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International Schools in Brussels

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There is a department for recognized foreign diploma for foreign students who want to come to study in Belgium.

In order to find a school, visit the website to consult the directory of nurseries and primary schools. You will find also a list for secondary and superior education (universities and high schools).

The European Schools

The capital of Europe, a lot of European citizens come to work and live in Brussels. Initially, European schools were created to welcome children of the European institutions staff. They are primarly open to European civil servants that have a priority for their children (children of category I). According to availability, the following criterias are applied:

  1. categories I (European Institutions ) and II (Institutions with financing agreement);
  2. brothers and sisters in the school already;
  3. location depending on the residence;
  4. date of the submition for the registration dossier (first come, first served).

For the children of all the categories, a demand of regsitration before the director of the school is mandatory.

The European Schools offer several language section that can represent, depending on the needs, all the languages of the European Union. Pupils are registered in their mother tongue section. All along their scholarship they keep this one as their first language (Language 1). Except the programme with the mother tongue teaching, all the other courses and their contents are identical in each language section. Maths education is taught, if possible, in the first language.

They welcome pupils from the nursery. The second cycle in European school is validated by a European Baccalaureat, certified in all the other European countries. It is made by 5 writing exams and 4 orals.

As the European schools highlight the importance to the languages:

  1. a first foreign language (Language II) is taught from the first year in the primary school to the baccalaureat.
  2. From the second year of the secondary cycle, pupils learn a second foreign language (Language III).
  3. They have the possibility to study a third foreign language (Language IV) from the 4th year in secondary education,
  4. and even a fourth one (Language V) from the 6th year.

Usually, all the official languages of the European Union can be offered; however the offer depends often on the ressources in the school. Maths is mandatory and all levels are subject to an exam at the baccalaureat.


Office of the General secretary of the European Schools
European Commission
Building J II/30 - 02/124
1049 Brussels

European Schools of Brussels I (EEBI)
46, avenue du Vert Chasseur
1180 Brussels
Tel. : +32 (0) 2 373 86 11
Fax : +32 (0) 2 375 47 16

European Schools of Brussels II (EEBII)
Avenue Oscar Jespers 75
1200 Brussels
Tel. : +32 (0) 2 774 22 11
Fax : +32 (0) 2 774 22 43

European Schools of Brussels III (EEBIII)

International Schools

International School of Brussels (ISB)
Address: Kattenberg 19
1170 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (+32) 2 661 42 11
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The International School of Brussels has a distinguished history as a premier English-medium international school in Belgium. Founded in 1951, it is the oldest and one of the largest. The school consists of an Early Childhood Centre starting at age 2.5 to High School at age 18. The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, Advanced Placement examinations, SAT and SSAT tests are all offered.

British International School of Brussels (BISB)
Address: 59 Avenue Emeraude
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 2 736 8981
Annual Tuition Rates: €5,900 - 17,000 per year

The British International School of Brussels offers the English National Curriculum to English-speaking children aged 2 to 11. It has separate infant and junior departments. The school provides education based on the English National curriculum for children of more than 30 different nationalities.

British Junior Academy of Brussels (BJAB)
Address: Boulevard Saint-Michel 83
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)2 732 53 76
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An English-speaking international private school, this institution is within reach of the European Institutions, NATO, embassies and business districts. Pupils are between 2.5 and 11. The course of study is based on the English National Curriculum. French is an integral part of the curriculum and is taught according to ability. Children who do not have English as their first language are offered a structured program to develop their skills. The pupils wear school uniform.

Brussels's English Primary School (BEPS)
Address: 23 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
1050 Brussels Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)2 648 4311
Annual Tuition Rates: €9,250 - 19,300 per year

The BEPS offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is recognised internationally as a programme that challenges children to reach their individual potential. Pupils are between 2.5 and 11. French is taught to all students and English is an Additional Language (EAL) for those learning English for the first time. The children also benefit from music and ICT lessons, which are taught by experienced specialist teachers.

The British School of Brussels
Address: Leuvensesteenweg 19
Tervuren 3080 Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)2 766 04 30
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Opened in 1970 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the School offers a modern, progressive education. Instruction is in English with additional courses offered in English for non-native English speakers and English language immersion courses for children who speak little to no English. The curriculum is British-based from 3-16 years of age which culminates in (I) GCSEs. Senior students may also participate in the English A Level and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Brussels American School (BAS)
Address: Unit 8100, Box 13
APO AE 09714-9998
Tel: 32(0)2-717-9552
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school serves as a DoDDS private school for all US military or diplomatic dependents. It also takes European students from Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries of NATO, to include Macedonia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan,Albania etc. Its proximity to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) helps serve as an opportunity for American children to enroll in a school taught to familiarize them with the American school system.

St Paul's British Primary School
Address: Stationstraat 3
3080 Vossem-Tervuren Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)2 767 3098
Annual Tuition Rates: €18,450 - 22,400 per year

The school welcomes children of all nationalities, cultures and faiths. Additional courses are offered for children learning English. French is introduced from the Reception class onwards. Religious education is an integral part of the course work.

Brussels International Catholic School
Address: Rue Général Leman, 86 (Pre-primary and primary) or Chaussée de Wavre, 457 (Secondary)
1040 Brussels - Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)2 230 0218
Annual Tuition Rates: €6,600 - 7,60 per year

The Brussels International Catholic School is an independent school in English and French. Specialist teachers in English (EFL) and French (FLE) offer necessary support to those children arriving without French or English. The school is an accredited Cambridge University Examinations test centre, and as such offers the Cambridge International GCSE and A level curriculum.

European School of Brussel
Address: 46, avenue du Vert Chasseur
1180 Bruxelles
Tel: 32 (0) 2 373 86 11
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Founded in 1958, this was the second European School in Europe (the first one was founded in Luxembourg). The European Schools are official educational establishments controlled jointly by the governments of the Member States of the European Union. In all these countries they are legally regarded as public institutions.

International school Montgomery – bilingual school (EIM)
Address: Rue du Duc 133
1200 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 (0)2 733 63 23
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

It is a small and familiar school located in the heart of Brussels. It offers a bilingual French / English curriculum to students between 6 and 16 years old, and a International Baccalaureate Diploma for pupils in their last two years of school. During these years of the Diploma Programme DP (16-18 years old), students have the possibility to choose between a French, English or bilingual programme. EIM is the only school in Brussels that offers the IB Diploma Programme in French.

French Schools in Brussels

Lycée Français Jean Monnet
Address: Avenue du Lycée Français
9 Bruxelles 1180
Tel: 32 2 374 58 78
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school offers bilingual classes in equal times from kindergarten to college in French and English. Additional languages are offered in elementary and college courses. The international baccalaureate or BA are offered in the "European section" (English or German).

German School in Brussels

Internationale Deutsche Schule Brüssel (iDSB)
Address: Pater Dupierreuxlaan 29
Tervuren 3080 Belgium
Tel: 32 (0)26 881 480
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This private school is certified as Excellent German school abroad. Instruction is in German with classes offered from kindergarten to High School. English and French are taught as additional languages. For students not proficient in German, classes are offered. An internationally recognized university-entrance diploma after grade 12 or a German Realschulabschluss after grade 10 are provided.

Japanese School in Brussels

Japanese School of Brussels (Nihonjin gakko)
Address: Avenue des Meuniers 133
Brussels 1160 Belgium
Tel: 32-(0)2-672-1038
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is a full day school for native Japanese speakers. The school offers the curriculum of Japan and it is accredited by Japan's Ministry of Education.

For other international schools in Belgium, check on Expat-Quotes.

Moreover, Study in Europe describes all the exchange programmes for students and youth who want to study in Europe in secondary or superior education programmes. There is a section for programmes that allow students outside the European Union (North and South America for example) to come to study in Belgium.

Update 10/05/2017


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The British School of Brussels
I moved to Belgium when I was 4; and have only recently moved back to the US, my country of birth.

I highly recommend the British School of Brussels (BSB). I was educated there throughout Primary and Secondary school. I left the school with high qualifications and fluent in french.

Find out more from Couldn't recommend this International School enough.



World International School (WIS) is a vibrant, friendly and educationally-challenging school for young people aged 2 ½ to 18. It is located jut south of Brussels and enjoys the use of fine facilities including a superb multi-purpose sports hall and extensive wooded grounds.
The programme offered in Pre-school and Primary Years is the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which is taught in a select number of international schools worldwide and in various national schools in Britain. French is taught at all levels.
WIS is a University of Cambridge International Examinations Centre and its Middle Years curriculum prepares pupils for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). IGCSEs prepare pupils for entry to post age-16 studies in a wide range of programmes, including the IB Diploma. As from September, WIS will offer International Advanced level (A Levels) for 17-18 year old students . WIS is recognized by the Communaute Francaise of Belgium, which means that its educational programme is accredited.
Scholarships are available. A network of school buses connects to most areas of greater Brussels.
Chaussée de Waterloo 280
1640 Rhode-Saint-Genèse
Tel. +32 (0)2 358 56 06
Fax +32 (0)2 358 31 32

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