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International Schools in Copenhagen

Relocating to a new country with your family is not always an easy task. Regardless of the reasons you’re moving to Copenhagen, the most important thing is that your children thrive. Therefore, finding the right education and schools for your kids should be the first priority when deciding to move to Denmark from abroad.

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Thankfully, Copenhagen has plenty of high-quality international schools to choose from. In this article, we will tell you about some of the best English-speaking schools in the Copenhagen area – from kindergarten to diploma programmes. 

Depending on which international school you choose for your children, Bomae can help you find and purchase suitable housing in the same neighbourhood or area as the school is located.

Benefits of attending an international school in Copenhagen

In order for the relocation not to be too big of a step for your children, choosing an international school is often a smart decision. The transition from their previous school to the new one will often be smoother, and your child will be able to participate from the first day.

As a parent, you can feel secure that your child gets a proper education with an international curriculum. Additionally, you will be able to take an active part in your child’s education and help with homework and assignments. Furthermore, many of the international schools in Copenhagen offer Danish as a subject in the curriculum. This allows your children to integrate with Danish society better, and explore their new place of residence on their own terms.  

Another great advantage of attending an English-speaking school is the international environment with a diverse student population and ample opportunities to build a global network. Not only for your child, but also for you as parents. By attending social gatherings and events in school, you will be able to socialize with other parents and grow your social network in your new home country. 

With this being said, regardless if your child understands the language or not, adjusting to a new school is never easy. Therefore, always offer your child support and listen to his or her concerns. Sometimes a certain school may not be the perfect fit for your child. Luckily, it’s possible to change to another one. In the following section, you will learn about some of the most popular English-speaking schools in the Copenhagen area.

Top International Schools in the Copenhagen area

International School of Hellerup

The International School of Hellerup is located in the affluent northern part of Copenhagen and offers education to children aged 3 to 19. ISH, as it’s often referred to, has over 700 students from 70 different countries. The private, not-for-profit ISH is a certified International Baccalaureate School, offering all main IB programmes. The application process is open all year round for primary and middle school students. Application for MYP5 and DP is open to the 1st of September. 

The school is situated in Hellerup in the northeast of Copenhagen. The neighbourhood is very popular with families and consists mostly of houses and larger apartments. 

For more information about the school, its application process and please visit International School of Hellerup’s website

European School of Copenhagen

The European School of Copenhagen is a public school located in Vesterbo, in central Copenhagen. Here, the classes are held in various language sections, such as English, Danish and French. As a public AES (Accredited European School), the education is 100% tuition-free. In order to apply, you fill out an application form online. If your child is selected, he or she will be invited to a screening interview, where their language skills will be assessed. The online application will only be accessible during specific periods of the school year. 

For more information, visit European School of Copenhagen’s website

The European School is located in Vesterbro. This is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood with cultural happenings, family events and green areas. The predominant property type in Vesterbro is apartment buildings. The apartments are generally very well preserved, with lots of charm and light. Learn more about the Vesterbro district in our guide on how to buy an apartment in Copenhagen. 

Other notable International Schools in Copenhagen include 

    • CIS (Copenhagen International School)
    • Sankt Petri Schule (for German speaking students)
    • Montessori International Preschool (using the Montessori method)


Your children’s well-being and development should always be the number one priority when relocating to a new country. By choosing an international school, you can rest assured that your child will get a proper education, and not fall behind due to language barriers. Copenhagen offers many great options when it comes to international schools for children aged 3-19. However, in order to make the right choice, we advise you to visit a handful of schools and talk to the representatives. 

Once you have decided on a school for your child, we at Bomae can help you find suitable housing close to the school. As a buyer’s agency, we assist you with everything from finding the best pieces of property to buying and financing your new house or apartment. Read more about what services we offer here or fill out the form below and we get back to you as soon as possible.

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