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The Pros and Cons of Sending Your Child to an English International School in Hungary

English schools can be found all over the world and are a popular choice amongst expat families and parents living in their country of birth alike. Expat families living in Hungary have more to consider when it comes to their children’s education as they are living in a different country with different societal values, which is one of the major reasons that English international schools are a popular choice. Let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of sending your child to an English international school in Hungary.

Pro – Languages

The majority of Hungarians do not speak more than one language, but languages are becoming a more important part of the curriculum all the time. The Russian language was compulsory in most schools until educational reforms in 1989; now most schools focus on English or German. Bearing this in mind, sending your child to an English international school is one of the best ways to give them a good head start in lie. International schools are routinely praised for their excellent language programmes, so your child will be able to retain their mother tongue whilst gaining proficiency in another language.

Con – Cost

In Hungary, every child is guaranteed an education by law and while every school must accept students living in the area, parents are still able to choose the right school for their children. An English school in Hungary is more likely to be a private institution and therefore comes with admission fees, which is not always feasible for parents. Moving abroad is expensive and a significant upheaval for anyone, so paying educational fees on top of that may not be possible.

Pro – Same Values

Expat families usually want their children to experience an education that is similar to theirs, and what better way to ensure this than by sending their children to an English school? International schools and other such institutions follow western educational values which for many expat families is hugely reassuring. If you’re a parent that wants their children to learn under a similar system to the one they learned under, then an English international school is a pretty safe bet.

Con – Admissions

English international schools are popular and therefore there is the issue of availability to deal with. If you have a particular international school in mind for your children then it’s crucial that you plan ahead and get the admission process rolling as soon as possible. If you don’t strike while the iron is hot, then you might find yourself struggling to get your child into any international school let alone your first choice.

Pro – Integration and Acceptance

It’s a top priority of parents that their children be happy in their school and life in general. International schools are well known for their celebration of diversity, and because of this celebration its students often end up integrating well into society. This is particularly crucial for students living abroad as they have come from different cultures and may find their new lives a bit overwhelming. International schools are populated by students from various cultures, making it an ideal environment in which to adjust.

Article written by Nord Anglia Education, Budapest Campus – part of a family of 27 international schools providing a premium education to over 16000 students around the world.





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