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International Schools: Europe

A student view on the experience of international education

The benefits of an international school are varied and far-reaching. Whether you’re learning to appreciate exotic cuisine (courtesy of your classmate’s lunch box), or memorizing the Happy Birthday song in five languages, an international school affords a unique set of opportunities.

“At ISB, ‘international’ isn’t just a part of the school’s name but a part of its soul. Here, I have met and become friends with students from across the globe. The experience has allowed me to become a far more open and tolerant person; I have a strong love for traveling, meeting new people, learning foreign languages, and experiencing varied ways of life. Today, my own background goes far beyond that of my parents or birthplace but holds in it pieces of the culture of the many friends and classmates I have met throughout the years.”

Preparing for our best future International school provide an education suited for everyone – no matter where you’ve come from or where you’re going to. I need only to look at my classmates, who have gone on to many different forms of higher education all around the globe, to see that ISB has prepared them all equally for their future exploits, as varied and diverse as their lives will be. In such a distinct setting as ISB, students benefit from a variety of ways of learning; this plays to a student’s strengths and teaches them to improve in those areas where they experience more difficulties. Every student, no matter their background or their future goals, can succeed.

Coping with change As friends move on to new challenges, the ability to form and sustain relationships in an international setting becomes very important. At an international school, life for most students is fairly transient – spending two or three years in one place, then on to new horizons. I spent, by ISB standards, an unusually long time in the same place. In coping with the changes happening around me, as old friends left and new ones arrived, I learned one of my key lessons at ISB – to adapt to change and to benefit from the new opportunities it presents.

Developing empathy Finally, exposure to so many other cultures, ideas and ways of thinking from an early age means you can’t help but learn about - and consequently adapt - your view of the world, and your place in it. Working with students from backgrounds very different from yours means that, inevitably, you learn from them as well as with them. In the process, you tend to learn just as much about yourself as about them. These are the kinds of lessons that I took away from ISB, which will continue to benefit me long after the memory of classroom learning is faded.

Aisling Daly
ISB Class of 2008

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Moving on, but never forgotten:

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Kevin Bartlett and John Lippincott

Transforming international education through technology

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Michael Crowley, Head of Middle School, International School of Brussels andDoug Stone, IT Director, International School of Brussels

The world is their oyster:

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Corporate investment in the future of our schools

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The New Eurotrotters: Freedom to Work, Freedom to Learn

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Kevin Bartlett, Director, International School of Brussels, Belgium, Chair, Board of the Council of International Schools. Kari Kivinen, Director, European School (Uccle), Brussels, Belgium

Learning Outside the International School Classroom: A Student's View

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Campaigning to Change the Landscape of Energy: International schools and the fight against climate change

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Kevin Bartlett, Director, International School of Brussels, Belgium

The 21st Century Dispositions

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Kevin Bartlett, Director, International School of Brussels, Belgium

International Education: an industry, an ideal, an individual choice

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Setting Standards, Improving Schools - How accreditation drives quality in international education

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One School, One Classroom: Student Perspectives on International Education

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The Benefits of an International School Education

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