Georg Michael Schopp

Head of School

Welcome to the International German School, the German school in Ho Chi Minh City. Since February 14, our campus has been open to all schoolchildren again – from kindergarten through elementary school and secondary school to the GIB upper school. We are not yet able to invite you all, parents and other interested guests, for a chat or a cup of coffee, but we were able to hold the first meetings here, the parents’ council and the GIB information evening for the 10th grade in January, the school council in February. The invitation to a phone call or a digital meeting is in place. We all hope that we will be able to cope well with the pandemic in the coming weeks and without major disruptions.

Despite the adverse circumstances, I am happy that I have been able to join our committed team of teachers, parents and families, with our students and with numerous other partners and supporters from this school year onwards. I hope, also, that I may shape the further development of the IGS. 

This includes, above all, that in May 2022 graduates of our school will write the final exams for the GIB Diploma (Mixed Language International Baccalaureate Diploma) for the first time. Wherever our graduates continue on their way, they will do very well because they will be prepared and trained. The GIB Diploma opens the doors to the best Universities in Vietnam, Germany and worldwide. In Germany the GIB Diploma for university entrance is equivalent to the Abitur certificate. From my own experience I know that applicants who have had experience in German schools abroad and completed the GIB, have become very successful students at universities in Germany and numerous other countries.

I am firmly convinced that our IGS has a lot to offer for the numerous families whose children make it their educational home. Our two countries – Vietnam and Germany – are connected in a strategic partnership, politically, economically, scientifically and culturally. With this in mind, it’s very motivating to go to a school, which, thanks to this partnership, helps to strengthen the ties between Vietnam and Germany. An international school with a German background and an international, multi-professional team understands what children need in our trying times. In this respect, our school is a real encounter school hosting a range of students from young children, to teenagers and young adults – from kindergarten to GIB diploma. Interesting suggestions, rich encounters, diverse experiences are made possible under these circumstances. Our students and pupils learn at school what it means to think internationally and to act positively, to be able to express themselves in several languages. In this spirit, our school motto, which comes from the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”.
We offer your children a home and a departure point into the global world, and I cordially invite you and your boys and girls to fly with us.

Georg Michael Schopp
Senior Director of Studies
Head of School



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

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).