Search for the best international schools in Belgium; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
Home to a raft of European Union institutions and NATO’s headquarters, Belgium has attracted a spectacular array of international schools to serve its high-powered, multi-national workforce. Most are centred on Brussels with a smaller cluster around Antwerp.
There are French, German, Scandinavian, Polish, Czech, Dutch, British, American, Japanese and Indian schools, bilingual ones offering international education in diverse languages, and foundations advocating novel methods such as Montessori, Steiner and Freinet.
The Brussels American School and SHAPE International School educate the children of NATO staff, while five bilingual European Schools that were jointly devised by member states provide for employees of EU institutions and their families as well as other children.
The European School of Mol, which admits students age three to 18, teaches in English, French, German and Dutch and prepares students for the European Baccalaureate using programmes that are also compatible with national curriculums.
There are nine IB World Schools in Belgium, which are all authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Of these, seven have English as the medium of instruction and two teach in French and English.
Antwerp International School is the first school in Belgium to offer three IB programmes, after it gained authorisation for the Middle Years Programme in January 2017 and the Primary Years Programme in June 2017.
St John’s International School in Waterloo, which was founded in 1964, offers the IB Diploma alongside Advanced Placement courses, while the British School of Brussels teaches it in parallel with A-levels.
Brussels International Catholic School, which is a test centre for Cambridge Examinations, provides bilingual instruction in English and French towards IGCSEs and A-levels.
Education is compulsory from age six to 18. The state-funded system is free of charge and schools teach in French, Flemish or German, depending on the area and community served. Schools come in three types: those run by the three communities, public schools managed by local councils, and subsidized free schools mainly run by the Catholic church.
Pre-school is free from age two and primary school lasts six years to age 12. Secondary schooling takes six years and is divided into three cycles leading to the diploma of secondary education. As well as general programmes, technical, vocational and specialist arts tracks are provided.
Higher education is also divided between the language communities. There are six Flemish universities and seven French ones, plus numerous colleges and institutes. In 2014, net enrolment was 99 per cent at pre-school and primary levels and 95 per cent for secondary schools, while gross tertiary enrolment was 73 per cent.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Belgium, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.