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International Education in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman

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Dubai is, without a doubt, the original expat city. The vast majority of its 3.3 million residents are expatriates - in fact, just 15% of the population claim to be UAE nationals. International trade, global transport, world finance, luxury tourism - it all happens here, in this desert metropolis that really only gained global fame in the past few decades.

As the biggest expat hub in the world, Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman also has one of the highest concentrations of international schools than anywhere else. The fact that the region encompasses three distinct cities - Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman - in one single metropolitan area, means that demand for international schools is so high that new schools spring up everywhere. This has advantages and disadvantages.

More schools means more school places, slightly less competition, and a better chance for your child to get an impeccable standard of education. However some of these new schools are run by for-profit companies, and so are run like a business. This is especially true when it comes to fees.

Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman has never been a cheap destination for international education, but many factors push prices up to sky high heights. Building materials need to be imported, and teachers need to be sourced from abroad and paid accommodation expenses on top of their hefty salaries. However for the sometimes astronomical yearly fees, your child gets world class facilities, stellar extra curricular programs, and some of the best teachers on the planet. So it’s all relative.

If you’re concerned about a chosen school’s academic credentials, the best strategy is to look for international schools that have been established for many years already. Look for schools that have sister campuses in other countries or cities, and that are well-regarded in the education sector both in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman and internationally.

British, Indian, American, and International Baccalaureate curricula win the day in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman’s international schools. European curricula can be found, but are not as commonplace. If you really want to however, you can find any curricula under the sun here - such is the variety on offer. English is the most common language of instruction by far, but students also learn Arabic as standard.

Most schools accept applications year-round and have a rolling admissions system. That said, international schools are in huge demand and there are often limited places, especially in the most popular and well-regarded schools. Competition is often the highest for primary school places, and there may be several ‘screening’ rounds before your child is accepted even at primary level.

Despite the wealth of choice and the rolling admissions system, you’ll still need to apply early to give your child the best chance of getting a place. There are long waiting lists in many schools, and some ask for deposits a year in advance to secure a place. It’s also worth noting that international schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman do not usually accept children under 4 years of age.

Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman is an area that has rapidly developed in a short space of time. Believe it or not, many long-term expats can remember there being only a handful of schools to choose from, and being able to get from one end of the city to the other in 20 minutes max.

Sadly, those days are long gone. Traffic is becoming more and more of a problem in the city, and gridlocks are becoming more and more common. Keep this in mind if your chosen school offers bus transportation for your child. It may sound like a helpful service, but the reality - sitting in traffic jams in intense heat, morning and evening - may not be so good for your child’s wellbeing.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman. However, there are another 137 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 Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman

Out of a total of 147 International Schools in Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman.

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

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Nord Anglia International School Dubai

At NAS Dubai, success is more than achieving outstanding exam results. We go beyond traditional education to offer transformative learning experiences to help students develop skills needed to thrive in a changing world.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 63,447
to: Dirham 95,946
Reviews
(1 review)

The English College Dubai

Helping students exceed their potential since 1992.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 36,000
to: Dirham 61,765

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German International School Sharjah

The school is situated in a lush green compound. As it is a small school the atmosphere is very friendly and people care for each other. The teachers support all students so they can reach their best results.
Curriculum
IB, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Hartland International School

Hartland is a school where you want to be; as a pupil, a teacher, and as a parent; a place of learning and discovery, a place of creative thinkers and problem solvers, a place of laughter and friendship, a place where each child gets the individual attention that they deserve.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 41,000
to: Dirham 78,000

Collegiate International School

Collegiate International School is a community school providing a warm and caring atmosphere, for happy students and families .we empower our students with a holistic, rigorous and international education for success in an ever changing world.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 33,000
to: Dirham 60,000

Clarion School

Clarion School offers progressive American education. Clarion wants to be the leading American curriculum school in the region, nurturing each student’s potential to take full advantage of life’s opportunities as collaborative, productive and responsible members of a global community.
Clarion School offers a challenging, engaging curriculum, enriched by the innovation of Dubai, strengthened by its progressive approach to teaching and learning, by quality faculty, who meet US standards of holding Masters Degrees. The school nurtures intellectual curiosity, reflection and critical thinking through experiential and meaningful learning and application of understanding and learning skills.
Clarion's students will be challenged to high expectations and engage with the world as productive and responsible members of a global community. They will be prepared for acceptance into competitive universities in the United States and across the world, as well as for future success in work and life.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 13
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 43,000
to: Dirham 76,500

Oaktree Primary School

Small classes with intimate student teacher relationships, community engagement and happy and engaged students.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 15,000
to: Dirham 25,000

Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai unlocks the individual potential in each and every child. We provide performance guidance and pathways that are as unique as the pupils that attend this school. By the time pupils graduate from Kent, they are internationally-minded adults that see themselves as global citizens. They are confident in their opinions, have the courage to stand by their convictions, hold previous generations accountable for their actions, and are confident to be catalysts for change into the future. KCD students know that they hold the future in their hands, and they do not shy away from the weight of this responsibility, because they know that they are equipped with all that’s required for life in an ever-changing world; they are agile, curious, empathetic, open-minded, principled, tenacious and brave.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 38,200
to: Dirham 72,520
Reviews
(1 review)

Capital School

Capital School is an International school reflecting the diverse nature of students and the context of the UAE as centre of innovation and growth.
Capital School works to international standards based around the National Curriculum of England with a strong programme of Arabic and English language to ensure that all students have good communication skills.
The school boasts excellent facilities in sport, technology and learning support and a programme of English language support that will give all students both the confidence and skill to be able to access the National Curriculum of England successfully and enter higher education and the workforce with confidence.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 16
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: Dirham 19,000
to: Dirham 42,500

Star International School Al Twar

Star International School Al Twar is a bespoke English Curriculum school in the heart of Al Twar. It is very much a family school, with teachers, SLT, TAs, Admin and site staff all working alongside parents and the wider community to offer its children the best opportunities it possibly can.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 17
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: Dirham 20,365
to: Dirham 58,946

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