Admissions

Admissions team greeting family
JOINING OUR FAMILY
We can’t wait to welcome you to The British International School Bratislava (BISB).

A WARM WELCOME

We’re delighted that you’re thinking about BISB for your child’s education. In our safe, nurturing school environment, your child will discover a world of opportunities that will set them up for personal and academic success – whatever they choose to do or be in life.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

BISB is more than a school – we’re a vibrant, caring community. Our welcoming and diverse international school is home to students and families from more than 40 countries.

 

We offer places all year round to children aged 3 to 18 years old. There are a few factors we take into consideration when you apply, which vary depending on your child’s age. After making an enquiry, taking a tour, and speaking to our friendly admissions team, you’ll fill in an online application form. If your child is in or entering Year 7 or above, they’ll do a short assessment.

 

Every family’s application process is different, so we’d encourage you to get in touch with our admissions team to find out how it’ll work for you. They can answer any questions about entry requirements and talk you through each stage.

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TALK TO OUR ADMISSIONS TEAM

We know that choosing the right school is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. That’s where our admissions team come in. They’ll guide you through the process and make sure you have all the information you need.

 

  • You’ll start by getting in touch with us – either by filling in our admissions enquiry form, giving us a call, or sending an email.
  • To get a feel for who we are and what we do, we recommend you join us – either in person (which we always recommend, if possible) or online.
  • We’ll follow up with you, answer any questions, and make sure you have all the information you need. We’ll then walk you through our step-by-step admissions process. 
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Admissions

STEP-BY-STEP ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Are you ready to apply? This is what you need to do.
Make an enquiry
Get in touch with our admissions team to find out what makes our school special. We can answer your questions, go over our entry requirements, and talk about your child’s needs.
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Make an enquiry
Enjoy a guided tour
The best way to discover the world of opportunities on offer at BISB is to take our tour, either in person or online.
Enjoy a guided tour
Send us your application
We accept applications all year round. And we promise to get back to you within 24 hours (excluding weekends) of receiving your child’s form.
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Send us your application
assesment
Assessment
Every child who starts in Year 7 or above will take a short assessment. Years 7-9 sit an online English language test, while Years 10-13 take English and maths tests and meet our Head of Secondary.
Assessment
Placement
You’re almost there! Once you’ve completed the first four steps – and if our vibrant school community is right for you and your child – we’ll offer them a place.
Placement
Starting school
With their place confirmed, we’ll make sure your child gets a warm welcome. We’ll send you information before they start, invite them to a welcome day, and set up a meeting with their teacher.
Starting school
Eva Matejova
We’ll help you through every stage of your child’s admissions process. We offer every prospective family personalised support, which is available either in English or Slovak.
Eva Matejová
Admissions and Community Liaison Officer

KEY TERM DATES: 2022–23

Here are some important dates for your diary.
New Student Welcome Day
Wednesday 24 Aug 2022
First Term Starts
Thursday 25 Aug 2022
Second Term Starts
Tuesday 10 Jan 2023
Third Term Starts
Tuesday 11 Apr 2023

meet our Admissions team

Milina Bireš
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Milina joined us in 2002, taking on responsibility for our admissions in 2006. As the school has grown, so has Milina’s role, which is continually evolving to best meet the needs of our children and families. Milina has a Master’s in Slovak and English Language and Literature, alongside an expert knowledge of the school and local area.
Eva Matejova
Eva Matejová
Admissions and Community Liaison Officer
After qualifying as a Fine Art and Slovak language teacher, Eva spent 13 years in Dublin, working in pre- and after-school education and customer-focused jobs, before returning home. Eva loves creating a positive, supportive environment for parents and children, making sure they get the best start to their time at BISB.

Tuition fees

At BISB, our tuition fees reflect the exceptional learning experiences we offer, as well as the outstanding academic success our students achieve.
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Financial Resources

At BISB, we understand that quality education for your child represents a significant investment. On this page is everything you need to know about the financial programmes we offer to support our families.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do you admit students throughout the year?
    Your child can start at any time during the school year. Our teachers are used to settling students at short notice, and our personalised induction process quickly makes them feel at home.
  • Is there a waiting list?
    We sometimes have a waiting list, yes. We recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible to secure your child’s place.
  • What documents do I need to apply?

    When you first apply, we’ll ask you to send us your completed online application form; a copy of your child’s passport; a copy of recent school reports; and SEN reports (if applicable). 

    Once your child’s place and start date are confirmed, you'll need to send us an education agreement; consent forms; responsibility for fees form; a copy of your child's health insurance; a transfer form (on request from the admissions team); and vaccination confirmation (only for our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children). 

  • What ages do you teach?
    We’re open to students aged 3-18.
  • What are your class sizes?
    Our average class size is 20. This number is much smaller in our early years classes, with a teacher-student ratio of 1:8.
  • My child doesn’t speak English. Can they enrol at BISB?
    Yes, we’re open to children who can’t speak English up to Year 6, and children with limited English up to Year 9. Our expert English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers will make sure your child gets the support they need to become a proficient English speaker. Students joining us in Years 10-13 need a good level of English so they can follow the curricula we teach.
  • What curriculum do you teach?
    Our students follow internationally recognised British and international curricula. We teach the English National Curriculum up to Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, we offer Cambridge IGCSE. And in Years 12 and 13 we teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
  • Do you offer boarding facilities?
    We don’t offer boarding facilities, but some of our older students live in a dormitory at the local high school, which is close to our campuses.
  • What after-school provision do you offer?
    We can look after our nursery and reception children until 5:00 pm. 

    Primary and secondary students are encouraged to get involved in our after-school clubs and activities. They usually take place between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, with some secondary clubs finishing at 5:00 pm.
  • Do you provide meals?
    Yes, we prepare healthy snacks and tasty hot lunches every day.
  • Is there a bus service to and from the school?
    Our school minibus service can collect your child from a home address in almost any area of Bratislava, up to 15km from the school. If you live more than 15km away, we can pick up your child for an extra charge.
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FIND OUT WHAT MAKES BISB SPECIAL

We’d love you to join one of our virtual tours – or come and see us in person – to get a feel for our school. You’ll meet our inspirational teachers, learn more about our personalised academic pathways, and discover our exceptional learning experiences.

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