International Schools in Swaziland

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Swaziland 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 Swaziland. Schools tend to follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking program.

Education in Swaziland

The Swaziland education system follows the British model, with the notable exception that there are few kindergartens or nursery schools.

Swaziland's school system consists of twelve school years.

  • Seven years of elementary or "Junior School" (Grades 1 to 7) culminate in the Swaziland Primary Certificate.
  • Three years of junior secondary school (High School - Forms I to III) culminate in the Junior Certificate (J.C.).
  • Two years of higher secondary school (High School - Forms IV to V) lead to the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (C.O.S.C.) at the Ordinary Level (O levels).

Less than 1 in 5 primary school pupils enter junior secondary school, which is neither compulsory nor free.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Swaziland. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for 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, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrolment 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member 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.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in Eswatini

Sifundzani International School
Address: 114 Fonteyn Road&, Mbabane, Swaziland,
P O Box 259 Eveni, H100
Tel: +268 2404 3857 / +268 2404 1157
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Sifundzani International School provides high quality Christian-based education in both IGCSE and AS Levels Cambridge curricula from grades 1 through 12 for students of all nationalities. The curriculum is geared to the Swazi syllabus which is based on the British system, but is expanded to enable children from the United States and other countries to fit into the educational system in their home countries when they leave Eswatini.
Instruction is in English with French and Siswati being taught as second languages.

Waterford KaMhlaba International School
Address: Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA
P O Box 52, Mbabane, H100, Eswatini
Tel: +268 2422 0866 / +268 2422 0867
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa (WKUWCSA) is one of 18 international schools and colleges in the United World College (UWC) educational movement. The school offers the Cambridge IGCSE qualification in Form 4 and 5 (14 to 16 year old). Later on, the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is offered in the senior school.

Usutu Forests Primary School International School
Address: Jabula Crescent, Mhlambanyatsi, Eswatini
Tel: +268 2467 4134 / 4412
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Tuition Rates: From 173,400 ZAR ($11,375) to 255,300 ZAR ($16,745) for boarding students [school year 2021-22]

Usutu Forest School proudly follows the Cambridge Assessment International Education Programme in Primary and High School levels, and offers the Early Years Foundation Stage in Pre-Primary stage. Students write their first external IGCSE examinations in the middle of Form 4 and then write their AS-Level examinations at the end of Form 5. Both English (Home Language) and a first additional language (Afrikaans, French or SiSwati) are equally introduced on a daily education.