A Guide to International Schools in Barcelona

Moving abroad can prove to be an intimidating feat for anyone, but especially for those with kids. Fortunately, expats in Barcelona have plenty of high standard international schools to choose from. In this post we have  the best GUIDE  International Schools in  Barcelona.

Do you want to immerse your kids in the local language, Catalan? Or are you looking for a school that reflects the educational system of your home country? What about the Spanish system? There are plenty of options in regards    International Schools  in Barcelona

Moving abroad is the perfect opportunity to immerse schoolchildren into a new language. In Barcelona there are plenty of schools that teach in English, Spanish and Catalan. What better than to give your child the chance to be bilingual or trilingual. Qualifications at these types of school include the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Spanish Baccalaureate. These international schools also tend to be lower cost options. If at least 25% of those enrolled are Spanish, the Catalan government can subsidise the fees.[1]

On the other hand, a move abroad can be disruptive to education. If you are focused on the benefits of keeping to your child in their native education system, there are many schools that specialise in the curriculum of other countries. These include the British, US, French, Italian, German and Swiss education systems. Of course, these schools are still multinational. Spanish families and families from around the world may admire these educational systems and can decide a country specific international school is more suited to them.

This begs the question: which school will suit you and your child? Here at Casamona we have the lowdown and an extensive list and the TOP Guide for  International Schools  in Barcelona

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Barcelona  International Schools


British School of Barcelona, (Sitges and Castelldefels)

With 60 years of history, The British School of Barcelona offers an international environment with qualified teaching staff and first-class facilities where students can flourish and thrive.

The school is formally recognised and accredited by the British government for teaching the English National Curriculum, and by the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). We are also authorised to validate the Spanish ESO and Bachillerato (Secondary and Sixth Form) by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan department of Education. Every year our students attend a broad range of university destinations with most graduates accepting offers from Russell Group, and other British, Spanish and international universities of their first choice

The school offers an extensive programme of after-school activities and a four-week summer school in July.

The school has three campuses, which offer education to children from 3 to 18 years old:

  • BSB Castelldefels: Early Years, Primary and Secondary (3 to 16 years) – Main campus, in Castelldefels (Barcelona)
  • BSB Sitges: Early Years and Primary (3 to 11 years) – in Sitges (Barcelona)
  • BSB Nexus: Pre-University Education (16 to 18 years) – In Castelldefels (Barcelona), next to the main campus
 International School of Catalunya

Otherwise known as ISCAT, this international school is an accredited British International School offering the National Curriculum of England and Wales from Early Years through to Key Stage 5. It offers education from primary to secondary. They offer SATs, iGCSEs and International A-Levels. The school goes well beyond the average curriculum: they offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme for students and Forest School Education. They strive to educate their students in intercultural awareness and social responsibility; they have been recognised by UNICEF as a Rights Respecting School.

Kensington School

The Kensington School follows the UK curriculum, which has a pre-school for ages three to six and Spanish is taught from the age of seven in primary school. The family run school is fully authorized and regularly visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate. Their student body is very international you can find children interacting from all around the world.

Oak House School

Oak House School offers a “stimulating, active and participative” take on teaching and learning. The international school keeps up with the times by employing new technologies to help with teaching. During primary years, Oak House is a British school, teaching predominantly in English. In secondary years, the school offers a trilingual education (English, Catalan and Spanish) with the opportunity to take up a fourth language.

St George’s

A coeducational Primary and Secondary school for children aged 2-18. St George’s has a high reputation for high educational standards. They support the individual and moreover,  they offer a wide range of extra curricular activities. The school offers British examinations as well as Spanish. There are four other campuses country wide.

The Olive Tree School

The Olive Tree School is a relatively new international school joining the group, having started up only 6 years ago. However, this does not retract from the great advantages the international school: small class sizes means it has a familial feel. From ages 3-16, students can enjoy personalised learning following the English curriculum. The school offers iGCSEs. Their motto: Responsibility, Resourcefulness and Reflections. This school caters for native or near native English speakers only.

US International Schools

 Expats from the US, as well as those who admire their education system, have a variety of schools to choose from.

The American School of Barcelona

The private, non-profit, coeducational day school is well known for its personal approach that fosters a family atmosphere. Students here are from the ages of three to eighteen. ASB offers a university preparatory curriculum, allowing students to graduate with an American diploma. Students also have the option to do the IB Diploma Program, which grants access to Spanish Universities as well as to others worldwide. Although the school runs on an American system, you can find many international students from 45 different countries.

  • C/Jaume Balmes 7, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat.
  • Tel. 93 371 4016 / 93 371 5012
  •  www.a-s-b.com
Benjamin Franklin International School

The American curriculum school is a college preparatory education, primarily taught in English, proving learning support and foreign language programs. Around a third of the children are Spanish/Catalan, a third American and a third other nationalities. There are three divisions – Elementary School (nursery – Grade 5), Middle School (grade 6-8) and High School (grade 9 -12). Three diplomas are awarded: the American High School Diploma, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and the Spanish Bachillerato Certificate.

  • C/Martorell i Peña 9, 08017 Barcelona,
  • Tel. 93 434 2380
  • www.bfis.org
ES International School Barcelona Campus

ES is a multicultural Elementary, Middle and High School. When pupils arrive at the school they offer a language level test which indicates whether they will need extra support options, which they provides. There is much focus on athletics and the well being of the student, individual attention, close academic guidance and personal counselling is of the upmost importance to the school. They prepare students for university in the US. They also offer Advance Placement programmes.

Gresol International American School

A private coeducational day school, following an International-American curriculum, for students from three to eighteen years of age. English is the main medium of teaching and students graduate trilingual. At Gresol International-American School, our aim is for your child to achieve more than they believe they can, encouraging students to be the leaders of the future.

French International Schools
Bon Soleil
Collège Ferdinand de Lesseps

Collège Ferdinand de Lesseps, founded by Ferdinand de Lesseps, is the oldest French school in Spain. Following the French education system, the school is for children from the age of three and is accredited by the AEFE (the association of French schools abroad). The school is divided into two campuses on C/Valencia and Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes. There are approx. 460 pupils of which 54 percent are French.

  • Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 707,
  • Tel. 93 232 1612
  • C/Valencia 314, Tel. 93 458 3241
  • www.lesseps.net
Ecole Bel Aire
  • Ctra C – 246 Km 42 Vilanoveta, 08812 Sant Pere de Ribes
  • Tél:  00 34 938 96 22 67
  • www.ecole-belair.com
Lycée Français de Barcelone

Founded in 1924, the school aims to help strengthen the cultural links between Spain and France through the daily international interaction of different origins. The French Lycée caters for more than two and a half thousand pupils from nursery to baccalauréat. All levels are taught in French with Spanish, Catalan and English as a major part of the curriculum. The school’s objective is to ensure that all pupils succeed in their studies and pursue their education in the country of their choice.

  • C/ Bosch i Gimpera 6-10, 08034 Barcelona,
  • Tel. 93 203 7950
  • www.lfb.es
Italian International Schools
Istituto Italiano Statale Comprensivo di Barcellona

The Italian public school is dedicating to education six to eighteen years of age, where teaching is all in Italian, with Castillian, Catalan and English taught as foreign languages. Itl is also dependent on the Italian Ministry of Education.

 Swiss International School
Escuela Suiza de Barcelona

Escuela Suiza de Barcelona accepts children of all nationalities from the age of three to eighteen. The school follows the Swiss curriculum and teaching is in German with Spanish as a second language. promote both social and personal skills of our students / inside as well as their skills in German, Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Approximately half the teaching staff are German speaking and the other half Spanish. Both Swiss and Spanish diplomas are awarded.

Zurich Schule

The Zurich Schule offers an education in German, Spanish, Catalan and English to pupils from the age of three until 18. If offers small classes in a family atmosphere with a high value placed on sports and culture.


Deutsche Schule Barcelona

  • Avda. Jacinto Esteva Fontanet, 105
  • E 08950 ESPLUGUES de Llobregat
  • tel: (+34)93 371 83 00
  • www.dsbarcelona.com
 Bilingual and Trilingual Schools that follow Spain’s Curriculum

Some offer an International Baccalaureate option

Colegio John Talabot

  • John Talabot is a partially subsidised, secular and multicultural school and caters to 3-6 years of age and 6-16 years of age. The international environment offers English, Spanish, and Catalan based subjects, which is the core of their educational project. John Talabot School has been working with this trilingual project since 1976.The family-based school has one class per year, which allows them to be attentive to the students attending.
  • Kindergarden: C/Quatre Camins 83, 08022 Barcelona, Tel. 934 340 542
  • Primary and Secondary: C/Escoles Pies 136, 08017 Barcelona, Tel. 932 123 499
  • www.johntalabot.com
Santa Claus Academy

English Academy Santa Claus is a Kindergarten and Junior School for ages three to twelve. Founded in 1965, it aims to ensure pupils obtain a good level in English, Spanish and Catalan.

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret School, founded in 1967, is a trilingual school for children from age three until 16. At preschool (3-5) children are taught 85 percent in English, then 45 percent in primary and 25 percent in secondary.

Colegio SEK Catalunya

The Barcelona Campus is one of the 9 SEK International schools. Education is offered from 4 months to 18. The school offers the IB programme integrated with the Spanish national curriculum. They offer a music school and Duke of Edinburgh in their extensive list of extra curricular activities

 Europa International School

For ages 0-18. The only non British school to offer iGSCEs. Focused on providing students with initiative. the 1500 students come from 40 different countries at the school. Students study the Spanish Baccalaureate and graduate with 5 languages, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German and Chinese.

  • Av. Pla del Vinyet, 110 08172, Sant Cugat del Vallès
  • Tel: 93589 84 20
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Hamelin Laie International (Montgat)

Hamelin Laie International School introduces children to English, Spanish and Catalan from day one in the infant school. Over the years, English becomes the main language of instruction though there classes taught in Spanish and Catalan too. Pupils must chToose a fourth language from primary school onwards.

  • Ronda 8 de Març   178-180
  • Montgat 08390
  • T: 935556717
  • http://www.hamelinlaie.com/school/
 Highlands School Barcelona

The Highlands School Barcelona is an international catholic school.

For ages 3-18, they follow the Spanish system, and follow various teaching methods. Trilingual school.

 The English School

Trilingual Nursery and Primary school.

St. Paul’s School

 Trinlingual school for ages 3-18.

  • Avenida Pearson 39-45, 08034 Barcelona,
  • Tel. 93 203 0500
  • www.stpauls.es
St Peter’s School

Trilingual school for ages 3-18.

Santa Clara International School

Primary and High School founded in 1968.

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Written by Saskia

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