International Education in Tashkent
Uzbekistan’s capital city, Tashkent, is the hub for pretty much everything in the country. From business to tourism to education, Tashkent has made huge strides since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The expat community is small, but thanks to the low cost of living and choice of job opportunities, it’s growing slowly but steadily.
The majority of Uzbekistan’s international schools are located in Tashkent. But even with the largest choice of schools in the country, Tashkent still has a small number of international schools compared to other Asian cities. Thankfully, they’re all situated relatively close to the city centre, so getting to and from your chosen school shouldn’t be an issue (especially with Tashkent’s cheap and reliable public transport).
With a somewhat limited choice of schools comes a limited choice of curriculum. In Tashkent’s international schools the British curriculum wins the day, but certain schools offer the French, American and International Baccalaureate curriculum too.
International schools in Tashkent cater for primary and secondary education, from age 2 right up to 18. Most schools teach through English, with Russian offered as an additional language. English is not yet widely spoken in Uzbekistan, so if you’re planning on staying in the country for a while, learning Russian will go a long way towards helping your child feel at home.
One big plus for Tashkent’s international schools is that they were all established relatively recently. Tashkent is also rapidly developing with plenty of new districts under construction, so there will likely be more brand new international schools opening over the next few years.
The student body in an international school in Tashkent tends to be quite diverse, with plenty of children of international diplomats and government officials. There will be some local Uzbekistan students too - in fact in some schools Uzbek children are in the majority. For the most part however, expect a ratio of around 75:25 international:local.
One of the most common jobs for expats in Uzbekistan to have is, believe it or not, teaching! So rest assured that throughout Tashkent’s international schools, native English-speaking teachers are part of the deal.
Extra curricular activities are held in high regard in Tashkent, and are often mandatory. All international schools have sports or exercise facilities of some kind, from outdoor playgrounds to basketball courts or indoor gyms. Students are usually encouraged to take up at least one after-school activity, and often more than one.
The school day in a typical international school in Tashkent starts at 8.30am and finishes up at 3.30pm, after which there is an hour or two of after-school clubs and activities. The school day may finish earlier for the youngest students.
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