International Schools in Libya

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Libya with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Libya. Schools may follow the American, Canadian or British curriculums with English speaking program while others run under the French, German or Italian language and system.

Education in Libya

Libya's internal turmoil has led to many issues within the education system. However, the country - along with aid from outside forces such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - are working to improve the quality and availability of education in Libya. Currently there are about 13 state universities, seven private universities and a further 91 technical institutes.

Primary education is both free and compulsory in Libya. Children between the ages of 6 and 15 attend primary school and then may attend secondary school for three additional years (15 to 18-year-olds).

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Libya. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in 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.

Some of these schools are currently closed because of the conflicts and upheaval within the country. Check directly with the schools to find out their current situation and plans for the future.

Accreditation & Membership

  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) 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.

International School in Benghazi

Benghazi European School (BES)
Address: Ardbeloun / P.O.Box 300
El Fuehat El Gharbia, Benghazi, Libya
Tel: 218 (0)61 223 3188 (Ext 102)
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Provides a progressive English language curriculum with an internationally accepted educational program. Follows the British National Curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13. At the end of year 11, students sit the Edexcel Board of International GCSE examinations and at the end of Year 12 and 13 they sit GCE AS and A2. Students leave our school at the end of year 13 prepared for University entrance.

International School Benghazi (ISB)
Address: Al Hawaree Road
outside of Benghazi, Libya
Tel: 218 (0) 61 4700005
Tuition Rates: US $ 1,740 - 3,600 per year

Kindergarten to Year 13 classes. ISB is very proud to be counted as the first GEMS school in Libya after the Revolution and one of the latest managed schools which form part of its global network. The school follows the British Cambridge curriculum at Primary school level and the National Curriculum for England in Secondary school. The language of instruction is English.

International Schools in Tripoli

AMLY School (American Libyan School)
Address: 20th Ramadan Road, Souq Al Juma’a, Tripoli
Libya P.O Box: 584
Tel: +218 92 920 8333
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

AMLY School partners with families to develop students who are confident, hopeful, and wise. Children will participate in a US-accredited curriculum adapted to honor Libyan cultural values. They will be able to easily transition to US schools or universities. AMLY students will be Libya’s business and community leaders.

Canadian International School Libya (CISL)
Address: Elsurag, After the Thalagat Bridge and Beside the American School
Al serraj, Tripoli, Libya
Tel: 00218-94-411-7101 (from Libya); 001-613-857-0798 (international)
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

CISL is an international English speaking day school. The school offers the Alberta Education Program of study in languages English and French, with the option of Arabic. It provide Early Childhood Services (ECS), Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) programs (for children aged 2.5 and 5 years) and programs for grades 1 through 6 (for children from 6 to 11 years) for the first year up to grade 12 (high school). Libyan and International students who study at CISL can obtain an Alberta/Canada High School Diploma and have an opportunity to continue their studies at Alberta's post-secondary institutions or other universities/colleges across North America.

ISM International School
Address: Hai Andulus
Tripoli, Libya
Tel: 218-91-668-7834
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school offers an English language curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12 leading to an Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, Arabic, French, Art, and Music are offered.

Ladybird International School
Address: Hai Dimashiq- Alhadba
Tel: 0917772779 - 0926653294
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This care center provides an international focus with three English-language preschool programs.

Tripoli International School (TIS)
Address: Fallah-Swani Road / P.O. Box: 6456
Tripoli, Libya
Tel: 218 (21) 4803333 or 218 (21) 4809696
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

TIS provides an English language education for students from 4 to 18 year olds. The senior program provides the IGCSE program. It is part of the mother company LINE, Libya for International and Nation Education.

Tripoli British School
Address: Shara Ahmed Jezi (off Gurgi and Gargaresh Roads) P.O.Box 6122
Tel: 218 (0) 21 477 2452
E-mail: Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

International school which follows the curriculum of the UK.

Tripoli World Academy
Address: sarraj, 11, Tripoli, Libya
Tel: 218 91-2203203
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Tripoli World Academy is based on the British Curriculum. It is registered with the Libyan Ministry of Education.

French International School in Tripoli

Lycée Franco-Libanais
Address: Kfar Kahel / BP 130; Tripoli, Libye, Liban Nord
Tel: (961) 6 417 081

French language school from maternelle to Lycée, with curriculum approved by the AEFE. It includes the following subjects: French, Arabic, English , History and Geography, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Physical Education and Sports. Fine arts and LV3 (Arabic and Spanish) options are available.

German International School in Tripoli

Deutsche Schule Tripolis
Address: P.O. Box 6483
Tripolis / Libyen
Tel: 00218917152460
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

German language international school from kindergarten to graduation.

Italian International School in Tripoli

Scuola Italiana Al Maziri
Address: Shara Zawiet El Dahmani n.8 / P.O. Box 912
Tel: 218 (0)21 333 1294
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Italian language international school.