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Named after the two rivers that flow through it, the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Germany. In fact, it is one of the largest urban areas in Western Europe and is home to over 10 million people. Considered by some to be a ‘megacity’, in reality the region encompasses several German cities from Dortmund to Dusseldorf to Koln (Cologne) and Bonn, with many suburbs and towns in between. With such a large population, it should come as no surprise that the region has several international schools.

In terms of individual cities in the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area, Koln has the most international schools within its borders. Several schools are scattered between Dusseldorf and Essen, and two are located south of Bonn. Train and road infrastructure in the region is very good, so it is feasible to choose an international school outside of the city you live in. However, for convenience and a shorter commute, a school closer to your home may be a better choice.

While Europe in general is not cheap for international schooling, fees in Germany and in the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area are not as high as neighbouring countries such as Switzerland. The cost of living is also slightly cheaper in this region than in Germany’s larger cities like Berlin. While costs may be somewhat lower, the standard of education is just as good as anywhere else in Germany or Europe.

In terms of features, international schools in the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area have just about everything you would expect. Most schools teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and the language of instruction is usually English, with German also offered in some schools. Native English speaking teachers are common across schools, as are additional language classes other than English. If you intend to stay in Germany long-term, your child will have ample opportunity to learn German.

While Germany’s public school system is excellent, international schools are still a popular choice among locals as well as expats in the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area. Due to the smaller choice of schools on offer than in other German cities, competition for school places is possible. As the population of the region continues to grow, this could become more intense in the coming years.

As always, you should apply to your chosen school as far in advance as you can. You should also make sure all paperwork (visas, previous school grades, application forms and so on) are ready ahead of time. Many of the Rhine Ruhr Metropolitan Area’s international schools accept children from the ages of 2 or 3 for pre-school, so it’s never too early to think about applying!

Below, we have compiled the top 5 international schools in Dusseldorf-Cologne-Bonn according to our users. However, there are another 5 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 Dusseldorf-Cologne-Bonn based on your requirements.

Best 5 International Schools in Dusseldorf-Cologne-Bonn

Out of a total of 10 International Schools in Dusseldorf-Cologne-Bonn.

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

St. George's, The British International School Düsseldorf Rhein-Ruhr

St. George's, The British International School Düsseldorf Rhein-Ruhr empowers children to lead a life that makes a difference. St. George’s believes that school is a fundamental chapter in a lifetime of learning, and it’s their aim to make it an extraordinary one. For students aged from 2 to 18 years old.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

St. George's, The British International School Cologne

St. George's, The British International School Cologne empowers children to lead a life that makes a difference. St. George’s believes that school is a fundamental chapter in a lifetime of learning, and it’s their aim to make it an extraordinary one. For students aged from 2 to 18 years old and with boarding for pupils aged 14 - 18.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Cologne International School

Live Life, Love Learning
COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOl, a state-recognized independent and fully accredited IB World School, is accompanying around 475 students from 1st grade to graduation, in the current school year. On the international campus in the north of Cologne, students in grades 1 to 5 learn German/English bilingually according to our unique combination of the North Rhine-Westphalian curriculum and the international IB-PYP curriculum. Our bilingual International Secondary School supports students to acquire the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The learning opportunities of the innovative educational concept with a holistic approach focus on the individual development of the students. In addition, the school offers a flexible full-day program with early morning care starting at 7:30 a.m. and a wide range of after-school activities until 5:30 pm.
The small and modern boarding school, which is located on the school's campus, offers students from the age of 15 the opportunity to live in Cologne without family, in order to successfully complete their school career.
In the Fall, 2022, COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL moved to the new school campus at Butzweilerhof, a rapidly developing office and residential district close to the city with convenient transport links. The new 19,000 m² campus is sustainable and energy efficient, saving up to 30 tons of CO2 per year. A spacious courtyard with trees and “green areas” for spending quality time outdoors surrounds the school building.
Curriculum
IB, British, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

ISR International School on the Rhine, Düsseldorf

A passion for lifelong learning, a positive learning environment, and a determination to bring out the best in our students – this is what ISR International School on the Rhine stands and strives for. Therefore, we teach and learn according to our motto "It's cool to be good" and are committed to the guiding principle of enabling great minds and strong characters. With three educational institutions in Neuss, Düsseldorf and Meerbusch, ISR prepares more than 1,000 students from K through 12 for graduation in a multilingual and culturally diverse environment and prepares students for the world-wide renowned International Baccalaureate, which qualifies them for top universities in Germany and around the world. The international education at ISR as well as the continuous individual support enables the students to achieve their dreams. For a happy and fulfilled future for your child!
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

International School of Düsseldorf

Founded in 1968, the International School of Dusseldorf (ISD) is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school located in the heart of the international community of Düsseldorf. As one of the oldest and largest international schools in Germany, ISD offers national and international qualifications to around 1000 students from more than 54 countries.
The school has a proud history of helping young people realise their dreams and ambitions in all walks of life and in all parts of the world. ISD provides an outstanding education that prepares students to succeed and inspires them to make a difference; an education that equips them with the skills and abilities to meet the global challenges they face. ISD strives to provide each student with the individual support they need to thrive, discover joy in learning, become autonomous and intrinsically motivated, and ultimately become the architect of their own future.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

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