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International education in Budapest – Part 2

International education in Budapest – Part 2

  • If you are looking for the best quality international education in Budapest for your children, that not only allows them to learn new languages but also follows an international curriculum, these are the schools to check out! 
International education in Budapest

If you are looking for the best quality international education in Budapest for your children, that not only allows them to learn new languages but also follows an international curriculum, these are the schools to check out!


The Austrian-Hungarian European School Budapest

At the Austrian-Hungarian European School Budapest (Europaschule), students in school years 1 to 8 are taught in German according to the Austrian curriculum by native teachers, as well as the Hungarian curriculum in the subjects of Hungarian language and literature.

Aside from this, the Europaschule offers a mandatory religious and ethics curriculum that students follow at the school. At the end of year 8, all students are prepared for the level C1 German language exam, and most students then continue their studies at the Austrian High School, Budapest (ÖSB), which is a separate institution next door.

This school is located in the beautiful and green 12th district. It is easily accessible by public transport – about three stops by bus from Széll Kálmán tér – however, is simultaneously located in a green and relatively calm environment, with a beautiful view of the Buda castle and the city.

The Austrian School Budapest (OSB)

Located next door to the Europaschule, students may attend the Austrian School of Budapest in their last four (or five) years of school. OSB also follows the Austrian curriculum and students are taught in German. The school places special emphasis on mathematics and the sciences, as well as modern languages.

As students do not only take mandatory English language classes, they must also choose to study either French or Russian, and Hungarian students at the school also take mandatory classes in Hungarian language and literature, as well as Hungarian history.

However, what makes OSB really unique is its “year 0” programme. Students applying to study at OSB may choose to extend their high school studies by one year, in order to improve their German skills. During year zero, namely, students have a schedule comprising 20 hours of German language, two German technical terminology, four mathematics and three Hungarian classes a week.

By the end of year zero, even students with no German knowledge at the beginning of the year will be able to pass a level B2 language exam. Students at OSB finish their studies at the end of their four/five years at the school by sitting the Austrian Matura exams.

Lycee Francais Gustave Eiffel de Budapest (LFGEB)

The Lycee Francais of Budapest is part of the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) network and is one of 495 schools worldwide that bring students the opportunity to follow the French curriculum even outside of France. The lycee is located on the outskirts of Budapest in the second district and provides a very calm environment for students to learn and grow.

The school accommodates students from nursery all the way to the French baccalaureate exam that students sit in their final year at high school. During their studies, students also sit the Brevet exam, at the end of “troisieme” (year 10 in the British system). Students who do not speak French, may also join the school until “quatrieme” (year 9).

These students receive special help and extra French lessons during school time during their two first years at the school, by the end of which they are able to join the rest of the class in all subjects independently.

Thomas Mann Gymnasium (Deutsche Schule Budapest)

The Thomas Mann high school is also an institution where students have the opportunity to study in the German language. At this school, however, students follow the German curriculum. Students in year 1 all the way to their final year at school may attend this school, and sit the German Abitur exam at the end of their studies.

Students with German citizenship also have the opportunity of earning a “Hauptschulabschluss” or a “Realschulabschluss”. Apart from outstanding academic achievements, students are also offered many extracurricular opportunities, such as the opportunity to do an exchange semester abroad.

Hungarian Chinese Bilingual School

The Hungarian Chinese School of Budapest is a bilingual school in the 15th district of Budapest. It was founded in 2004 jointly by the Hungarian and Chinese ministry of education.

The school follows the Hungarian curriculum, but students are exposed to many aspects of Chinese culture – the school celebrates Chinese celebrations, has its own Chinese tea room and Confucius room. Furthermore, students are taught Chinese language and calligraphy. Students may sit the Hungarian Érettsegi at the end of their studies, and have the opportunity to take Chinese as one of their subjects.


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SEK International School

The SEK International School is located in the second district is a trilingual school that follows an adjusted Hungarian curriculum. Students are mainly taught in English and Hungarian and are taught Spanish as a second language.

Students later have the opportunity to pick an additional modern language, French and Russian among others. Furthermore, students may crown their studies by sitting the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in their final year.


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