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Students follow an established and research-based programme of study.

Welcome to Admissions

Dear Families,

Thank you for your interest in the International School of Hamburg. With more than 50 nationalities among our student body, we have formed a family-orientated school, always ready to welcome and support new members into our community. The ISH community is a very open and friendly place, and our teaching staff is always happy to have visitors peek into their classrooms and observe the exciting projects our students are working on. For new students and their families, the Admissions Office is usually the first point of contact with ISH and in some cases with Germany.

I enjoy answering the enquiries that come in from around the world and will do my best to advise you on any questions you may have, whether they are about how to initiate the admissions process, the course options in Grades 9 or 10, the IB or MYP programmes, our extensive extra curricular activities, or simply about what the weather is like in Hamburg and to where you should live!

I understand the importance of providing incoming students and their parents with a positive transition experience and I am excited to share with you the wonderful experience that awaits you and your family at the International School of Hamburg.

As the main contact in the Admissions Office, I will gladly share my experience with you after being in Hamburg for over 20 years and having relocated as an expatriate myself, from Mexico City and prior to that from New York, Canada and Argentina. I know the importance of feeling welcome in a foreign culture and adjusting to different customs. I am happy to chat with you in any one of my five languages, whether it be French, Spanish, Italian, English or German.

Every family is different and has a unique story to share. It would be my pleasure to hear yours, and to guide you as you explore the details that define the ISH experience.


Sincerely yours,
Catherine Bissonnet
Admissions Officer




Admission Steps:


Schedule A Visit

It is recommended to schedule a visit to the school to familiarize oneself with the facilities and the curriculum offered. There is nothing like “feeling” a school to know whether it will be a good fit for a family. Seeing students in action and meeting key administrators will help in your decision. Click here to email us for further information or a visit including and individual school tour.


Fill in the Application Forms 

Once you have decided that the school is the right fit, the next step is to fill in the online forms. These can be found by clicking here.


Pay Application Fee

Applications will be assessed once the Application Fee has been paid. This fee is non refundable and does not guarantee a space in the school.


Submit all required documents

It is important the school receives all required documents, including past report cards, confidential assessment forms, learning support forms as well as any psychological/educational evaluation when requested.   


Placement testing

All students entering Grade 6 and above are required to take placement tests in both English and Mathematics. These tests are only for evaluation of a student's level in these subjects. These tests can be taken at ISH or under supervision at a student's current school.




It is recommended that all students entering Grade 11 meet with the IB Coordinator in order to discuss subject options, and to better understand the IB Diploma Programme.  If it is not possible for a student to travel to ISH, a Skype interview can be set up. 


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