College Counselling

The Lyceum Alpinum has a unique and diverse student body. Graduates each year begin degree courses at college or university in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, the United States, Canada or even Australia. Mrs Heather Thompson Cavalli is the university counsellor at the Lyceum Alpinum. Together with boarding house staff and teachers, she helps students to make the right choice for their future.

The process begins in 10th grade (DIS4/M4) when students choose their subjects for the crucial final two years with the help of a Morrisby profile assessment. They can also begin preparation for university entrance exams such as SAT, IELTS, LNAT, BMAT, UKCAT, TSA, PSA and many more. In 11th grade contact with Mrs Thompson Cavalli intensifies as students begin choosing their next path of study at university. Over the summer they start work on their college essays, prepare for interviews and generally start the application process. There is the opportunity to return a week prior to the start of the final school year in order to focus exclusively on the tasks associated with university applications.

The most important point to remember that it's not about finding the best university, but about finding the best fit.

The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz welcomes a wide variety of universities and colleges each year to come to campus for an opportunity to meet with students. If you are a University or College representative, please go to RepVisits to schedule your appointment at your leisure. We look forward to seeing you in Zuoz.


Mrs Heather Thompson Cavalli  
T +41 81 851 3068
Fax +41 81 851 3033



We are a member of International ACAC

Admission & Acceptances

For admission to universities in Switzerland with the IB diploma, please refer to the following link:
Study in Switzerland with the IB Diploma

For admission to universities in Switzerland with the German Abitur, please refer to the following link:
For admission to universities in Germany with the IB diploma, please refer to the following link:

University Offers and Acceptances 2018
PDF  Zuoz Graduating Class 2018

University Acceptances 2013-2017
Our class of 2013 to 2017 students have been accepted or offered places at the following universities and colleges:
PDFUniversity Acceptances 2013-2017

Deadlines and Tests

Internal Deadlines for University Applications 2018/19

Universities of Oxford and Cambridge      8 October 2018
Early Action/Early Decision (USA) 20 October 2018 (depending on the university)
Regular application (USA) 20 November 2018
UK universities 5 December 2018
Swiss universities Submit as soon as applications open
German universities 1 February 2019 (depending on the university)


Standardised tests at the Lyceum Alpinum

The Lyceum Alpinum is now a test centre for three standardised tests:

1. SAT (

2. IELTS (

3. Oxbridge university entrance test

Students who are interested in studying in the United States are strongly advised to take the ACT and/or the SAT at the school. There are special tutorial groups in English and Maths to help students prepare for these tests.

The IELTS is an English test which is now recognised by higher education institutions all over the world.

The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is also an Oxbridge testing site. 

For more information on any of these tests please contact Mrs Heather Thompson Cavalli.

Some advice:

  • Decide which US or Canadian colleges you might be interested in and find out specifically what their standardized testing requirements are.
  • Create a timeline for yourself of test dates, registration deadlines and application deadlines. Do this as early as possible!
  • Register for tests early! There is no point in waiting until the day before registration closes when you could register today!

SAT+Writing** & SAT Subject Test dates 2018/19

Test Date Registration deadline
*November 3, 2018 (Subject Test only) October 5, 2018
*December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018
*June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019

*dates offered at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz

**Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz recommends that all students check with potential colleges whether they will require the additional Writing Option - Mrs Thompson Cavalli has a good list for reference


IELTS dates 2018/19

Test Date Registration Deadline
*November 17, 2018 September 21, 2018

*dates offered at Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz


Cambridge & Oxford University Exams/BMAT 2018/19

Test Date Registration Deadline
*October 31, 2018

Deadlines vary, please see Mr Malcolm Cunliffe

*dates offered at Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz