7 best private schools in Austria to study quality courses
Nowadays, prestigious secondary private schools and colleges in Austria are considered to be most prestigious in Europe. They meet high academic standards that allow graduates to successfully enter world leading universities. Austrian schools and colleges provide strong language preparation. Students have an opportunity to study both English and German. Full immersion into linguistic environment helps overcome the communication barrier, expand active vocabulary. Studies can be conducted in English according to IB (International Baccalaureate), which is recognized by all English-speaking universities in the world.
You can choose schools and colleges located in in Vienna (Amadeus International School), in Salzburg (American International School of Salzburg), in St. Gilgen (Saint Gilgen International School).
Austrian private schools are among most equipped and technologically advanced. Much attention is paid to academic, creative and physical development of each personality. Mountainous regions of the country are extremely popular among fans of hiking, trekking, mountain biking, snowboarding and alpine skiing. Beautiful nature and clean air make Austrian schools especially attractive for students from all over the world. Some secondary schools in Austria even offer accommodation in traditional chalets - this is an ideal place for effective studying and comfortable rest.
When is the best time to apply to Austrian schools? What should be prepared for admission?
Take enough time to get to know your chosen school. The relationship between parents, school and student should be neat, unhurried and reliable - you should have time to get to know the campus, with teachers, get answers to all important questions.
Many people think that international boarding schools are, if not the same, then similar, but this is not so. There can be strong differences in the curriculum, the value and qualifications of the diploma, the experience of teachers, and finally by location. We recommend that parents start their search for a suitable school after they have clearly defined their position on 4 main questions:
1. What do you want to give to your children through the school?
2. What do you expect in terms of care and concern, guidance, consideration of the social and academic needs of the child?
3. What expenses are you willing to pay?
4. Which environment do you prefer: city and country, cultural environment, district or region?
By clearly answering these questions, you can start choosing and make it really right.
We suggest following the following schedule:
- November-February: collection of facts and information, communication with representatives
- February-March: visits to schools, discussion of important issues with representatives and administration
- March-May: sending a package of documents and receiving a decision
- May: final review of the application, course payment and final enrollment.
If you need a visa, June, July and August you will devote specifically to visa issues and preparation for departure.
Tuition fees at private schools in Austria. What documents are required to apply?
The price for secondary education in Austria at prestigious private schools with full board varies from 30 000 to 55 000 euros per year.
In order to enter a private Austrian boarding school, following documents are required:
- A copy of the student's passport or ID card
- School scores for the last 2 academic years + quarterly / trimester grades for the current academic year
- Language certificates (preferably as new as possible)
- Recommendation letters from teachers of English and mathematics
- Motivation letter (not always)
- Registration forms and school forms
- Skype interview with the student or a personal visit to an educational institution
In addition to the above list, it's also required to pass internal tests of the school in mathematics and English. Such tests determine the level of preparation to enter a private school.
Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to help you and answer all questions.
|1||Amadeus International School Vienna|
|2||Schloss Krumbach International School|
|3||American International School Salzburg AISS|
|4||St Gilgen International School|
Advantages and disadvantages of English schools
|The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world||Expensive|
|High quality of education and academic standards||Strong workload|
|Perfect English after graduation||The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt|
|Useful contacts||The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist|
|1||North Broward Preparatory School|
|2||Phillips Academy Andover|
|3||The Storm King School New York|
|4||Red Bank Catholic High School|
|5||Windermere Preparatory School|
|6||Shattuck St Mary's School|
|11||The Village School|
|12||Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School|
|14||Kent School USA|
|15||The Winchendon School|
|17||Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education|
|19||The MacDuffie School|
|20||CATS Academy Boston|
|21||The Cambridge School of Weston|
|23||Amerigo Education Napa Valley|
|24||American Hebrew Academy|
|25||Northfield Mount Hermon School|
|26||Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education|
|27||American University Preparatory School Los Angeles|
|29||Kent School USA|
|31||Maine Central Institute|
|32||The Lawrenceville School|
|33||Grand River Academy Оhio|
|34||Saint John Paul II Academy|
|35||Chicago North Shore|
|1||College Du Leman|
|2||St. Georges School Montreux|
|3||Institut Monte Rosa|
|4||Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz|
|5||Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée|
|6||Leysin American School|
|7||Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine|
|8||Aiglon College Switzerland|
|9||Institut Le Rosey School|
|10||Institut Montana Zugerberg|
|12||Brillantmont International School|
|14||Ecole Pre Fleuri|
|1||Brookes Shawnigan Lake|
|2||Rosseau Lake College|
|4||Columbia International College|
|6||St Andrew's College|
|7||Brentwood College School|
|9||Bodwell High School|
|10||Trafalgar Castle School|
|12||Shawnigan Lake School|
|1||Cardiff Sixth Form College|
|3||Queen Ethelburga's College|
|5||The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC|
|16||King's School Canterbury|
|17||ACS School Cobham|
|21||King's College St Michael’s|
|22||Mill Hill School|
|32||Prior Park College|
|36||City of London Freemen’s School|
|38||Brooke House College|
|40||St Clare's Oxford|
|42||Royal Russell School|
|48||Royal Hospital School|