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Dubai`s First Multi-lingual Boarding School Delivers World Renowned Swiss Education To The UAE by Swiss International Scientific School Dubai | 2/9/2015

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) – Dubai’s first ever private

boarding school to offer multi-lingual education in French, German, English and Arabic – is

now taking admissions for new students for the approaching 2015-2016 school year. SISD is

diversifying the education landscape and contributing to Dubai as an education hub,

meanwhile reducing the demand-supply gap.

Students of SISD will enjoy a multi-lingual education through the full International

Baccalaureate (IB) continuum program. Parents in the UAE are increasingly attracted to

international schools due to the ‘international education passport’ that externally validated

examinations bring. For students who aspire to go to western universities, it removes the

obligation to do a foundation year. Running from Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 12,

SISD will offer students the full continuum IB programme: the Primary Years Programme

(PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP).

Students will learn in three bilingual sections with English-French, and English-German or

English with foreign languages on offer. In Grade 9, students will have the option to move

into the Swiss Matura set and graduate with a bilingual Matura. Founded in Geneva,

Switzerland in 1968 for students in international schools, the IB program has gained global

popularity for setting high standards, its broad subject base, and its emphasis on creative

and critical thinking.

SISD Head of School and Swiss national Beat Sommer, said: “The SISD IB program will

mirror Switzerland’s highly sophisticated and inclusive education system, placing a strong

emphasis on developing a multi-lingual school community across all year levels. From Grade

one onwards, students in the bilingual sets will be immersed in a progressive environment

where they will eventually study 50 percent of their time in English and 50 percent of their

time in either French or German. Students in these sets will be able to qualify for the IB

Bilingual Diploma during their final years at the school.

Mr Sommer said multilingualism and bi-literacy would play a key role at SISD, advocating

the positive impact of robust multi-cultural disciplines in fostering academic excellence,

cultural diversity and human values that would position students to become life-long

learners: “Our goal is to foster a flourishing community of global citizens that are inquisitive,

active and compassionate learners, and who contribute to a more peaceful world through

intercultural understanding and respect. SISD is a place to build connections for life,

celebrate achievements and most importantly, have fun.”

Once the school is at full capacity, the 67’845sqm campus located adjacent to Dubai Creek

in Dubai Healthcare City’s new Phase 2, will cater to students from Pre-Kindergarten to

Grade 12 and will boast 2,442 pupils (boys and girls), including a premium boarding house

for 350 students. The campus will be based on sustainability standards as per the Swiss

Minergie label, which is awarded to buildings constructed in line with energy-saving and

ecological approaches, and will also include state-of-the-art sporting facilities and unique

water access to Dubai creek. 

For the school year 2015/16, SISD will accept students for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten

and Primary Grades 1 to 6. In line with the regulatory requirements, grades 7 to 12 will be

added later, when the school’s specialised curriculum will also take a strong scientific focus

to offer secondary students a valuable springboard should they choose to pursue academia

in medicine or healthcare. The other option is the Swiss Matura programme, which offers a

comprehensive general education, with students graduating with a diploma recognised both

within Switzerland and internationally.

Mr Marwan Abedin, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City, said there had been

much anticipation around seeing the project come to fruition: “Dubai Healthcare City forges

strategic partnerships within its robust regulatory framework to attract leading, global

institutions. The Swiss International Scientific School will be one of our first operational

partners in our Phase 2 expansion, and its establishment reflects our mission to enable high

quality education. We are excited about Phase 2, and look forward to reaching more


For more information on Swiss International Scientific School Dubai, visit


School Address

Dubai Healthcare City, Phase 2, Al Jaddaf

Admissions Centre

Al Habtoor Business Tower, Floor 25, Dubai Marina

+ 971 (0)4 375 0600

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