Best International Day & Boarding Schools in Spain

Why study in Spain?

With its blend of cultures, arts, sports and history, Spain offers the opportunity to experience an unrivaled international education, in one of the world’s most desirable countries.

Bilingual, quality, safety, economic stability

Secondary education in Spain provides a unique opportunity to foreign students to learn the Spanish language in a safe and welcoming country with the highest academic standards.

Quality of life

As one of the oldest nations on earth, Spain can offer a combination of qualities which make it an ideal destination to experience a unique educational and cultural environment. With people famed for their hospitality, situated in southeastern Europe far from conflict zones and free of natural disasters, Spain is rightly considered as one of the safest locations in the world.

With significant modernization and development in recent decades, in addition to a wonderful climate and excellent social services, Spain is recognized as a country with some of Europe’s highest living standards, and as a destination favored by millions of tourists every year.

Environment and climate

Situated at the mouth of the Mediterranean, Spain enjoys a continental climate. Its privileged location gives rise to a country of unique geographical richness and variety. From the mountains famed for their skiing to a range of coastal regions, to islands with a tropical climate; Spain has a little of everything.

In addition, with some of Europe’s best transport infrastructure, moving around Spain, whether it be by plane, car or train could not be easier. Such ease of movement allows Spanish international schools to offer activities for their foreign students in many parts of this fascinating country.

Language and sports

Learning and/or perfecting the Spanish language (the second most spoken mother tongue in the world) is one of the principal reasons to spend an academic year or more in Spain. If this can be combined with studying an international programme, the effects can be multiplied to provide a truly enriching experience.

Furthermore, Spain is also recognized for its international excellence in many sporting disciplines. Its most prestigious international schools offer programmes from beginner to advanced/elite in sports such as football, tennis, basketball or golf. In addition, Spain’s wonderful climate allows for these sports to take place outdoors for most of the year combined with the extraordinary facilities of the international schools.

Art, culture and history

In addition to an immersive linguistic experience in the Spanish language, the opportunity to experience the history, art and culture of one of the great centres of civilization is immeasurable.

Not only does Spain possess some of the world’s finest galleries and museums, but also an extraordinary range of cities whose architectural and artistic value are world-renowned.
The international schools of Spain have educational programmes and extra-curricular activities based on this heritage which include not just art but also music, dance and drama.

Outstanding facilities and campuses

In the past Spain was not always known as a destination for an international education. However, with the advent of private schools with international boarding facilities, the situation has changed significantly in the last number of years, especially with the number of such schools who offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) or British programmes.

These schools, with their high academic standards, are considered as innovators within the Spanish educational community, especially in the areas of methodology, facilities, academic resources, and sports and arts installations.

The quality of these campuses and the atmosphere of the boarding schools is the equal of or exceed those of the finest private schools in the world.


The cost of a private, international education in Spain is somewhat less than other comparable European countries, with the added bonus of being able to learn a language as important as Spanish while maintaining or improving the level of English.

All in all, this means that Spanish private schools are competing with their best North American and European counterparts and are not found wanting.

Best International Day & Boarding Schools in Spain

Schools in alphabetical order, no ranking:


Aloha College

Aloha College offers a British-style education for the international community, at the same time offering education in Spanish language and culture, enabling students to gain qualifications from both the British ...
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International College Spain

International College Spain, Madrid (ICS) is an international community school that is committed to giving every child a truly global learning experience. The School was founded in 1980 by the ...
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International School San Patricio Toledo

International School San Patricio Toledo, founded in 2006, belongs to San Patricio institution dedicated to education since 1958, which has three centers in Madrid, one center in Toledo and a ...
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Sotogrande International School

Sotogrande International School is a values driven, passionate learning community. We aim to create magical learning experiences that open pupilÍs minds to new experiences and learning strategies. As citizens with ...
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The American School of Barcelona

Esplugues de Llobregat
The American School of Barcelona (ASB) is a private, non-profit, coeducational day school serving students from 3-18 years old in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area. ASB offers a university preparatory ...
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The British School of Barcelona

The British School of Barcelona is a center that offers an international perspective to your childÍs learning from young age. Your child will receive a comprehensive education from 2 to ...
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The popular schools can have long waiting lists. We advise you to apply early in order to secure places, so make sure, that you start investigating well in advance. Then start approaching the schools’ admissions offices or use the world schools request function.

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