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Cologne International School

About Us

Cologne International School - Internationale Friedensschule Köln (CIS IFK) provides a path either to the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the German Abitur. We are committed to an international education within the local community, individualised support in small learning groups and the development of German and English language skills to native speaker level, with numerous additional language options. State-of-the-art facilities and resources help deliver the academic excellence and high standards of ‘soft skills’ that will be crucial in tomorrow’s world.

Three Schools on one Campus

We uniquely operate three schools on our CIS-IFK campus. A bilingual primary school and a choice of two secondary schools - our International Secondary School and our Gymnasium bilingual + (German/bilingual grammar school). This allows for smooth transitions and easy mobility for all of our families, while also enabling students to follow the learning path which best fits their individual needs. Across our vibrant, international campus, we offer an extensive extracurricular programme with a multitude of sports, music and further stimulating and exciting activities as well as regular class trips, social projects and international exchange programmes.

Bilingual Primary School

Our primary school implements the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) into which we have integrated the curriculum of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. In addition to traditional academic development, we emphasise children’s investigative, research and communication skills through our transdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning. Two teachers, one English speaker and one German speaker, work together in mixed-age classrooms (max 25 students) team-teaching the core subjects, balancing between whole class settings and smaller group differentiation. Our fantastic teacher-pupil-ratio allows for a comprehensive overview of each child’s development, while fostering children’s language development in both German and English. An extensive support system ensures that students receive individual support and enrichment as necessary, enabling each pupil to reach their potential during their primary school career.

At the end of primary, our students can choose which secondary school they would like to enter based on the curriculum and qualification that would be most fitting to their needs.

International Secondary School

The International Secondary School offers a combination of Cambridge International and International Baccalaureate programmes, designed to provide our students with the best access to higher education and ongoing careers. After completing the IB PYP in grade 5 and the Cambridge Secondary I curriculum in grades 6-8, 9th and 10th grade students follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which is also recognized in Germany as the Gymnasium qualification for 16 year olds (Mittlerer Schulabschluss). Grades 11 and 12 study the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), an ambitious, well-rounded curriculum recognized by universities worldwide.

The language of instruction is English, with German viewed as a core subject for both native and non-native speakers. We also offer Spanish and French throughout the school and in the IBDP, give international students the chance to study literature in their own language.

Gymnasium bilingual +

For those families who plan to stay long-term in Germany, the Gymnasium bilingual + offers a high-quality alternative to the German public school system (with Ersatzschule status, meaning it is approved by the state to implement the public curriculum and grant the German high school qualification, the Abitur). We build a solid foundation in lower secondary with small learning groups and up to 10 additional hours of teaching in the core subjects as well as an enrichment programme for academically stronger students. The upper secondary school offers a range of courses for university entrance qualifications, as well as language certificates necessary for study abroad.

In addition to the usual English lessons, we provide up to 8 hours per week of subject content taught in English (e.g. in social studies or science) - much more than required by the North Rhine Westphalia curriculum for bilingual schools. Of course French, Latin and Spanish are offered as further languages as well.

Individualized Learning

It is of utmost importance to us that every child can make full use of their potential without being overburdened or under-challenged. Throughout our school, we focus on individualisation and differentiated learning within both small group and whole class environments. A dedicated team provides comprehensive support, tailored to the needs of individual students. English as a second language, German as a second language, mathematics and social skill development are all part of our programme, as are enrichment opportunities to challenge our more able students.


CIS-IFK students have extensive guidance to help determine which courses and institutions will best meet their higher education and career needs. We have two dedicated university guidance officers who meet with all of our upper school students and consult with them to ensure they have the best advice available. Additionally, we regularly take students to university and careers fairs as well as hosting a range of these ourselves.

Boarding House

For parents working in multinational companies, our boarding house offers the solution to the continuity of a child’s education. We operate a purpose-built boarding house for students who would like to come to, stay in or return to Cologne and finish their education at CIS-IFK if a parent is relocated overseas. It can currently host up to 16 students, from 15 years old upwards, three to four sharing an apartment with a private bathroom. All apartments are fully furnished to high standards, equipped with WLAN and residential adult supervision.


Enrolment at CIS-IFK is possible at any time during the year. Our teachers are used to transition families who are relocating to Germany mid-semester, integrating and supporting them as easily as locally-based families.

We offer prospective students the chance to join a Discovery Day, when they can spend a day experiencing life at CIS-IFK. For overseas students we can arrange a video conference call with one of our principals or teachers as well as contacts with families from the same country or with children in the same year group.

For further information about our school or to book a Discovery Day please just send us an email (admissions@if-koeln.de) or give us a call +49 (0)221 310 634-219.


Cologne International School

For more information please refer to our website: www.if-koeln.de. To find out about the admission procedure or to register your child, please contact our Admissions Office, admissions@if-koeln.de or +49 (0)221 / 310 634-219.

Cologne International School has scheduled an Information Evening and two Open House Days over the next months:

Information Evening, Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:30-8:30pm
Open House, Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am-2:00pm
Open House, Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am-2:00pm

Find out more at this link.

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