Teachers' Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher FAQ

What is it like living in Stuttgart?

Stuttgart is a safe, well-organized and green city with lots to offer culturally. The city is the economic, cultural, sporting and social hub of a region with more than 2.7 million inhabitants in the heart of Europe. Over a quarter of the city’s population are foreigners, making for an exciting multi-cultural landscape.

The physical landscape is just as varied with hills, vineyards, sprawling parks, mineral springs and forests.  25% of the area of the city is forested and cycling and walking in the woods surrounding the city or relaxing at one of the 19 extensive mineral spas are popular pastimes and easy to pursue all year round. Skiing is about 2 hours away in winter.

Stuttgart is the administrative and cultural capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg.  Galleries, theaters, music venues from classical to jazz and rock, the state opera and ballet are all symbols of the cultural diversity of the city.

The region is known for its high-tech industry and the city prides itself on being one of the safest in the world, due to low unemployment and crime rates. 

What is it like working at an international school?

Never dull! 

You will join a professional learning community of educators who:

  • care about the well being and education of the whole child,
  • appreciate having second (or third or fourth) language learners and a range of learning abilities in a class,
  • reflect and plan collaboratively,
  • use a range of teaching and assessment practices depending upon  the learning needs of their students and
  • use technology to enhance learning and, increasingly, to communicate about learning with students and parents. 

The community is supportive and ISS prides itself on its committment to professional development for teachers.

What is the standard of living like?

Taxation in Germany is high and health insurance is mandatory, but this is compensated for by excellent services such as health care and public transport. Travel, both locally and internationally, is easy and affordable.

As a rule of thumb, our staff live in comfortable accommodation, own a car should they so wish, travel widely and tend to stay a long time here!

Will you support with the practicalities of moving?

Moving to a strange country can be a daunting task.  That is why we have a cooperation with a relocation company that provides a range of services for new staff coming to ISS from abroad, including:

  • arranging appointments for viewing suitable apartments/houses,
  • negotiation with agents or owners until the rental contract is signed,
  • coordination of any renovation work and arranging for the provision of all utilities,
  • support in setting up bank accounts,
  • registration with city authorities and
  • application for resident’s permit and/or work permits.

In addition ISS covers:

  • your accommodation in a local hotel for up to four weeks (this is usually enough time to find suitable accommodation) and 
  • the cost of German classes during the first six months of your employment.