International Schools in Nepal

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Nepal 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 Nepal. Schools may follow the American or British curriculum with an English speaking program while others run under the French language and system.

Education in Nepal

Formal education was once only available to the elites in Nepal. Nepalese democracy began to change this in 1951 as classrooms opened to a more diverse population. This has greatly increased the nation's literacy rate, although there are still issues with the affordability of classes for low-income communities and exclusion of women, indigenous people and those considered to be a lower caste. Nepal has plans to further develop the system and ensure that every Nepalese child has an equal chance.

Education in Nepal begins in 1st grade (at age 6) with elementary continuing until 5th, lower secondary from 6th-8th, and secondary from 9th–10th. Pre-primary education is available in some areas. To graduate, students must pass the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination at the conclusion of grade 10. Students who pass this level may consider grades 11 and 12, supervised by Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB). Students may pursue commerce, education, humanities or science.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Nepal. 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.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) offers membership to British independent schools of Europe and worldwide.
  • 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.

International Schools in Nepal

The British School (TBS)
Address: Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5521794
Tuition Rates: Please refer to the website

Established in 1966, the school follows the English National Curriculum through EYFS to Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 leading to Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels at Key Stage 4 & 5. Primary classes follow the National Curriculum for English and Maths alongside the International Primary Curriculum. The School is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and the Confederation of British International Schools (COBIS).

The Lincoln School
Address: P.O. Box 2673
Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977 1-4270482
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An English-language international school with program in French and Spanish from middle to high school with AP classes. It is a member of CoIS and NEASC.

Ullens School
Address: Khumultar, Lalitpur-15 / P.O.Box. 8975, EPC. 1084
GPO Box. 8975, EPC 1477, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5570724
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Ullens School delivers its curriculum and philosophy based on Bank Street’s Developmental Interactive Approach. English is the medium of instruction. Ullens School is the first IB World School in Nepal.

Rupy's International School
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 20 Kathamndu, Nepal
Location: Baphal, Tahachal
Tel: 0977-1-4282907, 0977-1-4270540
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An English medium international primary and middle school. It prepares students for the CBSE Examinations from level 8 onwards.

Malpi International School
Address: Malpi-9, Panauti, Kavre
Panauti 00977, Nepal
Tel: 977 11-440080
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Classes are in Chinese, English, Nepali, with optional courses in English. Uniforms are required.

Premier International School
Address: Khumaltar Height, Satdobato,
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A sister organization of Montessori Kinderworld and Nepal Montessori Training Centre (NMTC)and is a candidate school for the IB Primary Year Programme.

Budhanilkantha School (BNKS)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1018 Kathamndu, Nepal
Location: Narayansthan, Nepal
Tel: 977 1 4370248, 4371637
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international blend of private and public school, it has boarding facilities and is named after the nearby Budhanilkantha Temple. Students range from 5th grade to A-Level, aged 10 to 19, with English as the language of instruction. The school operates three courses of study: School Leaving Certificate level, Cambridge International A-Level, 10+2 Level (Higher Secondary Education Board of Nepal, equivalent alternative to A-Level). There are scholarships based on merit and need after a selective entrance exam.

French International School in Nepal

La France au Népal
Address: Lazimpat Rd
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Tel: 977 1-4001673
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The International French School of Kathmandu is bilingual in French and English.