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Institut Le Rosey

Institut Le Rosey
Une École pour la Vie, A School for Life
Rolle and Gstaad, Canton of Vaud and Canton of Berne
Type Private, International boarding school
Established 1880[1]
Authorizer IBO, CIS, & ECIS
Director Philippe Gudin
Headmaster Michael Gray
Staff 70[2]
Faculty 90[2]
Enrollment ~400[3]
Number of students Primary and Secondary
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Nickname Le Rosey
Annual tuition CHF 125,000 (varies within different age groups)
Affiliations Secular

Institut Le Rosey (French pronunciation: ​), commonly referred to as Le Rosey or simply Rosey, is a school near Rolle, Switzerland which has educated royalties from around the world. The school was founded by Paul-Émile Carnal in 1880 on the site of the 14th-century Château du Rosey near the town of Rolle in the Canton of Vaud. It is one of the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland.

The school also owns a campus in the ski resort village of Gstaad in the Canton of Bern, where the student body, faculty, and staff move to during the Winter months of January through March. Institut Le Rosey is owned by its fourth generation of Directors, Philippe and Anne Gudin, who assumed ownership of Le Rosey in 1980. Michael Gray is the current Headmaster of the school.[4]

In 2014, Le Rosey inaugurated the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall, an arts and learning centre for Le Rosey and the La Côte region.[5][6] The school is also planning the sale of its Gstaad winter campus, and a move to a location that can accommodate more personnel and students.[7][8]


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • Academic curriculum 3
  • Student life 4
  • Facilities 5
    • At the Rolle campus 5.1
    • At the Gstaad campus 5.2
  • Tuition fees 6
  • Associations 7
    • The Rosey-Abantara Project 7.1
  • Notable alumni 8
  • In fiction and popular culture 9
  • Plans to leave Gstaad 10
  • Paul & Henri Carnal Hall 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Le Rosey's philosophy is inspired by what Harvard educationalist Howard Gardner has called "multiple intelligences": "its aim is to develop all Roseans’ talents through academic, sporting and artistic programmes."[9] The school offers a demanding bilingual and bicultural education with the language of instruction being French or English depending on the student's academic program; however, students may take many language classes while at Le Rosey.[10] Students may sit either the International Baccalaureate, the most widely recognized pre-university educational program,[11] or the Francophone-oriented French Baccalaureate. To sustain an international atmosphere at Le Rosey, there exists a quota where no more than 10% of the students may come from a single country. The student body, ages 7 through 18, is composed of pupils from approximately 58 different countries, with 60% of the students being European.[12] The school's current enrollment, over 400 pupils, is equally divided between male and female. The majority of students are between the ages of 14 and 18.[13] The Student-teacher ratio is 5:1 with the average class size being less than 10 students, and the average teacher's length of stay at Le Rosey is over ten years.[9] Students at Le Rosey are nicknamed "Roséens" (in French) or "Roseans" (in English), and former students are labeled "Les Anciens Roséens".[14][15] The school's campus has 28 hectares (approximately 70 acres) of landscaped grounds. The school's sailing center, the "Fleur d'Eau", is situated along 100 meters of shoreline on Lake Geneva. Le Rosey is reportedly the only boarding school in the world to change campuses seasonally.[16] In spring and autumn, classes are held at the Château du Rosey campus in the village of Rolle in the Canton of Vaud, located between Geneva and Lausanne in southwestern Switzerland. For the winter months of January through March, the entire student body moves to a group of chalets in the ski resort town of Gstaad in the Canton of Berne.

Le Rosey offers a wide range of sports, including: Football (Soccer), Basketball, Volleyball, cross-country running, Sailing, Rowing, Competitive swimming, and Water skiing during the spring and autumn terms. During the winter term, sports options are Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice-hockey, Curling and Snowshoeing.[17]


A 1669 watercolor painting of the Château du Rosey near Rolle, Switzerland. This is the only preserved image that depicts the original Chateau.

Château du Rosey (depicted at left), a [20]

Prior to the introduction of the 10% quota, wherein no more than 10% of the student body may come from one country, different nationalities made up the majority of students at Le Rosey.[21] In the 1950s and 1960s, the majority of students were Americans, Italians, and Greeks, in the 1970s came the Arabs and Iranians, in the 1980s came the Japanese and Koreans, and in the 1990s came the Russians.[21] During the 1990s, the children of Russian oligarchs, who made up a third of the student body,[22] gained notoriety for "terrorizing" other students, resulting in the withdrawal of at least one non-Russian student.[21][23]

Academic curriculum

Institut Le Rosey's academic curriculum is designed to "provide education of breadth, depth and quality for an international student body."[24] Le Rosey offers a rigorous bilingual and bicultural education with the principal language of instruction being French or English depending on the student's academic program.[10] Beginning in Class 9 (US 3rd grade; UK year 4) and ending in Class 7 (US 5th grade; UK Year 6), Junior students at Le Rosey follow the Primary Bilingual Programme.[25] The Programme follows the French national curriculum for classes taught in French and the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom for classes taught in English, which are both complemented by the International Primary Curriculum to create an international education.[25][26]

Le Rosey students in Classes 6-2 (US 6th-10th grade; UK Year 7-11) choose their principal language and continue their studies in French or English.[27] If possible, students may study their mother tongue and a third or even a fourth language in addition to their principal language of instruction. Over 20 different languages have been taught at Le Rosey in the past five years.[10] During the Secondary Bilingual Programme, English and French classes are obligatory, and upon entering Class 3 (US 9th grade), students begin the two-year "Pre-Bac" Programme to prepare the students for either the internationally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or the Francophone-oriented French Baccalaureate.[27] At Le Rosey, the IB Diploma Programme and the French Baccalaureate cover the last two years of schooling (Class 1 and Class t).[28]

Student life

Students at Le Rosey follow the "CASC" Programme, which aims to nurture all the talents of its students, through Creativity, Action, Service in the community, and Culture. Creativity includes performances, celebrations, and exhibitions, Action includes sport and physical competitions, Service in the community includes community service and projects, and Culture includes the attendance of music and drama performances, special trips, and conferences.[29] Activities on offer to students include sports clubs, horse-riding, golf, sailing, karting, and shooting. On certain weekends a variety of activities are made available, including mountain expeditions, theatre trips to London, visits to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna and Madrid, athletic challenges (RolleGstaad by bicycle), trips to watch football (soccer) matches, Formula One racing, equestrian events, tennis tournaments, and school balls.[30] During the Mid-October cultural trips, students are given the opportunity to visit countries and cities further afield, with recent destinations including university visits to the East Coast of the United States and to Great Britain, humanitarian trips to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project in Romania, to teach in the Rosey-Abantara School in Bamako, Mali, or a humanitarian mission to India, and cultural, leisure trips to Cuba, Egypt, Vietnam, Mexico, Kenya, Iceland, and Aruba.[31]


At the Rolle campus

Le Rosey's main campus, near Rolle, is situated on 28 hectares of land adjacent to Lake Geneva. It is divided into two campuses, one for boys situated on the main campus and one for girls called La Combe. The boarding houses contain a total of 179 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and all together the academic buildings contain: 53 classrooms, 8 science laboratories, 14 specially-equipped rooms, 48 apartments for Le Rosey teachers, 2 infirmaries, a library/media centre with about 20'000 to 30'000 literary and reference works, a theatre, 3 dining rooms and 2 cafeterias, an auditorium, 2 gymnasiums, and an ecumenical chapel. Sports and arts facilities at Le Rosey include: 10 clay Tennis courts, a 25-meter indoor pool and wellness centre, a 25-meter outdoor pool, 3 football pitches, 1 synthetic rugby pitch, 1 wood chip running track, a shooting and archery range, an open-air theatre, and a computer-regulated greenhouse. Off-campus Le Rosey owns: a private Equestrian centre housing 30 horses, 1 indoor riding school, 1 Dressage area, and a clubhouse. Also off-campus is the Le Rosey sailing centre equipped with: 10 dinghies, 3 motorboats, 3 yawls and a 38-foot (12 m) yacht.[32]

At the Gstaad campus

The school's Winter campus, at the ski resort of Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland, is composed of several traditional chalets within the town. The girls' campus, at Schönried, is situated a 10-minute train ride away from Gstaad and is composed of 5 chalets used solely for boarding and dining. The students utilize local facilities, including: swimming pools, fitness centres, tennis courts, ice-hockey rink, a bowling alley, Curling, 250 kilometers (approximately 156 miles) of Alpine ski slopes and 120 kilometers (approximately 75 miles) of Cross-country ski tracks, 65 kilometers of Snowshoeing trails, climbing walls, and Via Ferratas.[33]

Tuition fees

As of 2011/12, the annual boarding and academic fees are CHF 125,000 (approximately $133,000 USD), without extra-fees such as sports, etc.[34] This makes Le Rosey the most expensive school in the world, ahead of the Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil where basic annual fees start at CHF 90,000. Many international publications consider Le Rosey as one of the most exclusive boarding schools in the world. The Rosey Foundation, which oversees the financing of Le Rosey's Carnal Hall, makes scholarships possible to "particularly deserving" students, and the four-member Rosey Scholarship Committee allots them to the approved students.[35] However, Institut Le Rosey does not directly offer scholarships to any person, as scholarships are only made available through the Rosey Foundation.[3]


An overlook of Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland, the location of Le Rosey's winter campus

l'Association Internationale des Anciens Roséens (AIAR), the International Association of Former Roseans, is Le Rosey's [37]

Institut Le Rosey is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Baccalaureate, the Ministry of National Education of France and the Council of International Schools.[39] Le Rosey is also a member of the European Council of International Schools.

The Rosey-Abantara Project

In 2004, Institut Le Rosey's Charity Committee undertook a humanitarian program to construct and maintain a private school, the Rosey-Abantara School, in the suburbs of Bamako, the capital city of Mali, in Saharan Africa.[40] Rosey-Abantara is considered the most important charity project in Le Rosey's history. The project is entirely financed by the Le Rosey Charity Committee, with costs amounting to CHF 1,200,000 (approximately $1 million USD). An additional CHF 200,000 (approximately $167,000 USD) will be needed to purchase additional land for sports fields. By summer of 2007, primary construction work on the school was completed. By autumn of 2007, an estimated 1,500 Malian children will attend Rosey-Abantara. An independent construction report, by Alfrique Expertises, was published in May 2007, with the report finding the Rosey-Abantara school's structure to be solid. Le Rosey students and teachers undertake humanitarian missions throughout the year to the Rosey-Abantara project to teach Malian students.[41]

Notable alumni

Institut Le Rosey, with over 5,000 former students,[21] has one of the most prestigious alumni registries in the world.[42] Le Rosey has educated generations of dynastic families, including Hohenlohes, and Radziwiłłs.[43][44] The school has also famously educated royalty from around the world, particularly the deposed royal family members of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty of Egypt, Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia, the House of Glücksburg of Greece, and the House of Savoy of Italy.[21] Le Rosey has educated several monarchs, including Aga Khan IV, King Albert II of Belgium, King Baudouin I of Belgium, King Fuad II of Egypt, King Ntare V of Burundi, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Persia, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, HRH Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan, HRH Prince Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck of Bhutan.[15] The future Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Guillaume, was also educated at the school.[45] Famous parents of past students at Le Rosey, who often visited the Rolle and Gstaad campuses, include: Elizabeth Taylor, David Niven, Sir Roger Moore, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Diana Ross, King Leopold III of Belgium, Aristotle Onassis.[46] Rainier III once commented on Le Rosey: "The students were much friendlier because they were from such diverse, international backgrounds. I felt, for once in my childhood, that I could take a breath."[47]

David Manoukian, son of French designer Alain Manoukian and Founder/CEO of attended Le Rosey from 1988 until 1994. Anthony Zeidouni son of the Lebanese Billionaire Joseph Zeidouni. Emily Samantha Azzopardi, granddaughter of French billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, also attends Le Rosey. The sons of high society playboy William Woodward, Jr., William "Woody" Woodward III and James "Jimmy" Woodward, were sent to Le Rosey after their father was accidentally shot and killed by his wife in 1955 in what Life magazine called the "Shooting of the Century".[48][49] In his autobiography, An Arc to Triumph, Rosey alumnus Richard René Silvin wrote of the school's encounter with Charlie Chaplin. After moving to Vevey, near Le Rosey's main campus, Chaplin called the administration requesting to enroll his children, but was turned down due to the 2-year waiting list.[50] Musicians Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond, Jr. met at Le Rosey and later went on to form the garage rock revival band The Strokes in 1998.[51]

In fiction and popular culture

Due to Institut Le Rosey's widespread reputation as one of the most exclusive educational institutions in the world, it has often been mentioned in novels, television programs, biographies, magazines, and other forms of mass media. In fiction, the school is most commonly mentioned in novels relating to the rich and famous, and usually takes the role of being the choice of education for different characters.[52] Le Rosey has been mentioned in Judith Krantz's novels Princess Daisy (1980) and Till We Meet Again (1988),[53] as well as in several romance novels by Karen Robards.[54] The school is also mentioned in Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel (1975) by Truman Capote,[55] Any Woman's Blues (1990) by Erica Jong,[56] For Love Alone (1992) by Ivana Trump,[57] and What Became of Her (2002) by Marijane Meaker.[58] Similarly, Le Rosey is mentioned in Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho (1991), as the alma mater of Evelyn Williams, who is the protagonist's fiancée for most of the novel. In a 2002 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, affluent character Martha Strick, played by Veanne Cox, says she attended Le Rosey.[59]

In non-fiction, alumni Michael Korda and James Laughlin have written about their experiences and memories at Le Rosey.[60][61] Columnist Taki Theodoracopulos has written extensively on the school and its alumni,[62] and was in the middle of a mild controversy when in 1998 he jokingly wrote in the The Spectator that Osama bin Laden had attended Le Rosey.[63][64] The story resulted in an outcry from American readers, inquiries from several magazines, and the school publicly and "vehemently" denying that bin Laden had attended Le Rosey.[63] In 1999, Russian journalist Paul Klebnikov (murdered in 2004) wrote an exposé on Le Rosey in Forbes magazine detailing the problems the school was experiencing with its majority Russian student body.[65]

Plans to leave Gstaad

In January 2008, Swiss economics magazine Bilanz, a subsidiary of Groupe Edipresse, published an interview with Le Rosey Director-General Philippe Gudin that revealed the school is seeking to sell its Gstaad winter campus and build a new campus in another location.[7] Gudin is in negotiations with the local authorities in Schönried, a ski resort village adjacent to Gstaad, to construct a new main campus on an undeveloped piece of land, but has run into difficulties due to zoning restrictions.[7] Reasons for moving to a new campus, according to the Director-General, include the fact that the school's personnel, who typically live on campus, are at maximum capacity, and that the student body can no longer increase in size due to the lack of space.[7] Gudin stated that for the moment the new winter campus location will be in Switzerland, but he has not ruled out the French Alps.[7] The 100,000m² (approximately 25 acres) of prime real estate that the school occupies on Ried Hill in the centre of Gstaad is estimated to be worth several hundreds of millions of USD, considering the International Herald Tribune reports that the price per square meter in Gstaad starts at 20,000 CHF (19,000 US$) and can rise to 45,000 CHF (43,000 US$).[66] Gudin asserts that the high value of the Gstaad winter campus has nothing to do with its planned sale.[7]

Paul & Henri Carnal Hall

This is a concert hall, dedicated to classical music.

The building, shaped as a dome, is created by the architect Bernard Tschumi using stainless steel and wood.[67]

The concert hall is named after the Institut founder Paul-Émile Carnal, and his son and second director Henri Carnal.

The inauguration occured on 2 October 2014.[68]

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External links

  • Official Website
  • Official Alumni Website
  • Pictures of the school and its surroundings

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