Admission Year 1/Grade 5


Applications 2022/23

Every year, the student admissions team interviews roughly 200 students from primary schools throughout Graz and beyond. Taking into account the current Covid-19 measures in place for schools, feasibility, but primarily the safety and well-being of staff and prospective students, student admission interviews are suspended for this school year.

There will be three Year 1 classes with 25 students each. For incoming Year 1 students the admission procedure (school year 2022/ 2023) will be as follows:

There will still be an early admissions policy, accepting online applications from December 9, 2021 to January 14, 2022 (s. application form below).

Required documents

You need to upload a copy/scan of the report cards (Schulnachricht and Jahreszeugnis) for the school year 2020/21. In case your child has not attended a primary/elementary school in Austria, please upload the last 2 report cards.
IMPORTANT: Please stick to the following file name scheme, SURNAME-FIRSTNAME-REPORTCARD.
The following file formats are accepted: PDF, JPG.

  • We will continue to give priority to English-speaking students who fulfil the standard requirements for attending GIBS (s. section below). Oral English language skills will be verified with interviews on the 27th of January 2022 in the afternoon between the English admission team and the students. (Online interviews for those students not residing in Austria.)
  • Primary school grades will be taken into consideration.
  • Priority will be given to those applicants who have siblings currently attending GIBS and fulfil the standard GIBS requirements.

In the event that the number of applicants who fulfil all of the requirements still exceeds the number of spots available, there will be a modified version of the interviews on the 5th of February 2022.  

Parents will receive written confirmation of acceptance or non-acceptance by February 28, 2022.

Snoopy Days - Changes due to Covid 19

We regret to inform you that, due to the current Covid-19 situation, we canot offer snoopy days this year. Please read the information on Applications 2022/23 above.

Thank you for your interest in our school and your understanding.

Student Admission

Due to the number of applications and the limited capacity of the school we are not able to accept all the children who apply.

English speaking children who meet the standard entrance requirements will be given priority because their presence at our school encourages English as a natural means of communication.

Bilingual Applicants

Criteria for English language competence

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in language competence (as outlined below) to be accepted as bilingual students. The applicant`s language competence will be assessed in a short, informal interview with the school principal and a native speaker member of GIBS staff.


understand without difficulty accent-free, non-idiomatic speech at normal speed

Pronunciation / Intonation

use a basic vocabulary (everyday nouns, adjectives and verbs);idiomatic use of language is not expected


use basic structures spontaneously and correctly (eg correct, natural use of tenses: simple/progressive function and form of past tenses etc); some errors acceptable


express him/herself in fluent, connected discourse and find alternative ways of saying things; he/she should be able to ask for help or clarification if necessary

Overall impression

take an active part in the interview using the English language with ease and confidence

Application Form

Click on the link below to open the online application form and fill in the data required. You may switch languages by clicking on the arrow in the top right corner of the form.

Link: application form (currently inactive)