How much do international schools in Thailand cost?

What is the cost of international schools in Thailand? For many expats and local families who want to give their children a high-quality education, this is a major concern. International school fees in Thailand will vary depending on a school’s ranking. High-ranking schools are typically pricier, but many of these schools may not be the best option for your children.
Cost of international schools in Thailand

The annual tuition fees at Thailand’s international schools range between THB 150,000 to THB 900,000. This may appear extremely expensive for many Thai families, but it’s actually cheaper compared to sending your children to study in Europe. The average cost of sending your child to an international school in Thailand is about THB 550,000, which is significantly lower compared to what you’ll pay for in international schools in neighbouring countries. In fact, international school fees in Thailand are 21.7% lower than in Singapore.

Primary international school fees in Thailand cost around THB 67,000 to THB 805,700, with the average cost being around THB 320,000. Secondary or high school tuition fees range from THB 8,100 to THB 904,000, with about THB 385,000 being the average cost.

Here at Rugby School Thailand, the tuition fees for the academic year 2020–2021 are as follows (all prices in Thai baht). The tuition fee at Rugby School Thailand is very competitive for a school of this magnitude. With our huge array of facilities and top British curriculum, parents will surely get their money’s worth at Rugby School Thailand compared to other domestic private schools in the region.

Pre-Prep

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Annual Fee
Pre-Nursery/Nursery (Full Day) 168,000 147,000 104,000 419,000
Pre-Nursery/Nursery (Half Day) 100,00 88,000 62,000 250,000
Reception 216,00 189,000 135,000 540,000
Year 1, 2 229,00 199,000 145,000 573,000

Prep

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Annual Fee
Year 3 238,000 238,000 149,000 595,000
Year 4, 5, 6 242,000 212,000 152,000 606,000
Year 7, 8 273,000 239,000 170,000 682,000

Senior

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Annual Fee
Year 9, 10, 11 302,000 265,000 189,000 756,000
Year 12, 13 315,000 276,000 197,000 788,000

Additional school fees

In addition to the tuition fee, there are other expenses you have to consider when enrolling your children in an international school. If you choose to send your child to Rugby School Thailand, these are the additional school fees you need to pay on top of the tuition fee.

Application fee THB 5,500 (nonrefundable)
Acceptance fee THB 150,000 (nonrefundable)
Deposit THB 100,000 (refundable)
Sibling discount For siblings studying in the school at the same time: 2nd child 5%, 3rd child 10%, 4th and subsequent children 15%
Annual prepayment discount 3% discount offered in annual fees paid in full by the Term 1 due date
Extra time (Pre-Nursery, Nursery) THB 1,400 per afternoon

The fees mentioned above include lunch and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks for full-day students. Textbooks and examination fees will be charged to senior students accordingly.

For students joining as full-time or weekly boarders in Terms 1, 2 or 3 of the 2020–2021 academic year, the THB 150,000 acceptance fee will be completely refunded after a full year’s boarding. Parents or guardians also have the option of paying an acceptance fee of THB 170,000 in two installments instead of the THB 150,000 prior to the student’s first, second and third terms.

Boarding fees

Students can board with us from Year 3 onwards, and the boarding fees are as follows:

Boarding types Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Annual Fee
Full (7 Nights per Week) 164,000 143,000 103,000 410,000
Weekly (4–5 Nights per Week) 139,000 121,000 87,000 347,000
Expenses deposit 20,000 n/a n/a n/a
Daily 2,000 per night n/a n/a n/a

English as an additional language fee

Senior School per term 3 lessons every two weeks 5 lessons every two weeks 9 or more lessons every two weeks
One-on-one 15,000 20,000 n/a
Small group 10,000 15,000 n/a
One-on-one/One-on-two n/a n/a 25,000

Other fees

Intensive English program 25,000 per term
English as additional language - Prep school 300 per session (30-40 mins)
Phonics support group 100 per session (25 mins)
One-on-one instrumental music lessons 750 per lesson (35 mins)
Hire of musical instrument 2,000 per term

Thai education visa fee

Type of visa Fee
Full boarding 15,000
Day student (New Visa) 9,000
Day student (Renewal/Transfer Visa) 6,500

Does Thailand have an excellent quality of education?

Along with the cost of sending their child to an international school in Thailand, parents are also wondering just how good the education is in Thailand. According to a survey conducted by Locanation of more than 20,000 international schools, Thailand is third in the world rankings and first in the Asian rankings when it comes to education abroad.

Rugby School Thailand follows a British curriculum and private school model designed to nurture the mind, body and spirit of our students. In fact, Rugby School Thailand was named one of the top 10 most valuable pre-schools in Thailand in 2019.

While academic excellence is the main focus of Rugby School Thailand, we also believe our students should have fun, develop strong core values and feel fit. This is why we also offer over 70 co-curricular activities that help our students explore their interests and develop various skills outside the classroom.

There are various international schools in Pattaya, Chonburi to choose from. The cost will largely depend on the curriculum offered, school facilities and more. If you want to give your child a high-quality education, then Rugby School Thailand is the perfect choice for you. With our immersive British curriculum and conducive learning environment, we’ll help your children grow into well-rounded and successful individuals. If you have any enquiries or if you want to book a tour, give us a call today.

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Debbie Fineberg

Nursery teacher

Debbie joins us as a Nursery teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and comes to us with a range of experience working in both China and the UK.

Debbie has a keen passion to promote STEAM in the Early Years, as these fun and challenging activities allow the children to use their problem solving skills to shape the world around them. 

Debbie joins us with her husband and 2 children, aged 6 and 8, who will be joining the Pre-Prep and Prep schools.