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The Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State provides assistance to independent overseas schools that meet certain legislative criteria. There are nearly 200 schools globally within this network. These schools have a direct relationship with Post and an interest in working with U.S. Government associated children.

The principal purposes of the assistance are:

  1. to ensure that adequate educational opportunities exist for the dependents of U.S. Government personnel stationed overseas, and,
  2. to encourage and assist schools that demonstrate American educational philosophy and practice within the countries in which they are located.

This directory can be downloaded here: 2022 2023 Assisted School Directory [962 KB]. The directory includes the names and addresses of overseas schools that receive direct or indirect assistance from the Office of Overseas Schools. Additionally, each entry gives the name and title of the school’s chief administrator, telephone number, email, web address, total enrollment numbers, and grades offered for the school. Of the schools included in this list, most follow American curricular patterns and utilize English as the language of instruction. A number are binational or international in character, and a few are local schools or schools patterned after schools in countries other than the United States.

The directory is not intended to be a complete listing of all international or American schools abroad; there are many other schools that do not meet the criteria for assistance from the Office of Overseas Schools. Information concerning many of these schools may be obtained from the school associations listed at the beginning of the directory.

There are also U.S. military dependents’ schools abroad which are operated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Information regarding these schools may be obtained from:

U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400 

More details on each assisted school can be found in Fact Sheets and in the Special Needs Profiles. You can search the Assisted Schools by country and they are ordered alphabetically by post at

U.S. Department of State

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