The Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School (DESK) is a German school abroad and an IB World School for children ages 2 to 11. At DESK, we provide an exceptional, innovative education anchored by our German heritage and recognized for embracing the rich diversity in our learners and our world. We approach education holistically in order to ensure that students learn using their heads, their hearts and their hands.

Our mission is built upon our German heritage and European values and beliefs. As a school community we strive to be lifelong inquirers inspired by and challenged through authentic and meaningful learning experiences. Being committed to providing an exceptional education, we foster international mindedness, critical thinking, inclusion and respect for diversity and the willingness to act with integrity and compassion.

At A Glance

The Deutsche Schule Kobe / European School provides a unique, multilingual education to learners ages 2 to 11. Find out a little bit more about our school community and programmes.

School Campus

Our school campus is located on Rokko Island in Kobe, Japan. Read more about our eco-friendly schoolhouse and our new middle school building and community space!

School Calendar

Check the calendar to know when holidays and events are scheduled!

School Board

Meet our School Board members!


The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosts many in-school and public events for the community throughout the year.

Our History

Deutsche Schule Kobe/European school is the second oldest German Abroad school in East Asia. Since 1909, we have grown to support the international community and 21st century learners in the Kobe area.

Staff Page

At DESK, the staff members work together to build an inclusive, family-like atmosphere.


Check here to see open positions at DESK.

Our Sponsors

Sponsors from around the Kobe area help us providing students with improved educational experiences and resources. See our current sponsors here.