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

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Sending your child to a private boarding school abroad is not at all an easy decision. The thing is that a child will have to adapt not only to the new linguistic and academic environment – he will have to learn to communicate with representatives of other cultures and nations, that is – to adapt to the new social environment. Far from every child is ready for independent living in a residence or with a host family abroad, as he will be deprived of the accustomed way of life, his usual amenities, parental care, etc. For such schoolchildren, the optimal choice would be studying in a day school, which many foreign colleges offer today. For students in the age of 14-19, the most popular and suitable option is the accommodation on the campus of the institutions, so they both study and live under the 24-hour supervision of the staff and are in complete safety.


We would like to present you our catalogue of leading private boarding schools and private day schools abroad that offer secondary school education (at the same time primary school is available for international kids in the United Kingdom and France). All private boarding schools and day schools were carefully selected by Smapse experts, and what’s more, the catalogue includes national educational institutions of certain countries as well as international colleges. In all educational institutions there are their own rules for studying and living, however there are two main viable options for your child to choose from: either live in host families or residences (we do not consider rented apartment because the costs of such accommodation can be astonishing; yet if you insist our specialists will gladly help you with the search of possible variants). The majority of private boarding schools and day schools abroad cooperate with local families that have appropriate conditions for accommodating international kids; therefore living in a host family would be a great choice for those who would like to get balance between price and quality.

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

United States

Switzerland

Germany

France

Spain

Scotland

Canada

Ireland

Austria

Italy

Czech Republic

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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Catalogue of private schools - day schools and boarding schools abroad: specifics of the selection of educational institution

Our catalogue of private fee-paying day schools abroad provides an opportunity to select educational institutions according to the stated parameters. In this section you will find several filters and a simple and convenient search form, which allows you to automatically compile a list of day schools abroad, taking into account the desired country of destination, the type of educational program and the required language of education.

Individual filters allow you to sort private boarding schools, day schools, colleges and other educational institutions by country or by program type. In order to find a language school or a suitable college, just click on one of the options on the panel. Each search result is automatically sorted alphabetically: it allows you to quickly find the desired private boarding or day school abroad, if you are familiar with some of them already.

What you should look for when choosing an international private boarding school or private day school abroad

The Smapse catalogue presented on our website includes a lot of educational institutions, and in order to make a rational and adequate choice you may want to select a number of private boarding schools and day schools which meet your requirements and those of your child for comparison. It is rather tough to carry out on your own provided you have little experience in the field of foreign education. Therefore, to optimize the process, we suggest using the advice of our experts who have been working in the field for decades.

While looking through the catalogue and the results of your search (as well as the information on each of the selected private boarding schools and day schools), we suggest you to pay attention to the educational institution’s approach to education. In the description of educational institutions there are priority educational methods indicated. Practice shows that vast majority of educational centers work within the framework of an individual approach to students – this greatly contributes to the high level of achievements of children.

The second important criterion is the quality of education. The catalogue compiled by the experts of the Smapse team provides information on the best educational institutions in more than 30 countries around the world. Note that teachers of the majority of private boarding schools and private day schools have academic degrees. Exceptional level of qualification of the pedagogical staff is the pride of many educational institutions.

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When choosing a private boarding school, a private day school or a college, Smapse highly recommends evaluating the level of technological infrastructure development, conducting a thorough analysis of information about the material base and the costs, which you can find on the corresponding pages of the catalogue. There are a lot of educational centers which offer state-of-the-art education facilities, advanced technological infrastructure, and a developed internal infrastructure.

Also, the experts of Smapse would like you to pay attention to the possibility of comprehensive development of your child in educational centers. On our website you can easily choose a private boarding school or a day school where your child will find interesting electives, breathtaking additional courses, sport sections and art coteries that serve his interests.

Specific features, classification and reviews of private boarding schools and day schools, colleges abroad

If you have decided that your child is better to get education in a private boarding school or a day school abroad, you shall take your time and consider a number of their specific features, which are the following:

  • There is a fairly large competition for admission. Please bear in mind that the application process for admission to any of the schools listed in our catalogue shall be started 2 or 3 years in advance.
  • There are certain age restrictions for the applicants. Traditionally, private boarding schools and day schools accept children who have reached the age of 14 or above, however in some cases there are possibility for younger kids at the age below 14 to enter the school.
  • Entry requirements. As a rule, in order to study abroad a child must achieve fluency in a foreign language. If the level of preparation is insufficient, we recommend sending your child to study on the preparatory courses in the corresponding country. Also, specialists of the Smapse team will help you to select a private school or college that offers an additional program (for English-speaking countries such program is usually called EAL – English as a Second Language), aimed at overcoming language difficulties.
  • The specifics of the admission procedure imply that the decision is made primarily based on interviews and entrance examinations.

Advantages of getting education in private boarding schools and day schools abroad

  • The highest quality of education

Many private boarding schools and day schools abroad have been educating generations of students from all over the world for decades, if not centuries, therefore they now have developed traditions which allow them to offer truly effective and working methods of education. At the same time, foreign private boarding schools and day schools are actively introducing modern educational methods – for example, in the majority of schools abroad you will encounter wide use of interactive education, innovative technologies, online platforms and electronic resources.

  • Prestige of foreign education

The certificate obtained after graduating from a British or any other private boarding school or day school abroad is in incredibly high demand with universities all over the world - it is almost a "lucky ticket" to the best universities and a big advantage for future employers, let alone an excellent start for a successful career in the international community.

  • International relations and world culture

The best foreign private boarding schools and day schools are distinguished by the international composition of pupils, wide racial and cultural diversity. While studying in such an atmosphere, a schoolchild will have the opportunity to get to know more closely representatives of different cultures and religions, learn to respect other people’s opinions and points of view, establish international contacts and acquaintances, and find friends from all over the world.

  • Discipline and autonomy

The earlier a child enters a foreign private boarding school or day school the faster he will become more independent. Despite the fact that in private boarding schools children are constantly under supervision, they quickly get used to managing their time independently, determine priority areas of study, allocate hours for study and electives. In most private boarding schools and day schools (especially in those with separate education of either boys or girls) a strict discipline is established: it goes without saying that smoking, drug or alcohol use are immediately and severely punished. No less closely does the administration of schools monitor the attendance, academic performance, and behavior.

Moreover, the mere choice of subjects contributes to the development of independence. Having defined his priorities and interests, a student can devote maximum attention to the most important disciplines, which increases his intellectual level - and at the same time it contributes greatly to the future process of enrolling in a prestigious university.

  • Excellent technological infrastructure

It is worth admitting that foreign private boarding schools and day schools offer children much more opportunities than the overwhelming majority of educational institutions. The foreign schools in most cases dispose of modern classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, linguaphone equipment, libraries with electronic resources, modern computers and multimedia centers, developed sports infrastructure.

  • Learning foreign languages

If you are planning on sending your child abroad to get education, you should already know that every child that successfully graduates from a private boarding school or private day school achieve fluency in the English language that can often be matched with that of native speakers. Moreover, in many cases students can master another 2 or 3 foreign languages! Switzerland is especially famous for its linguistic education: it is a multilingual and multicultural country; therefore students there can demonstrate good command of not only English, but also German and French languages. As electives your child can learn either Spanish or Chinese – In the future this will be a significant advantage on the international labor market. Immersion in the linguistic and cultural environment will increase the language proficiency level to the heights that almost impossible to reach studying languages in non-English speaking countries.

  • Individual attention to each child

Education in the best international private boarding schools and day schools abroad is not cheap, however you will not be disappointed at all as it is totally worth it. The teachers tend to apply an individual approach to each student, respect each person as a unique, harmoniously developed personality. The lessons are given in small and cozy classrooms, so that every student has the opportunity to get maximum personal attention from the teacher. The main target in foreign private boarding schools and day schools is not just to give students knowledge of high quality, but to teach them think, reason and analyze, formulate and express their opinions, and foster the desire for new knowledge and self-education.

Private boarding schools, private day schools and colleges abroad after 8, 9, 10, 11 classes of the foreign school

The catalogue of private boarding schools, private day schools and colleges abroad in this section of the website shows all the educational institutions that allow entry of foreign children and students after secondary school, as well as during high school.

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Each school has its own individual requirements for admission as well as its own educational specifics. The most common are colleges with British and American education system, located in the United Kingdom and the US, and also in Canada, European countries, including Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and France.

After finishing 8, 9, 10 classes your child can easily study on the IB (International Baccalaureate) program in English.

Studying at a foreign private boarding school is available to everyone

The catalogue of educational institutions in the developed countries on our website contains only actual and up-to-date information about each educational center that will prove to be useful for parents. However if you do not have time and opportunity for a detailed study of the catalogue and selection, the Smapse team provides individual expert advice.

Our specialists will help you select individually several educational institutions that meet your requirements, financial capabilities, interests and ambitions of the child. In order to receive consultation online you can use our chat or order a Skype call.

We are also ready to answer your questions via email. Smapse as well offers free consultations by means of telephone (either via the hotline or using the "call back" option). All you need for individual selection is to contact us in any of the above ways.

The price of education 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

What documents are 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).

The specifics of British and American programs offered in private boarding schools and day schools

The United Kingdom , the United States , and Switzerland practice consecutive education in boarding schools, starting at 11, 12, 13, and 14 years old. While studying abroad after 9th grade at the age of 14, 15 or 16 years, the student has the right to choose a certain number of subjects that coincide with his mindset and ambition: this will be his personal program that will help him develop in the desired direction. And only before entering university does a student take a number of examinations on 3 or 4 disciplines which vary depending on the particular program:

  • A-level – a British program for high school students at the age of 16-18 years old, it is traditionally accepted by all universities in the United Kingdom and a number of Western countries;
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)·- is an international program for senior students at the age of 17-18 years old, also universally recognized around the world;
  • BTEC is an analogue of the A-level program, a high school course for student at the age of 16, 17, 18 years old aimed at a more deep, narrow and comprehensive study of subjects with an emphasis put on the practical part;
  • High School Diploma Program is available in the senior classes of the American education system for the students at the age of 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 years old, in general it is similar to the A-Level program and allows to enter the universities of the USA and Canada, as well as a number of countries of the world;
  • GCSE / iGCSE – a certificate of completion of the secondary school, a program designated for children at the age of 14, 15, 16 years old and taught in institutions with the British education system.

Studying at a foreign private boarding school is available to everyone

The catalogue of educational institutions in the developed countries on our website contains only actual and up-to-date information about each educational center that will prove to be useful for parents. However if you do not have time and opportunity for a detailed study of the catalogue and selection, the Smapse team provides individual expert advice.

Our specialists will help you select individually several educational institutions that meet your requirements, financial capabilities, interests and ambitions of the child. In order to receive consultation online you can use our chat or order a Skype call.

We are also ready to answer your questions via email. Smapse as well offers free consultations by means of telephone (either via the hotline or using the "call back" option). All you need for individual selection is to contact us in any of the above ways.

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