Many parents wonder what special benefits international schools and international curricula offer to pupils. There are in fact a number of advantages which are not always provided by other types of schools. These advantages are as follows:
• An international school education gives pupils a wider range of openings to universities around the world, many of which prefer international qualifications.
• Most international schools use English as their principal medium of instruction. This provides pupils with a strong background in English (the world’s main international language).
• International school curricula impart skills such as those that refine critical thinking, time management and problem solving as well as subject-specific knowledge. These skills are enormously important in enabling pupils to think, act and decide independently in their education, careers and lives generally.
• International school communities tend to be multinational, thus exposing their pupil members to a range of cultures, enhancing their confidence and their empathy / communication aptitudes and expediting what often blossoms into lifelong friendships that transcend national and ethnic boundaries.
• The ability to understand other people’s and other cultures’ perspectives conferred by teaching empathy skills is an immensely valuable asset for pupils and career professionals all over the world, whatever university degree or job they may pursue.
• International schooling offers an excellent preparation for world citizenship with a truly global outlook.
• Most international schools combine the impartation of knowledge about, and pride in, pupils’ indigenous traditions with those of other cultures (international school pupils thus derive the best of both worlds).
• The international perspectives and cross-cultural skills conveyed by international schools to their pupils are regarded as essential qualifications by many universities and employers these days.
• International school curricula and qualifications (such as those offered by Cambridge International Examinations) have to
maintain high standards and are continuously improved – hence their well-deserved reputation for high quality and academic excellence – international school pupils derive the benefits of these accordingly.
• Pupils at international schools enjoy access to global pupil networks and resources structured around whichever curriculum they follow.