You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Moldova 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 Moldova. Schools may follow the American curriculums in the English language.
Education in Moldova
Moldova's education system was modeled on the that of the Soviet Union. Public education is mandatory for a period of eleven years, from six until seventeen. This is divided into kindergarten, primary school, elementary and secondary school. High schools are usually divided into technical and professional schools.
The official language of Moldova is Romanian with Russian also widely spoken. The educations system generally operates in Romanian, with additional classes in English or Russian or both.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Moldova. 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.
International Schools in Moldova
QSI International School of Chisinau
Address: 48/3 Nicolae Costin Street
MD-2071 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Tel: 373 22 588-346
Tuition Rates: $4,200 - 17,400 per year
A small, coeducational international school with English instruction. Russian, Spanish, French, German and Romanian are offered as elective foreign language courses. The school is accredited by MSA.