Activities Programme

Staying healthy and active outside of the classroom has a longstanding tradition at Institut Montana. We take advantage of our pre-alpine location to offer diverse and balanced opportunities in sports, culture, arts and outdoor activities.

Our activities programme facilitates team building and teaches confidence, responsibility and time management. It serves to create a balance and break from academic study and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Students discover their strengths, learn people skills, develop their self-esteem, and of course, have fun.

Activities take place after classes on school day afternoons, and throughout the weekend.

Many of our activities are organised in a club system. All are open to both day and boarding students. Boarding students are required to take part in a minimum number of activity credits per week, depending on their age group.

As a part of the extracurricular activity programme, we have a Model United Nations society​, the Montana MUN (MMUN). The MMUN meets on a weekly basis, attends international conferences in - among other places - Paris, Berlin and in the UN buildings in Geneva, and annually hosts its own MUN conference. It educates students about global affairs and raises awareness of current issues. Through optional attendance of international MUN conferences our students form international connections and enhance their international experience. The MUN programme is also an excellent preparation for university, enhancing students’ skills in presentation, argumentation and debate.

The next Model United Nations conference takes place on the 3 November 2018 on the Zugerberg. 

Further information about Montana Model United Nations you can find here

Sports & Outdoor Activities

Our activities team organises a variety of on and off campus activities attuned to the season.

Students take advantage of our gym, football pitch, beach volleyball and tennis courts, ice rink, basketball court and fitness rooms.

Depending on snow conditions, the Zugerberg serves as an excellent location for cross-country skiing, sledging and beginner skiing/snowboarding. Every winter weekend, our students also have the opportunity to go skiing/snowboarding in larger resorts. Ski and snowboard equipment rental and professional tuition for beginners and intermediates is organised as required.

In warmer seasons students can often be found mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming in the lake, taking part in survival expeditions or hiking.

Our school teams take part in a variety of interschool competitions, such as those of the SGIS, in team and individual sports.

Arts & Culture

Arts and cultural activities often take centre stage at our school. Students can take part in school theatre and musical productions and we offer classes and individual lessons in dance, digital photography, a variety of instruments and singing.

We profit from the vast cultural and artistic offer of Zug, Zurich and Lucerne on regular weekend trips, including visits to museums, concerts and ballet performances. We also host concerts by external artists.

Our students write, design and produce their own magazine, the Montana Monthly, in which they discuss topics of global as well as school importance.


We encourage students to take part in our community service programme. We work together with multiple charities in the region, and also offer opportunities for service on campus.

Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme are required to engage in community service as part of the CAS requirement. While their commitments must be self-initiated, our CAS coordinator supports their projects in coming to fruition and becoming meaningful experiences.

Montana Summer Sessions

Here you can find further information about our Montana Summer Sessions


Activities & Clubs – Selective Overview

Examples our Sports & Outdoor Activities (seasonal*)

  • American Football

  • Basketball (indoor/outdoor)

  • Cross-country skiing*

  • Fencing

  • Fitness (2 fitness rooms)

  • Football (indoor/outdoor)

  • Ice-hockey*

  • Jogging*

  • Mountain Biking

  • Ski & snowboard*

  • Sledging*

  • Survival Expeditions

  • Tennis*

  • Uni-hockey

  • Volleyball*

Examples of our Arts & Cultural Activities

  • Art & Drawing classes

  • Cultural trips

  • Dance

  • Digital Photography & Design

  • Instrumental & Vocal Tuition

  • Student-Run Newspaper

  • Theatre & Musical Production

Examples from the Services Programme

  • Green Montana Initiative

  • Student Café (in the making)

  • Buddy Programme & External Mentoring