About ISS

As a nonprofit organization, International Schools Services (ISS) is delighted to support the global education community.

We work with more than 800 international schools and thousands of educators each year across our comprehensive suite of services, creating one of the largest global footprint in international education support. Together, we can make a world of difference.

For over 60 years, our mission has been uniquely focused on helping international schools and educators develop students into thoughtful, imaginative global leaders.

We are passionate about supporting and developing all aspects of a strong, vibrant international school. We are proud to be a part of building a global community.

Mission Statement: Since 1955, ISS has been a nonprofit leader in international education. We provide comprehensive, customized, student-centered services to schools and educators that exemplify best practices, catalyze innovation, foster collaboration, and connect educators around the world. We are committed to creating and supporting world-class schools across the globe that educate students to be thoughtful, imaginative leaders and promote global understanding.

Get To Know Us

Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of international education, including school leadership, school finances and accounting, curriculum development, teaching and learning, recruitment, procurement, change management, creativity and innovation.

Our 60+ person staff can be found around the world, regularly traveling to ISS schools, attending ISS EDUrecruit recruiting events, participating in conferences and other international events, and simply being part of a wide-reaching international community.

Where To Find Us

ISS Home Office

While most of our team has called a long list of countries “home” at some point during their careers, many are now based in our Princeton, New Jersey home office. From this location, we work with our other ISS team members around the world, spanning a variety of regions and time zones!

Asia Pacific Office

Our Asia Pacific Office is located in Shenzhen, China, adjacent to Shekou International School. This office manages more than a dozen international schools in the Asia Pacific region. We provide onsite leadership and support to the international education community in this area.


Our LEVEL 5 Creativity and Innovation Hubs host professional learning activities with a full schedule of events. Our China location has been a popular destination for many educators near and far. We are thrilled to announce a second LEVEL 5, now open in Bahrain.

Always Learning

ISS promotes innovative best practices for global education through its core services that include:  founding and managing student-centered, future-oriented schools; recruiting world-class educators; providing cutting-edge professional learning opportunities; sourcing essential school supplies; and stewarding school foundations.

Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of international education, with most senior leaders having served as Heads of School across a variety of continents.

ISS Schools Around The World

Many of the ISS staff have been leaders and teachers in international schools during their careers, so we are deeply passionate about education; and we all remain active in schools today.


ISS directly owns, operates, or manages about 20 international schools around the world, keeping us current with today’s issues and the most contemporary, best-practices in education. We are active. We are innovative. And we are dedicated to making a world of difference.


first nonprofit
to place educators overseas

120+ schools
launched and managed

nearly 15,000 school supply orders processed each year

conducted 750+
administrative searches across 5 continents

approximately 50,000 educators placed in international schools

member of the International Task Force on Child Protection

60+ years
in operation

800+ schools around the globe

A Little History

International Schools Services (ISS) was founded in 1955 by Arthur Sweetser. During his career as a US Government emissary, Sweetser championed global collaboration and peace by supporting the formation of both the League of Nations and the United Nations.

With his vision of a more connected world, Sweetser held international education in high esteem. He was a seminal figure in the growth and development of international schools, helping to found The International School of Geneva, the United Nations School (UNIS), the International Baccalaureate (IB), and ISS.

Today, ISS carries on Sweetser’s innovative spirit in our multifaceted support of international education. We are committed to creating world-class schools that educate students to be thoughtful, imaginative global leaders. Our schools showcase the very best practices in modern education, and at the same time embrace their local cultures.

A Global Footprint

Each year, ISS works with more than 800 international schools, across its suite of services, creating one of the largest global footprint in international education support.

Working At ISS

Working at ISS means being committed to Making a World of Difference. You can find many of our staff in our ISS’s headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey as well as in locations around the world.

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