International Education in Vienna
Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, with one of the most educated populations on the continent. The country's capital, Vienna, is beautiful, historical and well connected to both western and central Europe. In short, it has everything expats need to enjoy a great quality of life in a home away from home.
With a long-standing expat population, it's no surprise that Vienna has some excellent international schools. Here's what you should know about them.
While English is the primary language of instruction in Vienna's international schools, German is commonly offered as an additional language or as an alternative language of instruction. In general international schools in Vienna hold language skills in high regard and teach languages to a very high standard. However the same is true for pretty much any other subject, too!
International schools are in high demand throughout Austria. With most of them located in Vienna, competition for school places can be high in the city. International schools are free to set their own entry criteria, which can and do vary from school to school.
The most in-demand schools may have different entry categories to help streamline the process. For example, they may give priority to children of diplomats or government officials, or children of parents working in the international business sector. The greater the need for your child to get an international education, the higher they will be placed on the list.
Of course this is by no means true of every international school in Vienna. But no matter what the entry requirements may be, it's best to start your application as early as possible. Check what documentation the school requires and have it all in order to prevent delays. Have any questions prepared in advance, and don't be discouraged by long waiting lists. In most international schools in European capitals, this is normal.
The curricula on offer in Vienna's international schools include a choice of European countries (French, German and British for a start), as well American. Of course, the globally recognised International Baccalaureate is the most common and most popular.
You'll find a wider choice of international schools in the north and north eastern areas of Vienna, although there are also a number of schools within easy reach of the centre too. Most areas are easily accessible by public transport. However, keep in mind that Vienna is a large capital city, so getting from one side to the other at busy times of day can make for a long commute.
Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Vienna. However, there are another 8 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 Vienna based on your requirements.