With such a large expat population, it's no wonder that there is an abundance of international schools to choose from in Beijing. Popular options include the curriculum of the UK (including the Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels), the curriculum of the US (including SATs and AP subjects), and the International Baccalaureate. For English-speaking expats, this is the ideal alternative to the Chinese public school system. There are also international schools teaching in other languages such as French and German.

Expat parents can expect a high quality of education from international schools in Beijing. Most schools have modern, purpose-built facilities and teachers are usually well qualified with many years of experience. Another advantage of international schools is the opportunity they provide for children to continue with a familiar and easily transferable curriculum, which makes the process of moving to a new country much less stressful.

International schools usually have rolling admissions policies so new students can join any time of the year. While there are many options to choose from, international schools in Beijing do fill up quickly, so it's usually well worth it to apply as far in advance as possible.

Below is a list of reputable international schools in Beijing.


International schools in Beijing

Beijing Aidi School

Offering several different curricula from around the world, Beijing Aidi School has a robust student body of 3,000 and is one of China's largest international schools. The school is well kitted out for sporting activities, with facilities featuring two swimming pools, two gyms, a basketball court and a golf driving range. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American, Australian, Chinese, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 3 to 18

Beijing City International School

Beijing City International School is an International Baccalaureate World School that also offers its own fully accredited curriculum known as the IDEATE programme. The student body is made up of close to 1,000 pupils from 40 different countries around the world. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and IDEATE (own curriculum)
Ages: 2 to 18

British School of Beijing, Shunyi

British School of Beijing, Shunyi is a Nord Anglia school situated close to the Beijing Capital Airport. This modern school utilises technology as a teaching tool. Information Computer Technology (ICT) is taught as a subject from Grade 1 and every classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards, projectors and smart TVs. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE, International Baccalaureate and German
Ages: 1.5 to 18

Canadian International School of Beijing

Founded in 2005, the Canadian International School of Beijing offers the full range of International Baccalaureate programmes as well as the curriculum of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The school has fantastic facilities including specialised areas and equipment for learning, play, sports and the arts. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian (New Brunswick) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 1.5 to 18 

Dulwich College Beijing

With links to the original Dulwich College in London, Dulwich College Beijing offers a quintessentially British experience in the heart of China. Facilities are top-notch and include bright, airy and modern classrooms as well as other exciting resources such as two sports domes, four theatres, six tennis courts, a radio studio and a FIFA two-star-rated football pitch. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18

Lycée Français International Charles de Gaulle de Pékin

The Lycée Français International Charles de Gaulle de Pékin has a number of language options. Students can opt to join the French (with English and Chinese taught as additional languages) section, the British section (bilingual French/English) or the Chinese section (bilingual French/Chinese). Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3 to 17

Yew Chung International School

Since its pioneering start as one of the first international schools in Beijing in 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing has been providing outstanding education to expat students for nearly 25 years. The school's bilingual English/Mandarin programme combines the best of Eastern and Western educational philosophies. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18

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