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Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai)

Address: Dubai Healthcare City, Phase 2, Al Jaddaf - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Description Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai)

  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • The age of the students: 11-18 years
  • Total number of students: 650 people (350 at the guesthouse)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (boarding house)
  • Type of study: mixed.

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a private international co-educational school that teaches boys and girls from 3 to 18 years of age (full educational cycle). From 3 to 11 years, students are available a full-time form of education, from 11 years they can live on board terms - today the number of boarders is 350 people.

The school is distinguished by its incredible international composition - representatives from more than 60 countries are studying at the school, most of the students come from:

  • Russia
  • USA
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Great Britain
  • Canada
  • Germany.

The curriculum is also varied and the national composition of teachers: all together it forms a benevolent, warm and friendly atmosphere in the school.

A special pedagogical approach was developed at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, which the educators call BEST - an abbreviation that embodies all the basic principles of the institution:

  • B - Bilingual (our students will also speak, read and write in French or German and Arabic. As global citizens we appreciate diversity, treating all languages and cultures with equal respect).
  • E - Excellence (the school corresponds to the highest modern world educational standards: high school is encouraged among students the desire for research, critical and creative thinking, achievement and overcoming of its limits)
  • S - Sustainability (sustainable development requires special attention to environmental protection - active use of energy-saving technologies, ecological purity of the campus, saving of non-renewable natural resources)
  • T - Together (the international community of different people united by one goal, active participation in joint activities of the school, teamwork).

Today, about 650 people study at the school, and this number is constantly growing along with the campus and the level of its modernization - in the future the school plans to accept up to 2,400 students. The ratio of teachers and students is 1: 7 - this is a very high indicator, giving each teacher the opportunity to give each student a maximum of personal attention, to practice an individual approach.

Children are constantly looked after not only by teachers, but also by educators: the security of children is guaranteed 24/7 in the educational building, throughout the territory, and in residences. Regularly conducted tests of academic performance, and parents receive a full report on the successes of their child in the academic, creative, sports field, recommendations for his further education and development.

Much attention is paid to vocational guidance of future graduates: specialists give consultations in English, German and French. Such a variety of options helps children to assimilate working differences between different countries, to clarify the specifics of requirements and admission to universities in the countries of the world. The vocational guidance course starts in grade 9 and continues until the student's graduation.

As already mentioned, the SISD school is bilingual - in the curriculum there are several language options, among which students can choose the most convenient for themselves:

  • English +

The main program is taught entirely in English, but lessons in other languages ​​(French / German) are mandatory and are included in the daily curriculum. Up to grade 9 is also required to study Arabic (6 lessons weekly), in addition you can attend lessons of Spanish, Italian or Chinese (Mandarin) as electives.

  • Bilingual course: English + French / English + German

Studying is conducted in two languages ​​at once. The students of junior classes take a week in one language, a week - on the other. Students of middle and senior classes already share specialties - some attend English, and some in French or German. The native speakers of the chosen language are working with the children, supporting linguistic lessons are conducted. Arabic up to grade 9 is also compulsory for study (6 lessons per week). Please note that in order to enroll in this course, you need to confirm high knowledge: the level of knowledge of one language should be fluent, the second one is at a level above the average.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai)

Program name
from 63 060 $ / year

Middle Years Program (MYP)

The middle-class program is intended for students aged 11-16. Children study disciplines from 8 subject groups:

  • Foreign languages ​​(minimum 3 - English, French / German, Arabic)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social, Humanities
  • Art
  • Design.
from 65 300 $ / year


The course is designed for high school students 16-18 years old, which allows you to effectively prepare for admission to the chosen university.

For a personal curriculum, each student determines 6 priority disciplines: 3 are studied at a standard level of complexity and 3 more are at a higher, more advanced level. Usually the program includes at least 2 foreign languages, natural sciences, social studies and humanitarian courses, mathematics, art. In addition, all students attend classes in the general theory of knowledge (CTC), CAS (creativity, service, activity) and learn how to write an extended academic essay (volume from 4000 words, the subject is consistent with the teacher).

from 65 300 $ / year

Swiss Baccalaureate

Program is designed for high school students (9-12 year of education): this is the completion of the secondary education course and the receipt of a valuable Swiss diploma, which is highly ranked around the world. In particular, successful Swiss Baccalaureate graduates can enter any Swiss universities without entrance examinations (except medical specialties).

The curriculum includes 7 basic disciplines, 1 elective on personal choice of the student and 1 additional profile subject (it is selected together with the teacher). Studying is bilingual, conducted in English and French.

Accommodation, housing and food

For students wishing to live in a boarding school the doors of cozy comfortable residences open: SISD is the only educational institution in its region offering accommodation for students of IB courses.

The residences are designed for students from 11 up to 18 years: each room is equipped with everything necessary for 1-2 people (students live in accordance with age, gender) - it's free access to Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a place for study (desk, bookshelves), bathroom. In free access to the houses are spacious, comfortable living rooms, where students can get together and chat after the lessons.

You can choose a full board, flexible (at the parents' discretion) or partial (only on weekdays). If the student's family or guardians permanently live on the territory of the country, the pupils can go to them on the weekend (with the official permission of the parents).

There is a boarding school for pupils. In 2016, the dining school received a special Happy Healthy School award from the Department of Education in Dubai (KHDA). The school has an organic garden: plants are taken care of by the schoolchildren, and the fruits come to the tables as they mature. As the main supplier of products is the well-known company Bloom Catering: students are offered a varied, tasty and balanced diet, including a large number of fresh vegetables, fruits and vegetarian dishes.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Arabic language, art, design and technology, English, extended essay, French, german language, healthy lifestyle, human and society, literature, maths, Natural Sciences, Physical culture and sports sciences, social sciencies

Events Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai)

Sport is one of the main priorities in the development of children - pupils have the opportunity to practice in various sections, represent the school at competitions of different levels, participate in the sports days. Among the most popular and developed sports on campus are the following:

  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football.

A variety of clubs on the regular basis work on the campus - some of them are conducted by the school teachers (they are free of charge), some by invited specialists. You can attend 2 electives or studios weekly:

  • Adventures
  • Beach holidays
  • Desert Safaris
  • Joint film screenings
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking tours
  • Visits to theme parks and amusement parks
  • Travel to the water parks
  • Sailing regattas
  • Karting
  • Golf tournaments and much, much more.

Classes with incoming specialists are paid separately - you can specify the cost of each elective from your manager (the number of these studios is not limited):

  • Drama and Theater
  • Spanish as a foreign language
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Les Mills
  • Dramatic art in French
  • Chess
  • Club "Extraordinary children"
  • The club "Born to move! "
  • Digital Photography
  • Natural Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Modern Media Technologies
  • The Art of Arabic Calligraphy
  • The World Scientists Club
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Concert Group
  • The club of the Italian language.

Equipment Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai)

This is the only school in Dubai located on the territory of the free economic zone of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC): it was founded in 2002 and specializes in public health and medicine. In DHCC territory (only about 4 square kilometers) there are hundreds of advanced clinics and hospitals, diagnostic centers and rehabilitation centers. DHCC and the school campus are located in Bur Dubai, the central district of Dubai: just 4 kilometers separate the territory from a major international airport. Within walking distance is the hospital Rashid, the beautiful Crixade Park, the picturesque Dubai Cove, the huge shopping and entertainment center Deira City Center Mall.

The campus of the school is huge - its area reaches 1,000 square meters. Its design and infrastructure were developed by the best architects of the renowned bureau U + A. The campus is awarded a special Minergie Label award (Swiss certificate of environmental friendliness and energy efficiency): for example, the amount of electricity consumed here is 3 times less than in similar sized buildings.

Bright and spacious audiences equipped with air conditioning and heating are prepared for students. There are lecture classrooms in large groups, there are small classrooms for small academic groups, separate audiences for independent work and the preparation of high school students. Free access to an extensive library is provided: a reading room, a variety of electronic and printed sources, periodicals, educational literature and manuals in several languages.

There are modern scientific and practical laboratories, special workshops for working with textiles, laboratory of graphic design (with the ability to work with CAD and CAM technologies) for practical classes and experiments (constantly conducted in the subjects of the natural-science profile). There are various facilities with equipment for extra-curricular and elective classes:

  • Cooking Technology and Forge
  • Material Resistance Laboratory
  • Live Museum
  • Radio Station
  • Sound Recording Studio with Advanced Equipment
  • Photostudio
  • TV studio
  • Firing furnace and etc.

There is a large assembly hall for 550 seats for common gatherings and leisure activities. Modern equipment (light, music, video, technology of stage service) allow you to conduct a variety of performances, plays and productions here. There is a surround sound technology, a cinematic projector, pull-out seats and even an experimental model of the "Black Box" theater.

On the territory there is an innovative media center, music studios with the most modern equipment.

There is also an excellent sports infrastructure - there is everything that can be needed for sports and outdoor activities:

  • Olympic standard pool (covered, length of tracks - 50 meters)
  • Fields for rugby
  • Football fields
  • Treadmills
  • Track and field athletics tracks
  • Basketball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Dance studios
  • Professional climbing wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Sports and training halls

The proximity to the water of Dubai Creek Bay allows you to develop a variety of water sports: all opportunities for rowing (in kayaks), sailing, swimming and diving are already organized.

Medical offices with qualified experienced nurses are constantly working on the territory: regular preventive medical examinations (including dentistry) are planned, lectures on valeology (health science), rules of proper nutrition and healthy HLS are conducted. Weekly the school is visited by the expert of the highest world level from the nearby Mediclinic City Hospital (a member of the world organization Mediclinic International).

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Academic deposit
  • English Language Courses for foreign students (EFL)
  • Compulsory Medical Insurance
  • Roundtrips
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 13650 USD
  • Deposit for a course/programme 2725 USD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The school works on inclusive philosophical principles: children of any nationality, social origin can learn here. When a new student arrives, his academic performance, level of a foreign language, age, desired goals and objectives of studying are taken into account. All applicants undergo a personal interview and preliminary testing: an introductory test helps to determine the level of knowledge and to make it clear which group the child will study and whether he needs additional support classes.

It is best, of course, to arrive at the beginning of the new academic year, but if there are vacant places to join the students can be throughout the academic year.

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Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (Swiss School in Dubai) reviews

Clara B.

My son entered this school last September for studying a high school program: he has been studying abroad for a long time, and his tutor advised this school because of the strong teaching staff.

The school is new, so studying conditions are amazing: the best equipment, computers, clean new classes, modern renovation. Well, the pedagogical staff really did not disappoint: very strong specialists. We are studying IB program: it is international, so it will be possible after graduation to go to the university of any country, which is convenient. We are glad that in Dubai there is an opportunity to study at this level: a country with an excellent quality of life and a pleasant climate, Smapse thank you!

Olga T.

We study at school for the second year: my husband had a transfer to the UAE for work, sowe decided our son entered a local school, but there were few international institutions. We chose Swiss International

At first, it was difficult to choose a school in Dubai: many schools are local, where classes are conducted in Arabic. And we would like a good private boarding school so that after graduation he could study not only in the United Arab Emirates, but also in any English-speaking country. In Smapse, we were advised to consider Swiss International. A school is quite young (2010) and hasn't already earned a great reputation, but the reviews are very good. All the equipment, the rooms, the dormitory is in perfect condition, nothing is worn out, the newest computers, etc. Studying is very nice, many things are new and interesting.

Teachers are good, everyone is fluent in English (we looked at the school report - many came here to teach from England and America, which is somehow associated with high quality), very interesting extracurricular programs. Well, the climate in the Emirates is excellent: the child does not get sick, almost all year round, he goes in for sports outside, there is a lot of sun, they have bathing on the beach, etc.

We did not regret the choice: it is a rare good option, when the school is high quality, and the location is very good, and the price is very affordable.


Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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