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2018-07-30 11:57:13

Best middle schools in Dubai for international students

Best middle schools in Dubai for international students

Study in a prestigious private school with a high ranking and live in a country of eternal summer - it can be easier if you choose Dubai. Where there was only a desert a hundred years ago, today, is an international business, financial and tourist center. Every year it becomes more popular among international students due to high-quality boarding schools

Benefits of studying in Dubai for international students

  • The number of private schools in Dubai has increased several times in recent years;
  • Studying in Dubai is considered prestigious - education received in the UAE is recognized by TOP universities and companies around the world;
  • The students in Dubai schools have access to academic programs of the leading countries of the world: the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, etc;
  • Education in schools in Dubai is conducted in English, in addition, students must additionally learn Arabic and another foreign language;
  • Dubai is one of the most developed and safe cities in the world;
  • For foreign students in Dubai, both private boarding schools and public schools are available;
  • 80% of the inhabitants of Dubai came from other countries, so teaching in schools in this city is comfortable for foreign students.

Which school is the best for a foreign student - private or public?

In Dubai, there are more than 170 schools that prepare almost 300 schoolchildren from 180 countries. Due to the fact that most of the residents in Dubai are expats, the entire educational system is fully adapted for foreign students. 30% of schools work under the British educational system, in others programs of the different countries - France, India, Canada and many others are accessible.

Students from abroad can go to state educational institutions on a commercial basis, however, studying in such schools has a number of features:

  • Mandatory separate type of education. After the 7th grade, boys and girls in public schools are engaged separately;
  • In all public schools, religious education is required and Islam is studied;
  • In most public schools, children study not in English , but in Arabic.

For these reasons, most foreign students choose to study at prestigious private boarding schools in Dubai.

Main features to choose a private school in Dubai

When choosing a school in Dubai, parents take into account several important factors:

  • Ranking and prestige of the school;
  • School location: although most private schools provide children with a free transfer, to save time it is better to choose a school near your place of residence or school-boarding school;
  • Type of academic program: depending on the institution that the child plans to attend, you can choose a school with the British, American, Swiss and other programs, as well as an international baccalaureate (IB);
  • Availability. Some prestigious schools in Dubai are so popular that waiting list queues can take several years.
  • Admission procedure: some private schools require an internal examination, an interview or testing, in addition to the standard package of documents. 

TOP-3 boarding schools for foreign students in Dubai

  • Kent College Dubai is a branch of a prestigious British educational institution, featuring state-of-the-art educational buildings, residences, and a developed sports infrastructure. Here, optimal conditions are created for foreigners to stay. The campus has everything you need for comfortable living and effective education. Schoolchildren study A-level and IB programs. The cost is from $ 26,700 per year.
  • Swiss International Scientific School is a private international school for boys and girls from 3 to 18 years old. Since the age of 11, students can live on a boarding house - today, the number of boarders is 350 people. Representatives of more than 60 countries attend the school, most of the students come from Russia, the United States, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and Germany. Students are engaged in the programs of Swiss Federal Maturite and IB. The cost of studying ranges from $ 61,000 per year.
  • Repton School Dubai - a prestigious school-board of mixed type, a partner of the British school of the same name from the city of Repton. At school, 2000 people are studying more than 67 nationalities. The philosophy of the school is the phrase "The best - for every child". Despite the fact that the school is considered quite large, each child here is treated in a special way, appreciated and in every way developed his personality. Students are engaged in the IB program. The cost of studying ranges from $ 37,100 per year.

Tuition fees at schools in Dubai for international students

The UAE government has been keeping the cost of tuition in private schools under control since when in 2014 they raised prices so much that boarding in the UK was cheaper for parents than in Dubai. Now the cost of studying in a private school in Dubai directly depends on the ranking and popularity of the institution. Also, the type of academic program has an impact on the cost: in "British" schools prices are, on average, more expensive than in others. The training year will cost from $ 10,000 in educational institutions easier to $ 100,000 in TOP schools.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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