As a major global city, Geneva is host to a number of excellent international schools, many of which have decades of history. Geneva is also the birthplace of the International Baccalaureate, which is naturally a popular choice among schools in this area. The English National Curriculum, including the Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels, is also offered by several schools.
A range of teaching languages is used at the various international schools in Geneva, most commonly English or French. Some schools combine the two languages, offering a fully bilingual education. Children with a lower level of English proficiency are also well catered for, as many schools have English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes.
Spaces at the best international schools are limited, so it's always a good idea to start making applications as early as possible. Most schools allow applications throughout the year, but this may entail waiting for a spot to open up.
Below is a list of reputable international schools in Geneva.
International schools in Geneva
Offering the English National Curriculum from Early Years through to A-levels, the British School of Geneva is a prime choice for those seeking a truly British education. The school's academics are supplemented by a wide range of extra-curricular activities including sports, arts and crafts, music and astronomy. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 4 to 18
Collège du Léman is a well-respected Nord Anglia school of approximately 2,000 students of more than 120 nationalities. Expat families have a vast range of options at this school, from teaching language (bilingual English/French or monolingual English) to curriculum. There are four qualifications available to choose from, with the IGCSE also available from ages 14 to 16. Read more
Curriculum: American, Swiss, French, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18
Founded in 1961, Geneva English School is a small British-curriculum school. With a student body of around 300 students, class sizes are typically small so that each child can be given individual attention. In addition to the school's strong academics, there is also an exciting roster of extra-curricular activities available. Read more
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18
With a student population of 4,000 hailing from 140 countries around the world, the International School of Geneva is a truly global school. Founded in 1924, it also has the unique distinction of being the world's oldest (and largest) international school. Emphasis is placed on language proficiency, with bilingual instruction in French and English as well as a robust mother tongue programme catering to more than a dozen languages. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, Cambridge IGCSE and Swiss
Ages: 3 to 18
This non-profit IB-curriculum school is set in a lush campus in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne with abundant facilities. The school has students of over 60 different nationalities and offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programme. Dozens of varied extra-curricular activities are available. Read more
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
With around 90 pupils, the Swedish International School of Geneva offers a highly personalised bilingual education. Teaching is done in a combination of either French and English or Swedish and French. Highlights include the enthusiastic teaching staff, the beautiful natural surrounds and the homely, close-knit feel of the school. Read more
Ages: 1 to 10