International schools in Germany

International schools in Germany

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If you're living in Germany, here is a list of international schools in Germany to enrol your child into the education system in Germany.

If you're moving to Germany with children in tow, you'll find many quality local German schools as well as a number of private and international schools in Germany catering to the needs of expat children and international education.

Most international schools in Germany have small class sizes, excellent facilities and very high educational standards. They follow internationally recognised programmes leading to qualifications that are accepted by universities worldwide. They may be nursery, primary and secondary. They are mostly day schools although some offer boarding, and use various teaching methods including Montessori.

Lessons in most German international schools are taught in English but some schools are bilingual, most commonly English/German and French/German but there are also schools that are bilingual Italian/German, Spanish/German, Czech/German and Japanese/German.

The best schools are affiliated with the Association of German International Schools or accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) or the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC).

This guide answers some FAQs about international schools in Germany:

  • What you need to know about international schools in Germany:
  • Should you enrol your child in an international school?
  • International qualifications and education on offer.
  • How to enrol into an international school.
  • List of top international schools in Germany.


Should you choose an international school in Germany?

International schools can be an excellent option for children who have already started school back home so they can continue with a familiar curriculum taught in a language they understand. This can be particularly important for older children who have difficult classes. International schools are also great for expats who move around a lot as standards at international schools are similar across the world which allows a smooth transition from a school in one country to another. Going to an international school also gives students the opportunity to meet and make friends with people of many different cultures and nationalities. This includes Germans, as many international schools in Germany have a substantial number of native students wanting an English language education.

Admission procedures vary from school to school but it is advised to apply as soon as possible as there are often waiting lists, although you might be able to gain admission part way through a year as the student population in international schools can be transient. For more information on choosing and applying to international schools in Germany, see Expatica's complete guide to schools in Germany: local, private, bilingual and international schools in Germany.

International education on offer at Germany’s schools: Exams and diplomas

Most of the international schools in Germany offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years, Middle Years, Career-related and most commonly the IB Diploma. Some offer the UK-based International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the US-based High School Diploma/Advanced Placement (AP) and occasionally the German Abitur.

A common combination is the IGCSE followed by the IB Diploma. A few international schools are regulated by foreign education systems, for example the French school Lycée Jean Renoir in Munich and the Japanese school in Hamburg.

The International Baccalaureate diploma (IB)

Some 3,000 schools in more than 143 countries offer the IB diploma, which is aimed at students aged 16–19 years and recognised internationally. The diploma requires students to study six subjects over two years, as well as take an additional course in philosophy (‘theory of knowledge’ or TOK), contribute to a creativity, activity and service (CAS) programme, and write an extended 4,000-word essay.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and GCE A Levels

The IGCSE is an UK-based qualification administered by different exam boards such as London (Edexcel) or Cambridge. It is equivalent to school years 10 and 11. IGCSE requires students to study and take exams across a range of subjects including maths, English, sciences and humanities.

High School Diploma and Advanced Placement courses

Some schools offer US-based program leading to the High School Diploma, include preparation for the College Board SAT exams and students can choose from a selection of Advanced Placement classes for university entrance.

Top international schools in Germany

Berlin

 

Bonn

 

Bremen

 

Cologne

 

Dresden

 

Düsseldorf

 

Erlangen

 

Frankfurt

 

Gersthofen

 

Haimhausen

 

Hamburg

 

Hannover

 

Heidelberg

 

Kandern

 

Leipzig

 

Munich

 

Neu-Ulm

 

Neuss

 

Stuttgart

 

Weimar

 

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Mark posted:

    on 31st July 2016, 14:22:45 - Reply

    Hello,
    I have been looking for Schools in Germany that offer A levels or AP. And i have been able to find no school that offers A levels and only one that offers AP. Most schools offer IB, ehich i am not interested in. Could anyone please help me find a school that offers A levels or AP? This is a very crucial time for me. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could help me.
    Thankyou.

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  • D.G. posted:

    on 22nd July 2012, 01:31:26 - Reply

    International School Mainfranken
    Cuspinianstraße 3
    97509 Kolitzheim/ Unterspiesheim
  • lilian posted:

    on 20th March 2012, 10:47:58 - Reply

    The International School Münster has opened it's doors in March 2012.
    Info and admission via www.ismuenster.de

    ISM
    Gronowskistrasse 1
    48161 Muenster- Gievenbeck
    Nordrhein Westfalen
    Germany