At the International Schools Database, we help local and expat parents choose the perfect international school for their children. Our database allows parents to find, research and compare international schools in cities across five continents. Naturally, this means that we gather and analyse a huge amount of information about international schools all over the world.
Our latest research project uses this data to evaluate the prices of international schools across the globe. In this article, we share and analyze the prices of international schools in Europe.
Below, we have analysed price data from 29 cities in 19 European countries, in graph and table forms. While we have used all price data available to us, there may be additional schools and prices not included in each city, because they do not make their price data available or it is unknown to us. Links to additional research focusing in each of the other regions individually and globally can be found at the bottom of this article.
PRICES OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN EUROPE, PER YEAR
The graph below is known as a box plot graph. It shows a comprehensive view of the range of prices in each city, instead of just an average, as a single average price may not necessarily represent the full picture of prices in each destination.
HIGHLIGHTS AND TAKEAWAYS FROM THE RESEARCH FINDINGS
Spain is among the cheapest countries in Europe for international school fees, with 6 cities among the cheapest in the region: Valencia, Malaga, Alicante, Madrid, Barcelona, and Mallorca.
Switzerland dominates as the most expensive country in Europe for international schools; Zurich, Lausanne and Geneva take the top 3 spots. Lausanne and Geneva are both small cities with a population of less than 200,000. This is in stark contrast with the 4th most expensive city in Europe for international education – London and its population of 9 million!
Budapest is more expensive than the average city in Europe for international schools: 10th out of 29 cities.
Budapest’s international schools:
- Austrian-Hungarian European School
- BME International Secondary Grammar School
- Budapest British International Academy
- REAL School Budapest
- Lycée Francais Gustave Eiffel de Budapest
- American International School of Budapest
- Budapest British International School
- The British International School Budapest
- Britannica International School, Budapest
- International School of Budapest
- International Christian School of Budapest
- SEK Budapest International School
- Orchidea International School
As we wrote a week ago, Kindergartens can’t refer to English education in their names, only to languages of ethnicities such as German. Moreover, they need to cancel English education. Read more here.
The lowest maximum, however, belongs to the Danish capital Copenhagen. In Denmark both public and private schools (which includes international schools) are all heavily subsidised by the government. This may explain why education is so affordable – comparatively speaking – in a country with a reputation for a high cost of living.
Two of Europe’s iconic capitals – Paris and London – have the biggest range of international school prices. In Paris the difference between the cheapest and most expensive international schools is $33k a year. In London this difference is slightly higher at $34k a year.
In contrast, other major European capitals like Berlin and Rome have a narrower range of international school fees. In Rome for example the cost difference between the least and the most expensive international schools is $15k a year, and in Berlin $14k.
There is a clear difference in international school prices between Western and Central Europe and the East and South of the continent.
7 of the top 10 cities with the highest international school fees are in Western and Central Europe, while 7 of the 10 cheapest cities for international schools are in Eastern and Southern Europe.
You can find a breakdown of exact prices for each European city in the table below.
PRICES OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS PER YEAR
You can find all International school in Budapest, Hungary HERE.