Funding & Buying

You get what you pay for…

International schools provide a high quality private education and, as such, are fee-paying schools. In the main, fees are paid in the local currency so it’s often difficult to compare schools in different countries to differentiate an ‘expensive’ one from a lower-priced one. However, you often find a range of options to ensure there is a fee that fits the family budget. For example, there may be a choice of boarding or day fees. In fact, GEMS Education “offers a broad range of curricula across a range of tuition fees making private education more accessible to the broader community” (GEMS Education – About us).

By 2017 the average annual fees for international school students was just over £15,363 though Nord Anglia International School in Dublin charges up to €24,000 (£21,000) per year. Compare this to the UK private school averages of £15,675 for day students and £30,951 for boarders.

International school pupils don’t go without

As you can imagine, international schools are often pioneers when it comes to new teaching methods and resources. There are hundreds of events worldwide every year promoting the sharing of best practice and the demonstrating of the latest education resources and technology.

Contact your account manager direct or email us for a list of international education events.

In 2013 UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) estimated that the international education market was worth £2.7 trillion (US$4.5 trillion), but in 2018 education research agency HolonIQ predicted that it will exceed $10 trillion by 2030.

When it comes to purchasing decisions though, there are a number of factors to take into account. Obviously, schools that are part of a group may be bound to certain procedures or guidelines. Additionally, you must factor in the applicable laws of the country in which the school is located; for example, physical products may be subject to airport customs checks that digital resources will clearly not be, thus extending the order fulfillment time.