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Hangzhou is a well known tourist city in the Zhejiang province of China. Thanks to its waterside setting, rich history, thriving business community and excellent university, it attracts a growing expat community. For families arriving in the city, there is also a selection of top notch international schools.

It’s a well known fact that China’s education standards are top of the class. Although schools in Chinese cities like Hangzhou are known for being very strict and even more competitive, there’s no denying that they produce great results year after year. Students who attend schools and universities here are well prepared for impressive professional careers.

Like any city in China, international schools in Hangzhou are not cheap. Although school fees here don’t quite match the sky high costs of cities like Shanghai or Beijing, they’re not too far behind. China is, after all, one of the most expensive countries in the world for international education.

Also like the rest of China, Hangzhou’s international schools favour the International Baccalaureate, and the British and American curricula the most. Many schools offer a choice of two however; usually Chinese and either the IB or the curriculum of the country the schools is affiliated with.

Whether you choose the Chinese curriculum for your child or not, they will still learn plenty about Chinese history and culture. The majority of international schools in Hangzhou will work these topics into school life in a variety of ways, from celebrating Chinese New Year to offering Chinese language classes and everything in between.

You can expect fierce competition for places in all of Hangzhou’s international schools. Although it’s not quite the same level of competition that you’ll see in Shanghai or Beijing, the demand still far outweighs the supply. Waiting lists, aptitude tests and interviews will be standard in most if not all schools. You should apply even earlier than you think is necessary - a minimum of one year in advance.

Once your child wins their coveted spot however, what can they expect? For a start, native English speaking teachers are everywhere in Hangzhou’s international schools. The student body is usually a broad mix of nationalities, with a small minority of local Chinese students (if any).

International schools in China are highly regarded for good reason, and Hangzhou is no different. The campuses are huge, spacious and packed with facilities. From sports grounds to recreation areas to high-tech classrooms, they come with all sorts of bells and whistles. As well as that, class sizes are small so you can be sure your child gets the attention they need.

Below, we have compiled the top 5 international schools in Hangzhou according to our users. However, there are another 6 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 Hangzhou based on your requirements.

Best 5 International Schools in Hangzhou

Out of a total of 11 International Schools in Hangzhou.

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

BASIS International School Hangzhou

In the fall of 2018, BASIS International School Hangzhou opened its door. Located in Qianjiang New Town, the frontline of international development in Hangzhou, it is blessed with beautiful scenery in proximity to Qianjiang River and the economic strength of a central business district.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元187,700
to: 元249,200

Wahaha International School

Wahaha International School (WIS) provides a caring and supportive learning environment with a culture that encourages students to ask questions, be innovative, and make mistakes, while respectfully accepting each individual for who they are. WIS cultivates responsible, independent, lifelong learners with good character, empathy and leadership qualities. Wahaha International School (WIS) is a non-profit, English-language immersion international school located in Hangzhou, currently serving students in Kindergarten through Grade 10, with high school within the next couple years.
Curriculum
IB, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 15
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元0
to: 元160,000

Huili School Hangzhou

Huili School Hangzhou is an educational partnership between Wellington College and the China Xiaoshan Science and Technology Polis. It aspires to create a caring, bilingual community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing global society.
Curriculum
British, Chinese
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Hangzhou International School

Hangzhou International School is a non-profit IB World school which provides a rigorous, high-caliber academic program for all ages of international students. HIS is an inclusive community-centered school. HIS is the longest serving international school in Hangzhou and is the only WASC internationally accredited and IB authorized school in Zhejiang Province.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元185,000
to: 元237,500

Wellington College International Hangzhou

The Wellington Values are courage, respect, iIntegrity, kindness and responsibility. These values continue to underpin the conversations we have with pupils, the messaging we give in assemblies, and are embedded at the heart of our rewards and sanctions at the College. They encapsulate how we want Wellingtonians to be.
Whereas the Wellington Values are sought in Wellingtonians before they even join the College, and will be reinforced and communicated throughout their time as pupils here, the Wellington Identities are what we want all Wellingtonians to be and to become. They are inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. We hope that as they leave the College as Old Wellingtonians, all our pupils will be role-models of these five characteristics, which describe the Wellington identity.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 15
This school does not make their fees public.

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