Spain Named As One Of The Cheapest Countries For International Education In Europe

Spain is a popular destination for international students and families due to its affordable and high-quality education system and rich cultural heritage. A new study has found that Spain is among the cheapest countries in Europe for international education.


Spain is an increasingly popular destination for international students and families, and for good reason. The country offers a high-quality public education system and a rich cultural heritage, but many foreigners choose to enroll their children in private international schools instead. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as wanting their child to learn in English or another native language, or want their children to have internationally recognized high school diplomas for easier university applications in other countries.

A new study by the International Schools Database, which helps both local and foreign parents choose the best international schools for their children, has discovered that Spain is among the cheapest countries for international education in Europe. The company analyzed international school costs from 31 cities in 20 European countries, using the latest available data from December 31st, 2022.

Out of the ten least expensive places for international schools, four are in Spain and three are located in Eastern Europe. Valencia, Alicante (Costa Blanca), Malaga (Costa del Sol) and Mallorca are all listed among the 10 cheapest places for international schools in Europe. Valencia, in fact, was not only the least expensive place in Spain for international schools but the second-cheapest in Europe with an average cost of €5,554 per year, coming just behind Copenhagen in Denmark which was named the least expensive city for international education for the third year in a row with an average cost of €4,148 per year.

According to the International Schools Database, there are 24 International Schools in Valencia, which mainly lie in and around the city of Valencia itself, although there are a few located further south in places such as Xavita and Gandía. Alicante and the Costa Blanca came in just behind Valencia with an average cost of €6,030, followed by Malaga and the Costa del Sol with €6,573 and then Mallorca with €7,760. The database lists 26 international schools in Alicante and the Costa Blanca, running all the way from Jávea in the north to near Torrevieja in the south. While in Malaga and the Costa del Sol, it lists 33 International Schools, running from Malaga city itself, through some of the major towns along the coast all the way to Sotogrande. Despite being an island, the database lists a total of 17 International Schools in Mallorca, mostly located along the western and northern areas.

The other two Spanish cities on the list – Barcelona and Madrid just missed the top 10, coming in at numbers 12 and 13 respectively. In Barcelona, the average price for an international school is €7,941 per year, while in Madrid it’s €8,249 per year. Madrid is the city with the most international schools in Spain with a total of 56 according to the database, followed by Barcelona with 47.

It’s worth noting that Spain offers not only low-cost but also a great quality education. The country has a strong focus on science and technology, and students are well-prepared for university studies and the workforce. Moreover, Spain is an attractive destination for international students with its warm climate, delicious food, and friendly people.

The most expensive city to send your children to an international school in is Zurich in Switzerland with an average cost of €25,478 per year. This is followed by other Swiss cities – Lausanne and Geneva, making up the top three most expensive in Europe.

For families and students looking for an affordable international education in a vibrant and welcoming country, Spain is an excellent choice. With its low costs, high-quality education, and rich cultural heritage, Spain is an increasingly popular destination for international students and families.


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