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Admission Steps & Policies

The International School of Hamburg exists to provide a quality international education in English for children in Hamburg.

In general, admission is open to all students who can profit from such an education. The school cannot accept for admission students who:

  • require a self-contained program of special education separate from the mainstream;
  • cannot cope with the physical limitations of the buildings;
  • have a poor previous scholastic or behavioural record.

ISH is a popular choice for families. If the number of students hoping to enrol exceeds our capacities, a waitlist will be created. Qualified applicants will generally be admitted from the waitlist in the order in which they applied to ISH. However, we also consider the individual needs of our prospective students. For example, non-German speaking students who would struggle in the local schools are given priority.

Admissions Steps

1. Schedule a school tour
There is nothing like “feeling out” a school to know whether it will be a good fit. We recommend that you first take a look at our virtual tour and then schedule a visit to our campus, during which you can meet our community members and get all of your questions answered. Our Admissions Officers, Karolin Mutzel (Early Childhood Centre & Junior School) and Margaret Metzler (Secondary School), will look after your visit.

2. Start the Online Application
If you would like to join our ISH community, you will need to apply online. You can find more information here!

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

4. Submit all documents
You will need to submit the appropriate documentation, such as previous school records, to ensure that your application is complete and ready for review. See our checklist below for more details.

5. Placement 
At ISH, we ensure that all students are in the best program for them. To that end, students entering grades 6 and above must take placement tests in both English and Mathematics. They can do this at ISH or at their current school. We also recommend that all students entering grade 11 meet with our IB Coordinator, James Dalton, either in person or online. Mr Dalton is always happy to talk about the IB Programme and to help students choose the best subjects for them.


ECC Playground at the International School of Hamburg

Junior School

Junior School Assistant at the International School of Hamburg

Secondary School

Secondary School hallway at the International School of Hamburg