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2021-08-24 15:13:52

How much does it cost to study at a foreign boarding school?

How much does it cost to study at a foreign boarding school?

The modern format of boarding schools provides for an autonomous protected area, where all aspects of education and life of children are competently concentrated: educational buildings, apartments, an area for sports and leisure, parks. The technical equipment of modern campuses opens up access for students to information portals, libraries and laboratories for various studies. This type of studying and accommodation allows you to unobtrusively control students, ensuring their absolute safety and competitive level of education.

Although the cost of study is one of the fundamental factors, we also recommend that when choosing a boarding school for your child, take into account:

  • SAT Alumni Average Score
  • number of pupils in the school
  • percentage of students admitted to the school from the total number of applications.


Tuition fees in boarding schools start from $ 35,000 per year. In elite boarding schools, this amount can increase to $ 90,000.

The cost of tuition in fee-paying schools varies depending on the location in a particular state, rating and format of the school. In the southern and central states, the cost of studying is slightly lower (for example, Tennessee, Florida, Colorado, etc.). The price usually includes an educational program, accommodation of schoolchildren in comfortable campuses, educational materials and an entertainment program.

The choice of boarding school is based on the profile of the educational institution:

  • military boarding schools
  • therapy and psychological assistance for difficult adolescents (therapeutic boarding schools)
  • exact sciences and specific fields of knowledge (boarding schools of Fine Arts, Math and Science).


The cost of the curriculum for a student in a boarding school starts from 12 000 € per year. It is important to note that the price of education in Austria is quite competitive with other European countries, while the level of knowledge acquired, safety and comfort of living, monitoring the health and academic performance of the student are not comparable with state institutions.

Advantages of studying at the Austrian boarding school:

  • parallel learning and improvement of three languages – English, German and additional languages to choose from
  • valuable diploma of European secondary education
  • replaces pre-university preparatory courses
  • international environment
  • high level of knowledge
  • comfortable infrastructure of boarding school with security
  • advantages when entering the State University of Austria.

United Kingdom

The average cost of a trimester in a boarding school in the UK is £ 24,000. The estimated budget of the preparatory program is £ 7,000 -£ 10,000 per trimester. Upon admission, it is necessary to clarify what is included in tuition fees, and take into account such items of expenditure as insurance, educational materials, entertainment program for schoolchildren.

The British education system has been built for centuries, having reached benchmarks in the modern world. Despite the traditionality, aristocracy and rigor of educational processes, England is actively introducing innovative schemes and methods of education.

Advantages of education in British boarding schools:

  • the level of knowledge gained is a guarantee of successful admission to prestigious universities
  • educational process that combines the ideas of integrated personal development
  • Teaching staff
  • Activities
  • absolute immersion in the English-speaking environment.


Swiss education is characterized by a high cost - studying in an elite boarding school on average costs $ 65,000 per year. The starting price for study is about $ 40,000, which is higher than the cost in many schools in European countries.

Many Swiss schools provide scholarships for students who perform well academicly, which can significantly reduce tuition costs.

In addition to the highest quality of the educational base, a distinctive feature of Swiss boarding schools can be called the internationality of the educational environment. For educational institutions, the state has established special quotas for the number of foreign students from specific countries - usually no more than 10%. In a multinational society, it is easier for students to adapt among most foreign peers than when they get to a school where more than half are local.

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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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