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International Schools in Hungary

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Hungary 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 Hungary. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or German education system (or Spanish, or Russian...etc).

Education in Hungary

The school system in Hungary is fairly decentralized. School classes usually begin with pre-school from ages 3-7, primary school in the year in which they have their 6th birthday (7th if they were born after May 31), and continues until the age of 16 (many continue til 18 years of age). Instruction is in Hungarian and among the subjects taught are one or two foreign languages, usually English, German or French. There are three kinds of secondary schools:

  • Gimnázium (non-vocational; prepares students for higher education; teaches at least 2 foreign languages)
  • Szakközépiskola (vocational school but also prepares for higher education)
  • Szakmunkásképzo Szakiskola (vocational school)

After finishing secondary school, students take a school-leaving exam (Matura or érettségi bizonyitvány in Hungarian).

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Hungary. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or Germany. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English or German. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also 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.

Accreditation & Membership

  • 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.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education.
  • Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) sponsors a wide variety of activities. Student activities include a Cultural Arts Festival, celebrations and sports of all kinds, and more.

Budapest

American International School of Budapest (AISB)
Address: Nagykovácsi 2094
Nagykovácsi ut 12, Hungary
Tel: 36 26 556 000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private and independent co-educational day school with English language instruction and American curriculum for grade pre-K3 to Grade 12. The school was established in 1973 by the United States Embassy originally to serve United States Government employees. The school is accredited by CoIS, IBO, and MSACS, and a member of CEESA and ECIS.

Britannica International School
Address: 1121 Budapest
Kakukk Way 1-3, Hungary
Tel: 36 1 466 9794
Tuition Rates: 2.624.000 - 3.563.000 Hungarian Forints per year

The oldest British school in Hungary, it follows the National Curriculum for England (KS 1,2,3,4) and prepare students to sit IGCSE, AS and A2 level. Students in Years 3-6 currently study French, whilst students in the secondary school have the opportunity to study French, German or Spanish. Uniforms are required.

Greater Grace International School of Budapest
Address: Szilágyi Erzsébet Fasor 22/B
1125 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: 36 1 275-4795
Tuition Rates: 1,360,000 - 3,550,000 Hungarian Forints per year

An English-speaking, international, private preparatory school with classes from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Curriculum is within the context of a Christian biblical world view. Uniforms are required.

International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB)
Address: 2049 Diósd
Ifjúság Way 11, Hungary
Tel: 36 23 381 986
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language instruction for students in grades 1-12. ICSB is committed to Christian education. There is ESL instruction and special services for students with learning disabilities and special physical needs.

International School of Budapest
Address: Konkoly-Thege utca 21
H-1121 Budapest
Tel: (+36-1) 395 6534
Tuition Rates: 9,400 - 10,900 euro per year

An international-based, English-medium education for children from 5-14. The programme is based on the English National Curriculum with modifications to meet the needs of an international student base. ISB is also accredited by the Ministry of Education and meets ISO standards. Alongside this programme the school also runs two bilingual programmes.

SEK Budapest International School
Address: Huvösvölgyi út 131
1021 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: (361) 3942968
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A trilingual (Hungarian, English and Spanish), co-educational, private day school offering both national and international challenging educational programmes to Hungarian and expatriate children in Budapest. It provides the IB program. Uniforms are required.

British International School Budapest
Address: 1037 Budapest
Kiscelli köz 17, Hungary
Tel: 36 1 200 9971
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This Nord Anglia Education school provides English language and the National Curriculum of England. The school offers a parallel Hungarian mother tongue programme for nationals or fluent speakers of Hungarian. This IB school is accredited by CoBIS and ECIS.

BME Gimnazium
Address: 1111 Budapest
Egry József u 3-11
Tel: (36)-(1)-209-4983
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language instruction school following the official Hungarian curriculum and providing the official public secondary-school diploma, Érettségi issued by the State of Hungary.

Lauder Javne Jewish Community School
Address: 1121 Budapest
Budakeszi út 48.
Tel: (+36-1) 275 2240
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English/Hungarian school offering kindergarten to grade 13. The school is geared toward Jewish studies, with a Hungarian and English focus.

Egressy Gábor Bilingual Technical Secondary School
Address: Egressy út 71.
Budapest, 1149
Tel: 06-1-252-7777
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An English-Hungarian school. In the 9th and 10th grades teaching based on the national curriculum is supplemented with vocational training, with students preparing for national tests in 11th and 12th.

Chinese School in Budapest

Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Grammar School
Address: 1157 Budapest,
2-4 Pebble public
Tel: 418-2700
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The school has a bilingual (Chinese/Hungarian) curriculum with English classes.

French School in Budapest

Lycée Français de Budapest
Address: Máriaremetei út 193-199
1029 Budapest
Tel: (+361) 275 42 96
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A French language school with curriculum approved by AEFE. It offers the baccalaureate Francais, and a primary school and kindergarten.

Kölcsey Ferenc Bilingual Secondary School
Address: Munkácsy Mihály utca 26
Budapest 1063
Tel: 311-4684
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French-Hungarian bilingual classes. Additional languages are taught (English, German, Italian, Latin and Russian) starting in the first year.

German Schools in Budapest

Deutsche Schule Budapest
Address: Cinege út 8/C
H-1121 Budapest
Tel: 0036-1-39191-00
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

German language curriculum modeled on Baden-Wurttemberg's system. It consists of German primary school and from the Thomas Mann Gymnasium. Hungarian language courses are also provided.

Österreichisch-Ungarische Europaschule
Address: Istenhegyi út 32.
H-1126 Budapest
Tel: 0036-1-356-4657
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Austrian-Hungarian European School provides German, English, and Hungarian instruction for students aged 6 to 14. It is part of the international Austrian school system and the campus consists of kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school. The school operates under the guidance of the Catholic Order of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Alfred Hajos Zugló Hungarian-German Bilingual Elementary School
Address: 1142 Budapest
Uzhgorod u. 36th
Tel: 251-3080, 273-0183
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Bilingual (German/Hungarian) primary school.

Deutsches Nationalitätengymnasium (DNG)
Address: 1203 Budapest
Watersports u. 7th
Tel: 06-1-283-0165
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A bilingual (German/Hungarian) secondary school and college.

Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium
Address: 1183 Thököly u. 7.
Budapest, Hungary
Tel: 291-20-72
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A Hungarian, German, English secondary school that offers the International Baccalaureate program.

Kossuth Lajos Bilingual Secondary School
Address: 1204 Budapest
Ady EndreE Utca 142
Tel: 283 1270
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A bilingual (German/Hungarian) secondary school.

Terézvárosi Bilingual Grammar and Secondary School
Address: 1065 Budapest
Petho Sándor u. 4
Tel: 321-7349
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Hungarian/English/German school founded in 1867. It offers a primary school with either English and German foreign language programme.

Thomas Mann Gymnasium
Address: Cinege út 8/C
H-1121 Budapest
Tel: 0036-1-39191-00
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

German Grundschule and Gymnasium with German used as the language of instruction. German students must meet the Hungarian language and culture standards through Hungarian as a second language classes.

Japanese School in Budapest

Budapest Japanese School
Address: 1125 Budapest
XII Viranyos ut 48 Hungary
Tel: 36-1-392-0360
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Japanese language school for students in Budapest.

Russian School in Budapest

Russian Grammar and Secondary School
Address: 1135, Budapest
Vagany ut. 12-14
Tel: (810361) 329-08-63
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Bilingual Russian-Hungarian instruction.

Serbian School in Budapest

Serbian School
Address: Rózsák tere 6-7
1074 Budapest
Tel: 36-1351-6550
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Serbian Kindergarten, Primary School, High School.

Slovakian School in Budapest

Slovakian School
Address: 1139 Lomb 1-7.
1074 Budapest
Tel: 36-1351-6550
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Serbian Kindergarten, Primary School, High School.

Spanish School in Budapest

Károlyi Mihály Bilingual Secondary School
Address: 1191 Budapest
Zsigmond Simonyi u. 33
Tel: 36-1-282-9390
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Trilingual (Spanish/Hungarian/English) school with special focus on international education. After rigorous entrance examination, the 14-year-olds will begin their studies in the target language preparatory grades, during which thoroughly learn the Spanish language. The Hungarian-Spanish-language education in Hungary and Spain co-operation takes place within the framework of due Educational and Cultural Cooperation Agreement between the two countries.

Pápa

QSI International School of Pápa
Address: Komáromi út 12
8500 Pápa
Tel: 36-89-777999
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A QSI school offering private, non-profit school and English language education to students age 3 (Early Childhood Program) through Middle School (age 13). Additional language acquisition is offered in Hungarian and “Native Language” programs are offered in Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish (provided by their respective nations Ministry of Defense Education departments).