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A warm welcome to prospective parents and students from our Director Denise Coates...

The International School of Berne (ISBerne) provides a high-quality academic programme which encourages students to be reflective and involved in the learning process. This starts in the Early Learning Centre and progresses through to Grade 12.

Our dedication to excellence in international education has been part of the school drive to develop as an International Baccalaureate World School.

The school’s IB Diploma programme was established in 1995; we were authorised to offer the IB Primary Years Programme in January 2007 and the IB Middle Years Programme in April 2007. We are one of only 9 IB schools in Switzerland offering three IB programmes.

ISBerne continues to offer, in addition to the IB, an accredited US High School Diploma.

Through our IB programmes, ISBerne students are well-prepared for the future and develop an understanding of cultural diversity, collaboration and independent learning.

With over 325 students from over 40 countries and staff from 12 nations, we are truly an international community.

Please explore our website and discover what we offer in our unique setting in the heart of Switzerland.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school, or better still, come and visit us. Our staff will be pleased to give you a tour and answer your questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at ISBerne.

Denise Coates

New Campus

The International School of Berne has moved three times over the lifetime of the school. The most recent move being in April 2017, to our new purpose-built campus.  Read more…


ISBerne is very proud of its experienced and diverse team of international educators. The school has a faculty of 49 full and part-time teachers representing 12 nationalities. Read more…

Mission & Vision

ISBerne is a creative learning community for students from all over the world. Our strong educational curriculum is built upon IB pedagogy. Read more…


In March 2015 the International School of Berne welcomed the visiting teams representing the Council of International Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate. Read more…


The International School of Berne first officially appeared under the name of the English Speaking School of Berne in October 1961. Read more…

Graduate Destinations

ISBerne offers the prestigious IB Diploma as well as the ISBerne High School Diploma.

University and College Acceptances

ISBerne graduates are accepted at an impressive list of Universities and Colleges around the world.

Click on the arrow below for a list of destinations…

United States of America

Destinations include:

  • Boston University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University
  • New York University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • Utah State University
  • Yale University

United Kingdom

Destinations include:

  • Bath University
  • Bristol University
  • Edinburgh University
  • Imperial College London
  • Kings College London
  • University College London
  • York University


Destinations include:

  • Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Webster University, Switzerland
  • VU Amsterdam University, Netherlands


The International Baccalaureate teachers give above and beyond the level of excellent support for IB students with help during breaks and may extra hours to seek support and help. My child’s teachers have worked hard to help my child succeed.

We appreciate ISBerne’s unique qualities – such as its small size, the interaction between classes and year groups, the attention to a holistic inquisitive approach to learning.

ISBerne is perfect; everything thing works well!

My child loves the cafeteria food and he has already tried so many new flavours.

My child is really enjoying the school. I think the Middle Years’ Program brings students out of the “child stage” and into the “teenager stage” quite well.

The ‘After School Activities’ have been outstanding this year – thank you, we really appreciate it.

I love the community feel at ISBerne.

Having joined less than a year ago, my child is happy to go to school every day and is making great progress academically, showing greater confidence and skills development.

I love our new cafeteria! There is always a variety of delicious food and the staff are incredibly friendly!

From the bottom of my heart; thank you. Our stay in Switzerland has been fantastic thanks to ISBerne!

My daughter loves school, and I have not once heard her complain about school and the environment. She has NEVER encountered bullying or disruptive behavior in class.

The teachers are very easily reached at break times and via email to provide feedback on assignments. They have been an incredible support system!

The teachers have quite a challenging task to balance so many different learning needs on a daily basis, and they seem to do it with ease.

The teachers at ISBerne are amazing. My children have been very lucky to have experienced so many teachers over the last four years.

We appreciate ISBerne’s location in a safe and centrally located country that ensures diverse learning and sporting opportunities.

The people who work in the cafeteria are amazing. They make the cafeteria such a welcoming environment. Always a smile on their faces.

ISBerne encourages children to think and challenge and not just accept.

ISBerne is vibrant, multi-cultural and open.

My children truly enjoy learning about their classmates’ cultures and experiences. I hope they continue to be open-minded and tolerant when we return to the US.

Our child enjoys ISBerne very much and feels comfortable at the school.

My kids love going to school – That’s what matters!

It is the teachers at ISBerne that make the school. They are fantastic.

My son loves learning about the countries and cultures of his classmates; this is priceless.

The school gives a warm welcome to international children, focusing on social development and open-minded education.

ISBerne is truly international and yet homey.

The true multi-cultural community of ISBerne is a huge strength of the school. Students learn to debate each other and learn new points of view respectfully. A globally-minded child is very valuable.

The teachers are passionate about their subjects and really focus on the children’s individual learning.

We are very pleased with the teachers in our son’s Diploma Program. The teachers are very committed to improving our son’s academic progress.

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