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Cost of international education around the world in 2019

Cost Of International EducationInternational schools in Asia have seen some of the biggest increases in school fees, with China retaining the top spot as the most expensive location in the world. In fact, Beijing and Shanghai are ranked first and second respectively, according to data from the International Schools Database.

In Beijing alone, there is over US$33,000 in the difference between the cheapest and most expensive schools. Shanghai has an even wider range of US$4,830 to US$38,853, giving it the advantage of catering to parents on a wide spectrum of income level.

Elsewhere in Asia, only one Asian city (Cambodia’s Phnom Penh) costs less than US$2,000 per year.

You may also check out the breakdown of fees for international schools in Singapore in this post.

Switzerland is China’s closest rival at the expensive end of the scale. Zurich takes the top spot in Europe and third in the world with prices ranging from US$8,052 to US$31,406 per year.

RankCityMinimumMedianMaximum
1Beijing$8,097$31,253$41,389
2Shanghai$4,830$30,046$38,853
3Zurich$8,052$25,630$31,406
4Shenzhen$11,365$24,577$31,679
5Lausanne - Vaud$14,840$24,296$35,296
6Geneva$14,840$23,414$28,006
7Toronto$12,489$21,979$25,283
8Seoul$8,008$21,475$30,887
9Singapore$4,406$20,910$37,859
10Guangzhou$11,231$20,741$29,818
11Tokyo$5,615$18,101$25,773
12Vienna$5,688$17,344$21,613
13Brussels$6,806$17,195$36,330
14Hanoi$4,905$17,171$27,340
15Hong Kong$10,543$16,207$31,424
16Ho Chi Minh City$4,560$15,662$24,836
17Yangon$7,010$15,500$28,000
18Bangkok$2,516$14,336$31,125
19Taipei$5,560$13,487$26,148
20Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe$4,878$13,172$48,575
21Milan$3,307$13,117$19,400
22Frankfurt am Main$4,144$12,857$22,475
23Rome$6,462$11,618$19,014
24Budapest$4,314$11,559$23,100
25Jakarta$2,339$11,466$30,075
26Dubai$2,317$11,402$25,885
27São Paulo$7,118$11,331$31,693
28Paris$2,544$10,711$33,508
29Berlin$2,568$10,471$16,203
30San Jose$4,449$10,410$18,203
31Manila$2,347$9,901$20,278
32Doha$1,250$9,888$20,786
33Barcelona$4,508$9,878$18,301
34Lisbon$4,503$9,810$13,447
35Bucharest$4,078$9,697$21,880
36Prague$5,835$9,249$22,100
37Sofia$5,010$9,149$21,136
38Lima$5,073$8,767$16,830
39Madrid$4,100$8,763$15,095
40Phuket$5,563$8,515$20,397
41Kuwait City$1,241$8,502$17,284
42Abu Dhabi$2,532$8,414$20,421
43Warsaw$4,103$7,694$21,730
44Nairobi$2,687$7,222$28,479
45Malaga - Costa del Sol$2,621$6,663$10,471
46Amsterdam$3,764$6,117$26,234
47Riyadh$1,675$6,000$22,696
48Cairo$3,433$5,970$24,850
49Kuala Lumpur$2,446$5,898$22,273
50Manama$1,003$5,426$20,424

Source: International Schools Database (www.international-schools-database.com). All prices in US$. You can sort the table by clicking on the up/down arrow.

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