International Schooling – At a Glance

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Liz Perelstein –  School Choice International

Educational concerns and the details surrounding them are sometimes overlooked when structuring an expatriate package, but to families moving with children there is no greater obstacle to taking on an assignment or to the potential success of a move.  Here are some examples of information that may make a big difference, either to the employee or employer.

Did you know that private school fees in the UK have risen by 43% since 2003?  (Source found here.)

The best place for raising expat children is:

  • UAE 
  • France 
  • Spain 
  • UK 

Viva España!  In a recent survey conducted by HSBC based on five categories, including the cost of raising children and how much time they spend outdoors, Spain comes first.

Did you know that Canada ranks among the world’s leaders in per capita spending on public education?

Did you know that Cuba spends 9.8% of its GDP on education and the US 5.8%? (Source found here.)

Did you know that 27% of children in India are privately educated?

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3 responses to “International Schooling – At a Glance

  1. These are really useful stats that help when considering international assignments and the education of our children while abroad. Thanks Liz.

  2. I am a bit surprised that the UAE comes anywhere in the top 100 based on the two categories listed
    How much time kids spend outdoors – must be zero 5 months of the year
    Cost of raising kids – Also , until recently astronomical in UAE.

  3. lizperelstein

    Hi Curt,

    The list of countries in the question, UAE, France, UK, Spain, were options to be selected from in answer to the question, “The best place for raising expat children is…?”. Out of those countries Spain was deemed the best, all the other countries’ scores varied according to the different criteria in the survey with the UK being the most expensive, followed by UAE and Hong Kong and India being the country where the children spend least time outdoors, followed by Hong Kong and UAE. Other criteria included languages learnt, study time, and likelihood to remain and in all of these Spain scored well and came out overall first, France came second and the UK and the UAE came second to last and last respectively.

    I attach a link to the HSBC report

    http://www.offshore.hsbc.com/1/2/international/how-can-we-help-you/expat-explorer/expat-explorer-offspring

    Best,
    Liz Perelstein
    School Choice International