International Schools in Denmark

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Denmark with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Denmark. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.

Education in Denmark

Denmark has one of the most respected education systems in the world. Public education is government-funded and open to all. The chief national officer of the education system is the Minister of Children and Education. Literacy in Denmark is approximately 99% for both men and women.

Education in Denmark is compulsory (undervisningspligt) for children below the age of 15 or 16. After these years of folkeskole, about 82% continue their education. Denmark has a strong tradition of private schools. About 13% of all school children attend private schools. Many students take advantage of the comprehensive voucher system to afford private education.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Denmark. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. 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.

Accreditation & Membership

  • 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.
  • Quality Schools International (QSI) is a group of non-profit international schools offering education in the English language, in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. QSI is a member of Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) for US Overseas schools.
  • European Council of International Schools is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education.


Skipper Clement School
Address: Gammel Kærvej 28-30
Aalborg 9000 Denmark
Tel: 0045 98 12 11 88
Tuition Rates: 6,550 - 10,450 dkk per month

This is the only International school in Northern Jutland. It is a Cambridge International Examinations Centre and offers Danish Afgangsprøve and FS10 exams.


Address: Engtoften 22
8260 Viby J
Tel: +45 86 11 45 60
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a Danish private school in Aarhus with an international outlook

Aarhus Academy for Global Education (AAGE)
Address: Bushøjvænget 133
8270 Højbjerg Denmark
Tel: 45 86 72 60 60
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

AAGE offers an IB education, with English as the primary instructional language, for students from 3-16 years of age. It has been accepted as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) with a view to becoming authorized in the next 2-4 years.


Copenhagen International School (CIS)
Address: Levantkaj 4-14,
2150 Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45 39 46 33 00
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Copenhagen International School is one of the founders of the International Baccalaureate, which smoothes transitions for global families. With 900 students from over 80 countries, they offer student-centered and inquiry-based learning to children from the age of 3 to the high school diploma. With an eye on sustainability and creativity, they help students grow by encouraging active community service.

Bjørns International School (BIS)
Address: Gartnerivej 5
2100 København Ø
Tel: 39 29 29 37
Tuition Rates: 1600 kr per month

An independent school with teaching in English or Danish from 6 to 16 years. It is a member of ECIS and the centre for IGCSE (the International Certificate of Secondary Education) in Copenhagen. The English-speaking department is for foreign students who live in Denmark from 6 months up to a maximum of 4 years and who are expecting to continue their education in an international/English-speaking school abroad. Danish is also taught from Grade 4 and graduates with Danish language skills can earn a Danish School Leaving Certificate.

Nørre Gymnasium
Address: Mørkhøjvej 78
2700 Brønshøj Copenhagen
Tel: 44 94 27 22
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is one of Copenhagen's largest gymnasiums offering both Danish instruction as well as the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

French School in Copenhagen

Prince Henrik's School
Address: Frederiksberg Allé 22 A
1820 Frederiksberg Copenhagen
Tel: 4533212048
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Also known as Lycée français de Copenhague, this is the French school for Denmark. The school offers courses from maternal (from 3 years of age) through Terminal, similar to the Danish 3.g. Instruction is in French language and graduates may take the Folkeskole leaving examination and letter Français. It is supported partly from the Danish Ministry of Education and partly from French AEFE (l'Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger).

District of Hellerup

International School in Denmark
Address: Hellerupvej 11
2900 Hellerup
Tel: 39 62 12 15
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Also known as Bernadotteskolen, this school offers classes for preschool to 10th grade (ages 6 – 15 years). The school consists of a Danish school with an international section called "The Little House" with English as the teaching language. Curriculum is based on the Danish system with teaching materials from the USA and Great Britain.

Rygaards School
Address: Bernstorffsvej 54
2900 Hellerup
Tel: 45 39 621053
Tuition Rates: 26.400 - 56.100 DKK per year

A private state-subsidized school directed by a school board for students from 4-16 years old. There is a Danish Department serving a community permanently resident in Denmark and an International Department serving those who are in Denmark on a temporary basis. Curriculum is based on the UK system and offers the IB program.

International School of Hellerup
Address: Rygårds Allé 131,
2900 Hellerup, Denmark
Tel: +45 70 20 63 68
Tuition Rates: from 30 000 DKK per year

Formerly known as Østerbro International School, International School of Hellerup is an IB World School for students aged 3-19. ISH welcomes over 500 students representing more than 70 nationalities and they offer the three main International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).


Esbjerg International School (EIS)
Address: Guldager Skolevej 4
6710 Esbjerg V Denmark
Tel: 45 7610 5399 Office
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Esbjerg International School accepts students aged 3-17. Languages include Danish, German and Spanish and include subjects of English, Integrated Sciences, Mathematics, History, Physical Education, Music, Information & Communication Technologies, Art & Design and Yearbook. It offers Cambridge International Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum (IPC).


Grenaa Gymnasium
Address: N. P. Josiassensvej 21
DK - 8500 Grenaa
Tel: 45 8758 4050
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Grenaa Gymnasium offers three different upper secondary education programmes: STX, HF, and IB. The school also offers a boarding house.


North Zealand International School
Address: Christianshusvej 16,
DK-2970 Hørsholm, Denmark
Tel: +45 4557 2616
Tuition Rates: Check website

North Zealand International School (NIS) – formerly known as NGG International School - is a private day school for children and young people aged 3-18. The school offers the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) for learners aged 3-5 in the Early Years setting, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for learners aged 5-11 in the Primary School, and Cambridge Assessment and International Education for learners aged 11-16 in the Secondary school . They are authorised as an IB World School and will be opening their High School for learners aged 16-19 in 2022 with two new offers, the Pre-IB and IB Diploma Programme. The language of instruction is English, and the children also have an opportunity to learn the host nation's language, Danish. NIS is the international department of NGG, Denmark's largest private school, Nordsjællands Grundskole og Gymnasium. North Zealand International School is the only IPC accredited member school in Denmark.


International School Ikast-Brande (ISIB)
Address: Bogildvej 2
7430 Ikast Denmark
Tel: 45 97 15 64 65
Tuition Rates: 2600 DKK - 4000 per month

A Cambridge International accredited school from age 3 - 16 completing IGCSE. Known for small class sizes, community spirit and an excellent education.


The Cosmo - International School of Southern Denmark
Address: Joergens gaard hospitalsgade 4
DK-6000 KOLDING Denmark
Tel: 45 2052 0549
Tuition Rates: 2,400 -3,180 DKK per month

The Cosmo provides English language instruction and foreign language classes. All students have Danish lessons weekly. It is a recognized Cambridge International Centre, with Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP), Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).


Lolland International School
Address: 21 Skimminge,
4930 Maribo, Denmark
Tel: +45 21 22 34 29
Tuition Rates: Free (Public International School)

Lolland international School is a free, international school located in the southern part of Denmark. The school is the first public, international school in Denmark and offers students a bilingual program where half the lessons are taught in English and the other half is taught in Danish. Connecting with the community, developing resilience, and fostering creativity are important values for their students.


Herlufsholm Skole
Address: Herlufsholm Allé 170
4700 Næstved, Danmark
Tel: 45 55 75 35 00
Tuition Rates: Day School 47.000 - 110.300 kr. per year; Boarding school 138.400 kr. - 201.700 per year

Herlufsholm is a day and boarding school for students aged 12- 19. Curriculum is based on the Danish system and the administrative language is Danish, but most resources are available in English.


Odense International School
Address: Slotsvænget 1-3
5000 Odense C Denmark
Tel: (0045) 66 11 81 59
Tuition Rates: 2700 DKK per month

Odense International School aims to provide high quality international education in English for children aged 5-16. The core subjects are English, mathematics, science as well as ICT starters. Students also take physical education and art classes, as well as French from the final year of key stage 2. It is a certified Cambridge International Examinations Centre.


Skt. Josef's, Roskilde International School
Address: Frederiksborgvej 10
4000 Roskilde Denmark
Tel: +45 46 35 25 26
Tuition Rates: from 2750 to 3500 kr per month

A private school, with International and Danish Departments, from Year 1 (5 years old) through to Year 11 (16 years old). The International Department provides quality education, with the majority of students being returning expats.


Tokai University European Center (TUEC)
Address: Vedbæk Strandvej 476
2950 Vedbæk, Denmark
Tel: 45 (45) 890809
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

TUEC was founded in 1970 with the Danish Ministry of Education.

For German language international schools, go to "German International Schools in Denmark".