The best private schools are boarding schools and colleges for foreigners in Europe. The list of private schools, prices for education and ratings.

Education information

Every responsible parent would like his child to get the best education that will open up career possibilities and prospects for him. At the same time, many come to the conclusion that a fee-paying private boarding school abroad is much more suitable for receiving such education than a domestic one. So if you have decided that your child has to get high quality education abroad, then it is time to choose an educational institution – and our specialists will provide any possible help with the matter.

We would like to bring to your attention a list of the best and elite private boarding schools as well as day schools from around the world. In our catalogue we have collected verified educational institutions that are capable of educating foreign children and students, as well as the best language schools abroad. The list of private boarding schools and residential schools includes:

  • educational institutions from the TOP-100 best private boarding schools in several countries of the world;
  • the best and most advanced fee-paying colleges for schoolchildren and international students that possess modern and advanced equipment and offer the most effective academic education (we also have an electronic journal);
  • specialized educational institutions (with an emphasis on sport or creative activities, etc.);
  • low-cost boarding schools offering high-quality services;
  • closed elite private boarding schools that provide increased safety and comfort to their students

We highly recommend that our clients shall apply only to the certified and verified educational institutions as only in this case will SMAPSE specialists accompany you and your child throughout the whole process of education abroad, providing any help and consultations needed.

The most popular private boarding schools abroad are located in the countries presented in the table below (by clicking on any of them you can get more details on the education in respective countries as well as lists of the best and renowned boarding schools and day schools in each country):

United Kingdom

Switzerland

Germany

Italy

Spain

Czech Republic

United States

Canada

France

Austria

Ireland

United Arab Emirates

You can at any time address to the samples of entrance tests for admission to private boarding schools abroad, which you can complete in our office without visiting the school itself. Our services regarding admission are also free.

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Our catalogue of the most prestigious private boarding schools abroad: types of educational institutions

Independent boarding schools abroad are divided into two types:

  • those which provide accommodation on campus;
  • those with the possibility of daytime visits.

You can acquaint yourself with the information on both types of educational institutions in this section. The catalogue of private boarding schools includes institutions offering tuition in a five-day program with accommodation in a host family; a program for staying on campus during school hours (for example, Monday to Friday, on weekends children go to their families). We also recommend taking into consideration private boarding schools that host foreign students on a full board basis, which means that the students study and live on campus throughout the whole academic year including vacations.

Private boarding schools with accommodation are an excellent choice for kids and teenagers. This option of studying abroad allows children to adapt quickly to a new academic environment, develop important social skills, gain rich experience of communication in the intercultural community.

Elite independent boarding schools abroad provide their students with everything necessary for comfortable education and stay. Find more details by reading the information below and in the catalogue for each specific educational institution.

How to choose the best and most relevant private international boarding school and educational programs abroad


The private boarding houses catalogue represented on this page is convenient and easy to use. You can select educational institutions according to the given parameters in a few minutes. Having taken into account every specific aspect of each private boarding school and those characteristics that are usually of interest to the parents, we came up with the catalogue below.

In the left panel of this webpage there is a form that can be used for searching for all educational institutions available according to the chosen country, type of program and language of education. As a result you will see private boarding schools selected according to your wish and listed in alphabetical order. Further details and information on each of them can be found on the corresponding page of the educational institution.


Also, our catalogue allows you to pick schools with residence, with or without accommodation or by simply selecting the type of educational program. We recommend you using this search option in case you do not yet know which country you would like to send your child for secondary education.

In our catalogue you can also see the proposals from private schools located in specific countries: using a country filter will allow you to select only those institutions that are open for children of certain age.

Private boarding schools - a rational choice for children who want to get education in Europe and abroad

Most of the educational institutions represented in our catalogue are included in the top-list of private boarding schools. We are able to provide our clients with the latest information on the best educational institutions in more than 30 countries of the world.

Private boarding school has several advantages over the day school. In the former your child will be provided with:

  • full board;
  • special space for unsupervised studies – e.g. doing homework, reading, etc.;
  • professional medical care (if necessary);
  • around-the-clock security – all campuses are guarded 24/7, in many of them children are forbidden to leave without either accompanying teacher of tutor;
  • individual education programs – this is a wonderful option for children with weak command of English (the availability of the courses shall be checked additionally with our specialists)

In addition, the highly rated and prestigious private boarding schools imply not only academic education – a great emphasis is put on physical activities, development of creative skills. The majority of elite educational institutions organize leisure time for schoolchildren. International kids are given the opportunity to develop physical skills, engage in numerous kinds of sport activities, improve their creative skills, visiting various coteries, and develop new skills and bring their talents to light in accordance with their interests and hobbies. Therefore, while studying, foreign students live on very comfortable and cozy campus, without wasting time on commuting to school.

Benefits of studying abroad in private boarding schools

So, what are the main advantages of private boarding schools abroad in comparison with domestic educational institutions?

  • High prestige

If your child has graduated from one of the privileged, elite foreign boarding schools, it will be easier for him to enter the leading universities around the world that are included in various rating lists of the best educational institutions of higher education, as well as to get a job with good prospects in the future. There is a great demand for diplomas of the best educational institutions with the international labour market. The largest and most powerful international corporations know that the rating of a university is almost always a perfect guarantee of excellent knowledge and skills, perseverance, discipline and diligence.

  • The highest quality of education

Long-term (and sometimes centuries old) work experience in the sphere of education allows foreign private boarding schools to present really high-quality, effective, and balanced education programs. At the same time, whereas the United Kingdom is thought to be very conservative, the latest developments and education methods are regularly introduced into the process: teachers involve means of interactive education, they put into wide use online resources and electronic training courses, as well as the latest technology and equipment.

  • · Individual approach and personal attention The best private boarding schools abroad fully justify their high prices for education due to wide use of individual approach to each student. Every child here is valued and respected as a unique personality with his own characteristics, talents, tastes and skills. Lessons are conducted in small cozy rooms and classes, there are elective courses held on a regular basis. The students are organized into mini-groups of 2-5 pupils - this makes it possible for each student to receive a maximum of personal attention from the teacher. The administration and the lecturing staff of the foreign private boarding schools know the main thing in British education: the aim of education is not to just put all the knowledge in the world into the heads of the students, to only boost their skills, but also to make every points of view, get motivation to achieve higher results and encourage self-development.student able to think, analyze, invent, reason, form their own opinions and respect someone else's · Independence and discipline Despite the fact that the children in the boarding independent schools are constantly looked after by teachers and tutors, children learn to take care of themselves from early age, which means that they can rank their tasks, determine their priorities, and distribute their training and working hours, achieving effective time management. The subjects in middle and senior classes also stimulates independence: the right choice of educational areas will give a child an opportunity to qualify for high grades at the time of graduation, and therefore to choose the most prestigious and highly rated universities to continue education.


Every private boarding school, especially those which educate solely either boys or girls. implies rather strict discipline. It goes without saying that smoking, alcohol and drugs are forbidden, and those who break this pivotal rule are to be severely punished – to the extent of immediate dismissal from school. Moreover, no less closely the administration monitors students’ attendance, behavior and level of education, as well as their academic achievements.

  • Multiculturalism as an crucial instrument of success

Studying abroad in a private boarding school or day school almost always implies that the child will constantly interact with representatives of many different countries and cultures. From an early age, students learn to respect others' views, cultural and religious customs and habits. Over time, everyone can establish useful contacts and acquaintances, as well as acquire a lot of friends from all over the world.

  • It is a perfect opportunity for your child to master his level of English (and possibly other foreign) language

From both the previous paragraph and common sense it is clear – linguistic education in foreign private boarding schools and day schools is at very high level. A child will be immersed in new linguistic, cultural and academic environment, which will ensure that the English language will be learnt much faster and more efficiently than while studying in the best language school in non-English speaking country. The reason is simple: even the best English teacher in non-English speaking country (excluding those who are native speakers) will not give as much conversational practice as if a student is studying abroad. Traditionally, graduates of foreign private boarding schools and day schools speak English almost at the level of a native speaker, and in most cases – as good as their native language. Moreover, they also have a good command of other foreign languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian or even Chinese. Of course, linguistic education will be a competitive advantage during the process of the recruiting in international companies.

  • Excellent technological infrastructure Foreign private boarding schools and day schools offer their students the most advanced technical and infrastructure opportunities, which unfortunately the majority of foreign schools does not possess. Modern classes with interactive whiteboards, linguaphone rooms, libraries with electronic resources, modern computers and multimedia centers, modern and advanced sport infrastructure and equipment – all this is there for the needs of students from all over the globe.

Individual selection of a private boarding school abroad

If you assume that the process of selection of a foreign private boarding school from our catalogue is rather difficult for you for some reason, SMAPSE offers individual consulting. Our specialists are always ready to answer any of your questions. Do you need a private or independent boarding school with a reasonable price and interesting and balanced educational programs? We have suitable offers!

You can order individual consultation and selection of private boarding schools for your child just by giving us a call (the company has a free multichannel line) or by writing an e-mail. Moreover, for the convenience of our customers we have organized Skype communication.

Maybe you need a quick advice on how to find the price of education in specific private boarding school from our catalogue? We highly recommend you using the online chat. Our managers will at any time advise you on a specific educational institution, help you understand all the subtleties of the programs available in a specific private boarding school.

Do you want to send your child to study abroad , but you are too busy to thoroughly analyze and compare numerous amounts of private boarding schools? Then there is a callback option for you – just order it using the form on our website and SMAPSE specialist will contact you almost instantly or at the specified time, he will take your demands into account so to select the best option for you.

Note that individual consultations both by telephone and online are provided completely free of charge. What’s more, consultations do not oblige clients to further cooperation with SMAPSE. Nevertheless, we are doing our best to find a private boarding school that meets your requirements, to choose the most effective educational program for your child, taking into account the available budget, your child’s skills and talents, his academic progress and interests.

Secondary education: fees and other educational costs in secondary private boarding schools abroad, private boarding schools and colleges in Europe and the world

The cost of studying in private boarding schools and colleges in Europe and the rest of the world varies depending on the rating of the educational institution, the schoolchild’s results for the examinations, prestige, and history. The average cost of education in private boarding schools in Europe and abroad (including accommodation and meals) can be seen in the table below:

Country

Price for secondary education for a year

England

25 000 – 40 000 GBP

United States

30 000 – 60 000 USD

Switzerland

40 000 – 90 000 CHF

Canada

20 000 – 60 000 CAD

Malta

20 000 – 35 000 EUR

France

24 000 – 45 000 EUR

Spain

25 000 – 40 000 EUR

Germany

24 000 – 50 000 EUR

Italy

25 000 – 45 000 EUR

Austria

30 000 – 67 000 EUR

Ireland

25 000 – 45 000 EUR

Australia

25 000 – 45 000 AUD

China

5 000 – 20 000 USD

The private boarding school application process: documents required to apply for private boarding schools abroad and boarding schools for secondary education programs.

The list of documents varies slightly between private boarding schools due to small differences in the operation of the admission offices of educational institutions around the world. However, the basic list of documents that are required by every independent boarding school includes the following documents:

  • Annual school reports containing grades for academic years for the last 2 or 3 years of study;
  • A copy of the student's passport;
  • Several letters of recommendation from teachers of mathematics, English or other foreign language, as well as from the representatives of school administration (directors, his deputies, etc.), written in free form with translation into the English language (or any other language of instruction in the country);
  • A certificate of language proficiency (an optional requirement for foreign private boarding schools and day schools as there is a school entry test of their own);
  • Several private boarding schools and day schools in Great Britain may require a unified test called Ukiset that is to be taken before the application documents are submitted to the school for consideration by the selection committee (this statement is only valid for the UK);
  • School registration forms (which our specialists will help you fill in);
  • Skype interview with the applicant;
  • Special entrance test (in case of the UK there is an additional entry test if the Ukiset test is passed successfully)
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