Best 10 International Schools in Zurich

International Education in Zurich

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Switzerland sets high standards for everything, and international schools are no exception. Multilingual, disciplined and efficient, there’s arguably no better place in Europe to get a top class education for your child.

As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich has the biggest choice of international schools in the country. Many of them are situated along the scenic banks of Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The leafy north eastern suburbs, such as Wallisellen and Gockhausen, are home to a selection of international schools also.

The International Baccalaureate originated in Switzerland, and is now offered in thousands of schools in almost every country in the world. So make no mistake, the standard of internatioanl education on offer in Zurich is among the best on the planet, if not THE best. Needless to say, facilities in every international school are also fantastic.

IB is still the most popular curriculum on offer in Swiss international schools, but you can find an impressive variety of other curricula too - everything from Swiss to Japanese is represented.

While the Swiss curriculum has a fantastic reputation worldwide, it’s worth noting that it does differ significantly from others around the world. If you don’t plan on living in Switzerland long-term you may want to weigh up the pros and cons of the Swiss, IB and other curricula before committing. This way you can be sure your child’s progress and educational qualifications will be as consistent as possible, wherever you go.

International schools in Zurich often offer ‘full-day’ schooling. This doesn’t mean your child will be attending lessons from morning to evening. It simply means they provide extracurricular programs before or after lessons, including sports, after-school study time and social clubs.

Switzerland has four national languages to its name, so bilingual and trilingual international schools are par for the course in Zurich. After English, German is the most common language of instruction. Regardless of the curriculum or international school you choose however, your child will be exposed to multiple languages as part of day to day life in Zurich.

Now for the bad news. It’s a well known fact that Switzerland has a high cost of living. You’ll pay more for day to day services and amenities than in many other places in Europe. International education is not immune to this: Zurich is the most expensive city in Europe for international schools.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there. Zurich has the highest costs for international schools in Switzerland and in Europe, but it also has the third highest schools fees in the world. Only Beijing and Shanghai are more expensive!

With a high cost of living comes an equally high quality of life, however. With mountains and lakes almost aplenty, fantastic infrastructure, efficiency everywhere you look and a rich culture and history, life in Zurich is most definitely worth the financial cost.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Zurich. However, there are another 13 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 Zurich based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Zurich

Out of a total of 23 International Schools in Zurich.

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

International School of Central Switzerland

ISOCS was founded on the philosophy that every student deserves to shine-- that is, to be the best version of him- or herself. We pride ourselves on small class size and individualised learning, and further encourage both students and the community to emulate the characteristics of the IB learner profile: being knowledgable, caring, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, a thinker, a communicator, balanced, principled and courageous.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: CHF 19,900
to: CHF 26,900
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Institut Montana Zugerberg

Individualism, internationalism and integration are our founding values that still guide us today. Respecting and nurturing the individuality of students, while guiding them to a life of responsibility and independence is our main goal. To do this, we always provided a familial atmosphere and a sense of community, maintaining a personalised and supportive relationship with each and every student.
Curriculum
IB, British, Swiss
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: CHF 27,700
to: CHF 31,200
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Obersee Bilingual School

We empower children to face the complex challenges of the future.
At OBS, we endeavour for our students to approach the world of tomorrow with joy and enthusiasm and to see it as a place of endless opportunities. Our students will design their future, as well as ours, and we provide them with an outstanding education that prepares them for this exciting yet unknown future.
OBS students are:
-global citizens
-critical thinkers
-enthusiastic and active lifelong learners
-collaborators
-self-directed explorers
-digital natives
-able to live up to our OBS Universe of Values
Curriculum
IB, Swiss
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: CHF 25,989
to: CHF 31,189
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Lakeside School - Kusnacht

Bilingual, caring, challenging, hands-on.
Lessons are based on the Canton Zurich curriculum and are combined with inputs from international curricula resulting in a unique Lakeside School curriculum. Our bilingual programme is not limited to listening and speaking but also includes challenging requirements in reading and writing. The competences in the first language are thereby enriched rather than compromised. As a state-approved school, Lakeside School, under the supervision of the Canton of Zurich, meets the requirements and objectives of the local Zurich curriculum for all grades. The English curriculum does not refer to the curriculum of a particular country or that of international schools. The combination of elements from different Anglo-Saxon curricula ("International Standards") shapes our English teaching programme and in combination with the local curriculum has led to our unique bilingual curriculum. The principle of immersion teaching means that both German and English are not solely “language courses” but instead are the languages of instruction in all subjects taught (with equal attention given to both language per subject), such as mathematics, geography, etc. Our exclusively German or English native speaking teachers result in not only additional language skills and knowledge for our children but also provides different cultural experiences.
Curriculum
Private
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: CHF 12,600
to: CHF 26,160
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Hull's School

Caring, cultured, building confidence, fostering academic success
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: CHF 29,600
to: CHF 30,700
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D'Insle Montessori Zurich

Children, regardless of age, and in a familiar atmosphere, can work as a community in which learning is integrated and natural. The Montessori method sets the developmental needs of the child in the center, ture to the motto "help me to help myself".
Curriculum
Montessori
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
2 to 12
This school does not make their fees public.
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Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: CHF 24,000
to: CHF 29,000
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International Bilingual School Terra Nova

The International Bilingual School Terra Nova is an owner-run day school in Küsnacht and Feldmeilen with
– Kindergarten: bilingual German/English
– Primary (Grades 1 – 6): bilingual German/English
– Sekundarstufe (Grades 7 – 9): level A
with connection opportunities to local and international schools.
Foreign and Swiss students prepare together for the demands of a globalized world.
The IBS Terra Nova follows the Zürich- and international curricula: local families can be enrolled without restriction (as opposed to international schools).
Curriculum
International, Swiss
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: CHF 27,360
to: CHF 28,200
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Lakeside School - Horgen

Bilingual, caring, challenging, hands-on.
Lessons are based on the Canton Zurich curriculum and are combined with inputs from international curricula resulting in a unique Lakeside School curriculum. Our bilingual programme is not limited to listening and speaking but also includes challenging requirements in reading and writing. The competences in the first language are thereby enriched rather than compromised. As a state-approved school, Lakeside School, under the supervision of the Canton of Zurich, meets the requirements and objectives of the local Zurich curriculum for all grades. The English curriculum does not refer to the curriculum of a particular country or that of international schools. The combination of elements from different Anglo-Saxon curricula ("International Standards") shapes our English teaching programme and in combination with the local curriculum has led to our unique bilingual curriculum. The principle of immersion teaching means that both German and English are not solely “language courses” but instead are the languages of instruction in all subjects taught (with equal attention given to both language per subject), such as mathematics, geography, etc. Our exclusively German or English native speaking teachers result in not only additional language skills and knowledge for our children but also provides different cultural experiences.
Curriculum
Private
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: CHF 23,160
to: CHF 26,040
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Zurich International School

Zurich International School is a leading, non-profit day school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 2 to 18 in the greater Zurich area.
ZIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation World School and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the U.S. ZIS is also officially approved by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich.
ZIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. Our students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at ZIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: CHF 25,900
to: CHF 36,600
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