Dirk Thormann

Commissioner of the foundation

How do I find the right school for my child?

With your choice of school, dear parents, you make one of the most important decisions for your child’s future:

At the International German School (IGS) the children will travel with us into the world of books, they will learn why stars can be seen in the sky at night, why the Saigon River changes the direction it flows in every day or why in winter ice-flowers form on windows in other climatic regions.

On this journey through the world of knowledge, languages, and natural wonders, we adults will also learn to see many things anew through our children and pause in amazement at the abilities of our children.

How colourful and interesting this world will be depends on the extent to which we succeed in stimulating our children’s imagination and sensitivity in a rich learning atmosphere. Each child explores their own path.


This pedagogical conviction is reflected in a special way in the architecture of the campus. A multifunctional building with a concrete schoolyard and lovingly furnished villas, convey the physical rhythm of the learning experience. Surrounded by palm trees, colourful flowers and tropical greenery, we offer a natural learning environment with many opportunities to try out and discover new things.

We believe that movement in a natural environment is an essential pre-requisite for the development of coordination, the ability to perceive, and the resulting development of cognitive skills.


In addition to the musical education of your children, specific artistic activities are intended to expand the imagination and the world of fantasy. Theatre, painting, photography, early science, also music and dance are just some of the ways in which your children can develop their sense of beauty. Musical-artistic education is therefore not only an end in itself: It offers the possibility to promote general mental, motor, and emotional skills at the same time.


The aim of our pedagogical work is not to learn facts and figures off by heart, but to link and apply learning content and to promote thinking, acting and feeling in a stimulating learning environment. Instead of working through prefabricated questions and tasks, our students learn by discovery.

In order to accompany the children’s mental development in the best way possible, we regularly assess their learning status. These assessments provide the starting point for learning plans which are individually tailored to our students in kindergarten and primary school.

For the children in preschool and primary school, it is very important to find out inclinations as well as test possibilities and limits. These are periods in life where constant change takes place, in which fundamental mental prerequisites for the children’s future development are laid. For children of this age, feeling safe and supported and having a regular schedule are the basis for processing the enormous flood of information at school.


In addition to German curricula, our school offers individual subjects in English and Vietnamese for native speakers and French as a foreign language. The bilingual learning situation (German/English) enables the children to quickly grasp cultural similarities and differences. This leads to a very intensive examination of one’s own identity. Numerous scientific studies have proven that these impulses in particular are the cause of a particular surge in intellectual development.

The International German School HCMC is a place of free spiritual development and openness to promote tolerance towards other people and cultures. It forms a space for cultural encounters: concerts, exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings and book readings as well as expert discussions on science and current topics of our time are be an integral part of our school culture. Here, the pupils are to try out and discover their own world of experience and learn how to communicate successfully.

Dear parents,
Learning successfully has many causes: It is the result of productive cooperation between children, parents and teachers. We truly look forward to mastering this important task together with you.




IGS's understanding of itself

The International German School HCMC (IGS) aims to create a space in which learners acquire skills which enable them to lead a happy and fulfilling life with a high degree of sensitivity and responsibility for themselves and the environment.

The starting point for this is the holistic promotion of motor, cognitive, affective, and linguistic skills. Our program encourages students to think creatively and solution-oriented, to act independently, actively, respectfully and to appreciate cultural differences.


The students at IGS

1. Are able to perceive and feel complex emotions; they are enthusiastic, interested in many things and develop flexible skills for lifelong learning.

2. Question, reflect critically and think analytically to identify complex problems and solve them taking ethical aspects into account.

3. Are creative, enjoy learning, and are performance-oriented.

4. Bear responsibility towards the environment and actively promote a peaceful coexistence.

5. Are globally and regionally oriented, value cultural and individual diversity and their own cultural identity(ies).

6. Have profound knowledge and skills and are aware of the limits and interdependencies of knowledge acquisition. They are able to evaluate the relative truth of information in its contextual dependencies.

7. Are aware of stereotypical ways of thinking and work to reduce prejudice. They understand and value their own culture and personal life history; they are open to the views, values, and traditions of other people and communities. They work with different perspectives, evaluate them, and are willing to grow on these experiences.

8. Are able to assess strengths and limits in order to promote their own development in a targeted manner.

9. Are willing to take risks and are open when it comes to developing new spheres of influence.

10. Can effectively communicate and defend their beliefs on the basis of the principle of the better argument. They have a solid, connective media education, and use media in a critical-constructive way.

11. Strive for balance and understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance for a fulfiled, healthy life. The latter includes principles of a healthy lifestyle.

12. Have developed principles for their actions which are characterised by integrity, honesty, fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of individuals, groups, communities, minorities, and orientations. They work independently and take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences associated with them. They are socially committed, show empathy, and respect the views and needs of others.


School profile

IGS is a coeducational, intercultural learning place and is open to children of all nationalities fulfilling our admission requirements. The main languages of instruction are German and English as well as Vietnamese (for native speakers) and French as a foreign language.

The starting point for our pedagogical work in primary and secondary school are curricula for an encounter school abroad. The latter are based on the curricula of the Federal State of Thuringia.

Thus content requirements for continuing the children’s respective education in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland as well as international programs are ensured. In 1,5 years, we plan to introduce a mixed-language IB diploma program.

The learning content for Vietnamese learners prescribed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education for schools with an international orientation is taught according to the relevant guidelines.

Main profile areas

I. Multilingual (bilingual program – German/English; Vietnamesese as first language, French as a foreign language)

II. Focus on natural science (early science education in U6, increased science teaching in middle school)

III. Fostering of creativity, independence and responsibility


Secondary II | Grades 11 - 12 (IB-Diploma-Program)

Grade 12: IB DIPLOMA (mixed-language)
Grade 11: BII / CI

Secondary I | Grades 5 - 10 (integrated)

Years 10: IB-preparation
* if applicable final examination Sec I (external) for learners with a German passport after grades 9 or 10

Grade 9
* if applicable final examination Sec I (external) for learners with a German passport after grades 9 or 10

Grade 8: B I
Competency tests Thuringia: German, English, mathematics

Grade 7

Grade 6: Type of school recommendation
Competency tests Thuringia: German, English, mathematics
[Orientation stages: grades 5-6]

Primary grades 1 to 4

Grade 4

Grade 3: Compentency tests Thuringia: German, mathematics

Grade 2

Grade 1

Kindergarten with preschool and nursery

School entry test


Learning environment

In a suitable environment, specific learning impulses can be given. Movement in a natural environment is an integral and essential prerequisite for the development of coordination and perception and the resulting development of cognitive skills.

Surrounded by palm trees, colorful plants and tropical greenery, the IGS offers a natural, lively learning environment with many opportunities to try oneself out, to observe, to discover new things and to gather intensive sensory experiences.

The architecture of the school buildings and the rooms for movement convey the physical rhythm of everyday school life and serve the development of perception and imagination. Individually designed villas with varying room sizes, different levels and retreat areas as well as classrooms furnished according to didactic principles promote the development of learners.


Healthy and international

Our cafeteria in the palm garden offers three meals. We regularly coordinate the choice of dishes with our caterer. In addition to taste, aspects such as the use of regional food items, questions of cultivation and the healthy composition of ingredients play an increasingly important role.

Every day our cafeteria offers a dish of Western cuisine, at times a fusion dish, and a typical Southeast Asian dish. A combination of vegetarian dishes is possible. An online feedback form gives you the opportunity to make suggestions and requests. In addition to the meals themselves, a number of projects and afternoon activities take place in which our children also deal with the topic of “healthy nutrition” on a theoretical level.

Parents can find out about the weekly menu on our News for Parents page.



Bildung Stiftung & Handwerk

The International German School HCMC (IGS) was founded in 2012 as a result of the Hanoi Declaration. The declaration states that both countries wish to support the establishment of a German-Vietnamese school of encounter in Vietnam.

This German school abroad is run by the German-based Stiftung Bildung und Handwerk with approx 240 educational locations. As part of the network of German schools abroad, IGS is a member of the World Association of German Schools Abroad (WDA).