Having opened its doors in 1997, Dainfern College is a proudly South African school, firmly rooted in the democratic era. We are also aware of the importance of ensuring that our students not only learn about and experience local culture, history and knowledge but that they are exposed to international experiences and realities too.

As a Round Square school Dainfern College is able to offer students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers from around the world while attending regional and international conferences. The cultural awareness that comes with meeting people from other countries and experiencing a multinational environment boosts students’ confidence and understanding and increases their global awareness.


The opportunities that come with the Round Square IDEALS also extend to participation in the Student Exchange programme. Our students either host and interact with visiting scholars from across the globe who spend time at Dainfern College or else they themselves have the incredible opportunity to spend time at a school in another country, immersing themselves in a different culture and learning about the similarities and differences of other students and education systems. We have sent students to schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and both North and South America.


We offer international travel opportunities to our High School students too, and this year we will take a group of students to South America for the first time, where they will experience the wonder and might of the Amazon River in Brazil and visit the historical Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Previous tour destinations have included Britain and Europe, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the USA and Australia.


The service opportunities of World Challenge tours give students the chance to visit other countries and work with communities where their input can make a real difference. These excursions suit students who are ready to stretch their horizons and explore the world. World Challenge destinations for our students have included Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal.

From 2019 Dainfern College has extended its international opportunities to our academic offering. We continually strive to be at the forefront of academic excellence and are committed to providing a world-class education. With increasing globalisation it is imperative that we continually innovate and ensure that our academic offering is internationally relevant. We have therefore entered into a partnership with Cambridge Assessment International Education and are now a recognised Cambridge International School.


We have introduced Cambridge Studies as a parallel option for our students from Grade 11. Students entering Grade 11 now have the choice between following the traditional IEB curriculum and write the South African National Senior Certificate as their exit exam at the end of Grade 12, or they can elect to follow the Cambridge AS and A Level curriculum.


Cambridge Studies gives our students the option of an international qualification that benchmarks us globally.