International Education in Geneva
Did you know that Switzerland is the home of the International Baccalaureate Organization? The international education foundation, and the globally popular school curriculum it created, was established in Geneva in 1968. Today you’ll find some of the best-regarded international schools in Europe, and arguably in the world, in this beautiful lakeside city.
Geneva doesn’t have the largest number of international schools in a Swiss city - that title goes to Zurich. However the quality on offer is equally good, and prices are marginally cheaper. Before you jump for joy however, know that Switzerland is still the most expensive country in Europe for international education. It’s also one of the most expensive countries in the world for school fees (with USA and China). So if your budget is restricted, Geneva may not be the best choice.
Although you will pay above the average no matter which international school you choose, what you will get in return is a sky high standard of education. It’s difficult to find an international school in Geneva that won’t exceed your expectations. All have stellar facilities, a high calibre of teaching staff, extensive extra curricular activities and impressive performance results.
The International Baccalaureate is still the most popular curriculum in Geneva’s international schools. However the British, French and Swiss national curricula are all strongly represented too. Which one you choose will depend entirely on your family’s preferences and needs. If you plan on staying in Switzerland long-term you may prefer to enrol your child in the Swiss curriculum; if you plan on moving to another country in future, the IB is easily transferable.
There are international schools scattered throughout Geneva city, with more a short distance away along the Northern bank of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman). As the city is surrounded by mountains, green spaces and of course the lake, there will always be plenty of opportunities for your child to experience the natural beauty Switzerland is famous for.
With four national languages in Switzerland, any international school in Geneva will emphasise linguistics. The language of instruction will match whichever curriculum you choose (IB is taught through English). As Geneva is located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, French is generally offered as an additional language.
If a high standard of living, excellent public amenities, stunning surroundings and promising employment opportunities are what you’re looking for in your new expat home, Geneva is the place to be. And if you choose to move your family with you, your children’s education needs will be more than covered.
Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Geneva. However, there are another 10 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 Geneva based on your requirements.