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International Schools in Azerbaijan

You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Azerbaijan with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Azerbaijan. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Azerbaijan. There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

The education system in Azerbaijan is regulated by the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan. In the pre-Soviet period, Azerbaijani education included intensive Islamic religious training that commenced in early childhood. Azerbaijani culture now focuses on secular learning with an increasing importance on education. Foreigners permanently living in Azerbaijan and stateless persons have the same educational right afforded to Azerbaijani citizens. The majority of international students wishing to study in Azerbaijan do not speak both Azerbaijani and Russian languages (teaching languages of Azerbaijan), so international schools are a natural choice for expats.

Accreditation

The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools. Quality Schools International (QSI) is a group of non-profit international schools offering education in the English language, in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. QSI is a member of Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) for US Overseas schools.

Baku

The International School of Azerbaijan (TISA)
Address: Stonepay Royal Park
Baku, AZ0138, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+994) 12 4973028/4972482
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school caters to a diverse student body of 2 to 18 year-olds. They offer three International Baccalaureate courses: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Facilities include science laboratories, computer rooms and libraries, art rooms, music and drama areas, a design technology studio and resource areas as well as a gymnasium, canteen and hall; outdoor facilities include play areas, basketball courts and a sports field.

Baku International School
Address: Darnagul Qasabasi Str. Ajami Nakhchivani, Block 3097
Baku, Azerbaijan AZ 1108
Tel: (+994-12) 440-6616
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Established by Quality Schools International (QSI) as a private, non-profit institution, this school offers high-quality Preschool (2, 3, and 4 year-olds program), Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary education leading to graduation. The school and its programs are fully accredited by internationally recognized Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. English language instruction folows a Performance-Based model of teaching.

Baku Oxford School
Address: 8 A. Abbaszadeh Str.
AZ 1073 Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (994 12) 510 80 01
Tuition Rates: Pre-school half-day: $6,000; 5th year - grade 12: $20,700. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars.

Accredited by both The Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the curriculum follows both National and International curriculum standards. English-language international school from kindergarten through to graduation in 11th grade. Offers A-Level diploma for students who wish to matriculate abroad upon graduation.

British School in Baku (BSB)
Address: 13 Koroglu Rahimov Str.
Baku AZ1072, Azerbijan
Tel: (99412) 465-80-86
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Provides a quality English language education with final exams offered to UK standards. The school provides specialist facilities, including dedicated laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology, art and music rooms, ICT rooms and a recently extended library. Most classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and ICT plays an integral role in teaching and internet access is available in classrooms.

French School in Baku, Azerbaijan

An agreement has been signed on March 1st, 2012 between the French ambassador, the Heydar Aliyev fundation, the national oil company (SOCAR) and the government of Azerbaijan to create a French school in Baku. The degree will be valid both in France and Azerbaijan and students will be able to carry on with university studies in either country.

Currently French pupils can attend the International School of Azerbaijan (TISA) but the education is provided in English only.