International Schools in Copenhagen
For those looking for the best international schools in Copenhagen, there are nearly 20 to choose from. There are 3 International Baccalaureate, 4 British as well as 1 French, 1 German and as well as a number of Danish schools with an international focus and English language at the core of learning.
Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, is situated on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager and is linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. The historic central city area has a population of around 775,033, while the surrounding urban area has more than 1.3 million residents, rising to more than 2.5 million in the wider metropolitan area. Copenhagen is known as one of the safest, greenest and happiest cities in the world with a high level of equality and a strong sense of common responsibility for social welfare. In keeping with this the Danish have introduced the concept of ‘hygge’ to the world. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a cosy feeling of wellness and contentment, like a warm hug, through enjoying the simple things in life.
The Danish have a passion for design which comes through not only in their architecture, interiors, fashion and practical, yet elegant, household gadgets, but also into their world of gastronomy. Copenhagen is one of the latest culinary capitals with numerous Michelin starred restaurants specialising in presenting local produce in new and beautiful ways.
The Danish love children and Copenhagen is an exceptionally child friendly city. There is plenty of space here, an abundance of beautiful, well designed playgrounds, wonderful parks, open spaces and numerous family attractions. Copenhagen is well served by public transport, a combination of the Metro, bus and train services where one ticket works for all, which is in operation 24 hours a day. It is, however, the most cycle friendly city in the world with over 62% of residents using their bikes in their daily commute and only 9% choosing to drive. This is one of the factors that has led to Copenhagen being named as Europe’s Coolest Green City by the Ecologist Magazine. Other impressive features are the city’s extensive selection of enviro-hotels, eco-shopping, carbon neutral beers, organic restaurants, urban green spaces and a mandatory green roof policy.
Many expats and Danish families with children choose to live in apartments in the central area of the city for easy access to all of the benefits that brings including an abundance of shopping opportunities, great cafés, parks and green areas. A network of cycle routes and excellent public transport makes getting around the city easy. Some of the most pleasant areas for family living include the canal side Christianshavn, Østerbro with its large parks and sporting facilities and leafy Fredriksberg with its villas and larger family apartments.
For quieter and more spacious living with larger apartments and houses with their own gardens, Amagar East, just south of the city centre with its beautiful Strandpark beach island and lagoon, is a popular choice. Further south on Amagar Island, just beyond the airport, is the beautiful, historic, seaside village of Dragør, currently under consideration by UNESCO as a potential World Heritage Site. A commute into the city from here takes around 25 minutes by car or just under 40 minutes by bus. To the north of the city, awash with parks (some with sandy beaches), green space and more spacious family housing yet still only 15-20 minutes from central Copenhagen, are the leafy suburbs of Charlottenlund, Gentofte and Hellerup. These areas are all very popular with expats.
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Read European School Copenhagen reviews
European School Copenhagen is an accredited school under the internationally acknowledged system of European Schools. The European Schools are known for their high academic standards and a declared mission to build bridges between cultures – not least through the knowledge of foreign languages.
Besides high academic standards we attach great importance to developing European School Copenhagen pupils' social competences. Curiosity, respect, collaboration and empathy are central values in the daily life of our multicultural school.
Read Øresunds International Skole reviews
Øresund International Skole is a parent-run free school with teaching from kindergarten to 9th grade. In collaboration with the parents, the students are encouraged to acquire knowledge, skills, working methods and expressions that contribute to the individual student's versatile personal development.
We are a small school that has a great deal of individual teaching where the student learns at their own pace, which means that we meet the student where the student is. We have a Danish curriculum and many teaching hours in English .
We have a life of tolerance and good discipline. Our academic level is high and we require a lot of our students, which means that our students finish with good graduation. Øresund International Skole offers good peace of mind and a safe everyday life for your child.
Read Valby International Preschool reviews
Valby International Preschool is part of the Tinytots International Daycare and Preschool Group. Our vision is to provide a secure, adoring, charming, exciting, respectful and fostering environment for each child in which they get the fullest opportunity to grow and develop.
We work all the time to develop the feeling like a home away from home for the children. We want to develop Valby International Preschool to a place where parents can feel confident that their children are receiving the very best care and education.
Read Sankt Petri Schule reviews
Sankt Petri Schule is a German-Danish school in the heart of Copenhagen, which lives and teaches both languages and cultures on an equal footing. We have a 450-year history, are the oldest German school abroad and have historically close relationships with the Danish royal family and the neighboring St. Petri church.
At the same time, we live in the middle of a modern, democratic society that is part of a common Europe. We are an international school that sees the diversity of the world as an opportunity.
Read Waldorf International School Copenhagen reviews
Waldorf International School Copenhagen (WISC) is a not-for-profit international school with a distinct educational vision. WISC is the international department of Byens Steinerskole, which is a Waldorf school established in 2019. It is recognised by and subject to Danish law and receives a subsidy from the Danish state.
At a Waldorf school, each child is daily challenged on an intellectual, creative, artistic and social level – head, heart and hands. We, therefore, offer a wide range of subjects, which each child can follow at their own individual level.
Read Bernadotte School reviews
The international section of the Bernadotte School, The Little House, is an international school in Denmark that offers education from pre-school to 9th grade (age group 6 - 15 years). It is important to note that we are Danish and not an American or British international school, and that our working methods, philosophy and the general ambience of the school will reflect this difference.
The Scandinavian tradition of openness, tolerance and freedom of mind also shows in its educational systems. Knowledge and learning are seen as tools that enhance the individual's understanding and appreciation of life, rather than being a checklist of academic goals that can be pursued in isolation. It is our experience that the skills and strengths that our system fosters stand the student in good stead for any academic study undertaken in later life.
Bernadotte School is run democratically, as it would not be in keeping with the school's aims to reserve decision-making for a chosen few. Parents, students and teachers all have influence in the running of the school, both on a day-to-day level, and in liaison with each other through their respective representative bodies.
Read Bjørn's International School reviews
Bjørn's International School in Copenhagen is an independent international school with about 160 students from over 50 nations and an internationally qualified teaching staff. BIS students can be taught through English or Danish from 6 to 16 years.
BIS is a member of ECIS (European Council of International Schools) and the centre for IGCSE (the International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in Copenhagen. Bjorn’s International School was established in 1967 and is open to all who share our vision and guidelines.
Read North Zealand International School reviews
North Zealand International School (NIS) is a small school where every child is known and appreciated. Not only are the lessons interesting and inspiring but the community atmosphere allows parents and children to integrate into Denmark quickly and smoothly. This unique combination of good education and community atmosphere mean that 98% of our parents would recommend NIS to others.
The international curricula at NIS provide a solid foundation of education for the future lives of our students. At North Zealand International School we believe that anything can be learned and seeking the personal potential of each student is key.
Families living in North Zealand enjoy a high quality of life with access to sandy beaches, numerous green spaces, parks, castles and of course the delights of Copenhagen, which is only 20 minutes away.
Read Jinnah International School reviews
Jinnah International School is a Danish Pakistani school with discipline, respect and high aspirations for the individual child. At Jinnah International School, the weight is high and the majority of the students in the school continue in high school after 9th grade.
Respect and discipline are the key words, just as we take for granted that students are ready for teaching.
Read Birkerød Gynasium reviews
Birkerød Gymnasium, HF, IB & Boarding School is a Danish national school, situated a mere 25-minute train ride away from the centre of Copenhagen. The school accommodates approximately 1100 students in two national programs and the IB Diploma Programme.
With approximately 320 Pre-IB and IB students we are one of the biggest IB World Schools in Denmark. Birkerød Gymnasium has been an IB World School for more than 25 years, offering the upper- secondary IB Diploma Programme for 16 to 19-year-old Danish and foreign students. The school is run on democratic principles with the emphasis on active student participation, influence and responsibility.
We want a school where obligations and rights go hand in hand, a school where argumentation and dialogue prevail over authority.
Other International Schools in Copenhagen
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