Multi-award winning IB boarding school offers one of the most diverse and global educations in the world, and now exceeds 100 nationalities of students

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Swiss International School Dubai, one of the city’s newest schools, and the emirate’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate school, is rapidly creating a strong international reputation – and now boasts pupils from more than 100 countries.

The Al Jadaf-based school, one of only two boarding schools in Dubai, was recently ranked among the top 100 private schools in the world, beat off stiff international competition to take a global Talk Education Environment Award, and is already rising up the ranks to be named as one of the top ten schools in the UAE.

Ruth Burke, Principal, says: “It is wonderful that we now have a student body that represents more than 100 nationalities. At the core of the school, our mission is to prepare our pupils to become 21st century global citizens – through the excellence of the IB curriculum, and our unique bilingual classroom teaching.

“Sustainability and good citizenship are also core to the SISD family, and we believe the chance to mix with other pupils from such a diverse background will truly engender a sense of global mindedness and international empathy and understanding among our students.”

Within the 1800-pupil community, students interact with a variety of nationalities, ethnicities and religions each and every day.

As part of the Swiss-inspired ambitious educational experience, the school’s teaching team and staff commit to supporting and nurturing all students to be their very ‘BEST’ – an acronym for SISD’s four underpinning values of Bilingualism, Excellence, Sustainability and Togetherness.

As Ruth comments: “In all we do, our pupils are collaborators, risk-takers, curious, open-minded, linguistically adept, flexible and happy people; equipped to approach learning and life with drive, kindness and consideration. Our boarding school environment supports this, and offers students the opportunity to, not only be educated amongst a diverse group of students, but also to live alongside them too – a very unique and special experience, very representative of the world they will join post-education”

The diversity of pupils reflects the nature of Dubai, where more than 200 nationalities rub shoulders every day.

Nationalities represented:

  1. Afghan
  2. Albanian
  3. Algerian
  4. American
  5. Argentine
  6. Armenian
  7. Australian
  8. Austrian
  9. Azerbaijani
  10. Bahraini
  11. Bangladeshi
  12. Belgian
  13. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  14. Brazilian
  15. British
  16. Bulgarian
  17. Canadian
  18. Chileans
  19. Chinese
  20. Colombian
  21. Congolese
  22. Croatian
  23. Cypriot
  24. Czech Republic
  25. Danish
  26. Dominican
  27. Dutch
  28. Ecuadorean
  29. Egyptian
  30. Emirati
  31. English
  32. Estonian
  33. Ethiopian
  34. Fijian
  35. Filipino
  36. French
  37. German
  38. Greek
  39. Hong Konger
  40. Hungarian
  41. Indian
  42. Indonesian
  43. Iranian
  44. Iraqi
  45. Irish
  46. Israeli
  47. Italian
  48. Japanese
  49. Jordanian
  50. Kazakhstani
  51. Kenyan
  52. Kittian and Nevisian
  53. Kuwaiti
  54. Kyrgyz
  55. Lebanese
  56. Libyan
  57. Lithuania
  58. Luxembourger
  59. Macedonian
  60. Maltese
  61. Mexican
  62. Moldovan
  63. Moroccan
  64. Namibian
  65. Netherlands
  66. New Zealander
  67. Nigerian
  68. Norwegian
  69. Omani
  70. Palestinian
  71. Philipino
  72. Polish
  73. Portuguese
  74. Qatari
  75. Romania
  76. Russia
  77. Rwandan
  78. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  79. Saudi Arabian
  80. Serbian
  81. Sierra Leone
  82. Singaporean
  83. Slovakian
  84. Slovene
  85. South African
  86. South Korean
  87. Spanish
  88. Sudan
  89. Swedish
  90. Swiss
  91. Syrian
  92. Tajikistan
  93. Thai
  94. Tunisian
  95. Turkish
  96. Turkmenistan
  97. Ughandan
  98. Ukrainian
  99. Uzbekistani
  100. Yemeni

Swiss International School in Dubai

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD.

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland.

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.

With a diverse student body of 1800 pupils comprising more than 100 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18.

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too.

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:


A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.


SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.


Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.


In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.

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