education!Children in Bucharest have the option to attend kindergarten from aged 3 -6, but they must be enrolled for the fourth year to guarantee access to primary school. Bucharest has more than 450 primary and secondary schools at the compulsory education level, and all pupils attend tuition free. When it comes to choosing where to study, potential undergraduates in Bucharest have 16 public and 19 private universities to choose from. Amongst the public universities some of the largest are the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, the University of Bucharest and the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Some private universities have poor reputations due to perceptions of potential for corruption and lower educational standards. In general Bucharest universities hold lower rankings than those located in Europe or America, but things are changing. In 2012 the \university of Bucharest was ranked in the QS Top 200 universities around the world, and the city is attracting greater numbers of international students every year.

The Details

So What's It Like Going To School In Bucharest?

In order to make a correct judgement about the education systems in Bucharest, parents must be aware of a few “side” factors involved.

Taxes – Inexperienced families often make the mistake to consider the public schools of being “free of charge” – that is not the correct case.

A public school is not free. In fact there are many kinds of hidden costs and taxes to be paid throughout the entire year.

Lets begin with the student’s classroom…

The student must pay what its sometimes referred to as the “class fund”. This money is typically to be paid once a month.

There is then the “school fund” typically to be paid once every 6 months (or less often once a year depending on how this is structured by management).

Every holiday itself will require another “financial fund” of sorts. This sometimes gets confused with the “teacher’s fund”. As with all of these listed funds, we’ve placed them in parenthesis, as they’re a bit “unofficial”. So, the “teacher’s fund” is a bit like a bribe from student/parents to teacher. In order to ensure the best grades possible, many teachers still smile upon “gifts” given every now and then – especially during holidays.

Here’s where it gets a bit more interesting… Many of the schools also expect the parents to help maintain the school premises/classrooms. While this is not out of the ordinary for other Countries, it’s HOW the money is spent that will need to be taken into consideration. One would expect that the student(s) responsible for the most “maintenance and upkeep” will likely receive the best grades.

Assuming you’re “okay” with this, then supporting the additional costs of ALL study materials (a la major university policy in the US/UK) shouldn’t be a problem.

So, now it’s time to seriously consider Private Schools In Bucharest…

Taxes and costs of private schools here in Bucharest are typically very clear and concise. You’d be hard-pressed to find any “hidden” charges that occur in public sector educational facilities. No big surprise here.

Location-  Private Schools in Bucharest have been popping up everywhere in the past few years in Bucharest. It used to be that the best of the private schools were around the outskirts of the city centre – more towards the new suburbs, however the trend now is to have many high-quality private facilities within arms-reach of many.

Security- The security is been proving to be very poor at public schools, of course with exceptionsas always, but this is not the case with private schools. It is typically the higher-income families that take advantage of private schools (we should note that more schools are offering their services at many different price points)and therefore security and safety is a bit more strict then in public schools. Access to private security firms translates into an overall improvement in on-premises safety.

Educational Standards – Please contact us via the form on this page and we’d be glad to send you any curriculum information we have on hand for selected private schools.

If you decide to go for a private school,  we invite you to look at recommendations we have received from parents around the city.

These are just few of the high-rated private schools expats can choose from , the personal choice depends on every family’s personal needs and expectations.

Do You Know Someone Between The Ages Of 8 And 15 That Need Private English Lessons From An English-Romanian Team? We Can Help! Do You Need Cirriculum Information For Selected Schools In The Bucharest Area? Simply Let Us Know How We Can Help.

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Top Schools In The Area

Our Pick At Bucharest Expat For A Variety Of Schools Available In Bucharest – International School For Primary Education
Kindergarten and Primary Education
72 Petre Aurelian,
Greenlake Residences,
Telefon: +40 21 380 3535
E-mail: – American International School of Bucharest
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School-High School
Sos. Pipera-Tunari 196, Voluntari,Ilfov
Tel +40-21-2044300
E-mail: – British School of Bucharest
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School
42 Erou Iancu Nicolae , Voluntari, Ilfov
Tel: (+40) (0)21 267 8919; (+40) (0)728 133 432; (+40) (0)728 133 433
E-mail:  – Lycée Français Anna de Noailles
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School-High School
60A Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti, Sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 0040.212.125.893
E-mail: – Avenor College
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School
Str. Alexandru Constantinescu, nr. 65, sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 0737 043 480; 0720 288 211
E-mail: – Cami Kindergarten
Str. Carol Knappe nr. 45, sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 0749 018 642
E-mail: – Kinderville Kindergarten
Str. Crisana Nr. 26, Corp A & B, Ap.1,
Sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 0766.299.623
E-mail: – DreamsWorld Kindergarten
Str.Ing. Pisoni, Nr. 26, Sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 0727176564
E-mail: – Mark Twain International School
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School-High School
25 Erou Iancu Nicolae Street
Baneasa, Bucharest,
Tel: +40 730 800 933 for English
+40 724 000 900 for Romanian
E-mail: – Cambridge School of Bucharest
Kindergarten-Primary School-Middle School-High School
Calea Dorobantilor 39, Bucharest
Tel:+40 21 210 2131/8