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Phnom Penh offers cheapest int’l school rates in Asian cities

Jose Rodriguez T. Senase / Khmer Times Share:
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ICS International School in Phnom Penh. KT/Siv Channa

If you are Western expat looking to relocate your family to a place in Asia with good and inexpensive schools, Phnom in Cambodia could be the best option for you.

A study released last week by the International Schools Database (ISB) found that international school fees are cheapest in Cambodia’s capital city among major cities in Asia.

ISB described itself as a guide for “local and expat parents to find the perfect international school for their children”. It says that its database allows parents to find, research and compare international schools in cities across four continents.

The study covered 19 cities across 13 countries in Asia. Included in the study were Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou (China), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore, Tokyo  and Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe (Japan), Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Yangon (Myanmar), Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand), Taipei (Taiwan), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

In Phnom Penh, according to ISB, the lowest fee charged by international schools is $1,840 per year. The highest yearly school fee registered in Phnom Penh is $19, 941 per year.

Phnom Penh is home to more than 50 international schools.

The most prominent of these include American International School of Phnom Penh, Canadian International School , Northridge International School Cambodia,  Australian International School of Phnom Penh, Singapore Cambodia International Academy, iCAN British International School, Lycee Descartes, Footprints International School, Logos International School, Beltei International School, CIA International School and Paragon International School.

The international fees in Phnom Penh are far lower than those of international schools in Beijing, which registered as the most expensive place in Asia for school-age children of expats and wealthy locals.

It is not surprising considering that globally China is among the most expensive countries for international education. Some of the most expensive international schools in the world are found in China.

In Beijing, the lowest fee charged by international schools is $8,097 per year and the highest fee is $41, 389 per year.

The next spots in the ranking are occupied by the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen. International schools in Shanghai charge between $4,830 and $38,853 per year.

International schools in third-ranked Shenzhen, meanwhile, charge between $11,365 and $31,679 per year.

Seoul is in number four place, with international schools in the South Korea capital charging between $8,008 and $30,887 per year.

Rounding up the top five is Singapore, which is also the most expensive city to study in Southeast Asia. The lowest fee charged by international schools in Singapore is $4,406 per year, and the highest is $37,859 per year.

While the study itself did not cite the reasons for Phnom Penh having the cheapest international school rates, it is common knowledge that the low cost of living in Cambodia has extended to education.

The low cost of living in Cambodia has led to many foreigners, including Westerners, to relocate to the Kingdom. Currently, Cambodia is home to more than 150,000 expats, according to the latest Government figures.

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