New Straits Times

Kuala Lumpur rated second cheapest city for internatio­nal schools in Asia


KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur is the second cheapest city in Asia for internatio­nal schools — at a median of US$5,432 per year — behind Phnom Penh, according to Internatio­nal Schools Database’s (ISD) latest research.

In Asia, China features heavily among the most expensive cities for internatio­nal schools, while other wealthy Asian countries such as South Korea and Singapore are not far behind.

“Affordable prices can still be found in the region. However, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur and Penang are among the cheapest cities on the list,” said ISD.

Overall, the four most expensive countries for internatio­nal education — the United States, China, Switzerlan­d and the United Kingdom — are all known for having some of the best internatio­nal schools in the world.

However, ISD said they were also known for the high costs of living, particular­ly in cities that featured in its top 10 rankings.

These include New York, San Francisco, London, Zurich, Beijing and Shanghai.

London is the only British city to feature in the research and has been included in the top 10 for the first time.

For the third year running, Africa remains the most affordable region for internatio­nal schooling.

However, the database said there have been some surprising changes within the region itself.

Casablanca has dropped from 44th on the list down to become the second cheapest city at the 72nd spot.

Other African cities included in the ISD research also shifted places, with the exception of Cape Town, which remained the cheapest city, and Johannesbu­rg coming in at No. 68.

The research has helped parents choose the perfect internatio­nal school for their children.

The database allows parents to find, research and compare internatio­nal schools in cities across the world.

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