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Château d'Hauteville Press Kit

Pepperdine University Dedicated the New Switzerland Campus in July 2023

The Château d’Hauteville is a hub for global learning and cultural exchange



Nestled in the hills above Vevey, Switzerland, with unparalleled views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, the historic Château d'Hauteville is Pepperdine's newest international campus and a dynamic expansion of Pepperdine's global impact. One of the region's largest and most prestigious properties, the château features 58,547 square feet of living space and will be the home to more than 100 Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff each semester.

The château's estate comprises approximately 90 acres (or 36.7 hectares). Of those 90 acres, 67 acres is the approximate area of the farmland on the estate. Hundred-year-old trees, picturesque pathways, vineyards, French-style formal gardens, stone-carved fountains, and woodland forests surround the grounds, providing an optimal environment for students and visitors to experience the peaceful surroundings, reflect on their academic studies, and be inspired to make a difference with their lives.

Read the campus dedication press release

Media Contacts

Michael Friel 
Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations

Elyse Jankowski 
Associate Director of Communications and Public Relations


Facts and Features


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80 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students per semester on average

Living Space
58,547 sq. ft.

90 acres (67 of which are farmland)


Main building: classrooms, lounges, student kitchen, grand salon, library, and cellar

Exterior structures: grand cobblestone courtyard, two-story orangerie, barn, pavilion, greenhouse, gardener's house, and gatehouse

Grounds: French-style gardens, vineyards, orchards, forests, tree-lined pathways, stream, and vegetable garden


All new utilities, student residence rooms, commercial kitchen and dining room, new roofs and windows, new information technology infrastructure, restored facades, and more

Academic Courses

French language, world civilizations, earth science, Christianity and culture, farming, plants and the environment, sociology, foreign policy, and alternative dispute resolution

Global Engagement

World-class venue for retreats, conferences, and lectures on topics of global significance

Fun Facts

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The estate is designated by Switzerland as a Class 1 Historic Site.

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The campus is heated by a sustainable wood chip system.

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The campus will become 100% organic working farmland.

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A train stop across the street from campus provides public transportation and eliminates students’ need for private vehicles.



Media Assets



Giving Opportunities

For information on naming and funding opportunities, contact Kathy Walecki, executive assistant to the chancellor, at 310.506.4443 or email.