How Much Do Expats Pay To School Their Children?

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Expats are finding the costs of sending their children to international schools in some Asia-Pacific countries are in a class of their own.

The most expensive schooling is in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where parents pay an average monthly rent of $851, but $1,251 for education each month.

Compare this to Copenhagen, the Denmark capital, where parents pay $373 a month for schools, which is just 15% of their monthly rent of $2,345.

The study, by the International Schools Database (ISD)lists the costs of rent and schools in 40 cities that are popular expat destinations worldwide.

“As expat parents ourselves, we know that price is a very important part of the decision of which international school to choose. That’s why we made transparent and comparable prices an important feature of the International Schools Database,” said ISD co-founder Andrea Robledillo.

“While comparing prices for international schools and expat rents, we also found that international schools prices tend to correlate with local prices, and are not fixed at a “global price” as could be expected.”

Rent v international school costs

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

Source: International Schools Database

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