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International Schools in Budapest, Hungary

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: There are numerous international and bilingual schools in Budapest. In this article, we highlight some of the more popular international schools school for expats in Budapest.

Expats in Budapest - International Schools in Budapest

Britannica International School welcomes students from ages 6 through Year 13 (age 17 - 18). The school moved to a new campus in 2010 in a quiet, beautiful area in the Buda Hills (District XII) overlooking the city. A parent with children at Britannica International School said, "it's a very friendly school with very good and caring teachers and a family atmosphere. There is very good support for children whose English is weak, and it is a very inclusive school. It's a purpose-built building in a nice green area. It has playgrounds and a gym and there is a football field next to the school and swimming pool nearby. There are lots of clubs - every night - drama, sports, music, jewelry-making, languages." Another parent said, "the school offers IGCSE and AICE. It is a Cambridge Local Examination Centre. It is student centered and has a warm, positive atmosphere. It is the best choice you can make if you want your child to have an excellent education."

International School of Budapest is located in the Normafa region of District XII. It is an International School and a Hungarian-English Bilingual School. "We chose ISB for its size and its bilingual program. We wanted our children to learn Hungarian - their father's language. For the most part, it has been a success. Our son will remain in the bilingual program; our daughter will join the international (English-only teaching) this fall, as there is no bilingual program at her level. We have been very happy with the school. It is a warm, caring environment. The children are well-behaved. The transition was easy for our children. It has been wonderful for our children to meet kids from all over the world. The curriculum is equal to or more advanced to the private school they attended in Colorado," praised one parent with children at ISB.

British International School Budapest is one option, which welcomes students from pre school through IB. It is located in District III. One expat parent said, "the school follows the UK curriculum. There is a lot to choose from. The school is very flexible and keen to offer a very wide range of reliable facilities which allow the kids to achieve their full potential."

American International School of Budapest (AISB) is on a beautiful, 30+ acre campus in Nagykovacsi. It's a 20-30 minutes car ride northwest of the center of Budapest, depending upon traffic. The American International School welcomes students from ages 3 to 18. AISB provides a rich academic and co-curricular experience for students from grades preK to 12. Enrollment is over 772 students, hailing from 57 nations. As the only non-sectarian independent American curriculum school in Budapest, AISB offers an international education that prepares all students for continued study in the United States and abroad.

Le Lycee Francais Gustave Eiffel de Budapest (a.k.a. Lycee Francais de Budapest) is a French school located in District II, one of Budapest's most desirable residential areas. It welcomes student from pre-school through Grade 12. "My daughter graduated from the lycee several years ago, so my report may not be the most up-to-date. But I can say that she in now perfectly fluent in French thanks to the lycee. The lycee's small size provided a warm environment, as well as an excellent education. We also found that coming from a different system proved to be an advantage when applying to colleges back in the US," said one mother whose daughter graduated from Lycee Francais de Budapest.

SEK Budapest International School welcomes students from 3 to 18 and currently has approximately 200 students. It is also located in District II.

International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB) provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment in English for children grades Pre1st-12. Our American-style curriculum with an international approach gives students an excellent foundation for success in North American colleges and universities. Offering the most competitive tuition rates of all the English-speaking schools in Budapest, we are conveniently located just off the M0 motorway, only 18 minutes from the city center. Enrollment is approximately 250 students.

Greater Grace International School (GGIS) was established in Budapest, Hungary in 1991 by Christian missionaries, GGIS is an English-speaking school nestled in the highly exclusive, wooded hills of Buda. Designed with purposefully small class sizes, GGIS (formerly known as GGCA) provides a personal and focused learning environment.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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