International schools in Barcelona

International schools in Barcelona

If you are thinking of moving to Barcelona with children, the most important decision will be which school to choose. You can read our quick guide to the Catalan education system here. Thanks to the growing numbers of expats in Barcelona and its surrounding areas, there is a great selection of international schools to choose from.

Here you have a list of international, multilingual  private schools in Barcelona. For ease of reading, we have highlighted the age range for each school, as well as the curriculum they follow.


American School of Barcelona

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate

Carrer Jaume Balmes 7, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Tel. 93 371 4016

Benjamin Franklin International School

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate

Carrer Martorell i Peña 9, 08017 Barcelona, Tel. 93 434 2380

ES School – El Prat de Llobregat

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate

ES School follows an American High School program and offers preparation for US college and university applications. Set in a campus located within the Sánchez-Casal tennis academy, sports are an essential part of the school curriculum.

Autovia de Castelldefels C-31 km 191, Apartado de Correos 176, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat


The British School – Castelldefels

Ages: 0 to 18 years
Curriculum: British

Spanish is introduced at age four and Catalan at age five. Located 20 kilometres from Barcelona in Castelldelfels, it is close to the beach and a bus service is available.

Calle Ginesta 26, Castelldelfels, Tel. 93 665 1584

Oak House

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: British curriculum up to 12 years; British and Spanish from 12 to 18 years. Secondary students study for iGCSEs – accredited by the University of Cambridge.

Sant Pere Claver 12-18, Barcelona, Tel. 932524020 / 932524021

St. George’s School

Ages: 2 to 18 years
Curriculum: British with small modifications to take into account their international context. Secondary students  take iGCSEs and then A levels.

Carrer de l´Esperança 13, 08017 Barcelona

Kensington School

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: British with small modifications to take into account their international context. Children take iGCSEs and then A levels.

Carrer Cavallers 31-33, Tel. 93 203 5457,

The Olive Tree school – Sant Pere de Ribes

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: British

The Olive Tree school is a small primary and secondary school. They only accept children with a high level of English and have a maximum of 12 children per class.

Rambla del Garraf 21, Sant Pere de Ribes, Tel 93 188 62 15

ISCAT – The International School of Catalunya – La Garriga

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Curriculum: British

Catalan and Spanish are also integrated in the programme, with French as a foreign language. It is in la Garriga located just 30 minutes from Barcelona centre. They have a school transport service to and from Barcelona. ISCAT uniquely offers Emotional Education as a subject for all students and endorses the Forest Schools approach at all levels.

Passeig 9, 08530 La Garriga, Tel. 93 841 4077

Colegio SEK Catalunya – La Garriga

Ages: 0 to 18 years
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate throughout primary and secondary

Part of the SEK group, founded in Madrid in 1892.  Its Catalunya campus is located on the edge of Montseny National Park, just outside La Garriga, around 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona. The SEK-Catalunya trilingual curriculum fulfils national requirements and the school is also authorised for all three stages of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

Avda. Els Tremolencs, 24-26, Urbanización Els Tremolencs, 08530 La Garriga


Hamelin Laie International School

Ages: 0 to 18 years
Curriculum: Trilingual

It follows the Spanish curriculum but teaching is trilingual (English, Spanish and Catalan). Secondary students can take the International Baccalaureate. The school is around a 20 minute journey from the centre of Barcelona.

Ronda 8 de Març   178-180, Montgat 08390, Tel: 935556717  

English Acadamy Santa Claus 

Ages: 3 to 12 years
Curriculum: Spanish . Lessons taught in English up to 6; British and Spanish from 6 to 12 years

Carrer León XIII 12, 08022 Barcelona, Tel. 93 417 18 47

St Peter’s School

Ages: 1 to 18 years

Curriculum: Spanish. Pre-school taught in English. Primary and secondary are taught in English, Spanish, Catalan and German.

Eduard Toldrà 18, 08034 Barcelona, Tel. 93 204 3612

Princess Margaret

Ages: 3 to 16 years

Curriculum: Spanish. Pre-school taught in English. Primary and secondary are taught in English, Spanish, Catalan.

Passeig de la Font d’en Fargas 15-17, 08032 Barcelona, Tel. 93 429 0313

St Paul’s School

Ages: 0 to 18 years
Curriculum: Spanish

Founded in 1968 St Paul’s School is located in Pedralbes and offers nursery through to 18. Pre-school is taught in English and Elementary school introduces half a day in Spanish. The Bachillerato is mostly in Spanish.

Avenida Pearson 39-45, 08034 Barcelona, Tel. 93 203 0500

European International School – Sant Cugat

Ages: 1 to 18 years
Curriculum: Spanish

Offers international examinations throughout primary and secondary and the International Baccalaureate. There is a strong emphasis on language learning and the majority of the students are Spanish with a small percentage from the international community.

Avinguda Pla del Vinyet 110, 08172 Sant Cugat, Tel. 93 589 8420

Highlands School Barcelona

International private catholic and bilingual school for students between 1 and 18 years old, founded in 2001. It is an international school which offers high-quality Spanish and English education to catholic students of different nationalities from infant school up to university, with the recognition of Cambridge University. The main teaching language is English, followed by Spanish and Catalan. The school also offers the students the possibility of choosing other languages such as French or German.

Manuel Florentin Pérez 26. 08950 Esplugues  Llobregat. Tel. 93 418 0900


Collège Ferdinand de Lesseps

Collège Ferdinand de Lesseps, founded by Ferdinand de Lesseps, is the oldest French school in Spain. Following the French education system, the school is for children from the age of 3 and is accredited by the AEFE (the association of French schools abroad). The school is divided into two campuses on Carrer Valencia and Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes. There are approximately 460 pupils of which 54% are French.

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 707, Tel. 93 232 1612 and Carrer Valencia 314, Tel. 93 458 3241

Lycée Français de Barcelone

The French Lycée caters for more than two and a half thousand pupils from nursery to baccalauréat. Pupils are taught according to the French National System of Education and pass the French academic exams and the “Selectividad”. All levels are taught in French with Spanish, Catalan and English as a major part of the curriculum. The school’s objective is to ensure that all pupils succeed in their studies and pursue their education in the country of their choice.

C/ Bosch i Gimpera 6-10, 08034 Barcelona, Tel. 93 203 7950

Ecole Bel Air – Sitges

Ecole Bel Air is located just outside Sitges, between St Pere de Ribes and Vilanova. The school teaches in French, following the French curriculum. It offers education from the age of 3 to 18.

Carretera C-246a, Km. 42, Vilanoveta, 08810 Sant Pere de Ribes, Tel. 93 896 2267

Bon Soleil – Gavà

The Bon Soleil school in Gava school follows the French education system with English, Spanish and Catalan taught as secondary languages. Founded in 1969, there are currently 1080 pupils in the school and 71 members of staff.

Camino de la Pava, 15, Gavà, Tel. 93 633 1358,


Escuela Suiza de Barcelona

The Escuela Suiza de Barcelona accepts children of all nationalities from the age of 3 to 18. The school follows the Swiss curriculum and teaching is in German with Spanish as a second language. Founded in 1919 there are currently 640 pupils at the school. Approximately half the teaching staff are German speaking and the other half Spanish. Both Swiss and Spanish diplomas are awarded.

Calle Alfons XII 99, 08021 Barcelona, Tel. 93 209 6544

Deutsche Schule

The Deutsche Schule is an independent private school recognised by the government of Spain and accredited by the Ministry of Education in Germany. Pre-school is for 3 to 6 year olds. The Oberschule is divided in ‘gymnasium’ classes (classes 7 to 12 with the Reifeprifung exam) and the Haupt and Realschule (classes 7 to 10). Pupils can take the ‘Bachillerato’ (classes 11 and 12) and after the ‘selectividad’ exam can study at any Spanish or German University.

Av Jacint Esteva Fontanet 105, 08950 Esplugues Tel. 93 371 8300

Zurich Schule

The Zurich Schule offers an education in German, Spanish, Catalan and English to pupils from the age of 3 to 18. If offers small classes in a family atmosphere with a high value placed on sports and culture.

Av Pearson 73, 08034 Barcelona Tel. 93 203 7600


Istituto Italiano Statale Comprensivo di Barcellona

The Istituto Italiano is a public Italian school that depends on the Italian Ministry of Education. The school offers education from six to 18 and all teaching is in Italian, with Spanish, Catalan and English taught as foreign languages.

Pje. Mendez Vigo 8, 08009 Barcelona, Tel. 93 487 46 65

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