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Best schools in Budapest Hungary

A snapshot overview of schools in Budapest that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Budapest reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

American International School of Budapest (AISB)

American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 920 students

Established nearly 50 years ago, by the US Embassy for their staff. The school now has students from over 50 nationalities but English is still the main language of instruction. Currently, all on one campus outside Budapest in two main buildings. Fabulous looking website packed with great videos but maybe a bit short on useful information. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle Schools Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Click here to read our full review of the American International School of Budapest.

Britannica International School  (pending)

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A-Level; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 390 students

Part of the Orbital Education group, based in the UK but with schools in Hungary, Spain, Russia and China. Good academic results and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). Graduates continue on, predominantly, to universities in the UK and the English link is strengthened by participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

The British International School, Budapest (BISB)

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 900 students

Based in Budapest’s popular 3rd district which contains ‘old Buda’ in shiny facilities, which have been recently upgraded, particularly for science, computing, performing and visual arts and sports. Owned by the global Nord Anglia Education Group and offering an international version of a British education (taught in English). Students from over 70 nationalities speaking 25 different languages make this a truly international school. 

Click here to read our full review of the The British International School, Budapest.

Greater Grace International School of Budapest  (pending)

American Elementary and Middle School Curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 150 students

Formerly the Greater Grace Christian Academy founded after the fall of the Iron Curtain to educate the children of missionaries. Still a small, Christian school offering an American curriculum and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools. Recent renovations, doubling the size of the campus, have added more classrooms, a larger library and a new EAL wing housing a language lab. Also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


Budapest British International Academy

School developed curriculum; ages 1-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 70 students

Started life as a tiny nursery but has now grown to include a kindergarten and primary school, all teaching in English.

Lycée Francais de Budapest (Gustave Eiffel French School of Budapest)

French curriculum/Bac/Brevet; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 650 students

Founded in 1908 and located on the outskirts of Budapest. One of around 500 global schools, run by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and authorised by the French Ministry of Education. Just under 100 per cent pass rate in the French Baccalaureate and Brevet with over half the graduates scoring a 'tres bien' - is impressive as around 40 different nationalities attend the school, including a high number of Hungarian students who do not have French as a first language.


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