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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Cambodia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Cambodia and enrolling your children in school in Cambodia, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Cambodia can be a complex process, especially for expats who are unfamiliar with the country's education system and requirements. It involves several steps, including gathering necessary documents, applying for admission, and arranging for transportation. The paperwork required may include your child's birth certificate, passport, previous school records, and immunization records. It's also important to understand that the Cambodian public school system may be different from what you're used to, with different teaching methods, curriculum, and school hours. However, with careful preparation and understanding of the process, you can successfully enroll your child in a Cambodian public school.

  1. Research Schools: Start by researching the public schools in your area. Consider factors such as the school's reputation, curriculum, teaching methods, and proximity to your home. You may also want to visit the schools to get a feel for the environment and meet the teachers.
  2. Gather Necessary Documents: You will need to provide several documents during the enrollment process. These typically include your child's birth certificate, passport, previous school records, and immunization records. Make sure to have these documents translated into Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.
  3. Apply for Admission: Once you have chosen a school and gathered all necessary documents, you can apply for admission. This usually involves filling out an application form and submitting it along with the required documents. Some schools may also require an admission test or interview.
  4. Pay School Fees: Public schools in Cambodia are not completely free. There are usually some fees involved, such as enrollment fees, uniform costs, and textbook fees. Make sure to budget for these expenses.
  5. Arrange Transportation: Depending on the location of the school, you may need to arrange transportation for your child. Some schools offer bus services, while others may require you to arrange your own transportation.
  6. Prepare Your Child: Finally, prepare your child for the new school. This may involve buying school supplies, getting a school uniform, and talking to your child about what to expect. Remember, the Cambodian school system may be very different from what your child is used to, so it's important to prepare them for this transition.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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