WELCOME

ISC Research

The most comprehensive, current and objective data and intelligence on the world’s international schools.

DATA COLLECTION

International school data you can trust

We process over 300,000 data points every year and spend 4,500 hours on verification. Here is a snapshot of the new data points collected in the past year alone.

13,365

ON CURRICULUM

35,026

ON ENROLMENT

73,140

ON TUITION FEES

15,208

ON CONTACTS

OUR EXPERTISE

Market experts for 25+ years

ISC Research is the leading provider of English-medium K-12 international school data, trends and intelligence. We have been collecting market intelligence and data on international schools throughout the world since 1994.

We identify international schools using these criteria:

  • schools that deliver a curriculum to any combination of pre-school, primary or secondary students, wholly or partly in English outside an English-speaking country; or
  • schools that offer an English-medium curriculum other than the country’s national curriculum and are international in their orientation, if based in a country where English is one of the official languages.

DATA

12,373

Schools

5.68m

STUDENTS

550,846

STAFF

$53bn

FEE INCOME

DATA

Data

Much of our international schools data is gathered year-round from primary sources (governments, established international schools, and market experts) by a team of skilled researchers, including a team of field researchers based in key locations of the world where international education is in most demand. Our data is accessible via our live data portals.

INTELLIGENCE

Intelligence

We compile our analysis of both quantitative and qualitative international schools data into a comprehensive range of reports, including white papers and specialist reports on trending topics, global and market-specific intelligence reports. We also produce bespoke reports, designed to provide you with the answers you need, such as benchmarking.

Likelihood of international schools moving towards more blended or hybrid learning models within two years
July 2021

  • UNLIKELY OR VERY UNLIKELY 16% 16%
  • NOT SURE 33% 33%
  • LIKELY OR VERY LIKELY 51% 51%

WHAT WE DO

Services tailored to your needs

For Schools

Whether you wish to grow your community, develop your peer network, keep informed of best teaching and learning practice, or refine your development strategy, we will adapt our data subscription services and market intelligence reports to your needs.

For Education Suppliers

Develop your marketing and business development strategy with reliable and trusted market data and intelligence to inform your segmentation, lead generation, content marketing, community and relationship building. 

For Educational Investors

Overcome the challenges faced in your search for a school partner. We will support you through every step of your selection process, providing you with historic and current market data and intelligence, as well as expert advice.

For Higher Education

Enhance your market knowledge to build strong relationships with international schools. Identify influential organisations and contacts to recruit good fit international students, in terms of language and independent learning skills, and mobility aspirations.

EVENTS

Let's meet!

COBIS Conference for Marketing and Admissions Staff

Event date - November 3, 2021

Meet Nalini Cook, Head of EMEA Research at this year’s COBIS Conference for Marketing and Admissions Staff. Find out more

Webinar: Addressing the challenge of recruitment and staff development in international schools

Event date - November 10, 2021

Various significant factors have impacted international school staff recruitment and continued professional development in the past two years. This webinar explores these shifts within the market in more detail, addressing how CPD can be a key factor to addressing current recruitment challenges. Find out more

NEWS

Stay informed

Leading leaders to leave
Leading leaders to leave

Much has been written about how a Head of School must fight to retain their most talented leaders who are eager to move on to headships themselves. Let me offer a contrarian view: let them go. In fact, wish them bon voyage with fanfare and your sincere blessing, knowing that the departure of these gifted individuals is good news to be celebrated. This has become a cornerstone of leadership development at Frankfurt International School (FIS).  Read more

Student Pathways to Higher Education Webinar Insights
Student Pathways to Higher Education Webinar Insights

Do college counsellors from schools, and international representatives from universities, agree when it comes to supporting high school students with their future pathways? This question was addressed in a recent panel discussion we hosted. The discussion focused on some of the outcomes from our recent report on international school student pathways to higher education. Read more

The state of wellbeing in international schools – insights from outsiders
The state of wellbeing in international schools – insights from outsiders

Wellbeing has become a key talking point worldwide. This has resulted in new initiatives and breakthroughs within the education sector. The recent ISC Research Edruptors conference delved into this subject in a discussion led by Nalini Cook, Head of EMEA Research at ISC Research, alongside a panel of four popular education podcasters. Read more

GET IN TOUCH

Let's discuss your needs

We are dedicated and committed to supporting the broader international schools community by providing data, trends and intelligence. Since 1994, we have guided schools with their growth plans, informed investors on new school development, helped universities to engage with international schools, and advised education suppliers that are supporting the market.