International Schools in Serbia

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Serbia 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 Serbia. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French and German language and system.

Education in Serbia

From age 6 to age 16 education is compulsory in Serbia and this is divided into 2 equal periods following a mandatory 1-year pre-primary period. Consequently children spend 4 years at primary school.

Children enrol in primary schools at the age of six. Elementary school is divided into two stages:

  • Lower grades (grades 1-4)
  • Higher grades (grades 5-8)

After graduating from the primary school, students take a test called matura (lat. maturare). The test covers subjects that were taught in primary school. They are awarded the maximum of 40 points at the test. They also get points from their average marks from 5th to 8th grade, and the maximum is 60 points.

Both the points from matura and from average marks are totallized into the maximum of 100 points. Then, students make a list of their preferred schools and courses, and are sorted according to how many points they had gained - every secondary school has a limited number of students it takes. They get into the first school that suits them according to the points.

There are secondary schools that don't require the classical point system for entrance. Various music, science, philology and ballet schools sort students out based on their talent and skill, rather than their previous academic performance.

The 4 years of secondary education are taken at high school, where subjects include natural and social sciences, and languages and mathematics. The concluding examination is the Diploma o Završenoj Srednjoj Školi.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Serbia. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. 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, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrolment 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in Belgrade

Crnjanski High School International School
Address: Đorđa Ognjanovića 2,
11 000 Belgrade
Tel: +381 6320 2389
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Private High School "Crnjanski" was founded in 2002 and verified by the Serbian Ministry of Education and Sports as a general-purpose gymnasium. Students of “Crnjanski” High School who wish to continue their education abroad have the opportunity to join the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This program corresponds to the third and fourth grade of High School and is taught in English.

International School of Belgrade
Address: Temišvarska 19,
Beograd 11040, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 206 9999
Tuition Rates: From $23,290 to $27,290 [school year 2021/22]

The International School of Belgrade (ISB) is proud to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), as well as the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. ISB offers the International Baccalaureate program for students from Primary Years (students between the ages of 3 and 12 years) to the Diploma Program (students in Grades 11 and 12).

Chartwell International School
Several Addresses:
*Pre-School: Teodora Drajzera 38
*Upper Pre-School: Teodora Drajzera 21
*Primary school: Tolstojeva 54 Lower
*Upper Primary School: Lackoviceva 6
*Lower Secondary school + Administration Building: Uzicka 48a
*Upper Secondary School: Aleksandra Stamboliskog 21
Beograd, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 405 0408 / +381 11 367 5340
Tuition Rates: From $9,050 to $12,415 [school year 2021/22]

The Chartwell International School is situated in pleasant grounds in the peaceful Belgrade suburb of Dedinje, close to many embassies and residential areas. Since September 2020 the school has seven different buildings. Its curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum, from Primary years until the age of 13 (Secondary Year). The school is accredited as an international school and an examination centre by Cambridge and by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia.

Gimnazija Rudjer Boskovic - International School
Kneza Višeslava 17
11030 Beograd
Tel: +381 11 354 4417 / +381 11 357 0967 / +381 63 112 2042
Tuition Rates: From $7,400 to $11,415 [school year 2021/22]

Rudjer Boskovic School is a unique educational system that is comprised of Primary School and Secondary School. P
The primary School follows the National Curriculum that is legislated by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and it also offers the international programme for primary and lower secondary students accredited by Cambridge International Examinations. The school has also introduced the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for 5-11-year-olds.
The secondary school follows the National Curriculum that is legislated by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia as well as international educational progammes: Cambridge IGCSE  (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IB Diploma Programme.

British International School Belgrade
Palackova 11
11040 Belgrade, Serbia
Upper Secondary School Campus: Neznanog Junaka 36, Dedinje Beograd
Tel: +381 11 306 6096 / +381 65 306 6097 / +381 65 306 6098
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

BIS Belgrade is a school for students from 3 to 18 years old. They offer a British curriculum for Pre-school (3 - 4 year old), Primary (5 -11 year old) and Secondary (12-18 years olds) which includes IGCSEs and AS/A Levels. This curriculum has been recognized by the British Department for Education. They also offer an American High School Diploma course for students between 17 and 18 year old.

French Schools in Belgrade

Ecole française de Belgrade, Lycée français à Belgrade
Kablarska 31-35
11 000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 369 1762 / +381 11 369 1950
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school 

École Française de Belgrade is an international French school. It is composed of a preschool (maternelle), primary school (école primaire), junior high (collège) and high school (lycée). Founded in 1951 it follows the French program approved by National Education guarantees and recognized throughout the world thanks to the network of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). At the EFB, students learn English from kindergarten and leave high school with fluency and an excellent command of this language. They also learn the Serbian language and culture. Students are also immersed in classes where the language of instruction is French. They are then exposed to a 4th living language of their choice between Italian, German and Spanish from the 5th grade.

German Schools in Belgrade

German School of Belgrade (Nemačka škola Beograd (DSB))
Kablarska 31-35
11 000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 411 6116
Tuition Rates: From 5,500€ ($6,240) to 6,700€ ($7,600) [school year 2021/22]

Founded in 1854, the German School of Belgrade is one of the oldest existing educational institutions in the city. The school offers education at all levels, from kindergarten to school leavers' diplomas, with all subjects taught in German and all exams subjected to German standards. The teaching curriculum is certified and regularly inspected by German authorities to make sure it follows the German standards. The final German School Leaver's Diploma, the Abitur, qualifies all students to attend universities in all European Union countries. The Abitur is the future key to German and European universities.