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International Schools in Nepal

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There are a number of international schools in Nepal that serve education to the expat students in Nepal. These international schools are well facilitated and offer academic infrastructures that are appropriate for expat students.

If you are wondering what really is expat then the word refers to the children of diplomats, NGO/INGO staffs, and other people who are non-native to Nepal.

Of course, there are local schools that provide all the necessary infrastructures and academic facilities to the students but expat students and parents seem to expect more from a school than just regular classrooms, books, syllabus, and faculty members.

Thus, the international schools provide better surrounding, well managed and equipped libraries, state-of-art facilities, well equipped classrooms, labs, laboratories, fresh and hygienic foods, highly experienced and trained faculty members, people who can look after discipline and regular activities of the students as well as their security, and much more, so as to nurture and groom them from an overall perspective, i.e. academic, physical, mental, social, etc.

Similarly, most of the international schools in Nepal use English as the language of instruction for teaching while there are some that use other languages such as French.

Education System in Nepal

The system of education in Nepal has seen major changes for a few years. Children get enrolled in the playgroup as a formal entry to education in Nepal. Following the Playgroup is the primary level of education.

The primary level of education is also known as ‘Basic Education’ that refer to education from grade 1 through 8. Then comes the secondary levels that are grade 9 and 10.

The successor to the secondary levels is dubbed the Higher Secondary level education in Nepal that comprise grade 11 and 12.

The end of the primary level is grade 8, which was previously called ‘District Level Examination (DLE)’ and is now called the Basic Education Examination (BEE). Again, the 10th-grade examination is named as the Secondary Education Examination (SEE), which was previously known as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC).

In the past, grade 11 and grade 12 used to be conducted by the university - Tribhuvan University (TU) and were called as intermediate level studies (e.g. grade 11 Science was used to be called as I.Sc. or Intermediary in Science). Then the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) took over and grade 11 and 12 were no longer college degrees and became higher secondary level degrees.

Things haven’t changed much since then, they are still considered the school level education or let’s say high school more specifically. The National Examination Board (NEB) has taken over the control of grade 11 and 12 from HSEB. Currently, the NEB looks after the management of grade 8 up to 12.

A successful completion of grade 12 examination leads to the bachelor’s level education. Bachelor’s and all the other succeeding levels are controlled by the universities (currently there are 7 universities in Nepal).

Universities offer undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees in different majors.

Besides all these, there’s the vocational education option to the students as well that commences after the lower secondary education in Nepal. These vocational courses are handled, supervised, and managed by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, aka CTEVT, while there are few other bodies as well, affiliated to national and international boards providing vocational education.

The two-year vocational education curriculum after the lower secondary level of study in Nepal leads to TSLC (Technical School Leaving Certificate). Similarly, universities also offer professional and technical degree programs.

In addition to the formal mean, there are 1-year courses available that focus on skills development.

In a nutshell, the whole new schooling system can be divided into basic and secondary education. The basic level covers grade 1 up to 8 and the secondary level covers grade 9 up to 12.

Now let’s get back to the topic again. We’ll quickly overlook the highlights of the international schools in Nepal, discuss regarding their accreditation and membership, and then jump over to the list of international schools in Nepal.

Why International Schools in Nepal?

  • Suitable surrounding for expat students
  • Security
  • Better facilities/infrastructures
  • Caring faculty members
  • Guidance and support
  • Hygienic food as well as the environment

Accreditation and Membership

Council of International Schools (CoIS): CoIS is a non-profit membership community that associates with international schools and post-secondary institutions. It provides educational certificates, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and helps founding new schools.

Council of British International Schools (COBIS): COBIS is a membership association of British International Schools that provides membership to British independent schools of Europe and rest of the world.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC): NEASC is an independent and non-profit membership organization that provides membership to independent, and international learning communities in the US and worldwide and for all level of education.

International Schools in Nepal

Name

Address

Contact No

The British School (TBS)

Sanepa, Kathmandu

+977-01-5521794

The Lincoln School

Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu

+977-01-4270482

La France au Népal

Lazimpat Rd, Nepal

+977-01-4001673

Budhanilkantha School

Narayanthan, Nepal

+977-01-4370248 / 4371637

Ullens School

Khumultar, Lalitpur

+977-01-5570724

Rupy’s International School

Baphal, Tahachal

+977-01-4282907 / 4270540

Malpi International School

Panauti, Kavre

977-11-440080 / 4400120

Premier International School

Lalitpur, Nepal

+977-01-5528032