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French International School of Hong Kong
Lycée français international "Victor Segalen" de Hong Kong
Current logo of FIS.jpg
Chai Wan (Primary)
Hung Hom (Primary)
Jardine's Lookout (Kindergarten and Secondary)
Happy Valley (Secondary) Tseung Kwan O (Primary-Junior High)

TypePrivate, comprehensive, Secondary, Primary, Kindergarten international, secondary, co-educational
French International School of Hong Kong
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese香港法國國際學校
Simplified Chinese香港法国国际学校
French name
FrenchLycée français international Victor-Segalen
Blue Pool Road Campus, Happy Valley
Blue Pool Road Campus, Happy Valley
Jardine's Lookout Campus
Tseung Kwan O Campus
Tseung Kwan O Campus
Chai Wan Campus
Chai Wan Campus
Hung Hom Campus (now closed)
Hung Hom Campus (now closed)

French International School "Victor Segalen" of Hong Kong (FIS in English, French: Lycée français international Victor-Segalen; LFI; Chinese: 香港法國國際學校) is a French international school in Hong Kong. It is the only accredited French school in Hong Kong (linked by an agreement with the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE). It has over 2,500 students in four different campuses. Since September 2014, FIS expanded its operations to a new campus in Hung Hom. In September 2018, the FIS opened its new campus in Tseung Kwan O, closing the Hung Hom Campus.

FIS offers two Streams, the French and the International streams. The French stream follows the French National Education curriculum which leads to the "diplôme national du brevet" and the French "Baccalauréat". The "Option Internationale du Baccalauréat" (OIB) offers advanced level studies in English. The International stream is based on the British curriculum and leads to IGCSE (University of Cambridge International Examinations) in Form 5 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Form 6. FIS was the first international school in Hong Kong to offer an International Baccalaureate program in 1988.[citation needed]


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FIS was established in 1963, as French engineers and technicians arrived in Hong Kong to build the Shek Pik dam.[1] It became the first international school in Hong Kong and initially had 30 students.[1] The original campus was a portion of a flat in Pok Fu Lam.[2]

In 1973, FIS was the first international school to offer Mandarin classes to students.[1]

Construction began on the Jardine's Lookout campus in 1982. The Hong Kong government donated the land to have the school built.[3] In 1984, FIS established the Jardine's Lookout campus and opened the international stream.[1] Classes began in September of that year.[4]

Prior to 1988, the English medium stream only went up to the fifth form, with the General Certificate of Secondary Education being the end qualification.[5] In 1988, FIS became the first international school in Hong Kong to be awarded the World IB status.[1] The IB curriculum became available to the English medium stream and lengthened the course of study available to sixth form-equivalent students.[5]

In 1994 the school was renamed after Victor Segalen.[6]

In 1997 the school began building another campus. The Government of Hong Kong loaned $80 million, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust donated $20 million, and the Government of France gave a grant for $15 million. The Hong Kong government loan did not collect interest.[7] In March 1999,[8] the newly constructed Blue Pool Road Secondary School campus was opened.[1] It had a cost of $130 million.[8]

In 2011, the Chai Wan campus was opened and was later recognised with a Green Building Award.[1]

In 2018, the Tseung Kwan O eco-campus was opened. [1]


The school has a casual dress code, with boundaries using common sense. The South China Morning Post stated in 1984 that "The atmosphere is informal."[4]

A 1990 SCMP article stated that the admissions process was competitive and that the Anglophone classes were more difficult to get into.[9]


As of 1990, language courses include French, English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and German. As of 1990 students must choose French and one other language.[9]


The Blue Pool Road Campus in Happy Valley houses the school administration and the secondary school.[10] The 32-classroom facility has eight storeys. Three buildings house flats for employees. School buses are parked on the facility's roof. Other vehicles park in the basement.[8]

The Jardine's Lookout Campus houses primary school classes.[11] It has an auditorium with 310 seats. The swimming pool has a length of 25 metres (82 ft).[4]

The Chai Wan Campus is located in the former Meng Tak Catholic School in Chai Wan; this campus opened in September 2011 and houses primary school students.[12] A new campus in Area 67 of Tseung Kwan O is scheduled to open in 2018.[13] The Tseung Kwan O campus houses early years through junior high school (collège).[14]

Previously the Hung Hom Campus housed primary school students; it opened in September 2014,[15] and was in Kowloon City District.[16] The school once operated a Kindergarten campus in Shops 2–4 on the ground floor of Tung Fai Gardens (東暉花園) in Sheung Wan.[17]

French International School of Hong Kong is located in Hong Kong
Blue Pool Rd.
Blue Pool Rd.
Jardine's Lookout
Jardine's Lookout
Chai Wan
Chai Wan
Tseung Kwan O
Tseung Kwan O
Hung Hom
Hung Hom
Sheung Wan (K)
Sheung Wan (K)
Ones marked in red are closed

Sport teams

Since 2009, FIS has had its own football, handball, basketball, netball and rugby teams.


The French International School of Hong Kong is a not-for-profit, private enterprise under Hong Kong law and is managed by a Board.[18] This Board comprises 13 volunteer members at most: 12 parents elected for 3 years and the Consulate General of France as well as invited members (representatives from the consulate, FIS and the French Chamber of Commerce).[18] The Board members do not receive any financial compensation from FIS for their involvement.[18]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "A School at the Heart of a Community". French International School.
  2. ^ Parton, Anne (1992-07-14). "School offers flexibility". South China Morning Post. p. 36 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  3. ^ "Foundation laid for new French school". South China Morning Post. 1982-06-22. p. 13 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  4. ^ a b c "THE CLASS DISTINCTION". South China Morning Post. 1984-10-28. p. 13 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  5. ^ a b Kay, Wendy (1988-11-24). "French school to offer international course in English". South China Morning Post. p. 4 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  6. ^ "Overview - FIS." French International School of Hong Kong. March 19, 2012. Retrieved on February 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Taylor, Michael (1997-07-14). "School moving up to 'higher level'". South China Morning Post. p. 23 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  8. ^ a b c Taylor, Michael (1999-03-09). "Vote of confidence in the SAR's future". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  9. ^ a b Blacker, Pamela (1990-07-14). "International school a winner". South China Morning Post. p. 48 – via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  10. ^ "Campuses - Blue Pool Road." French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved on 25 January 2015. "165 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley"
  11. ^ "Campuses - Jardine's Lookout." French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved on 25 January 2015. "34 Price Road, Jardine's Lookout"
  12. ^ "Campuses - Chai Wan." French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved on 25 January 2015. "1 Cheung Man Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong"
  13. ^ "Tseung Kwan O." French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved on February 10, 2017. "Area 67, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong"
  14. ^ "Contact Us". French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  15. ^ "Campuses - Hung Hom." French International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved on 25 January 2015. "68 Gillies Avenue South, Hung Hom, Hong Kong"
  16. ^ "Kowloon City District Map" (PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  17. ^ "Campuses - Sheung Wan." French International School of Hong Kong. May 18, 2012. Retrieved on February 10, 2017. "Kindergarten (except RC) located at Shops 2-4, G/F, Tung Fai Gardens, 17 Po Yan street, Sheung Wan."
  18. ^ a b c "FIS Governance". French International School. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Road to Rio: How Hong Kong swim star Camille Cheng went from Olympic spectator to competitor." James Porteous. South China Morning Post. Alibaba. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-14.

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