Open-minded and keen students often choose an international boarding school. In the motivating environment of renowned boarding schools – privately run schools with adjoining boarding facilities – the student’s full potential is realized. The challenge of a stay abroad is enhanced by a valuable learning experience.
Pupils of the most diverse nationalities attend boarding schools, which can be found in nearly all countries worldwide:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Thailand and the USA.
Nowadays it is very important to pay attention to a sound international orientation when making a decision about your child’s education. Intercultural understanding can only be developed by direct contact to a multinational environment.
Admission and Language Abilities
In addition to their completed application forms, students applying to international boarding schools need to show proof of language abilities. This helps in the assessment of each student’s proficiency level.
North American (USA and Canada) boarding schools demand the SLEP-Test (Secondary Language English Proficiency Test), which is a multiple choice language test for students. This tests the child’s abilities after 3 to 5 years of English tuition. The test results supply information on the student’s ability to cope with lessons taught in the English language, especially during their first few weeks of school.
Furthermore, some schools insist on the SSAT-Test (Secondary School Admission Test), which is also a standardised entry test in the English language.
Duration of stay at a Boarding School
There are various options for a stay at an international boarding school:
- 2 years – With the correct choice of subjects, an internationally recognized school leaving certificate can be obtained.
- 1 year – During a 1 year stay at the boarding school, the student’s language abilities are significantly improved. Moreover, distance from familiar surroundings encourages the personal development and self dependence of the child. With the correct choice of subjects, re-entry to a school in home coun-tries runs smoothly.
- 1 term (3 months) – during a 3 month period, life at a boarding school can be tried and tested as well as language abilities improved. Re-entry to schools in the home country should happen effortlessly.