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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.

Country City Average Price of International School Per Month Average Price of Rent in Expat Area International School Price as % of Rent Price
Austria Vienna $1,597 $1,638 98%
Bahrain Manama $422 $1,545 27%
Belgium Brussels $1,777 $1,335 133%
Brazil São Paulo $1,100 $1,086 101%
Canada Toronto $1,977 $1,841 107%
China Beijing $2,519 $2,091 120%
China Shanghai $2,744 $2,363 116%
Costa Rica San Jose $803 $1,080 74%
Czech Republic Prague $1,250 $1,228 102%
Denmark Copenhagen $373 $2,435 15%
France Paris $1,070 $3,216 33%
Hong Kong Hong Kong $1,282 $5,100 25%
Hungary Budapest $1,094 $964 114%
Indonesia Jakarta $1,196 $1,060 113%
Italy Rome $1,080 $2,108 51%
Italy Milan $1,183 $1,841 64%
Japan Tokyo $1,528 $2,544 60%
Kenya Nairobi $752 $1,550 48%
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur $583 $786 74%
Netherlands Amsterdam $609 $2,445 25%
Peru Lima $798 $877 91%
Philippines Manila $863 $1,077 80%
Portugal Lisbon $784 $1,333 59%
Qatar Doha $831 $2,998 28%
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $422 $1,008 42%
Singapore Singapore $1,856 $2,661 70%
South Africa Cape Town $375 $1,330 28%
South Korea Seoul $1,799 $1,512 119%
Spain Malaga – Costa del Sol $590 $1,243 47%
Spain Madrid $844 $1,685 50%
Spain Barcelona $880 $1,690 52%
Switzerland Geneva $1,910 $3,551 54%
Switzerland Zurich $2,075 $3,067 68%
Switzerland Lausanne – Vaud $2,227 $2,443 91%
Taiwan Taipei $1,138 $1,541 74%
Thailand Bangkok $1,032 $1,554 66%
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi $732 $2,319 32%
United Arab Emirates Dubai $964 $2,314 42%
Vietnam Hanoi $1,251 $815 153%
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City $1,262 $1,021 124%



[International Schools Database]

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