Welcome to Salem!

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Welcome to Salem International Boarding School and thank you for visiting our website. Being Germany's biggest boarding school, Schule Schloss Salem hosts 600 students from all over the world on three different campus sites. We look forward to presenting our school to you on a personal site visit. Please direct yourself to our team admissions in order to schedule a meeting in Salem.

In the meantime, there are various (and comfortable) possibilities of getting to know Salem from home:

Due to current events we continue to offer you the opportunity to get to know Salem from home. For this purpose we present four options that will bring you closer to the Salem boarding school:

  1. What about registering for one of our digital information events about Salem? Our Roadshow in English presents the pedagogical approach, a typical Salem day and countless images of the school, providing a comprehensive overview of what Salem is all about. Please register here!
  2. We invite you on our virtual tour. Digitally and comfortably from home you can explore our three locations.
  3. Through our Youtube videos you will get a revealing insight into our boarding school life and learn more about the historically significant Salem Castle, where our pupils of the 5th - 10th grades live and learn.
  4. Find out on the page We are Salem - What makes our boarding school so special, what are the features in Salem that distinguish us from both state schools and other boarding schools.



Dr. Stephanie Nau
Head of Admissions

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Unique and extraordinary
We are Salem
Open House Day
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Information Events
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Summer Schools
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A special guided tour of Salem Castle

Salem is more than a good school

  • Intensive pastoral care in the boarding school (approx. 95 percent of students are boarders)
  • Small class sizes (with an average of 14 students)
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • International Classes in Years 8 – 10 and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Broad range of foreign languages
  • Socially oriented service groups and artisan guilds
  • Outdoor education
  • Supervised study hour and academic support programmes
  • Extensive sports curriculum and extracurricular sports programmes
  • Extraordinary learning environment near the Lake Constance
  • Large libraries with extensive German and international literature
  • State-recognized [or: Baden-Württemberg] Abitur or International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Career and university counselling by school-based specialists
  • Extensive and highly renowned alumni network in Germany and abroad
  • Character development and education for responsible leadership
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Kathrin de Francisco
Assistant to Admissions Office

Tel.: +49 7553 919-352
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About Salem


Scholarships at Schule Schloss Salem

Children and adolescents who want to know what they can achieve, who want to expand their horizon and their talents and who want to put their efforts into the service of a multinational community of young people, are invited to apply for a scholarship at Schule Schloss Salem near the Lake Constance. It is possible to apply for a partial scholarship throughout the year.

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Well-Sheltered and Purposefully Guided

Classes 5 & 6 (Junior School)

Students in classes 5 & 6 live in the "Rentamt," a very special location. Built over 200 years ago by Cistercian monks as a cloister school for 100 boys, this stand-alone building again today combines space for living and learning. 

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From our online lessons

Art project "Self-portrait with face mask

An art course in our upper school has published a "digital" art project as part of the online lessons. All course participants have artistically portrayed themselves wearing a medical mask. The result was a wide variety of photomontages in the most diverse styles of art.

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November 11
St. Martin - Formal Dinner in Salem

November 12
St. Martin's procession Year 5/6

November 17
Day of Prayer and Repentance Run in Salem

November 28
Advent singing in Salem (not open to the public)

December 4
One Acts in the auditorium of the Härlen Campus

December 5

December 6
St. Nicholas Dinner - Formal Dinner

December 12
College devotion

December 16
Prom Year 10

December 17
Christmas Dinner & Concert at Salem
Formal Dinner & Casino Night at the College


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Theatre Trip to Frankfurt
by Elitsa Nikolova, IB Year 2

In October theatre enthusiasts from Salem International College, accompanied by our teacher Keith and his daughter Cheyenne, went on a trip to Frankfurt to watch "The Girl on the Train".

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Panel Discussion: Salem Students Speak with Young Politicians

Five days before Germany’s national elections representatives of the political youth organisations in the Bodenseekreis responded to questions from our students.

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An idea that connects across borders.
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Blick über den Bodensee, im Vordergrund Schloss Spetzgart
Our locations
Schloss Salem
Until the beginning of the 18th century, Salem Castle was the richest Cistercian abbey in southern Germany. The Schule Schloss Salem was founded there in 1920. Not without reason.
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Schloss Spetzgart
On 3 May 1929 Spetzgart Castle was opened as part of Schule Schloss Salem. Together with the Härlen campus it forms the Salem International College.
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Campus Härlen
The Härlen campus was opened in 2000 and, together with Spetzgart Castle, has since formed the Salem International College. The individual room concept offers a unique boarding school life.
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