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Known as China’s Silicon Valley, Shenzhen has been growing exponentially since the 1980s. Sitting between Hong Kong and mainland China, tech graduates and global corporate executives alike are drawn to this economic, financial, logistics and research hub by the millions.

Like the rest of China’s megacities, Shenzhen has no shortage of expats and no shortage of international schools. 16 new international schools were due to open in 2020 alone, with many more planned for the coming years.

Despite the steady supply however, international school fees in Shenzhen remain among the highest in the world. If you’re relocating to the city for work with a large multinational company, it’s highly likely that these fees will be covered in your relocation package. If not, let’s just say you may find paying for an international school challenging.

Foreign-owned international schools in Shenzhen are not allowed to admit Chinese students, unless they have recently returned from abroad or unless one parent has a foreign passport. So it’s unlikely that the student body in your chosen international school will have any local students.

However, Chinese-owned public or private schools can admit non-Chinese students, and many have set up international streams to cater for this. While some do teach an international curriculum through English, they are not the same as the ‘traditional’ international schools you may be familiar with.

The facilities, student performance and education standards at Shenzhen’s international schools are excellent. While there may be 1000 or more students in a school, class sizes are not necessarily large at 25 students or less per class. Native English-speaking teachers are commonplace and the majority of schools have extensive extracurricular programs.

The school day in Shenzhen starts at 8am and finishes up at 3pm or 4pm. Most schools offer a bus service to take students to and from the main residential areas in Shenzhen. International schools in the city tend to be located in or close to the popular expat areas like Shejou and Luohu anyway, so your child shouldn’t have a tough commute.

If need be, many of Shenzhen’s international schools cater for children from kindergarten age and up. If your child attends the kindergarten section of an international school, it may be slightly easier to win them a place - or at the very least a place on the waiting list - for the primary and secondary sections of the school.

China is known for its outstanding performance in education. It may have the most expensive international schools in the world, but it also has some of the best. So no matter which international school your child attends in Shenzhen, they’ll be very well prepared for further education in the best universities in the world.

Below, we have compiled the top 10 international schools in Shenzhen according to our users. 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 Shenzhen based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Shenzhen

Out of a total of 20 International Schools in Shenzhen.

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

Shekou International School

Shekou International School (SIS) is the first private, co- educational, not-for-profit school in Shenzhen. Established in Shekou, Nanshan District in 1988, SIS serves students in Nursery through Grade 12 (ages 2-18) on the Jingshan, the Bay and the Net Valley campuses.
SIS has long been at the forefront of international education for expatriate children in the region. The school currently enrols more than 1100 students representing more than 40 countries. SIS provides a holistic education in a caring community and inspires our students to become principled, innovative contributors in a transforming world.
Curriculum
IB, German, French
Languages of instruction
English, French, German
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元168,000
to: 元278,000

International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen is accredited by the Department of Education, New Brunswick, Canada and a full IB World School.
Curriculum
IB, Canadian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元209,000
to: 元254,000

Merchiston International School

Merchiston International School in Shenzhen is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, a top-ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK with a glorious history of over 185 years. MIS is also the first international school in Shenzhen providing a British international education and boarding system.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元200,000
to: 元370,000

Harrow Shenzhen

Harrow Shenzhen is designed to cater to a maximum capacity of 800 students with outstanding facilities for an Early Years to Sixth Form school with boarding. The campus connects Harrow’s values with Qianhai’s spirit. As an inner-city site, the school has a lawn area where the main sports grounds and outdoor activity spaces are located, ensuring the whole campus will have a vibrant atmosphere. The British garden landscaping is inspired by the setting of Harrow School in London.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 16
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元284,300
to: 元338,000

Buena Vista Concordia International School

Buena Vista Concordia is an American-style school using Common Core and California State Standards. We are a 1-to-1 Device Campus (tablets for K-4 and laptops for 5-8). Teachers are hired from all over the world and bring a unique, global perspective to the learning environment.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 14
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元188,000
to: 元188,000
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QSI International School of Shenzhen

QSI believes that everybody can be successful in the right environment; by providing a non-competitive environment paired with a wide variety of elective programs, QSI graduates are highly-educated, well rounded, positive individuals that are poised for success.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Shen Wai International School

Shen Wai International School is an IB Continuum and CIS/WASC accredited school.
It serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元121,400
to: 元218,500

Shenzhen Foreign Languages GBA Academy

Shenzhen Foreign Languages GBA Academy (SGA) is the perfect place for young people to learn and succeed. As a flagship IB integrated government school with a world-class faculty and a state-of-the-art campus, we are an international community built on a solid foundation of traditional Chinese values. When subjects capture a young person’s imagination, learning becomes an adventure.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.

Recognise International Academy

Recognise International Academy, established in 2009, is an international school in Shekou, Shenzhen, China. RIA believes that a higher quality educational experience can be achieved by keeping a school community small.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 16
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元141,000
to: 元141,000

Shenzhen International Foundation College

Shenzhen International Foundation College aims to become a first-class international school with the unique cultural characteristics of Shenzhen's heritage SIFC opens courses from Grades 9 to 12, providing world-class international education for students from China and around the world.
Curriculum
American, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 元248,000
to: 元248,000

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