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As the de facto capital of the European Union, it’s no surprise that Brussels has a thriving expat community. However many global institutions are based in Belgium’s capital too, so it’s not just a European melting pot - it’s a meeting point of cultures from all over the planet.

As you may expect, this level of diversity in a political and economic centre means there is a wide choice of international schools to choose from in Brussels.

You can expect the student body of any international school in this city to be multinational. Local Belgian students will be a minority almost everywhere. Because of this, the International Baccalaureate is the most common curriculum on offer. It’s followed closely by French and British curricula, and then others from around the rest of Europe.

There is a strong emphasis on languages among international schools in Brussels. Multiple languages of instruction are offered across all schools, with English being the most common. Of course French, Dutch and German - Belgium’s three official languages - follow close behind.

An entrance assessment is usually required if your child does not speak a language offered by the school. Language camps are a regular feature in the extra-curricular programs of most international schools in Belgium however. Your child will catch up fast if they need to!

As for locations, there are clusters of international schools in Etterbeek, Tervuren and Wezembeek-Oppen, all a short distance east of the city centre, including around Montgomery near the European Commission. Further outside the city centre, there are a selection of schools in the south in Uccle and Waterloo.

School bus services are commonly offered, despite Brussels’ very good public transport system and relatively small size. Class sizes are also very small - it’s not unusual to have less than 20 students per class. Numbers do vary from school to school however.

International schools throughout Europe offer very high standards of education, and Brussels is no different. Unfortunately, that means they come with high fees and sometimes strict criteria for entry. If you have looked at international schools in other countries, then none of it will come as a surprise. If you haven’t, then be prepared for lots of paperwork, possible interviews and entrance exams.

Finally, it’s worth noting that religious schools are popular in Brussels. They typically follow a Catholic framework, but this doesn’t mean your child must follow Catholicism to attend. Some schools may offer religious lessons, some may just have a religious-inspired ethos, and some may be more like the traditional religious schools you’ve seen and heard of. There is usually no difference in the curricula or standards of education they offer.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Brussels. However, there are another 18 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 Brussels based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Brussels

Out of a total of 28 International Schools in Brussels.

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

Recommended Schools

The International School of Brussels

Since 1951, the International School of Brussels (ISB) has delivered high quality education to students from countries around the world. Today, with 1350 students aged 3-18, it is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier international schools.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €19,955
to: €43,065

Montgomery International School Brussels

EIM offers a choice between an Anglophone or a Bilingual English-French programme in the primary and secondary section.
A dedicated, international staff who use inquiry-based pedagogy in small classrooms with an average of 15 students per group.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €21,292
to: €27,062
Reviews
(7 reviews)

French International School of Brussels

The mission of EFI Brussels is to offer an education of excellence in a privileged and dynamic environment, where students of all nationalities share the joys of learning.
Curriculum
International, French
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €9,200
to: €9,990
Reviews
(1 review)

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Bogaerts International School

Bogaerts International School is a vibrant, internationally-minded, family-oriented K-12 school located in Le Domaine Latour de Freins (Uccle). This area is classed as semi-urban, and has a natural green area. The school is located at the doorstep of Brussels, but the campus itself is a quiet and secluded wooded area. This gives you access to some of the most enriching culture in Europe while maintaining a pleasant and safe learning environment for your child. We pride ourselves in being able to offer a high-quality education to a diverse community of students, representing both local Belgian families and families from the world over.
Stemming from Bogaerts Education, founded in 1970 by Rodolphe Bogaerts, B.I.S. is the only IB Continuum World School in Brussels, offering a continuum of three programmes of education: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). Our learning community represents over 45 nations, each one in the halls of our campus through our curriculum and events.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: €9,550
to: €19,600

International Montessori Schools

Individualised education, stimulating learning environments, beautiful buildings and playgrounds, reciprocal relationships with teachers, catering to different learning styles and helping every child to develop the different intelligences and reach their true potential
Curriculum
IB, Montessori
Languages of instruction
English, French
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €16,460
to: €22,060
Reviews
(1 review)

The British Junior Academy of Brussels

Our mission is to deliver a broad and balanced education, which enables the individual child to develop to his or her maximum potential, in a dynamic and caring environment.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €17,034
to: €23,690

ISF Waterloo International School

ISF Waterloo is a small school which is truly international. We focus on the student in small class sizes and prepare students to be confident learners and responsible citizens of the future. We are also a Council of International School Member.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €12,400
to: €21,210
Reviews
(1 review)

ISF Tervuren International School

International accredited programmes in English, small classes ensuring individual development. Encouraging creativity and out of the box thinking to develop respectful, responsible and self confident young people. Natural, green open space playgrounds.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €12,400
to: €18,420

The Courtyard International School of Tervuren

We are an international, bilingual primary school (2yrs-11), where children follow the bilingual education in two of: English - French - Dutch.
Our school is located on the beautiful National Heritage farm of Hof te Oudevoorde, in Tervuren and from the first Earliest Years, the academic programme includes outdoor forest school and farm school classes that blend seamlessly with the active learning aspect of the academic programme. Children’s needs are at the heart of all we aim to do and providing outstanding pastoral care is paramount. The joy of learning and developing as bilinguals, the fun of childhood exploration and caring for others and the environment are central to all we do.
We aim to provide warm school community where every child is encouraged to do their best, be a part of the local community and to engage pro-actively with the wider world. We warmly welcome both local and international children between the ages of 2-11 to join either our English/Dutch or English/French or Dutch/French dual language programmes.
The primary school prepares pupils for entry into local or international schools (in English, Dutch or French), giving them a wonderful head start as bilingual language learners. It will also, on request, prepare students for Common Entrance and scholarship exams for British public schools. With our focus on the ecology of childhood and the development of the 'whole child', it goes without saying that character-building and the creation self-confidence run though The Courtyard's DNA.
We are only 15-20 minutes from the Brussels EU Commission sites, NATO, Leuven and Waterloo, yet it feels like we're in the heart of the rolling countryside, surrounded as we are by fresh air, rolling meadows, abundant wildlife and farm animals. We are also situated on the edge of the UNESCO Sonian Forest and by the Park of Tervuren (https://www.natuurenbos.be/parktervuren) with all the resources that they offer creative teachers and students. The Courtyard is a forward-looking international school with a village-school feel. It has a warm, home-from-home atmosphere and an excellent academic programme.
Curriculum
International
Languages of instruction
English, Dutch, French
Ages
2 to 15
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: €11,000
to: €21,000
Reviews
(2 reviews)

European School of Bruxelles-Argenteuil

We follow the European School System, offer International Baccalaureate as well as European Baccalaureate.
We are taking good care of each student individually.
We include each week many outdoor activities and are located in a beautiful green area.
We offer Arts&crafts, sewing, textile, woodwork, cooking classes etc...
Curriculum
IB, Montessori, European
Languages of instruction
English, French, Italian, Swedish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €13,750
to: €21,450

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