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The ivorian Education curriculum is very similar to the French one.

Here is a quick overview of the system:

  • Enseignement Préscolaire : pre-schools, from 2 or 3 to 5 years old. 
  • Enseignement Primaire : primary education, from 6 years oldand it should last 6 years.The primary education diploma is Certificat d’Etudes Primaires et Elementaires (CEPE)
  • Enseignement secondaire:  secondary education is divided into two cycles: The first cycle of school lasts 4 years, a diploma is then awarded at the end of the this cycle which is the Brevet d’Etudes du Premier cycle (BEPC).The second cycle lasts 3 years.  At the end of the three years the students have to sit for the Baccalaureat ( BAC ) upon successful completion, a diploma is awarded and this is what gives access to higher education.

All local schools teach English as the first foreign language. As a requirement, an Ivorian student who obtains the baccalaureate should have had 7 years of English. In addition, English is taught in all faculties at all the Universities.

Currently, there are about 4 International English schools in Abidjan. However, a few French schools are experimenting teaching in both French and English mainly at the primary school level.

Dutch language & Culture school

This is a Dutch language and culture school for Dutch and Flemish kids in Abidjan.

Tel: +225 41 92 57 23


Facebook: NTC-school de Olifant

International Schools in English

There are not many schools in English in Abidjan although a few French schools are starting bilingual programs.

Below we have put together a list of the schools currently teaching in English:

International Schools in French or Bilingual

As French is the first language in Côte d'Ivoire, most international schools are in French and are part of the network of French education abroad (AEFEin line with the standards of the French ministry of education. Children are prepared for the French state exams. An accreditation is required to join the network and is not granted on a permanent basis, therefore the schools must regularly undergo an inspection to ensure that they are fully complying with the criteria. 

Lebanese school

The Lebanese school uses the national Ivorian curriculum. Furthermore intensive Arabic lessons are provided each day for one and a half hours. The school takes in about 1,000 pupils/students from Kindergarten through to Grade Twelve.

Tel: +225 21 35 76 31

Facebook: Ecole Libanaise en Côte d'Ivoire-ELCI

Private Ivorian Schools


For a comprehensive list of Private Ivorians kindergarten and schools, please click here: Liste des établissements scolaires d'Abidjan