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When determining expat packages for employees relocating with their family, it is important to consider the price of international schools in the city – tuition fees can be quite costly especially in the big cities.

According to a new research by the International Schools Database, while Shanghai took the cake for the most expensive international school tuition fees (US$2,783 per child), in Singapore (6th), monthly tuition fees were pegged at US$1,637 per child.

In Hong Kong (10th), tuition fees are slightly lower, pegged at US$1,226 per child, while in Kuala Lumpur (22nd) expat parents can expect to pay US$492 per month for each child.

The 10 cities with the most expensive international school tuition fees were:

#1 Shanghai (China)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$2,783
  • Average price of rent: US$2,027
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 137%

#2 Zurich (Switzerland)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$2,057
  • Average price of rent: US$3,451
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 60%

#3 Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,863
  • Average price of rent: US$3,711
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 50%

#4 Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,813
  • Average price of rent: US$2,528
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 72%

#5 Seoul (South Korea)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,695
  • Average price of rent: US$1,906
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 89%

#6 Singapore (Singapore)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,637
  • Average price of rent: US$2,615
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 63%

#7 Brussels (Belgium)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,599
  • Average price of rent: US$1,348
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 119%

#8 Tokyo (Japan)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,463
  • Average price of rent: US$2,777
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 53%

#9 Vienna (Austria)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,383
  • Average price of rent: US$1,478
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price:  94%

#10 Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

  • Tuition fees per month: US$1,226
  • Average price of rent: US$4,864
  • Tuition fees as percentage of rent price: 25%
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