You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Mongolia 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 Mongolia. Schools may follow the American or British curriculum with an English speaking program while others run under the French language and system.
Education in Mongolia
Massive reforms have taken place in Mongolia through the development of its education system. Under the communist regime, the education system was based on the Soviet education system and included a transition from Mongolian script to the Cyrillic alphabet. Mongolia is slowly changing from ten-year to an eleven-year system.
Mongolia provides state-financed education which is mandatory for ages 8 to 15. After completing the compulsory levels, students may study for 2 to 3 more years in the pursuit of higher secondary education. This is difficult in rural areas where upper level schools are sparse and students may be sent to stay in hostels while finishing their education.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Mongolia. 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.
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
- Council of British International Schools (COBIS) offers membership to British independent schools of Europe and worldwide.
- European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education.
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Students and parents can be assured that schools accredited by WASC have been reviewed and the educational programs that are offered have been evaluated for quality and current standards.
International School in Ulaanbaatar
International School of Ulaanbaatar (ISU)
Address: Four Seasons Garden, Khan-Uul District, 15 Khoroo
Mailing Address: PO Box 36/10, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia-17032
Tuition Rates: $18,875 - 34,592 per year
A coeducational IB world school which offers a rigorous academic programme in English. Students range from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12, with graduates earning the IB Diploma. It has CoIS and NEASC accreditation.
Ulaanbaatar Elite International School (UEIS )
Address: Seoul Street, 2nd Khoroo
Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel: 976 70105010
Tuition Rates: 5,500,000 - 9,600,000 MNT per year
English language international school with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program. The curriculum is based on the national curriculum of England and Wales and adapted to the international nature and local Mongolian system. Dorms are available. It is a member of COBIS and ECIS.
An international school open to pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. ASU is accredited by WASC, instruction is in English and curriculum is based on the Ontario curriculum. Uniforms are required.
British School Of Ulaanbaatar (BSU)
Address: 4nd Khoroo, Khan-Uul District
Tel: 976 11-347788
Tuition Rates: $4,238 - 7,680 CU per term
Provides its students a curriculum that meets international standards. The subjects of the National Curriculum of England and Wales will be taught in the English language, and the subjects of Mongolian language, literature, and Mongolian history and culture will be taught in the Mongolian language with the educational standards of Mongolia. Teachings fit the requirements of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) of the United Kingdom and the General Educational Certificate of Mongolia. The school is a member of COBIS and offers Cambridge testing.
English School of Mongolia (ESM)
Address: Bayanzurkh District, 1 khoroo
Tel: 976 70 15 40 15
Tuition Rates: 5,400,000 - 8,950,000 MNT per year
An international school with an English language curriculum. Students are prepared for the Cambridge Exam session as well as IGSCE.
French International School in Mongolia
French International School of Ulaanbaatar
Address: Oulan Bator, Mongolie
Tel: 976 9422-4502/
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
The École Française Internationale d'Oulan-Bator is a French language international school that caters to students from Ecole maternelle to Grande section (GS). The school operates under the auspices of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is run in conjunction with the AEFE (Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad).