Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye

November 5, 2018 | France, Paris, Paris education, Schools Paris

The Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a French public school located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The School was created in the early 1950s for the children of military personnel. Students at the Lycée International are required to be fluent in French and one other language taught in one of the school’s fourteen national sections:

  • American,
  • British,
  • Danish,
  • Dutch,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Japanese,
  • Norwegian,
  • Polish,
  • Portuguese,
  • Russian,
  • Chinese,
  • Spanish,
  • Swedish.

The academic curriculum at the Lycée International supplements the standard French curriculum with additional courses in literature/language, history, and geography, taught in the language of the students’ respective national sections, allowing them to pursue the option internationale du baccalauréat (OIB), the international variant of the French baccalauréat.

Students who do not speak French are placed in a French immersion program called Français Spécial. After one year, they are expected to be fluent in French and are required to follow the standard French curriculum along with the rest of the student population. 

The British section of the school’s website can be found here, and the American section here.


School fees for the British section of the The Lycée International of Saint-Germain-en-Laye range from 3,233 to 7,947 euros annually. Click here for more information.


The school has a complex admissions policy depending on which of the 14 national study paths each child would like to apply for. To see the school’s How to Apply page for its British section, click here.


The school is located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a historic town known for its 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mi) long stone terrace built by André Le Nôtre from 1669 to 1673. The school is a 40-minute drive west from the city centre of Paris.

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Contact Details:

2 Rue du Fer À Cheval, 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye /

2 responses to “Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye”

  1. MumAbroad says:

    Lycée is an excellent school but hard a one. I must say that at the beginning we shed some tears of frustration and even a bit of anger, but so far it has all been worth it. My daughter goes to the British section of the Lycée and I am pleased with the section as well . The French part is a bit harder and stricter than any national section, but it does give children a firm structure and teaches quite strict discipline, although I do not always approve of some methods deployed and attitude of some teachers. But the British section balances some bad experiences of the French system. All in all the children are quite advanced, usually by the second year fluently bi-lingual and adapt faster than parents! (NS)

  2. M GHIGLIONE says:

    My three children attended the American Section for their entire primary and secondary years. We loved the bilingual and bicultural education they received which gave them the best from the French and American education systems. It is a very international environment and now not only do they have friends all over the world, they are adults who are open to difference and adapt easily in different environments. The American Section became our American hub in France, and the kids were able to experience American culture, activities, and pedagogy as they would have growing up there. It is not a school for all children, as expectations are high at the Lycée International and there is a lot of homework, but the education is excellent. Most alumni that I know would love to send their own children. What better recommendation than that?

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