You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Mauritania with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Mauritania . Schools may follow the American curriculum with English speaking programs.
Education in Mauritania
The public education system was established in Mauritania by the French colonial administration with Islamic influence. After independence, the government of Mauritania moved towards more secular education but kept the French system.
Education is free and compulsory between 6 and 14 years of age. However, a lack of quality facilities and teachers, particularly in rural areas, has led to low attendance.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Mauritania. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. 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
- Council of International Schools (CoIS) 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 (MSA) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.
- Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) serves the needs of international students, teachers and administrators in Africa.
International Schools in Nouakchott
American International School of Nouakchott (AISN)
Address: US Embassy B.P. 3107 Nouakchott, Mauritania
Tel: +222 4525-2967
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
An English coeducational day school for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum is based on U.S. stateside standards and this is the only accredited American-style education available in Mauritania. There are 2 semesters from August through January and from January through June. It is accredited by the MSA and AISA.
TLC International School
Address: 55 E. Nord
Tel: +222 46041532
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
TLC follows the established guideline focused on high academic standards. The school increased one or two grades each year until June of 2016, when they had their first high school graduate. French, Arabic, and Islamic Studies (optional for non-Mauritanians) classes were added to the American style curriculum.
The student population has grown to approximately 170 students from a dozen countries. TLC International School is now a fully accredited school which continues to strive to offer the highest quality education at an affordable price for the students.