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The Price of Sending a Kid to an International School

Kids. They are are expensive.

But guess what is even more expensive? Not only sending a kid to school, but to international school, lest the kids don’t get the proper education they deserve so they can go off and become UN diplomats. Kidding, not kidding.

Expatistan recently reached out to us about information they recently compiled on international schooling in 40 cities around the world via the International Schools Database. They broke it down even further, finding the average price of international school per month, the average price of rent in an expat area, and the price of international school compared against rent.

The results can be surprising: Copenhagen ranked the cheapest for international schooling at $373 per month while Shanghai ranked the the highest at $2,783 per month.

Andrea Robledillo, who works at the site, went further on to explain, “In the top eleven most expensive cities, sending a child to an international school cost more than the average monthly rent for expats (in some cases a lot more!).”

It’s not hard to believe. And a price to pay for that #digitalnomad #expat life.

The below chart is reprinted with permission from the International Schools Database.

CountryCityAverage Price of International School Per MonthAverage Price of Rent in Expat AreaInternational School Price as % of Rent Price
AustriaVienna$1,597$1,63898%
BahrainManama$422$1,54527%
BelgiumBrussels$1,777$1,335133%
BrazilSão Paulo$1,100$1,086101%
CanadaToronto$1,977$1,841107%
ChinaBeijing$2,519$2,091120%
ChinaShanghai$2,744$2,363116%
Costa RicaSan Jose$803$1,08074%
Czech RepublicPrague$1,250$1,228102%
DenmarkCopenhagen$373$2,43515%
FranceParis$1,070$3,21633%
Hong KongHong Kong$1,282$5,10025%
HungaryBudapest$1,094$964114%
IndonesiaJakarta$1,196$1,060113%
ItalyRome$1,080$2,10851%
ItalyMilan$1,183$1,84164%
JapanTokyo$1,528$2,54460%
KenyaNairobi$752$1,55048%
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur$583$78674%
NetherlandsAmsterdam$609$2,44525%
PeruLima$798$87791%
PhilippinesManila$863$1,07780%
PortugalLisbon$784$1,33359%
QatarDoha$831$2,99828%
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh$422$1,00842%
SingaporeSingapore$1,856$2,66170%
South AfricaCape Town$375$1,33028%
South KoreaSeoul$1,799$1,512119%
SpainMalaga – Costa del Sol$590$1,24347%
SpainMadrid$844$1,68550%
SpainBarcelona$880$1,69052%
SwitzerlandGeneva$1,910$3,55154%
SwitzerlandZurich$2,075$3,06768%
SwitzerlandLausanne – Vaud$2,227$2,44391%
TaiwanTaipei$1,138$1,54174%
ThailandBangkok$1,032$1,55466%
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi$732$2,31932%
United Arab EmiratesDubai$964$2,31442%
VietnamHanoi$1,251$815153%
VietnamHo Chi Minh City$1,262$1,021124%
The Price of Sending a Kid to an International School via @maphappy
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[International Schools Database]

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