International School of Hamburg (ISH)

Hamburg, Germany

For over 50 years, ISH has been satisfying parents who desire an excellent international education for their children by combining the IPC and the IB to create a seamless flow from preschool to top universities.

Ages taught:

3 — 19

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Primary Curriculum


Catherine Bissonnet

Job title:

Admissions Officer

Accreditations and memberships:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Council of International Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • European Council of International Schools
  • Northwest European Council of International Schools
  • Association of German International Schools
  • International Primary Curriculum
School Website

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The International School of Hamburg (ISH) was Germany’s first international school and still remains the only one of its kind in Hamburg. For more almost 60 years we have offered a values-driven educational experience that enables all the members of our learning community to reach their full potential. ISH accommodates the needs of internationally minded parents who desire an excellent international education for their children. We offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) — three globally recognized curricular models that foster critical thinking, creativity, a spirit of independent enquiry and international-mindedness as well as high academic standards.

Welcome to International School of Hamburg (ISH)

Senior management

Mr Andreas Swoboda - Head of School
Mr Andrew Cross - Secondary School Principal
Ms Suzan Weishof - Junior School Principal

School description

ISH was Germany's first international school and it remains the only CIS-accredited in Hamburg, the country's 2nd largest city and recent European Green Capital. For 50+ years we have been satisfying parents who desire an excellent, full-day international education for their kids. 

We combine IPC and IB to create a seamless flow from preschool to top universities. Our 750+ students represent 50+ nationalities. We recruit highly qualified native speakers to create a vibrant, nurturing, student-centered experience. Many of our teachers serve as IB examiners or curriculum leaders.

ISH's language is English, yet speakers of all languages are enabled to access the curriculum quickly and go on to thrive. We also provide opportunities for studying mother tongues during the curricular day or after school. All this is complemented by an extensive pastoral care and counseling program and a Welcome program that facilitates your arrival in Hamburg.

Our facilities, built 2010 and expanded in 2015, leave nothing to be desired: 3 spacious gym halls, a full-size soccer pitch, a well-equipped fitness gym, 2 playgrounds, a 45.000+ materials library and our 400-seat auditorium are only part of what we can offer.

Recognizing our responsibility to prepare our students for global citizenship, our mission is to provide them with a values-driven international education which seeks to develop their full potential and to foster understanding, respect for others, freedom of thought and expression, enjoyment of learning and personal responsibility.

Consequently, our graduates have been able to successfully connect their educational experience to an ever-changing world of employment, advanced study at prestigious universities, the arts, or humanitarian service. 


Summerfest and Flea Market May 2016

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Primary Curriculum


Admission process:

We admit students whose academic, personal, social and emotional needs can be met by our programmes and services. To enroll families have to follow the procedures as indicated on the Admissions page of the ISH web site. An interview can be made via the Admissions Office in order to schedule a visit to the campus.

Admission and language criteria:

All international students are accepted regardless of their English language ability up to grade 10. In grade 11-12, we expect students to have a good command of the English Language in order to meet the challenging academic demands. Placement tests in English and Mathematics are administered to students applying for Grades 6-12.

Fees (Annual)


10.070,00 €


10.820,00 €

Junior Day:

16.000,00 €

Secondary Day:

18.000,00 €

Sixth form:

19.610,00 €



Catherine Bissonnet

Job title:

Admissions Officer




Hemmingstedter Weg 130



Post/Zip Code:



+49 40 881 14 05

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