Our School

St. Gilgen International School offers a world-class international education set in the culturally rich and beautiful village of St. Gilgen, Austria. Our school combines the traditional charm, security, and cultural heritage of a small village, with a dynamic and modern teaching and learning environment and an ambitious and globally minded school community. Set in one of the most stunning natural environments in the world, our location provides us with the sensational views of the lakes and mountains to inspire learning and adventurousness.

"St. Gilgen International School is one of the preeminent educational destinations worldwide."

Key facts about St. Gilgen International School

  • We are located 35 minutes from Salzburg Airport, Austria.
  • Students come to us from all parts of the globe.
  • We have among the best staff to student ratios in the world. With a maximum of 250 students, we offer the highest level of care for each and every individual student.
  • We are owned by a not-profit foundation consisting of parents. 
  • We offer a generous scholarships programme for talented and motivated students.
  • We teach in English, but also offer French and Spanish. All students also study German.
  • We send students out into the world to the best universities and colleges around the globe.
  • We help all our students explore their talents and offer comprehensive and professional instruction and coaching in musical, sporting, theatrical, artistic and outdoor endeavors.

Please do take the time to explore the website and learn more about our school and feel free to contact us or arrange a visit.

Our History

St. Gilgen International School was founded in 2008 and since then has grown steadily with our current enrolment approaching capacity.

"We expect to continue our planned growth and to reach our capacity of 250 in the near future."

The school was built on a site beside Lake Wolfgang which previously contained green fields and some derelict villas. The prominent Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach formally lived here and this historical relationship has a number of significant features.

  1. Scholarship and creativity
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach is renowned as one of the most important German writers of the 19th century and her academic success lays a strong foundation for our continued striving for excellence in education.

  2. Empowerment
    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach faced many challenges as a female writer of this time and has emerged as a powerful figure for women’s liberation. This lays a strong foundation for our continued striving to equip our students with the strength and integrity to go fourth into the world and help make it a more just and equitable place for all.

  3. International mindedness
    Legend has it, that Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach planted all of the trees on our campus during her time here. The trees that she chose were taken from all corners of the world and they now stand tall and together. This lays a strong foundation for global awareness.

The Villas were renovated to a high standard and five state-of-the-art teaching buildings were constructed over 12 months during 2007 and 2008.

The founder of St. Gilgen International School is a prominent Austrian architect – Mr Alexander Serda, who envisaged a unique school with members drawn from the local and international community sharing a high quality academic and personal education in beautiful surroundings.

On the 17th of May 2016, ownership of the school passed to a foundation of parents of the school community (Privatstiftung). This foundation acts solely in the interests of the school and school community. It undertakes to secure the school’s future. As such, all profits are reinvested back into the school. The new ownership harnesses our community spirit and drives us to work together in a continued effort to improve our already exceptional school.

Our Vision & Values


The 'path of excellence'. Together with our dedicated staff, student and parent community we are building one of the finest international education institutions in the world, that will inspire generations of students to develop a lifelong love of learning.


  1. Excellence
    We always look for ways to improve and set new educational standards.

  2. Integrity
    We encourage our students and staff to be people of integrity guided by Plato’s cardinal virtues:
    Courage – emotional strength and ability to confront fears.
    Temperance – act with moderation and self-control.
    Prudence – ability to judge own actions as appropriate or inappropriate.
    Justice – act with fairness and without bias toward others.

  3. Passion
    Our goal is to build a vibrant and enterprising learning community of students with passion, curiosity and a strong desire to learn. Passion fuels their imagination, drives thinking across uncharted territories, and remains fundamental to their success in life.

Our Team


I am keenly aware of the hopes and aspirations parents and students have for their education. We all want our children to be happy, confident and secure and to enjoy the most formative years of their lives. We want them to be supported and challenged in equal measure, so they achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.

At the end of their time at St. Gilgen we want our students to have developed a life-long love of learning and to have their achievements endorsed by internationally recognised and respected qualifications such as the IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma). This will enable your children, to gain entry to the courses at the universities that are best suited to their abilities and meet their aspirations.

"At St. Gilgen International School, we have high ambitions and expectations of excellence."

Tom Walsh MA

We expect the best of ourselves as teachers and support staff and we encourage students to work hard, with commitment, to conduct themselves well and to treat fellow members of our learning community with respect.

I am grateful for the trust that parents place in us. In return, we undertake to provide the highest quality educational experience we can. This education is not confined to the classroom, though academics are central to our mission. Beyond the classroom we provide a uniquely wide range of opportunities in music, art, theatre, sport, adventure, service, leadership and internationalism. These allow each student to excel in one or more areas and to grow in confidence and develop new skills. Our approach is personal and individualised; we seek to identify and maximise the strengths of every individual and to help all students to overcome any obstacles to their success.

For prospective parents and students the only way to really appreciate the quality of our environment and our education is to see it for yourself, so please go to our Admissions page to arrange a visit. For current parents and students, please remember that your insights are valuable and I will always listen carefully to your views.

Tom Walsh MA



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Our Location

Austria is a beautiful country which is both safe and nurturing. A unique feature of our school is its idyllic setting in the village of St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgangsee.

The beauty of our environment allows us to offer exceptional opportunities for outdoor adventure, including mountain biking, rock-climbing and hiking as well as sports such as skiing, sailing and horseback riding. Indeed in the winter months students can ski and snowboard every weekend. Students enjoy a healthy lifestyle with fresh, clean air away from the pollution of towns and cities.

Our proximity to the rich cultural centre of Salzburg offers students the opportunity to experience top-class music and theatre. In addition students enjoy weekend visits to the art galleries and museums of the beautiful cities of Vienna and Munich. We recognise that we are fortunate that our school is located in the village that was home to Mozart’s mother.

Transportation links via the international airports in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna mean that access is straightforward from global destinations and in addition Salzburg is served by an excellent European rail network. A school bus service runs from Salzburg which is 45 minutes away.

You can find us here

St. Gilgen International School
Ischlerstrasse 13
5340 St. Gilgen