International Schools in Guangzhou

With a thriving expat population, there are plenty of international schools in Guangzhou for expat parents to choose from. These schools offer foreign curricula, such as that of the US, the UK or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Overall, parents can expect Guangzhou's international schools to be of an excellent standard with great facilities, small classes, strong extra-curricular programmes and highly competent teachers.

International schools allow expat children to continue with a familiar curriculum in their home language. While the mother-tongue language is maintained, Chinese is commonly incorporated into the curriculum as well, giving students vital communication skills. In addition, international schools attract students from all over the world, making for a truly multicultural experience.

Below is a list of some of Guangzhou's most prominent international schools.

International schools in Guangzhou


LEH International School Foshan

Set to open in 2020, LEH International School Foshan offers a high-quality British education modelled on its sister school in Hampton, England. The school's teaching philosophy is focused on nurturing children and developing their confidence. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels
Ages: 11 to 18

Alcanta International College

Alcanta International College, part of the well-established Alcanta Education Organization, is an IB World School in Guangzhou. The school is housed in newly renovated facilities which are bright and spacious, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 13 to 18 

American International School of Guangzhou

The American International School Guangzhou (AISG) is an independent, not-for-profit day school from pre-kindergarten up to Grade 12. AISG has a good reputation among expat parents for its strong academics and its good facilities, highly trained staff and diverse extra-curricular programme. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18 

British School of Guangzhou

Founded in 2005, the British School of Guangzhou is a top-class international school with an excellent reputation. The school is part of Nord Anglia Education, a premium group of more than 50 schools around the world. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 1 to 18

Canadian International School of Guangzhou 

Canadian International School of Guangzhou is the first Alberta-accredited Pre-K to Grade 12 international school in mainland China. Alberta’s world-class K12 education system has an excellent reputation and is recognised as one of the best in the English-speaking world. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian
Ages: 2 to 18

Canton Global Academy

Founded in September 2017, Canton Global Academy is a newly established non-profit co-educational international school in Guangzhou which offers the English National Curriculum. Grade levels at the school are being added year by year. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 2 to 14

Clifford International School

CIS opened its doors in 2002. The school has over 600 students from 22 countries, and high school students graduate with a Manitoba High School diploma. CIS has adopted Western education philosophy and methodology and incorporated the best of both Western and Chinese education models. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Canadian
Ages: 3 to 18 

Desheng School (International)

DSI is a non-profit institution that aims to provide quality international education at an affordable rate to both international and Chinese students. Though the school is located in Shunde, it is only 20 minutes’ drive from Guangzhou. It also has a boarding school to accommodate students in DSI. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Cambridge IGCSE and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 12 to 18 

L’École Française Internationale de Canton

This French-language, French-curriculum school in the heart of Guangzhou was established in 1997. From kindergarten onwards, Chinese and English are taken as additional languages. A French as a Second Language (FLE) programme is available for non-French speakers. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 2 to 18

Guangzhou Grace Academy

Part of a worldwide network of 6,000 schools teaching the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum, Guangzhou Grace Academy offers an education imbued with religious values. Senior students going on to university have a number of graduation options, including a dual-enrollment programme. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Christian (ACE)
Ages: 4 to 18 

Guangzhou Nanfang International School

GNIS offers a rich international curriculum including IGSCE qualifications leading to either A-levels or the IB Diploma as a school-leaving qualification. With just 200 pupils, this is a small but diverse school offering a holistic and individualised education. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate, English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 2 to 18

ISA International School

ISA International School blends the best of Chinese and international educational practices and traditions, creating a new model of high-quality bilingual education in China. The school's aim is to produce students that are internationally minded as well as grounded in their own unique cultural identity. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate and Chinese
Ages: 2 to 12 

Utahloy International School Guangzhou

UISG was founded in 1998 and today has about 900 students from over 50 countries. The school emphasises mother-tongue maintenance and continual development with programmes available for five different languages. The beautiful lakeside campus is just 20 minutes from central Guangzhou. Read more

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18