Admission Guidelines and Policy


Serving our Community

The International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) serves the educational needs of the international communities of Zug, Luzern, Zurich and Central Switzerland. At ISZL, we are committed to meeting each student’s needs to the best of our ability. The final decision on acceptance and placement is taken based on the potential of the applicant to benefit from the programmes and educational services available. 

We offer a variety of learning programmes and opportunities, which are inclusive by design. They are: the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP); and for our high school learners, we work with students and families to take advantage of our expanded choices, including the Diploma Programme (IBDP), BTEC, and Advanced Placement options. 

ISZL welcomes applications from students who will benefit from a challenging, international English-language education, which prepares them for Higher Education. Whilst our main intake of students is in August, admissions are accepted throughout the year, contingent on a place being available. Prospective students are assessed on their previous school academic record and their potential for growth at our school.


ISZL Inclusion Statement

ISZL supports, respects, and seeks inclusion for all of community members, including but not limited to: Age, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Health Needs, Languages Spoken, Marital Status, Mental Health, National Origin, Political Affiliation, Race, Religion, Sex, and Sexual Orientation.


Priority Placement Policy

During periods when the capacity of the school is insufficient to accommodate all qualified students who seek enrolment, the school operates a priority placement protocol as follows:

  1. The applicant is associated with an established ISZL Partnership Agreement
  2. The applicant is a sibling of a currently enrolled ISZL student and is applying to ISZL for Early Years 1, Early Years 2 or Kindergarten
  3. The applicant is a former ISZL student returning from outside Central Switzerland
  4. The applicant is the child of an ISZL Alumni
  5. The applicant is an International student not currently schooled in Central Switzerland
  6. All other applicants are considered based on the availability of educational alternatives and the date of application

Within each of these numbered groups, special priority is given to students applying to Grades 1-12 who already have a sibling currently enrolled at ISZL and who have submitted all required application documents to the Admissions Office by 1 February of the proposed year of entry to ISZL.

Applications eligible for a priority placement category will only be considered once all required application documents have been received by the Admissions Office.

For families seeking admission during the school year, then applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, though families are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.