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Our school

The International School of Trieste was founded in 1964 as a non-profit organization by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the Italo-American Association (then a United States Consulate). The High School opened in 2006, building upon forty years of experience in the Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School. We are proud to say that our graduates have enrolled in world-class universities around the globe.

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Study with Us

The International School of Trieste is a community-focused school with students from Kinder 2 to Grade 13. IST recognizes the need for students to be equipped for an interconnected world as as global citizens with the skills needed to engage with people from many cultural backgrounds. We aim to provide our students with a well-rounded education which includes a focus on character and prepare them for diverse opportunities and future studies.

Work with Us

At IST, the community spirit encouraged in our students is also evident in our staff. As a non-profit organization with more than 50 years of history, the focus is firmly on supporting staff as they work to develop students as members of a global society while also ensuring their solid academic foundation.

IST in Numbers


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Alumni with/in Masters or PhD programs


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Countries where alumni attend universities


Students studying a third language


IST’s first High School graduates completed their studies in 2011. Since then, we have had over 120 students go on to attend - and succeed at - universities in Italy and abroad. The majority of our students choose to continue their studies with English as the language of instruction. The most popular choices for IST graduates have been the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and Italy, although other European countries and even further afield are also chosen.

Jennie Benvenuti



Teachers from 15 different countries around the world have chosen to continue their careers at IST. They bring their global and local experience to the classroom, giving students insights into the possibilities to expand their thinking about the world both near home and far beyond Trieste. The teachers at IST care deeply about the potential of their students and work to help them realise their own unique potential.

Mrs Elisabetta Bernardi


Recent College Acceptances

IST graduates have been accepted at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States, Italy and around the world. Recent schools include the following: