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Our collective ethos and the one that allows us to move the school forward is to nurture confident, independent individuals who have the ability and tenacity to solve problems, lead others to make changes and make significant contributions to the wider life of the community.

The aim of The English International College is to provide opportunities for our students to discover, explore and develop their talents, all of which are underpinned by innovative teaching. Our small class sizes ensure we are able to help nurture each student to help them achieve their best across all areas of the school in a supportive and caring environment.  

As an English school in Spain, with over 50% of our students of UK origin, we also benefit from pupils of over 20 differing nationalities. We believe that the EIC has a unique opportunity to encourage them, not only to appreciate the rich culture and language of their host country, but also to develop a broader awareness of the world in which they live.

We believe that education is a partnership between teachers, parents and pupils, and close co-operation is essential if students are to achieve their potential.  As a school that educates pupils from the age of three to eighteen, we realise that we have a singular responsibility to help and guide the development of children through some of their most important years, and to enable them to leave school with the confidence and ability to accept the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult life. 

When students leave us,  they take with them qualities of leadership, problem-solving, creative thinking, self-confidence, communication and team working skills: indeed, all the attributes required as an essential foundation for a successful future.


The English International College, located near Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Spain, was founded in the summer of 1982. It was originally composed of just five classrooms, the school was opened with a roll of 32 primary and secondary students.

Within a year, extended premises were acquired, and the school began to function with complete Primary and Secondary Departments.

In November 1983, the college passed a full inspection by members of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate from Great Britain and was later recognised by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciéncias in Spain, having received its accreditation on the 23rd March 1984 from the Consejería de Educación of the Junta de Andalucía. The college was admitted into the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS), at the same time. The school grew steadily and, in 1993, it obtained membership of the European Council of International Schools. From September of that year, it became licensed to accept Spanish nationals at all levels.

During its history, the EIC has been proud of its successes: examination results have been consistently impressive and students have gone on to study at many of the most prestigious universities and colleges around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Harvard and Yale. We enjoy the recognition of most premier universities as a centre of academic excellence. As a result, students of the EIC are actively sought by these bodies, with scholarships and exhibitions offered as incentives. Our students repeatedly receive multiple offers for university placements.


Admissions for the academic year 2024/2025 is now closed.

We recognize the importance of choosing the right school for your family and we are here to help. Please take the time to read through the Admissions pages to familiarise yourself with the admissions process, but don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

When you are ready please visit the Making an Enquiry page to begin the process of joining us.