Top 20 Best International Schools in Barcelona, Spain

Top 20 Best International Schools in Barcelona, Spain

International Schools In Barcelona

There are nearly 40 international schools in Barcelona and the surrounding areas, with a good mix of British schools, American, IB, French and German. 

About Barcelona

Apart from having one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Barcelona has so much to offer for expat families. Sitting right next to the Mediterranean it offers the kind of lifestyle that people living and working in more northern latitudes could only dream of. Summer by the sea, winter in the mountains only two hours away and historically important architecture in all directions. What’s not to like?

Since the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, it has grown to be one of the most important international cities in Europe. In recent years, concerns around political instability have caused some companies to think twice about relocating but the reality on the ground is that life hasn’t been greatly affected apart from the occasional protest or strike. Companies such as Amazon, Facebook, PepsiCo and more have ignored the noise and continued their investments in this beautiful city.

Language Considerations

Language in and around Catalonia can be slightly complicated - Castellano is the accepted language across Spain and in Spanish-speaking countries around the world. However, Spain is more complicated than you would imagine before you live here! Regions around Spain have their own languages with around 8 other languages spoken in total. For those regions, they represent the uniqueness of the people there and their differences from the Spain of Madrid. Catalonia is no different where Catalan is the official language taught in schools; this can make life much more complicated for expats who may not see Catalan as a language that would benefit their children in the same way Castellano would. The reality is that something like 440 million people speak Castellano versus 10 million for Catalan.

School Locations

International schools in and around Barcelona offer an alternative where children can be taught in English, French and German. The majority of schools are located close to Barcelona but some of the best known schools such as The British College of Gava, The British School of Barcelona or The Olive Tree School can be found in areas such as Castelldefels and Sitges just south of Barcelona.

Best International Schools Barcelona

You can see the full directory of international schools in Barcelona or the top 20 below.

Best International School in Barcelona - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Barcelona school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they choose their next school. You can find your school in the Barcelona international school directory, or search by name here.


The Olive Tree School 

5.0 from 16 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16 Max Class Size:20
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The Olive Tree School provides dynamic, personalised education for 3-16 year olds. We founded The Olive Tree in a cosy ground floor of a house in Sitges to provide a school that was warm, caring and with high academic expectations. Now, many years later, we have spacious premises with beautiful grassy gardens, a science lab, two ICT suites, an airy art studio, two large, full libraries, two outdoor classrooms, two thriving vegetable plots and an indoor and an outdoor theatre. However, we have remained true to our original values. Those centre on high expectations for all children leading to academic excellence. We guide every pupil on their path to developing a spirit of independence, optimism and innovation. We inspire our pupils with an excitement for the world of ideas! Our dedicated team of teachers are British-government trained, and employ a variety of teaching styles in the classroom. We create an environment where children experiment with new concepts, and follow their curiosity. Discovery and a free exchange of ideas are essential to us.

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SIL School 

5.0 from 7 reviews
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Curriculum:English,Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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Sil School / Colegio Sil offers an experimental, active and global teaching from 4 months of age, accompanying our students in their personal growth, playing, experimenting and sharing experiences that will establish the foundations of their own learning process. The trilingual project of Colegio SIL focuses on English, Catalan and Spanish to provide students with a solid linguistic competence in all three languages, expanding to a second foreign language in secondary school. SIL School guarantees quality education to students, based on an educational system that focuses on the daily academic progress of the student.

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American School of Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American,IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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American School of Barcelona (ASB) was established in 1962. ASB is an English language based private international school, composed of a rich assortment of heritages, cultures, and languages.  We offer an internationally enriched American curriculum for students from age 3-18, leading to the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Across divisions, school members are committed to providing educational excellence and are united by their desire to continuously improve through innovation. Today, the school is comprised of approximately 900 students, representing more than 50 countries. The American School of Barcelona seeks to continuously improve through innovation. Our aim is to be recognized as the leading international school in Europe, empowering students to lead with integrity, to open minds, and to transform the world.

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Highlands School Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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Highlands School Barcelona is a private, bilingual, catholic school with the mission of educating leaders of the future through academic excellence and integral formation, accompanied by personal guidance. Highlands was born with the idea of offering an innovation, vanguard, and distinctive catholic school, with a high level of English within the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. That idea became reality in 2000. Highlands has managed to make a name in Catalan society offering a quality service, looking towards the future but without forgetting it origins. Nowadays, Highlands School Barcelona is going through a period of remodeling, moving towards to an international projection, helped by a privileged location close to Barcelona and with a unique project in the city.

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English School Barcelona 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16
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The English School Barcelona is a unique, friendly international school which offers an exceptional level of linguistic and cultural education. Children here start their full English immersion at 3 years of age. The school has just one class per year group, with a limited number of pupils in each class. This limit on class size really sets us aside from other schools. The English School Barcelona prides itself on the time and attention we dedicate to each of our students, time and attention that are simply not an option for most schools.

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Schweizerschule Barcelona 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Swiss Primary Language:German
Age Range:3 to 18
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Schweizerschule Barcelona is an international school with a unique pedagogical system that  focuses on the students. Our ultimate goal is for students to grow into self-reliant and responsible people capable of achieving high academic and personal goals. The ESB is a multicultural school with an educational model based on the excellence and principles of Swiss pedagogy and in which the Swiss, Spanish and Catalan cultures live together harmoniously and respectfully. Our students learn a total of five languages: German (our first language of instruction), Spanish, Catalan, English and French. A family environment and a friendly approach characterize our school and form the basis for successful learning in a context in which good coexistence is important. Our students receive the double degree, the Swiss and the Spanish, ie the Matura and the Selectividad. In this way, they finish their school days with excellent conditions to meet the demands of a globalized world and an international labor market.

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Benjamin Franklin International School 

4.9 from 11 reviews
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Curriculum:American, IB, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:20
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Benjamin Franklin International School offers a differentiated American curriculum from Nursery to Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. With near 700 students, BFIS is a truly international school in Barcelona with more than 50 different nationalities. Instruction at BFIS is entirely in English, with language courses offered in Spanish, Catalan and French. Benjamin Franklin International School is a private, non-for-profit school located in the beautiful Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, with many public transportation options nearby. Excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma Program results and university acceptances from some of the most prestigious colleges in the world.

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Zurich Schule 

4.9 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:Swiss Primary Language:German
Age Range:2 to 16
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The quality of our teaching at Zurich Schule Barcelona is based on a pedagogy based on collaboration and teamwork, in small groups and on an ongoing evaluation. We highlight the positive aspects of the learning process and trust in our students, valuing their opinions and prioritizing their human formation in a family atmosphere.

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Princess Margaret School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Spanish, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16
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Princess Margaret School Barcelona is an IB school. We are part of the set of schools recognized worldwide by the International Baccalaureate applying the PYP (Primary Years Program). From the 2017-2018 academic year, we have been also implementing the MYP (Middle Years Program). The IB is an innovative and international method that requires continuous training of the teaching staff, obtaining clear and tangible results. Currently Princess Margaret School is the first and only school in Barcelona to obtain the official PYP certification with 5 special mentions, 3 of which highlighted the excellent cohesion of the whole school team. Princess Margaret School came into existence as an English school at a time when French was predominantly studied. Mrs. Gaos together with Mrs. Ruhí (Noddy Nursery School) reckoned on an international scenario which included a language which has nowadays become the lingua franca around the world. English treated as a valued further language from day one and not merely as an after-thought.

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Akua School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 12
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At Akua School Barcelona we firmly believe that education is the basis for creating new forms of coexistence, taking into account people and the planet as unique beings, with great potential still to be developed. The projects we work on are related to research and science in the field of education, entrepreneurship and training. Akua School accompanies children and adolescents (3 to 18 years old) in the development of their own learning and talents. The school is approved and started in September 2016 with Infant and Primary. The Secondary and Baccalaureate stages will be created according to the organic growth of the school. It is the first educational project created by the Akua Foundation.

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Santa Clara International School 

4.8 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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In Santa Clara International School we believe every student is unique and we place the emphasis on an individualized teaching, paying attention to their abilities, interests and hobbies. We are a small school with an individualized education in order to maximize our students’ potential. Cooperation among students, teachers, parents and management give our school a deep sense of community, a school with lots of values, open to knowledge.

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ISCAT International School of Catalunya 

4.8 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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The International School of Catalunya (ISCAT) is a coeducational British Day and Boarding School located in La Garriga, Barcelona. Through our personalised and authentic learning programmes, we provide students aged 3-18, from Nursery to Year 13, with a formal British education. We follow the British National Curriculum, the portal to study across the UK, USA, Spain and the rest of the world. Learning to learn, learning to be, learning to think. At the International School of Catalunya (ISCAT), the personal growth of each student is at the heart of our educational programme. Our students prepare for the future through academic challenge and stimulation. We fully believe that when the delicate balance between academic endeavor and emotional wellbeing is achieved, our students are most open to the entire learning experience. At ISCAT, we nurture the spirit of each and every one so that, armed with self-knowledge, a belief in themselves, and a solid academic record, they face the world fully prepared to shoulder responsibilities and give of their best.

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Hamelin Laie International School 

4.8 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:Spanish, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 18
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Hamelin Laie International School is a private institution started in 1989 that is wholly dedicated to infant, primary and secondary education. The school is approved by the MEC (Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain) and authorized by the International Baccalaureate to teach the IB Diploma Programme. We believe in education that fosters and promotes critical and creative thinking; our students learn to generate and evaluate hypotheses, develop lifelong learning skills and understand key concepts in the core academic disciplines and the arts. Hamelin Laie International School has always opted to include innovative pedagogies. Learning abilities such as social, self-management, communication, research and analytical are embedded skills in our teaching and learning process so that our students are well prepared for a world full of countless academic and professional possibilities and experiences.

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St. Patrick's International School 

4.6 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:1 to 12
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St. Patrick's International School Barcelona increases children’s skills by developing their creativity and initiative through multiple forms of intelligence. Here at St. Patrick’s International School, we have selected the best international learning programs in order to optimize our children’s potential by developing all personal and intellectual areas. A cozy and stimulating environment where we foster close relationships with children and engage families to fully participate in their child’s educational journey. St. Patrick's International School ensures that all children are happy, well attended and feel committed to the values of the school in a family environment.

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Deutsche Schule Barcelona 

4.6 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:German
Age Range:3 to 18
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Deutsche Schule Barcelona, ​​founded by the German-speaking Protestant community in 1894, has developed in the 125 years of its history to one of the largest German schools abroad and a multicultural school of rank and name. It has gone through many stations with a great deal of turbulence until it has become what she is today: a traditional and modern excellent German school abroad and an important location for German-Spanish encounters in the Spanish-Catalan and pan-European environment.

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The British School of Barcelona 

4.5 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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The British School of Barcelona (BSB) was founded in 1958, with campuses in Sitges and Castelldefels. The BSB School has always provided a great independent international education for our students. All are encouraged to become global citizens; self-confident enough to express and discuss their beliefs and opinions, whilst demonstrating a deep understanding and tolerance of different cultures. The British School of Barcelona follows the English National Curriculum and employ up-to-date, research based pedagogical approaches to ensure our students develop high level learning habits and skills. The British School of Barcelona campus in Castelldefels offers modern and spacious premises which create an optimal setting for effective teaching and learning. The campus is within easy reach from the centre of Barcelona, and is just a 10-minute drive from the airport. The newly revamped BSB campus of The British School of Barcelona, in Sitges, offers modern, thoughtfully-designed, newly equipped facilities to provide the very best learning environment for Early Years and Primary aged children.

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ES International School - Barcelona Campus 

4.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:American Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Since 1999, ES International School has been offering an outstanding global education for all of our international students. Our constant endeavor is to empower students to be lifelong learners and to excel as challenging, critical thinkers in a culturally diverse, ever-changing society, through a commitment to total quality, ethics, encouragement of risk-taking, and celebration of success.

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John Talabot School 

4.2 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:English, Spanish Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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John Talabot is a partially subsidised, secular and multicultural school that offers a solid education in academic, cultural and in human values, based on the curriculum established by the Generalitat of Catalonia and with an exclusive project in the English language that is backed up by 40 years of experience.

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Oak House School 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Oak House School Barcelona is a private, co-educational school, situated in Sarrià, in the north of Barcelona. The school is a Non-Profit Foundation with a Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of seven parents, elected through the Parents’ Association. The Oak House School teaching staff is composed of 106 educators (teachers and teaching assistants) and has a low turnover rate (2% per year in the previous two years). The average tenure is 11 years and in the last three years the staff has been increased by 13% due to the International Baccalaureate offer and more coverage of educational needs. A considerable part of the whole-school budget is allocated to continual professional development. At Oak House information gleaned from an individual training course is cascaded to colleagues so that everyone benefits from the course. A key objective at Oak House School Barcelona is to support and develop effective teaching and learning and help staff to improve their practice through self-reflection based on evidence, and high quality training and professional development opportunities. We encourage our teachers to be reflective practitioners and engage in research which promotes excellence in teaching and learning. We also support Bachillerato and IB teachers in collaborating with universities and business schools because these enrich our knowledge, offer us updated content for our students and a different approach to many topics.

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St. George Barcelona 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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St. George Barcelona is a private British school, located in the upper side of Barcelona city, with classes from two years of age. We have students from more than 40 different nationalities who from the first day, learn English with native teachers. We believe in helping each child reach their own maximum potential and giving them the tools they will need to excel in their personal and professional lives. Students follow the full British National Curriculum, as they would if they were in the UK. St George Barcelona follows all the fundamental principles of British education while taking advantage of the richness of the local environment and culture. This multicultural context is what makes their education different as they complete their studies with compulsory subjects such as Castilian Language and Catalan and Social Studies which are taught weekly in different courses. Thanks to their complete training in both systems, they can choose whether their university studies are going abroad or whether they prefer to stay in Spain.

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This is just the first few schools listed according to their review scores. There are plenty more amazing schools in our database.

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