Expat Blogs | 10 Of The World’s Most Exciting International Schools

Elaine Stallard, Founder of Winter’s School Finder, introduces us to 10 of the world's most exciting international schools in the most beautiful locations.

Concordia Internaional School Shanghai
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It’s always an adventure to go to school in a new country, but some international schools are also housed in incredible buildings or sited in amazing locations. Below are just a few examples of these amazing places – check out the great images below too.

Concordia International School, Shanghai

Concordia International School, Shanghai, is an international private Christian school based in Pudong. The school’s launch in 1998 followed considerable research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school. Since opening with just 22 students, Concordia now has more than 1,200 between the ages of three and 18 years old.

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Harrow International School, Hong Kong 

Harrow International School, Hong Kong is a British international boarding and day school in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. Newly built and opened in 2012, and affiliated to Harrow School in the UK, it was the first British boarding school in Hong Kong and the third Harrow-family school in Asia. The co-educational campus serves around 1100 students from Early Years to Sixth Form, with boarding available for girls and boys from Year 6.

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The British International School, Phuket

The British International School, Phuket (BISP) is an English-medium, co-educational, day and boarding school, established in 1996. The impressive 44-acre campus has eight boarding houses, primary and secondary schools, and sports facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches, and a golf centre. The student population consists of 850 day and boarding students, with 60 nationalities represented.

The New York International School, New York

The New York International School educates American and international students between the ages of two and 13, offering an American curriculum with an international outlook. The school campus is located in a historic landmark building on the Upper East Side’s ‘Museum Mile’, right next to Central Park, which promises some fantastic opportunities for learning and outdoor experiences.

John F. Kennedy International School, Switzerland

Located in the beautiful Gstaad area of Switzerland, John F. Kennedy International School is an English-language, co-educational international boarding and day school for around 60 students between the ages of four and 14 years old. Established in 1971, the school offers a family-like atmosphere, a clear international philosophy and a rich programme of sports and activities, including daily skiing in winter.

Hout Bay International School, Cape Town

Hout Bay International School was established in 1999 and now educates some 370 boys and girls between the ages of three-and-a-half and 18. The school is proudly South African, embodying an international outlook and the spirit of ‘ubuntu’ – compassion and humanity. Surrounded by mountains and the sea, and located just 20 minutes from Cape Town, this new state-of-the-art campus was completed in 2013.

Aljezur International School, Portugal

Located a short distance from the town of Aljezur in the western Algarve, Portugal, Aljezur International School provides secondary education taught in English for 10 to 17 year olds, following the Cambridge international syllabus. Since 2013 the school has occupied a large converted farmhouse along with a large annexe and four hectares of land with a river running through it.

Oslo International School, Norway 

Situated in Bekkestua, Norway, the Oslo International School educates around 600 day students aged three to 19, representing 44 countries. The original 1960s buildings were substantially updated in 2009 to create a visually impressive and modern campus designed around the needs of the different age groups taught at the school.

Wells International School, Thailand 

Starting with just four kindergarten students in 1998, the Wells International School, Thailand has since grown to its current enrolment of 750 students aged from four to 19 on three campuses in Bangkok. The impressive sports facilities shown here are part of the On Nut campus, which serves around 480 primary and secondary students.

Expat Essentials |Elaine Winter | Expat BlogsOver the past decade, Elaine Stallard’s background has been in opening international schools, most recently in Qatar, where she spent five months project managing the establishment of Sherborne Qatar, which is the daughter school of Sherborne School in England. During this process, she held focus groups and collected insights from multiple stakeholders involved. This included headmasters, school admissions services and HR professionals looking to relocate staff and expat parents. Elaine has also recently been involved in negotiating and scoping the opportunity for international schools in Thailand, India, China and Kenya. Find out more at Winter’s School Finder.

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