The International German School Ho Chi Minh City (IGS) is an inter-cultural place of learning and is open to children of all nationalities. The IGS is an authorised IB World School and belongs to the “Netzwerk der Deutschen Auslandsschulen“ (Network of German Schools Abroad).
Apart from the various school grades, the IGS has its own under-6 section with nursery, kindergarten, and preschool. IGS’s German-English programme encourages pupils to think creatively and solution-focused, to act independently, actively and respectfully as well as to value and embrace cultural differences.
With German curricula as a basis for teaching, the connection to the education systems in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and other international programmes is guaranteed. An international university entrance certification makes it possible to study at recognised universities worldwide.
While the main language of instruction is German, subjects such as arts, sports, swimming, ICT, or geography are taught in English. In addition, IGS offers Vietnamese for native speakers and French as a foreign language beginning from grade 6.
Small class sizes enable us to tailor each lesson to the needs of the individual students.
On our villa campus, surrounded by palms, colourful flowers and tropical greenery, the children experience a stimulating natural environment and learn with their head, hands, and heart.
IGS supports natural science exploration as early as kindergarten. The focus is on developing perceptiveness, analytical thinking, and environmental awareness.
Currently pupils from 17 nations are learning at IGS. The joint development of ideas in cultural exchange allows our pupils to grow naturally into citizens of the world.
Our qualified teachers are native speakers with a certified and recognised degree, who see themselves as learning facilitators.
Creativity is the currency of the future and at the same time prerequisite for adapting to an ever changing world. Promoting creativity and a sense of responsibility for oneself, for others, and the environment are focal points of IGS’s profile.
Nursery, Kindergarten and preschool for those under six years of age.
Our primary school encompasses grades 1 to 4.
The secondary level I currently consists of grades 5 to 10, with gradual advancement into the secondary level II up to grade 12.
Varied after-school activities and extra curricular activities.
Dates and holidays at a glance: School calendar
Many of our pupils take our school buses. The children are picked up right on their doorstep and reach IGS together with their friends on time. At 16:20 hrs, our school buses leave campus and drive your child back to your home. You can then welcome your little ones and your not-so-little-ones hassle-free and let them tell you about their day in a relaxed atmosphere. All buses are accompanied by our bus assistants who can be reached at any time by telephone.
In 2020, our son Valentin visited the IGS-HCMC in the second half of grade 7 while I was involved in a research cooperation at the HCMC University of Transport. Unfortunately, on the very first day of school, all classes in Vietnam were suspended due to the risk of COVID-19 infections. In an amazingly strong and creative effort, the teachers of IGS-HCMC switched to online teaching within only two days. In no time at all they had established an effective and flexible learning environment for all school children.
Valentin then had three months of online school at home. He did not get to know his classmates or his teachers personally during this long period. Nevertheless, Valentin enjoyed this time very much. It was admirable how well the teachers were motivated and dedicated to helping the students to get acquainted with online schooling, with English language, with homework, virtual class hours, team assignments and even online sports, music and art lessons.
Nevertheless we were glad when the children were allowed to go to school for the last 2 months. When our family’s stay in HCMC came to an end and Vietnam Airlines reopened the connections to Germany at the end of June, Valentin’s opinion about the IGS-HCMC was: Can I please stay at IGS-HCMC for another year!
We, his parents, could not have expressed it better.
“I wanted a school for my children where independence, lateral and unusual thinking is not only allowed, but explicitly encouraged. A school which offers a safe and sheltered space outside the home. A place where you can try yourself out and is not only academic but also unites all your senses. A school which understands that you don’t just learn at a desk but even when you move away from it . If you also want all this – and more – for your child, you can stop looking: IGS is the right place for your children. Concerns I had that the re-entry into the German school system would be a challenge, were unfounded – with my two children, the transition went very smoothly.
“The principle of language activation uses both theory and the experience gained from daily school and teaching practice at IGS. The active work on the term is supported by language-sensitive methods.
Science education is a main focus at the IGS. This gives a very high priority to conceptualisation and technical communication, especially in second language acquisition.”
“My son Jonathan visited IGS 2015 during my secondstay in Vietnam. His year at IGS is one of his best school experiences. The high standard of learning and the excellent supervision by the motivated and committed teachers have had a lasting and positive impact on Jonny. His school performance has improved significantly overall (especially in English). “The teachers have much more time and patience to explain the subject matter to you, “Jonny enthuses today. The school trip to Đà Lạt and the coffee planting project were the culmination of his school year. In six years the coffee plant will bear the first fruits, Jonny will come back at the latest then to harvest what he has planted. Since 2016, Jonny has been back in Berlin at the Sophie-Scholl School. His first trip in the autumn holidays of 2016 brought him back to IGS to visit his friends and teachers.”
“Two years ago we decided to transfer Adrian (11) and Angelica (8) to the International German School HCMC (IGS) after years at a different international school. We had had many concerns about starting German as a completely new language after having studied Vietnamese, English and Mandarin. Fortunately, IGS offered an intensive summer course that helped overcome this jump into the deep end. I was surprised at how much both had learned after only three months. Our daughter, especially, was afraid of being torn away from existing friendships, not being able to understand enough to follow the lesson, etc.
Adrian was less concerned about it. After initial language challenges, the German skills were a bit flimzy at the end of the first year but quite good. During the second year, Angelica obviously felt confident in the language – because she started speaking German with me. And now, after the end of the second year, both are pretty fluent – to my astonishment, and much better than I had ever expected them to be. Adrian has also managed to achieve a good intermediate level in French. We are all proud of Adrian’s and Angelica’s linguistic achievements – thanks to the great support of the IGS teachers – THANK YOU.”
“The IGS has earned a deserved place in a competitive environment and has acquired an excellent reputation within the German-speaking community. The school is constantly being developed by a motivated and committed management team. This offers the students a harmonious and educational environment. The IGS embraces important values and enables superlative individual, contemporary schooling. “
The IGS is a German school recognised and officially sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is part of the world-wide network of German schools abroad and is a member of the World Association of German Schools Abroad.
This German-Vietnamese “school of encounter” is run by the Stiftung Bildung und Handwerk which is based in Germany with currently 240 national and international educational institutions.