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We are happy that you would like to join our school! Read below to find out how to become part of the ISBerne family.


If you would like your child(ren) to attend ISBerne, please contact us! We will be delighted to hear from you.

Students are welcome to join us at any time in the school year. Being an international school, our staff are very experienced in integrating new students mid-term and our students are happy to welcome new friends throughout the year!

How to Apply

Step 1 – Contact us to ask questions and to let us know you wish to apply! Email, call or fill out the inquiry form at the bottom of this page, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Step 2 – Download, complete and submit the Application Form. See the links below to download the right application bundle for your child. Print out one application per child.

Step 3 – We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application form and to commence the admission process outlined below. (Please contact us if you do not hear from us within 48 hours of applying.)

Download your Application

Early Learning Centre – For a child entering our preschool, download the application bundle with the ELC programme choice form.

Primary Years Programme – For a student entering Kindergarten-Grade 5, download the application bundle with the elementary school reference form.

Middle Years Programme – For a student entering the Middle Years Programme, download the application bundle with the secondary school reference form.

Diploma Programme – For a student entering the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 – 12), download the application bundle with the secondary school reference form.

Admission Process

ISBerne welcomes applications from students who have demonstrated academic and social skills, a sound character, reliability and an eagerness to learn. New students are accepted for admission unless there is a reason to believe that this would not be in the best interest of the applicant or the school.

Admission to the International School of Berne is based upon:

  • the potential of the applicant to benefit from the educational services provided
  • the capacity of the school to meet the educational needs of the applicant.

To evaluate a student’s application we ask for various documents and will request a personal interview with all prospective students. Applicants in Grade 6 – 10 will be asked to take placement tests in English and Mathematics.

(Please note, there is an application fee of CHF 250 to cover administration costs, charged upon enrolment.)

Final decisions on admissions require the approval of the Director.

Application to the IB Diploma Programme

Due to the structure of the IB Diploma Programme, it is preferable that students join at the start of Grade 11. Previous attendance at another IB school is not required.

Students wanting to join Grade 12 must be transferring from another IB school and need to demonstrate reasonable compatibility between courses undertaken at their previous school, and the ISBerne IBDP programme. Students wanting to join Grade 12 must meet with our IBDP coordinator.

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