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TOP-100 private boarding schools, day schools and colleges for foreign students abroad

Education information

Nowadays, it is essential and prestigious to give children best education abroad that will open up wide career prospects. Europe is considered to be the best country for such purpose. So, if you have decided to send your child to study abroad, it is important to choose an an appropriate educational institution. SMAPSE experts will offer you TOP-100 private boarding schools and colleges in Europe available for foreign students.

SMAPSE specialists offer you the list of best elite private boarding schools, day schools and language schools that make the TOP-100 of best schools and colleges ideal for foreign students.

The list of private boarding schools and residential schools for international students includes:

  • Educational institutions from the TOP-100 best private boarding schools in Europe;
  • Best and most prestigious colleges that provide foreign students with modern equipment, comfortable studying facilities and effective education;
  • Specialized educational institutions with focus on sport or creative activities, etc.;
  • Low-cost boarding schools with high-quality educational services;
  • Closed elite private boarding schools that provide safety and comfort for foreign students.

In addition, following table includes most popular countries for studying abroad among international students.

United Kingdom

Switzerland

Germany

Italy

Spain

Czech Republic

United States

Canada

France

Austria

Ireland

United Arab Emirates

Moreover, at any time you can address to the samples of entrance tests for admission to private boarding schools abroad. These tests you can complete in SMAPSE office without visiting the school itself. SMAPSE services involving admission are also free.

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Tuition fees for secondary private boarding schools and colleges abroad

The cost of studying at private boarding schools and colleges in Europe and the rest of the world depends on their rankings, students' exam results, prestige and history of school.

The average cost of studying at private boarding schools (including accommodation and meals) is presented in the table below:

Country

Price for secondary education during 1 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

Documents required to apply for private boarding schools and colleges for international students

The list of documents varies between private boarding schools due to small differences in the admission process. 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 ID card;
  • Several letters of recommendation from teachers of mathematics, English or other foreign language, as well as from representatives of school administration (directors, deputies, etc.), written in free form with translation into the English language;
  • A certificate of language proficiency (an optional requirement for foreign private boarding schools and day schools as there is a school entry test);
  • 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)

2 types of boarding schools abroad and their features

Modern boarding schools abroad are divided into 2 types:

  • Those which provide accommodation on campus;
  • Those which provide daytime visits.

Private boarding schools offer following facilities:

  • Studying in a five-day programme with accommodation in a host family;
  • Programme with staying on campus during studying week from Monday to Friday. On weekends students go home;
  • Accommodation on a full board basis, when students study and live on campus throughout the whole academic year including vacations.

Private boarding schools with accommodation on a full-board basis are an excellent choice for international students. This option allows students to adapt quickly to new academic environment, develop important social skills, gain rich experience of communication in the multicultural atmosphere. Elite boarding schools abroad provide their students with everything necessary for comfortable education and accommodation.

6 advantages of studying at private boarding schools abroad

Most of the educational institutions represented in this catalogue are included in the TOP-100 list of private boarding schools.

Private boarding schools have several advantages over the day school:

  • Full board;
  • Special space for self-education. For example, doing homework, reading, etc.;
  • Professional medical care;
  • Around-the-clock security. All campuses are guarded 24/7. In many campuses children are forbidden to leave without accompanying teacher of tutor;
  • Individual studying programs. It is a great option for children with weak command of English. They can improve their English proficiency by choosing extra lessons. Also, students can create appropriate schedule themselves.

In addition, private boarding schools also pay attention to physical activities, development of creative skills. International students have an opportunity to develop physical skills, take part in numerous kinds of sport activities, visit various coteries, and develop their talents in accordance with interests and hobbies.

Therefore, foreign students live on very comfortable and cozy campus, without wasting time getting to school.

6 advantages of studying abroad at private boarding schools:

  • High prestige

First of all, studying at boarding schools abroad gives high chances to enter leading universities around the world and get a prespective job in the future. Graduates of best educational institutions abroad are in high demand in the international labour market. Many powerful international corporations are aware that the rating of university is always a perfect guarantee of excellent knowledge and skills, perseverance, discipline and diligence.

  • High-quality education

Foreign private boarding schools with long-term work experience in educational sphere provide high-quality, effective and balanced studying programs. At the same time, whereas the United Kingdom is considered to be very conservative, the latest developments and education methods are regularly introduced into the studying process. Teachers involve means of interactive education, use online resources and courses, the latest technology and equipment.

  • Individual approach and personal attention

The best private boarding schools abroad confirm high tuition fees due to wide use of individual approach to each student. Every student is valued and respected as a unique personality with own characteristics, talents, tastes and skills. Lessons are conducted in small cozy rooms and classes, there are many elective courses.

Students are combined into mini-groups of 2-5 pupils. It allows each student to receive a maximum of personal attention from the teacher. Teachers follow the motto that education is not just about boring lessons, but also about creating personal opinions, motivation to achieve higher results and self-development. Student are tought to think, analyze, invent, reason, form their own opinions and respect others.

Despite the fact that students at boarding schools are constantly looked after by teachers and tutors, children learn to take care of themselves, which means that they can rank their tasks, determine their priorities, achieve effective time management. Subjects in middle and senior classes also stimulates independence. The right choice of educational areas will give an opportunity to qualify for high grades at the time of graduation. And after that choose the most prestigious and highly rated universities to continue education.


Private boarding school, especially only for boys or girls, implies rather strict discipline. It goes without saying that smoking, alcohol and drugs are forbidden. Those students who break rules are severely punished – to the extent of immediate dismissal from school. Moreover, students’ attendance, behavior and academic achievements are also monitor.

  • Multicultural atmosphere

Private boarding schools and day schools provide multicultural environment and give an opportunity to interact with representatives of many different cultures. From an early age, students learn to respect others' views, cultural and religious customs and habits. Everyone can get useful contacts and acquaintances, as well as get a lot of friends from all over the world.

  • Opportunity to master command of English and other foreign languages

It goes without saying that studying at private boarding schools allows to be fully immersed into linguistic environment. It's a great chance to get high-quality education and language proficiency. Learning English will be more quick and effective due to new linguistic, cultural and academic environment. Teachers as native speakers can give foreign students right conversational practice and teach excellent pronunciation. Actually, graduates of foreign private boarding schools and day schools speak English almost at the level of a native speakers. Moreover, they also have a good command of other foreign languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian or Chinese.

  • Excellent technological infrastructure

Private boarding schools and day schools abroad offer contemporary technical opportunities. Modern classes with interactive whiteboards, linguaphone rooms, libraries with electronic resources, modern computers and multimedia centers, sport infrastructure and best equipment – everything is created for the needs of international students.

SMAPSE advice on private boarding schools abroad

SMAPSE team also offers you individual consulting. SMAPSE specialists are always ready to answer all your questions. Our experts can provide you with a great deal of private boarding schools with reasonable price and interesting studying programs.

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

In addition, do you need tuition fees at specific private boarding schools from our catalogue? For this purpose you can use online chat.

Do you want to send your child to study abroad, but you are too busy to analyze and compare numerous amounts of private boarding schools? You can order the list of schools by filling the form on our website. SMAPSE specialist will contact you almost instantly and create the list according to your demands.

Please, note that individual consultations both by telephone and online are provided completely free of charge. Moreover, 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!

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