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Best schools in Vienna

A snapshot: schools in Vienna considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names.

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.

International schools

American International School of Vienna (AIS)  (pending)

American curriculum/ High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 800 students

On a ten acre campus bought by the US government, close to the famous Vienna Woods. Founded jointly, by the Embassies of the United States and Canada in 1959 and assisted by the US State Department. Accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Strong North American influences but teaches students from over 60 countries and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Vienna International School (VIS)  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,400 students

Home to students from a staggering, 100 plus nationalities, speaking over 80 different languages. This International Baccalaureate World School has one of the most global profiles of any international school. Located close to UN headquarters, they are completely non-selective but still, consistently, score above the world average for their IB Diploma results. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

The schools below have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Amadeus International School

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 250 students

Housed in classical (early 20th century) buildings, in a picturesque residential district, a tram-ride away from the centre of Vienna. An International Baccalaureate World School, catering for international students from nursery to diploma level. Opening its doors in 2012, it provides the opportunity for the musically gifted to study at the Amadeus Academy of Music, an integral part of the school.

Danube International School Vienna

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 540 students

Founded in 1992 in the centre of Vienna and now based close to Prater Park. One of only  three schools in Vienna to offer the International Baccalaureate programme at all three levels (although not teaching the IB Careers Programme). A private school, teaching in English and although not a boarding school, will arrange places (with supervision) in one of three different boarding institutes.

International Christian School of Vienna

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IB Diploma; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 320 students

Started by missionary families in 1985, in the 10th district of the city, and becoming a member of the Free Churches in Austria consortium of schools in 2014. Still growing continuously, there are plans to move to a new state of the art facility, able to cater for 500-600 students. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the Association of Christian Schools (ACSI).

Lycée Francais de Vienne

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 1,850 students

A member of the Agency for French Schools Abroad (AEFE) network and open to both French (now hovering at about a third of the student cohort) and Austrians, since its inauguration at the end of the Second World War. A large school, by foreign lycée standards, and also rare in offering a boarding option. They share the boarding house with a school founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1746.

Vienna Elementary and European School

Adapted bilingual curriculum/ Austrian Matura; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

A bilingual German/English school founded in 2001 and catering mainly for students holding Austrian passports. The elementary school teaches in English but provides a German language programme as well. For the first four years of senior school (known as Vienna European School), almost all subjects are taught in English and continue to be so, whilst leading up to the Austrian Matura.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.


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