This list contains the best options for international students in Liechtenstein: nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools, International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Liechtenstein with fee information.
Education in Liechtenstein
The education system in Liechtenstein often follows a model based on Catholic pedagogic principles. Kindergarten is optional, but children formally must join the system at age 6 and continue til age 15. They continue primary school for 5 years. Lower secondary education is provided by three types of schools: Oberschule (4 years) , Realschule (4 years), or Gymnasium (3 years). A lower secondary school Certificate is issued to those who have successfully completed the four-year programme. Students that attend Gymnasium are gearing up for university and must attend an additional year. At the end of the Gymnasium Oberstufe, students take the Matura examination (final school leaving examination), which entitles them to enter universities in both Switzerland and Austria and the University of Tubingen in Germany without passing an examination.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) based in Liechtenstein. However, there are no international schools located within the country, but there are is a recommended school in commutable distance. Many international families choose to send their children to boarding schools abroad.
In an international school, you should expect some local population with a larger international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, Switzerland, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in German or English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
- The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
- European Council of International Schools (ECIS) accredits schools offering a standard acceptable in Europe.
International School near Liechtenstein
Located in the three-country region where Liechtenstein, St. Gallen and Vorarlberg meet, ISR offers international education in English for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. German and French are also taught. It offers the IB program in the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP). ISR is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CoIS), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS).