International Schools in Vanuatu

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

Education in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Education and Training Sector Strategy (VETSS) for 2020-2030 recognizes education and training are key to a better and innovative future, protection of the country's culture and identity, and the development of each and every individual, community, society and the nation as a whole.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) manages the country's education sector, supported by church education authorities.

Over 98% of primary schools in Vanuatu are either public schools or government-assisted church schools.

Vanuatu's education system uses the "2 - 6 - 4 - 3" model:

  • 2 years of preschool
  • 6 years of primary
  • 4 years of lower secondary
  • and 3 years of upper secondary
  • plus post-secondary education

A total of 92,600 students were enrolled in 2019 served by 4,230 teachers in a total of 1,453 schools. Vanuatu has achieved universal primary education. Nonetheless, enrollment rates in secondary education are still low, showing that a significant number of students drops out during secondary education.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Vanuatu. 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 Port Vila

Port Vila International School
Address: Port Vila International School
PO Box 302 Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tel: +678 23 837 or +678 23 994
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Port Vila International School is very proud to be providing a quality education for families in Port Vila, Vanuatu. It caters for students from Pre-school (EEC) to Year 12. The school uses the Australian Curriculum from the Early Education Centre (EEC) through to Year 10, and South Australian Certificate of Education - SACE International for 11&12.

French Schools in Port Vila

Port Vila French Lycée (Lycée français de Port-Vila)
Address: PO Box 40, Port-Vila, Vanuatu
Tel: +678 22 926
Tuition Rates: From159,936 Vt ($1,400) to 209,811 Vt ($1,850)

The school offers the full length of French curriculum, from maternelle to baccalauréat. Foreign languages include English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

International schools in Luganville

LIS Luganville International School
Address: Higginson Boulevard Luganville, Vanuatu
Tel: +678 355 47
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Established in 2016, Luganville International School is serving the international community of Santo, Vanuatu. The school uses the Australian curriculum and currently have teachers from Vanuatu, Australia, USA, and Finland. LIS utilises the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for our Pre-Kindergarten with the Primary and Upper Primary utilising the Australian Curriculum.