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When it comes to education, Hungary is very much an underrated destination. The country, and particularly its capital Budapest, has a strong educational history. The standard on offer is as good if not better than anywhere in Europe, from universities right down to kindergartens. Better yet, the cost is cheaper than many other cities and countries on the continent too.

International schools in Budapest, while not as widespread as in other European capitals, are still plentiful and very well regarded. If you’re considering living as an expat in the city, international schools may be the only option for your children. Public schools teach through Hungarian, so unless your child already has some knowledge of the language, they may find life in a Hungarian public school difficult.

International schools in Budapest, on the other hand, usually teach through English. The most popular curricula on offer include British, American, and the International Baccalaureate. Outside of this, there are other Europe-focused international schools that teach the French or German curricula (through French and German respectively).

One of the first things anyone learns about Budapest is that the city is divided by the Danube river into two sides: Buda and Pest. Buda is the more residential side, with a slower pace of life and family-friendly vibe. Pest is where most of the ‘action’ happens, with a vibrant cafe culture and busy business district. The majority of Budapest’s international schools are located on the Buda side of the city.

Most international schools in Budapest are small or medium in size compared to international standards. A few schools have 1000 students or more, but the majority sit somewhere between 200 - 500 students. Either way class sizes are not too big with 20 - 30 students per class.

Native English speaking teachers are a standard feature of Budapest’s international schools. Additional languages are also offered across all schools. Usually these languages will include Hungarian, German, and possibly some other European languages.

A school bus service is common among international schools in Budapest, although not in every school. Extracurricular activities are also a feature of all schools. Some have dedicated spaces such as sports grounds, theatres etc. for extracurricular programs, while other schools will use facilities in the school’s neighbourhood instead.

Be prepared to pay for any of these extras, however. In Budapest, the school fees your pay for an international school cover the lessons only. School lunches, transport, class outings, and most other things will cost you extra. On the plus side, most international school fees here are lower than the European average.

Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Budapest. However, there are another 10 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Budapest based on your requirements.

Best 5 International Schools in Budapest

Out of a total of 15 International Schools in Budapest.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

American International School of Budapest

Nurturing, Whole Child development
Academic, rigorous and modern education
A diverse, international student body
Safe and happy environment
World-class facilities in green surroundings
Not for profit and truly independent
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 4,582,340 Ft
to: 8,107,216 Ft
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SEK Budapest International School

We are committed to provide a quality international education to a diverse community of learners from Preschool through 12th Grade in a caring, supportive and safe environment. We demand high standards and expect students to strive to reach their greatest potential. Our curriculum is designed to challenge the college-bound student through effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Our curriculum is designed to develop an appreciation of the importance of good citizenship, community spirit and solidarity among our students. Our curriculum seeks to develop the personal and academic potential in each student and extends support beyond academics to the arts and athletics. We are committed to the affirmation of personal worth, self-esteem and respect for others. We build a foundation for each child that supports academic excellence, personal integrity and the valuing of the individual. We expect students to put forth the effort necessary to reach their greatest potential. We encourage and support a professional and dedicated faculty enriched by professional learning. We value the relationship between faculty and family and the sharing of common educational goals to enrich the curriculum. We do not, in any manner, discriminate for reasons of nationality, gender, race, ideology or religion. We recognize our cultural diversity as one of our strengths.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
Reviews
(1 review)
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Lycée Francais Gustave Eiffel de Budapest

Lycée Francais Gustave Eiffel de Budapest is a French International School providing education to students from Kindergarten to High School.
Curriculum
French
Language of instruction
French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 1,600,700 Ft
to: 1,967,800 Ft
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The British International School Budapest

The British International School Budapest is a caring, multicultural community where the development of the intellect is complemented by the pursuit of personal and interpersonal growth. We have the most up to date facilities in the city of Budapest and an outstanding reputation for high-quality education. Students at BISB are empowered to aspire to excellence, cultivate responsibility and to act with integrity. The school embraces diversity and nurtures ambition in every student.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 3,507,000 Ft
to: 6,668,000 Ft
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Britannica International School, Budapest

Our motto is: Inspire, Excel, Exceed.
Students come to Britannica for our nurturing and personalised learning environment. This ensures that every student gets individual attention and can be challenged and supported be it academically, creatively or physically via sports.
We are proud of our high quality, fully trained teachers from the UK, all of whom are specially selected for their experience and excellence. A child-centred approach is emphasised thorough out the whole school. There is quality pastoral care as well as a nurturing and positive learning environment, but it is the excellent community that makes the school so special and welcoming.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 4,000,000 Ft
to: 5,350,000 Ft
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