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Swiss Gap Experience

Exclusively for girls aged 17-19 years

Duration: 3 - 9 Months

Start date: September or January


Why experience your Gap Year with us? 

Set in our inspiring, multicultural environment, our Swiss Gap experience enables girls to become self-aware, confident young women with an entrepreneurial mindset combined with a global perspective prepared to lead in the workplace of the future. They develop a competitive edge through an innovative post-High School finishing-style programme, bringing clarity to their future study and career ambitions.


Swiss Gap Experience

The Surval Gap Year programme is built around our Surval Core instilling an appreciation of leadership, global perspectives, languages and culture, social enterprise and adventure.

  • Intensive French or English tuition leading to DELF or Cambridge certification
  • Additional optional languages e.g. Spanish, Italian, German
  • Mini MBA style Foundations in Business tutorials
  • Communications programme developing personal and professional presence
  • Social Enterprise and Sustainability initiatives involving outreach work both locally and internationally
  • Global Etiquette, Culinary Arts, History of Art & Art masterclasses
  • International Relations seminars
  • Experience in Events Planning and Hospitality 
  • Pre-university preparation and career advice.  Preparation for IELTS and TOEFL





  • Sports and adventure including water sports, hiking, climbing, cycling, skiing, personal fitness, tennis and yoga

  • Surval Adventure weekend for all students in September building a team spirit and taste for adventure

  • Cultural excursions e.g. Geneva, Bern, Lausanne, Gruyères, Evian, Neuchâtel, Gstaad, Chocolate Factory

  • Travel and explore with the school and independently.  Organised residential trips in recent years have included Paris, Monaco, Italy, Copenhagen, Vienna, Iceland and Japan

Skiing in the Swiss Alps

  • During the Winter Term (January-March) all Gap students take part in weekly skiing or snowboarding on Tuesdays and Thursdays to a wide selection of beautiful Swiss Alpine Ski Resorts 

  • Ski week in Anzère (end of January)

  • Weekend Winter Sports programme

  • Optional ski weekends in Zermatt, Saas Fee, Grimentz, Loèche les Bains

'Surval helped me in learning more about myself and what I want to do in the future and helped me discover new skills and interests. This year will definitely stay in my heart because of the memories and the friends that I made.’

- Montserrat, Mexico, Swiss Gap 2021-22 

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