.05.13
Nuits Sonores is a 4-day electronic music festival in Lyon, France. A wide range of other disciplines are also represented, including design, visual creation and digital culture. 

Lyon BD Festival: from 14.06.13 until 16.06.13
The Lyon comic book festival is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. This 3-day festival is a major event in the comic book world, bringing together thousands of amateurs. 

Berlin Half Marathon: 07.04.13
Enter Berlin’s half marathon, a 21 km race around the greatest monuments of the city. 

Carnival of Culture: from 17.05.13 until 20.05.13
This carnival showcases the variety of cultures present in Berlin, the most international of all German cities. There is a parade on the Sunday. 

Christopher Street Day: 22.06.13
Half a million people take to the streets to demonstrate to support the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Attracting a large audience, the event includes a parade with colourful floats and music blasting out. 


Freiburg Marathon: 07.04.13
The Freiburg Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary this year: some 1,000 entrants and 10,000 spectators are expected.

Frühjahrsmess': from 17.05.13 until 27.05.13
This 10-day carnival takes place in May at the heart of Freiburg city centre. Enjoy the rides, roller coasters and bumper cars.

Zelt Musik Festival (ZMF): from 26.06.13 until 14.07.13
The ZMF has enlivened summer nights in Freiburg since 1983. For more than 2 weeks, it offers cultural events for all ages, including rock, pop and classical music, theatre, DJs and children programmes.  

Achievements of ESL Schools

Achievements of ESL Schools

We are very happy to share with you our latest achievements, with two of our ESL Schools receiving the following acknowledgements.

At ESL Lyon, following the FLE organisation inspection, our school has been accredited with the highest ranking of 3 stars for all services we offer including academics, customer service, facilities and management.

ESL Freiburg has reached the best student satisfaction score among all schools in Germany, after a poll carried out in 2011 by the web platform Education Stars.

Congratulations to these two schools and to all of the staff members for their constant work and commitment devoted to maintaining the high quality service provided.


2012 programme descriptions available!

2012 programme descriptions available!

The 2012 brochures can be downloaded on this web site.

Click on this link in order to download the 2012 brochures for the adult or summer camp programmes.

Including programme descriptions, dates and fees, as well as enrolment form.

Our team is available for any question and support you might need, and already looks forward to welcoming you in one of the ESL course centres in Switzerland, France or Germany!


The 2011 summer camp sessions are now launched!

The 2011 summer camp sessions are now launched!

8 course centres, 4 languages, 3 countries!

Since this past week-end, our course centres in Switzerland, France and Germany are welcoming students from all over the world.

Thanks to great weather conditions, the students are already enjoying the amazing activity programmes proposed in each destination.

In order to follow day by day what's happening in our course centres, please click on the following Facebook link, and stay tuned:

ESL summer camps on Facebook

The ESL Team wishes you a very good summer and fantastic holidays!

ESL offers 2 new destinations!

ESL offers 2 new destinations!

ESL Language Schools expands; learn German in Berlin or Freiburg!

An exceptional cultural heritage, a thriving industry, cities open onto the world… Between eccentric Berlin and traditional Freiburg, let yourself be carried away by the varied charms of this beautiful country in the heart of Europe!

Our schools are open all year round for students from 16 years of age. We propose a wide range of course types, as well as various accommodation options.

Have a click, and speak German!

ESL – Berlin

ESL – Freiburg

ESL LEYSIN - Spring camp for French studies

ESL LEYSIN - Spring camp for French studies

What a great Easter weekend and what an amazing time our students are experiencing at our course Centre in Leysin. At this time each year, ESL Language Schools opens the doors of the popular spring teen’s camp and welcomes a high rate of returning students.
This destination offers excellent conditions located in the stunning Swiss Alps.

• Great location of residential accommodation
• A wide choice of educational French studies
• Exciting and entertaining array of activity programmes
• A professional and caring team that takes care of students’ needs

With summer fast approaching and our camp having been blessed with gorgeous weather, the happy students from all over the world have already started experiencing some summer sports activities.

New accommodation option for the students of our French school in Montreux : Le Studio

New accommodation option for the students of our French school in Montreux : Le Studio

Since 1st June, our school for adult students in Montreux proposes a new accommodation option: the studio.

Equipped with a central room, a small kitchen and a bathroom, these studios are available to our students for stays of one week upwards. Perfectly suiting people on their own or travelling as a couple who wish to have maximum independence during their stay, this type of accommodation assures comfort and tranquility when you return from the classes followed at ESL or after having discovered the regional specificities of the Swiss Riviera.

Find out more information from our secretariat:

The spring ESL 50+ programme is launched in Lyon!

The spring ESL 50+ programme is launched in Lyon!

Just like every year, during the spring session of the ESL 50+ programme, a varied programme awaits our senior clientele who are keen to make linguistic and cultural discoveries.

From Monday, 10th May, a date is made with our students in order to perfect their French language skills within a small group. This is completed by a choice cultural programme taking place each afternoon, devised by our Lyon school director, Ms. Romy Saint-Denis and all her team.

In order to get a detailed look at what awaits our Lyon students, click on the following link :

Welcome to ESL-Lyon !

The FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) exams proposed by ESL-SCHOOLS.

The FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) exams proposed by ESL-SCHOOLS.

Within the framework of their French studies, our students have the choice to prepare and present themselves for 3 types of exams recognised by the French Ministry of National Education.


The DELF (A1 to B2) and the DALF (C1 and C2) are official diplomas of the French Ministry of National Education. There is an exam for each of the 6 levels of the framework of languages. The preparation courses are organised  in our schools in Lyon and Montreux.


The TCF is an thermometer-type exam which situates the candidate on the European scale of levels (CEFR). It takes place once a month in our schools in Lyon and Montreux and is ideal for students who wish to obtain recognised certification, even during a short-duration stay.


The e-TEF, the electronic version of the TEF, of the very reputed Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offers great flexibility and allows each student enrolled in an ESL course to certify his/her level of French in an official and reliable way. Our school in Montreux is the test centre for the e-TEF and proposes 3 exam sessions per month for which it is possible to present oneself without specific previous preparation.

For further information concerning the preparation courses we organise for these exams, as well as their costs and exam dates, please click on the following link : category::categoryID=91

11 sports packages proposed in our various course centres:

11 sports packages proposed in our various course centres:

A language study stay during the holidays, it’s great! Completed by the practice of your favourite sport, it’s maximum fun assured !

As there are increasingly more of you participating in these sports packages, we have decided to propose even more of them to you:

If you need additional information, consult the concerned pages on this website, or do not hesitate to contact our team by e-mail or by telephone:

+41 21 621 88 88

Enrol for one of these packages and make unforgettable holidays out of your language study stay !

French+ programmes

French+ programmes

From today, we have the pleasure to present our new French+ programmes for 2010.

These programmes are destined for students who wish to immerse themselves in the cultural and sports specificities of our destinations of Montreux and Lyon.

To find out more, click on the following links :

French+ wines

French+ gastronomy

French + culture

French+ sports

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

ESL-SCHOOLS is starting its 14th year of professional activity in language education.

It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome our students in our various course centres in Switzerland, France and Germany, and we are already looking forward to your next visit.

We wish you a great year in 2010!

Your ESL team

The 13th Francophonie Summit will take place from 22nd to 24th October 2010 in Montreux !

The 13th Francophonie Summit will take place from 22nd to 24th October 2010 in Montreux !

Switzerland will host the 13th Francophonie Summit, as was decided by the Ministerial Conference of la Francophonie, whose 25th session took place in Paris on 15th and 16th December. It is in Montreux that the 70 heads of State and government of la Francophonie will meet from 22nd to 24th October 2010.

The International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) is an institution which organises political relations and cooperation between the States sharing the use of the French language. The OIF groups together 70 States representing more than a third of the United Nations Member States.

ESL is looking forward to the holding of this prestigious summit in Montreux, which has been home to the Ecole Suisse de Langues for 13 years now.
This will be an excellent opportunity to broadcast the Swiss francophone identity internationally and to arouse desire to study French in French-speaking Switzerland.

In order to encourage students who wish to learn French as a foreign language (FLE), ESL is proposing a special offer valid in one its schools, in Montreux or in Lyon :

1 week of a standard French course (20 lessons in a group) offered for free !

-    For all enrolments carried out between 18th and 24th October 2010.

-    For all course durations or types, from 2 weeks.

-    Accommodation and enrolment fees not included.

In order to take advantage of this offer, a link will be available from the morning of 18th October on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you at ESL !

ESL – SCHOOLS / Winter special offer -10%

ESL – SCHOOLS / Winter special offer -10%

Learn French as a foreign language (Français Langue Etrangère (FLE)) in Switzerland or in France whilst benefitting from advantageous enrolment conditions !

From 1st November 2009 until 31st January 2010, take advantage of our winter special offer, valid in the schools in Montreux (CH) and Lyon (F).

We are offering a reduction of 10% on all the course and accommodation fees, with the exception of transfer and enrolment fees.

This will allow our students to conserve a part of their budget in order to take advantage of the winter attractions in our destinations, including skiing in the Swiss Alps close to Montreux, or the incredible sales in the Lyon shops.

For more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact our team directly.

ESL Valbonne s/Cannes, our new location!

ESL Valbonne s/Cannes, our new location!

From summer 2010, the ESL programme on the French Côte d’Azur will be held in a new course centre, located in the hills above Cannes, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

This campus offers an excellent infrastructure for classes, accommodation and is very well-equipped with sports facilities. Our full activity programme will assure each student an unforgettable time on the French Riviera, completed by very attractive packages of tennis or scuba diving.

The immediate access to/from Nice International Airport will guarantee an easy journey to everyone flying to this destination.

Your ESL Team is looking forward to welcoming you to La Côte d’Azur where you will enjoy great summer holidays!

ESL-SCHOOLS on Twitter & Flickr

ESL-SCHOOLS on Twitter & Flickr

From now on, go to Twitter or Flickr in order to find out in detail what’s happening within the walls of our schools and our course centres.

Illustrated by current photos, you will find out the latest news, gossip or particular language adventures of our students and of the members of our academic and administrative teams.

visit our twitter page click here

visit our flickr page click here

Christmas Market in Montreux

Christmas Market in Montreux

The biggest Christmas market in Switzerland !

From 26 November to 24 December 2009 in Montreux.

Located on the shores of Lake Leman, it is the most beautiful Christmas Market with its 150 artisans and merchants. Gift ideas by the thousands, chalets decorated and illuminated in the grand tradition of Christmas. Tastings of local specialities in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Bern, Canada will be the guest of honour for 2009. The discovery of typical Canadian crafts, cuisine and culture awaits you in the numerous chalets on the Place du Marché. Various types of entertainment are planned for the enjoyment of visitors who love wide open spaces.
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