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."
"Every child has a talent and ST. GILGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL will discover it"
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.
- The school is owned by St. Gilgen International School Privatstiftung, a non-profit foundation, which is governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board consisting of experts, a representative of the municipality of St. Gilgen and parents.
- The foundation was established by parents of current and former students.
- We offer a generous scholarships programme for talented and motivated students.
- We teach in English, in addition all students get the opportunity to study German (either as mother tongue or language acquisition).
- We also offer Spanish and French, and we have a well-developed Self-taught mother tongue programme for IB Diploma students (for example in Italian, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese).
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 Mission, Vision & Values
We empower our students to reach their fullest potential to have a positive influence on the world and inspire them to discover a life-long love of learning.
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.
We always look for ways to improve and set new educational standards.
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.
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.
BEd - Education (hons) (University of Ballarat); MEd - Education; MBA - International Business (Deakin University); EdD - Positive Education (University College London, IOE) - in progress
Why StGIS? It's where tradition and innovation collide!
Vice Principal; Teacher of Movement and Wellbeing Teacher of Exercise; Sport and Health Science
Bachelor of Geography (hon) (University of Bristol); Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Geography (University of East Anglia)
Why StGIS? Early morning swimming in the lake
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Learning); Teacher of Geography
M.Ed – Educational Leadership (Concordia University Portland); B.Sc – Biology and Secondary Education (University of Northern Colorado); A.A. - Music Performance (Edmonds College Washington)
Why StGIS? Opportunities, People, Challenge, Growth, Trust, Respect
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and Head of Science
BA - English Language and Literature (Minor in Spanish) (University of Barcelona) - Exchange programme in Knox College; Master of Legal and Social Sciences - Counselling (hons) (University Ramon Llull)
Why StGIS? Trust. Support. Creativity. Ready to grow?
Head of Modern Languages; Teacher of Spanish as an Additional Language; IB DP Language B Examiner; Mentor Tutor
BA European Studies (Hons) - German and Geography (Bradford University); Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Primary (Glasgow University); Master of Education (Open University)
Why StGIS? Feeling alive by lake and mountains
Teacher of Grade 6; Teacher of German; Mentor Tutor
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Bristol University); MSc (hon) (Bristol University)
Why StGIS? Arresting beauty, inspirational peers, family feeling
Teacher of Chemistry
Erstes Staatsexamen – French and English Lehramt Gymnasium (Universität Augsburg, Bavaria); PGDE – German and French (Aberdeen University, Scotland)
Why StGIS? Amazing community, amazing children, amazing location
Teacher of German; Teacher of French
BA (hons) Dramatic Art, PGCE Drama & English
Why StGIS? Cultured, Classy, Friendly, Family, Adventuring, Fearlessly.
Teacher of Drama; Teacher of Theory of Knowledge; Mentor Tutor
PGCE Bangor University, Bachelor of Music - Aberdeen University
Why StGIS? Thriving talents, Community Spirit, International Perspectives.
Movement & Wellbeing and Houseparent Assistant
B.A. Economics and Education (Bristol) QTS 1st Class Hons
Why StGIS? Atmosphere, Environment, People, Spinach dumplings equally!
Teacher of Economics & Boarding Houseparent
BSc (Hons) (University College of Wales); Economics - Worcester College (Worcester UK); Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Economics and Physical Education
Why StGIS? Inspiring natural beauty and inspiring people.
Head of World Studies; Extended Essay Coordinator; Teacher of Economics; IBDP Examiner for Economics; Mentor Tutor
Nationality: British (Welsh)
BSC Physics with Music, PGCE
Why StGIS? Creativity and learning with a view.
Teacher of Physics
BSc- Mathematics (Open University); Master of Educational Management (Open University)
Why StGIS? Motivated students; inspiring, engaging learning community.
Head of Mathematics
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (hon) (Laurentian University); Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Univeristy of Canterbury)
Why StGIS? Always active. Uniquely beautiful. Extended Family.
Head of Movement and Wellbeing; Athletics Director
BSc (hon) - Geography (Southampton University); Ph.D. - Glacial Geomorphology (Coventry and Cardiff Universities); Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Geography and Maths (Leicester)
Why StGIS? Mountains, lake, seasons, community, acceptance, possibilities
Teacher of Middle School; IB Geography, Middle school Physics; Primary Maths Education
Master of German Philology and Psychology/Philosophy/Pedagogy
Why StGIS? My students, my subject, my colleagues
Teacher of German Language and Literature
Master of Arts- English (London University)
Why StGIS? Students, Snow, Mozart, Lake, Apfelstrudel, Austrians
Teacher of English
BA - Sociology; MEd - General Education, Special Education
Why St. Gilgen/ StGIS? Passion for teaching unbridled, unleashed
Teacher of English; Learning Support Coordinator
Nationality: United States of America/ Puerto Rican
BA in English Philology, MA in Spanish and PGCE Spanish and French
Why StGIS? Picturesque environment for developing great minds.
Ana Martinez Ribeiro
Teacher of Spanish
BA - English & Economics (University of Melbourne), Diploma in Education –English & Economics; MEd - Educational Leadership
Why StGIS? Space, Place, Pace, Smiles, Miles, Styles
Teacher of Economics; Teacher of English; Theory of Knowledge Coordinator
B.Sc. (Biochemistry), B.Ed.
Why StGIS? Positive outlook, endless 'Wanderwege'.
Teacher of Chemistry
BA - Fine Art (Hons) (Cardiff Metropolitan University); PGCE Art and Design (Cardiff Metropolitan University); MA - Fine Art (University of the Creative Arts London) ongoing
Why StGIS? Creative, quirky, friendly spaces, the unexpected.
Teacher of Art
Northumberland University and University of Bath
Why StGIS? Friendly, unique, dreams, goulash and dumplings!
Teacher of English; House Parent; Mentor Tutor
BA Abilene Christian University, MA University of Texas at Austin
Why StGIS? The integration of passion, education and excellence.
World Studies; IB History
Nationality: USA - New Mexico
Bachelor of Commerce and Law (Lazarski School of Commerce and Law); Master Manager with German as a Foreign Language (Lazarski School of Commerce); PGCE (University of Warsaw)
Why StGIS? Successful education in a beautiful nature setting.
Teacher of German; Mentor Tutor
BEd - English (Canada); Professional Teaching Certificate (British Columbia Ministry of Education); MEd - International Education K-12 (USA)
Why StGIS? Home. Natural grace and beauty. Namaste.
Head of English; Teacher of English; IB Mentor Tutor
Diplomstudium Lehramt Deutsch und Französisch (Universität Wien, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse)
Why StGIS? Inspirational place which encourages personal growth.
Teacher of German and French, Mentor Tutor
M.A. Tainan University of Technology, M.M. and M.M.Ed. Boston Conservatory, TCSOL Certificate
Why StGIS? A Hidden Legendary Dreamland.
Wei Wei Chang-Albert
PGCE (University of Greenwich); BEng (hon) - Electronic Engineering (University College Swansea); MSc - Defence Technology (UK Defence Academy)
Why StGIS? Scenery, people, language, challenges, creativity, coffee
Activities Coordinator; Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Coordinator; Teacher of Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Nationality: British (English)
Licence de langue, littérature et civilisation des pays anglophones; Diplôme d'université de premier cycle d'études scandinaves; Qualified Teacher Status, Graduate Teacher Programme UK.
Why StGIS? Flexible innovative teaching with high expectations.
Teacher of French
Bachelor of History (hons) (University of Sheffield); PGCE (The University of Nottingham); Masters in International Relations (University of Nottingham) in progress
Why StGIS? Seasonal beauty; Nature; Wellness; Unique; Community; Innovative
Teacher of History; Teacher of Politics Mentor Tutor
Bachelor of Music LTCL (Trinity College of Music, London); Master in Music Education (Trinity College of Music, London)
Why StGIS? Tranquility and beauty inspire musical creativity.
Head of Arts; Director of Music
Nationality: South African
B.Ed (Hons) in Physical Education and PGCE in Primary Physical Education
Why StGIS? Living in a happy, caring community.
Head of Movement & Wellbeing/Athletic Director/ Assistant House Parent
BSc –Mathematics, Statistics and OR (Cardiff University, UK); Post Graduate Certificate Education - Mathematics and Outdoor Activities (Bangor University, UK)
Why StGIS? Meeting new people, and exploring the outdoors.
Teacher of Mathematics; Mentor Tutor
BSc (hons) - Agriculture; Post Graduate Certificate Education
Why StGIS? Inspiration around every corner, truly amazing!
Teacher of Biology
BA (Int.) Mathematics & Anthropology (NUI Maynooth); MSc - GIS (University of Ulster, Coleraine); PDE (University College Dublin); Erasmus University of Vienna
Why StGIS? Good to be back in Austria
Teacher of Mathematics; Mentor Tutor
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Queen’s University; Bachelor of Education Queen’s University
Why StGIS? Mountains, lake, beautiful scenery, small community.
English Teacher and Learning Support Coordinator
Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering (The University of Sydney); Master of Teaching in Secondary Education (Mathematics) (University of Technology, Sydney)
Why StGIS? Dreams can be realized here!
Lehramtsstudium - German, English and Italian (University of Innsbruck and Vienna)
Why StGIS? Small-sized classes - super-sized community.
Teacher of German Language and Literature
Diploma in tourism management; A-level business academy
Why StGIS? St. Gilgen International school inspired my life.
Human Resources & Accounting
Economy high school Salzburg (Annahof)
Why StGIS? Awesome people and school buildings.
Why StGIS? The lake, the mountains, the people
PA to the Principal
Why StGIS? My students, my colleagues, the location.
Deupty House Parent Ratz / IB & Marketing Assistant
Nationality: British (English)
Why StGIS? School life will never get boring.
Bachelor of Science; Master of Science - in progress
Why StGIS? Inspiring people, stunning environment, plenty possibilities
Austrian Business High School
Why StGIS? StGIS became part of my life
IFMGA Ski & Mountainguide; IFMGA Canyoning Guide
Why StGIS? Outdoors, respect, humor, landscapes, students, spirit
Head of Outdoor Education
Post Grad Translation, Bristol University; BA Hons French, Italian and European Studies, Bath University
Why StGIS? Inspirational Opportunities, Nature Involvement, Propitious Potential
GuKPS LKH Bad Ischl; 10 years work experience as a nurse in Bad Ischl
Why StGIS? It`s an inspiring and challenging place
Diplomierte Gesundheits- und Krankenschwester AKH Wien, Experience in different departments in hospitals in Austria and Switzerland, various advanced health trainings
Why StGIS? Good spirit, lovely people, great potential.
Ongoing – you never stop learning!
Why StGIS? Work hard, play hard, dream big!
Student Support and Services Co-ordinator
Higher National Certificates, in Chemistry, and Biochemistry; Nine years work experience in the food industry as an Analyst
Senior Science Technican
Want to join our team?
Do you see education and learning as a way of life rather than just a job? Are you a ‘risk-taker’ who has a healthy balance between purposeful intensity and a good sense of humour? If so, then you are the type of person we are looking for.
From our strong base we intend to progress from being a very good school to becoming truly outstanding. Exceptional staff from around the globe are the key to achieving this aspiration. All staff, in whatever capacity they are employed at the school, are seen as having an entitlement to support, personal growth and professional development. Our staff are our most valuable resource.
Applications are welcome from successful teachers and educators. We aim to appoint people who are passionate about teaching, strong practitioners, student-centred, innovative, full of ideas and who can contribute positively to all aspects of learning in our busy 7-day a week boarding school. Most importantly, you will be a team player who thrives on collaborating with colleagues.
If you feel you can demonstrate that you are ready to join us, then we will welcome an application. The ability to speak German, whilst obviously helpful, is not a requirement of appointment. Can we thank you now for the time and effort you will put into your application; we assure you that it will be given detailed and thorough consideration to justify your effort.
We are currently looking for
Please download the full application pack; this details the application process and also includes specific details about each post. You should also download and complete the application form as part of any final application submission.
In addition, St. Gilgen International School welcomes full CVs and letters of application that have clearly been tailored to potential vacancies at StGIS. We undertake to consider them and to keep them on file for one year and refer to them when we are advertising vacancies.
Please send to info(at)stgis.at.
We do not advertise our vacancies on ESLemployment.com or globaltesol.com. If you have seen a job advertisement on those websites, they were not placed by St. Gilgen International School.
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Our Location & Contact Details
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.