Best 10 International Schools in Barcelona

International Education in Barcelona

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It’s easy to see why Barcelona is a popular choice for expats. Sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, it offers year-round good weather and sunshine. It’s bordered by beaches on one side and lush hills on the other, and within the city itself there’s a wealth of culture, art, history and more to discover. And besides all that, who could resist the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle?

However, the public school system is not the easiest for expats to navigate. It can be difficult for non-native children to get places in public schools due to overcrowding and complicated lottery systems, among other reasons. The language of instruction in most public schools in Barcelona is also Catalan, not Spanish, which is another hurdle for many expat families.

Thankfully, there is a wide range of international schools in Barcelona to choose from instead. You’ll find a mixture of European curricula to choose from including French, German, Swiss and British, along with plenty of schools offering the International curriculum. In fact, several schools actually offer more than one.

The language of instruction usually matches the curriculum, with international curricula usually offered in English. However, international schools are obliged by law to teach Spanish, Catalan or both as additional languages. Since a lot of international schools in Barcelona have a high percentage of local students, learning the local languages can help your child make new friends as well as develop their linguistic skills.

Barcelona’s international schools tend to be clustered around the upscale neighbourhoods of Sarria and Pedralbes. However, other smaller cities in Catalonia like Sitges, La Garriga and Sabadell are home to some of the best known international schools in Europe. All have good transport links and easy commute times to and from Barcelona, so it’s worth expanding your search if this is a feasible option for you.

In general Barcelona’s international schools are small. It’s rare for classes to have more than 25 students. The majority of schools have a few hundred pupils in total, although there are a small number of large schools.

The school day starts around 8.30 am and finishes at around 4pm. Younger students usually finish earlier, but have the option of extra curricular activities, school clubs or supervised homework time until late afternoon.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Barcelona. However, there are another 26 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Barcelona based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Barcelona

Out of a total of 36 International Schools in Barcelona.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Benjamin Franklin International School

A truly International American school in Barcelona.
Curriculum
IB, American, Spanish
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €12,400
to: €18,400
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St. George Barcelona

We are a private British school, located in the upper side of Barcelona city, with classes from 2 to 18 years of age. We have students from more than 40 different nationalities who from the first day, learn English with native teachers.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,730
to: €12,830
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ISCAT International School of Catalunya

The International School of Catalunya is a coeducational British Day School. We provide students aged 3-18 with a formal British education following the British National Curriculum, the portal to study across the UK, USA, Spain and the rest of the world.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €7,350
to: €13,650
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(4 reviews)
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English School Barcelona

The emotional education, high academic level, creativity
Multilingualism
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
This school does not make their fees public.
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Agora International School Barcelona

Project based on language immersion, multicultural experiences and the development of strategies and skills to allow our students be the rulers of their future and communicate successfully in an increasingly globalised world.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Catalan, Spanish
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Santa Clara International School

Global education with personalized learning based on the Spanish International Baccalaureate
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Deutsche Schule Barcelona

The German School Barcelona - founded in 1894 - is an independent school accredited and supported by the Federal Republic of Germany. It offers an inclusive and modern educational programme from kindergarten up to the German International Abitur. We embrace out tricultural environment and strive to provide our students both with a local as well as an international perspective.
Curriculum
German
Language of instruction
German
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,750
to: €5,000
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ES International School - Barcelona Campus

ES International School was founded in 1999 and offers an independent, coeducational, American Elementary, Middle, and Senior High School program located in Barcelona, Spain. It is the objective of our school to provide students with an excellent academic and athletic experience which prepares them for the challenges of today’s world. All students receive individual attention, close academic guidance and personal counseling, in order to ensure both the acquisition of academic competencies and the development of individual strengths and talents. Students follow an American academic program, but also benefit from the multitude of cultures represented by their teachers and fellow students.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €10,950
to: €13,400
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Gresol International-American School

Gresol International-American School is a private coeducational day school, following an International-American curriculum, for students from three to eighteen years of age. English is the main medium of teaching and students graduate trilingual.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,510
to: €7,140
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Curriculum
IB, Spanish
Languages of instruction
English, Catalan, Spanish
Ages
3 to 16
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €6,180
to: €7,570
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