Best 5 International Schools in Berlin

International Education in Berlin

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There is no other city that better represents modern Europe than Berlin. Home to people from all walks of life, with a thriving nightlife and cultural scene, the expat experience in Germany’s capital is hard to beat.

For expat families, bars and nightclubs may not top the list of ‘must haves’. But Berlin has just as much to offer parents and children. One of the many benefits of moving here is a choice of excellent international schools.

The public school system in Germany comes very highly regarded. Its standards are set and upheld at individual state level, and international schools are subject to the same standards and requirements. Any of Berlin’s international schools will provide your child with a top tier, well-rounded education. Schools affiliated with the Association of German International Schools or the Council of International Schools - or both! - are the ones to look out for especially.

As a major capital city of Europe, you’ll hear many languages on Berlin’s streets and in its international schools. Bilingual teaching is a common feature - teaching is usually offered through English, German or sometimes both. The International Baccalaureate curriculum along with the German and British curricula tend to be the most common, but you can find schools teaching curricula from just about anywhere else in the world, too.

A unique feature of international schools in Germany is that they often don’t have fixed fees. In most other countries around the world, you’ll pay a monthly or yearly tuition fee that is usually the same for everyone. In Germany however the fees you pay will be based on your gross family income, up to a certain maximum fee which changes per school.

Fees are calculated using various methods; some schools use a percentage of your income or a sliding scale, for example. If you would rather not have to disclose or justify your income, some schools will provide an option to pay the maximum, fixed fee instead.

Many international schools in Berlin are relatively new compared to other cities with well-established expat communities. They also tend to have a higher than average percentage of local students; in many schools, the most common nationality of students is German. For some this may take away from the multicultural aspect of international schooling somewhat, but on the other hand, it also makes it easier for international children to integrate into their new city and country.

Due to the up and coming nature of the international school scene in Berlin, as well as the higher proportion of local students, many parents note that there is a more welcoming, no-fuss atmosphere here than in other cities.

Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Berlin. However, there are another 13 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 Berlin based on your requirements.

Best 5 International Schools in Berlin

Out of a total of 18 International Schools in Berlin.

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

Berlin International School

Berlin International School is a leading, non-profit day school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 6 to 18 in the greater Berlin and Brandenburg areas. BIS is an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School as well as an official exam center of Cambridge University and Collegeboard (USA) and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the U.S. Furthermore, BIS is also officially approved by the Departments of Education of the city of Berlin as Grundschule und integrierte Sekundarschule mit gymnasialer Oberstufe.
BIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. The students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at BIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €11,620
to: €17,100
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Nelson Mandela School

The Nelson Mandela School is a public (state-funded) international school in Berlin,
Nelson Mandela School provides quality bilingual education to children from a wide variety of backgrounds. English and German are the school’s official languages, but NMS does not stop at introducing its students just to German and Anglo-American values and traditions. As a truly international school and a member of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASP), it is the school's business to acquaint its students with as many different aspects of life on this planet as possible – and to enable them to make a positive difference wherever they go. Being named after Mr. Mandela, sub-Saharan Africa in general and South Africa in particular have a special place in the school's hearts, and NMS tries and lets that show wherever and whenever it can – be it in the school's classrooms or beyond. As a community-oriented school, NMS also co-operates intensively with a large number of local partners beyond the school gates here in Berlin – thinking globally and acting locally. Within the school, NMS fosters the idea of the school community wherever it can. Co-operation between students, staff and parents is intensive on all levels.
Curriculum
IB, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: €0
to: €0
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Swiss International School - Berlin

The SIS Swiss International School community of students, parents and teachers is made up of a variety of nationalities and backgrounds. We are pleased to welcome local children as well as the children of internationally mobile families. We offer students a diverse and engaging school environment that simultaneously fosters an awareness of the wider world and a relationship to their immediate environment. Our intention is that SIS students graduate as ‘global citizens’ with a strong sense of their origins.
English and German play equal roles in school communication. As a result, children learn to express themselves naturally and confidently in both languages.
The teaching philosophy at SIS Swiss International School is non-ideological, but founded on clearly defined core values. We strive to embody the values we seek to impart on our students: honesty, respect, appreciation, personal responsibility and integrity.
Curriculum
IB, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €8,760
to: €13,280
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Berlin Brandenburg International School

The Berlin Brandenburg International School is special – it is one of very few schools worldwide exclusively offering all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization. In addition, BBIS provides boarding facilities for students from grades 9-12. BBIS sees inclusive and individual education as the best basis for lifelong learning, success and happiness. 21st century skills like critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies are key to its curricula.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €12,400
to: €19,600
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Berlin Bilingual School

welcoming, friendly community, excellent student-teacher, parent-teacher relationship, good working climate, social structures, non-violent communication, parent initiative founded school, parent involvement, affordable
Curriculum
German, International
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €3,000
to: €5,130
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