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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 the top 5 international schools in Budapest according to our users. However, there are another 11 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 16 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 - 2022/2023
from: 4,925,073 Ft
to: 8,906,706 Ft

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 - 2022/2023
from: 4,500,000 Ft
to: 6,400,000 Ft

International School of Budapest

The International School of Budapest International Bilingual Primary and Secondary School is the largest English-Hungarian bilingual international school in Hungary. We provide an international education in a caring environment to children from 5 to 18 years old, covering preparatory, primary and secondary school education. ISB is a unique school in Budapest, as it provides both an accredited Cambridge school report and a state-accredited Hungarian report at the same time.
ISB is a registered Cambridge International School, an IB World School and a registered Hungarian private school.
The international accreditation of ISB was given by Cambridge International Examinations, a major international accrediting organisation based in the UK. The organisation provides a curriculum and qualifications recognised worldwide for international schools. There are more than 10,000 Cambridge schools in over 160 countries.
ISB is an IB World School and we have been offering the IB Diploma Programme to suitable high school students since September 2020.
ISB has a Hungarian accreditation from the Hungarian Educational Ministry as Hungarian-English Bilingual Primary and Secondary School (Ministry ID: 035019). Thus ISB is authorised to issue an official Hungarian school report in accordance with the Curriculum for Bilingual Schools of the Hungarian National Curriculum. This is accepted in all state schools in Hungary.
Curriculum
IB, British, Hungarian
Languages of instruction
English, Hungarian
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 3,330,000 Ft
to: 4,830,000 Ft

Greater Grace International School

Morality, discipline, respect
Premier education, high academic standards
Small class sizes
Highly qualified native teachers
Vibrant international community
Unique family-like atmosphere
Positive school culture
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 3,390,000 Ft
to: 5,120,000 Ft

Budapest British International School

Budapest British International School is a COBIS accredited school, offering a first class British international education, with outstanding resources, IT, and only fully qualified native speaking class teachers.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 3,575,000 Ft
to: 5,579,000 Ft
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