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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!

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Best 5 International Schools in Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region

Out of a total of 10 International Schools in Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

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

SBW International School Ruhr, Essen

The International School Ruhr is an English-speaking private day school that has been based in the heart of Essen for 11 years, in the Ruhr area. It follows the school concept of SBW Haus des Lernens Holding AG, a leading Swiss private educational institution.
ISR's team of experienced international teachers attaches great emphasis on the importance to deliver the high expectations of parents with the personal and academic success of each of its so-called learning partners. By nurturing its very youngest childrens’ talent and their inquisitive young minds during their pre-school years, learning partners accomplish academic success in the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP) as they conclude their life at ISR.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Cologne International School

Cologne International School is a state-approved IB World School offering high-quality bilingual, international education from primary through to the IB Diploma or Abitur.
CIS offers two learning paths across three school forms – from first grade through graduation:
Bilingual Primary School: A bilingual primary education in German and English for grades 1-4, using a unique combination of the NRW-state primary curriculum and the IB Primary Years Programme.
1. International Secondary School: An English-language program for grades 5-12, following the IB and Cambridge Secondary I curricula. Students work towards the Cambridge IGCSE qualifications in grade 10 and the IB Diploma in grade 12.
2. Gymnasium bilingual: A German-language NRW-state-approved program with an extensive focus on English for grades 5-13. Students acquire the middle school qualification (Mittlerer Schulabschluss) in grade 10 and the Abitur in grade 13.
Curriculum
IB, British, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

BilinGo Schools, Cologne

As a privately owned Ersatzschule, BilinGo Schools follow the NRW curriculum which BilinGo expands with its bilingual concept. Classes are taught in German (50%) and in English (50%). The German class teachers are supported by English native speakers so the students experience the English language as something used in daily interactions.
Curriculum
German, International
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
3 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.

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.

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