International schools serve two main purposes: They offer expatriates the option of educating their children in a way that will prepare them for life in their home country, and they allow native students the chance to receive an international education that will prepare them for work or further study abroad. To this end, most international schools follow a globally standardized curriculum, like the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
Because international schools are almost always taught in English, they are a great option for English-speaking teachers looking to teach abroad. Here are a few international schools in some of the most popular destinations for teaching abroad:
International Schools in China
The British School of Beijing: Founded in 2003, the British School of Beijing employs the English National Curriculum, the standard curriculum developed by the British Government which emphasizes rigorous training for teachers, a reliable system of assessment, and a rich and varied supply of resources. The British School of Beijing has two campuses, with excellent facilities including two full size gyms, areas for football, tennis and basketball, an indoor heated swimming pool, and more. These resources all contribute to a well-rounded educational experience for students and an exceptional work environment for teachers.
International School of Beijing: The International School of Beijing is one of the first international schools in China. From early childhood through high school, the school employs a standards-based curriculum in which educators to set attainable goals for students to reach as benchmarks in their education. These standards ensure that the progress of all students is measured equally.
Applicants for teaching positions at the International School of Beijing must have a Bachelor’s degree, hold accredited teacher certification and proof of at least two years of teaching experience.
Yew Chung International School of Beijing: Yew Chung was founded in 1932, but only became an international school in 1988. It encourages students to study in various languages and in various arts to complement their core academic work. Throughout all levels of learning, students are introduced to both English and Chinese language and culture.
International Schools in Japan
Fukuoka International School: The Fukuoka International school was founded in 1972 and follows the IB curriculum, consisting of three separate programs of study based on the student’s level of education: The Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program (which prepares students for examinations that lead to higher education). Foreign teachers hired by the school have travel expenses covered and receive allowances for as housing, shipping and even furniture.
Yoyogi International School: The Yoyogi International School employs a curriculum that is influenced by the IB program, the English National Curriculum and educational standards of the United States Department of Education. The school is known for its high standards of teaching. Teachers adopt a thematic approach that establishes the foundation for lifelong learning through a structured inquiry into multiple academic disciplines.
To teach at Yoyogi International School, or any school in the Council of International Schools, you must currently hold your teacher certification, and you must have at least two years experience teaching in your certified field. Teachers are also required to be currently teaching.
Osaka International School: The Osaka International School and its sister school, Senri International School, were founded together to merge the “best of Japanese and non-Japanese educational ideas, systems and techniques into two schools which share a building, programs, curricula, philosophies, experiences and dreams.” Both schools boast a 97% success rate for the IB diploma program, and are home to renowned programs in athletics and music.
International Schools in South KoreaKorea International School: Founded in 1999, the Korea International School is an elite K-12 school with a new $45 million campus near Seoul. Prospective students must have at least one non-Korean parent and must have lived overseas for at least three years.
Seoul International School: This school offers its students a challenging American curriculum and boasts state-of-the-art facilities that include five computer labs, two libraries, several science laboratories, two gymnasiums, a five-lane indoor pool and a spacious auditorium.
The minimum requirements for teaching at Seoul International School are a valid teaching certification, two years full-time teaching experience, knowledge of American curriculum, experience working in a multicultural or international school setting, and willingness to work in co-curricular activities. In addition, teachers are expected to have a positive attitude toward their profession, serve as a role model, and conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism.
Taejon Christian International School: Founded by missionaries in 1958, the Taejon Christian International School is now a K-12 school with roughly 600 students. Located near the Daedeok-Science Town, a major center for scientific research in Korea, the school’s facilities include a state-of-the-art high school building, a separate elementary school building, an early learning center, an auditorium, and three computer labs. Taejon’s curriculum follows all three phases of the IB model and also incorporates elements of Christian education.
International Schools in Germany
The John F. Kennedy School: Founded in 1960, the John F. Kennedy School is unique in that it provides free bilingual education to over 1,700 students in grades K-12. The school integrates German and American instruction, and the curriculum is centered on the needs of individual students. American applicants to teaching positions at John F. Kennedy School must have three years of recent full-time teaching experience in a U.S. public School, and hold both a Bachelor’s degree and teacher certification from their state. To teach beyond grade 6, educators must have a Master’s degree in their field of instruction.
Frankfurt International School: The Frankfurt International School is home to over 1,800 students from 50 different countries. The school is accredited by the European Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The secondary program prepares students for both IB and SAT exams. Prospective teachers must have valid teacher certification and at least two years of experience teaching. Also, teachers with advanced teaching degrees are given preference in hiring.
Bavarian International School: The Bavarian International School emphasizes individualized study, capping class sizes at 24 students. Over 750 students from 43 different countries speaking 28 different languages currently attend.
International Schools in the UK
ACS Schools: ACS runs three different schools at Cobham, Egham and Willingdon for student ages 2 to 18. ACS schools follow both IB and Advanced Placement curricula. The Advanced Placement curriculum followed by ACS schools is the same followed here in the United States, which was developed by the College Board to expose motivated secondary school students to college level academic material.
Southbank International Schools: The Southbank International Schools were founded with three principles: that it would be democratic, that it would use London as its classroom and that the curriculum would be individualized. Today, the school maintains campuses in Hampstead, Kensington and Westminster.
American School in England: The American School in England is a leading co-educational university and college preparatory school. The school has over 750 students from 40 different nations, 160 of whom are boarding students. The curriculum is a composite of IB and Advanced Placement curricula, and the school is broken into the Lower School (nursery school to grade 4), the Middle School (5th to 8th grade) and the Upper School (high school). Each of the school’s divisions has developed its own learning environment specific to the different age groups’ various needs and extra attention is paid to the students’ campus life outside the classroom.
The majority of the American School’s roughly 100 faculty members are from the United States. Teachers interested in working at the American School in England should have at least three years full-time teaching experience. Preference in hiring is given to educators holding an advanced degree, or those with experience teaching IB or AP courses.