The Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School is both a German school abroad, supported by the German government, and an IB World School. It was founded in 1909 as a German School to serve German, Austrian, and German speaking Swiss expatriates, traders, and missionaries living in the Kobe area. This makes us one of the oldest foreign schools in Japan and the second oldest German school in the East Asia.

In 2002 the Board decided to add an international section: the European School was to serve the English speaking community and teach an international curriculum. Since then, we have provided learners with curricula in German and English.

In 2009 the school moved into its fifth school house on Rokko Island, a beautiful, environmentally friendly building. It is home to a school community which values its history with its German roots and prepares children from various countries and cultures for a shared future.