Budapest has a number of educational opportunities in the English language. There are three schools that offer instruction in the English language and use an essentially American curriculum:
- The American International School of Budapest (AISB)
- Greater Grace International School (GGIS)
- The International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB)
There are also a number of English language pre-schools in Budapest.
The following statements were provided by the schools themselves. The Embassy assumes no responsibility for their professional ability or integrity.
English Language Schools
American International School of Budapest (AISB) provides a rich academic and co-curricular experience for students from grades preK to 12. Enrollment is over 772 students, hailing from 57 nations. Academic achievement is high; standardized test scores averaging in the 70th percentile, with an average increase in achievement of four percentage points per year for students remaining at AISB for multiple years. SAT average is 582 (verbal) and 538 (math), exceeding the world SAT average score by more than 100 points. Seventy percent of juniors and seniors pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with, historically, a 96% pass rate. Plus, ample opportunities for leadership and participation in clubs, activities, trips, and sports – both competitive and intramural – are offered to all students. As the only non-sectarian independent American curriculum school in Budapest, AISB offers an international education that prepares all students for continued study in the United States and abroad.
Tel.: (+36-26) 556-000; Fax: (+36-26) 556-003; Admissions e-mail: email@example.com; Admissions Officer: Ms. Gabriella Thomas.
Greater Grace International School (GGIS). Established in Budapest, Hungary in 1991 by Christian missionaries, GGIS is an English-speaking school nestled in the highly exclusive, wooded hills of Buda. Designed with purposefully small class sizes, GGIS (formerly known as GGCA) provides a personal and focused learning environment. For non-native speakers, we offer a highly effective, integrated ESL program. Through College Level Advanced Placement (AP) courses students have the opportunity to get a head start in their higher education. Community involvement, extra-curricular activities, a variety of after school programs, sport clubs, competitions, and field trips enrich the lives of our students. Our careful selection of teachers and promotion of the highest possible academic standards over the years have resulted in SAT scores averaging 10% higher than the US national average (Critical reading: 693, Math: 675, Writing: 693). Our 95% rate of admittance to the finest universities and colleges of the world speaks for itself. GGIS graduates attend Clark, Cornell, and Washington Universities, Rensellear Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Southern California in America, as well as the Sorbonne University of France, Seoul National University of South Korea; Semmelweis Medical University, University of Economics, Technical University of Hungary). GGIS maintains a time-honored tradition of upholding the values of morality, discipline and respect. We enjoy a growing enrollment and welcome the opportunity to prepare students to become mature individuals, equipped for success with knowledge, self-respect and regard for others.
Address: 1125 Budapest, 22/B Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor; Tel./Fax: (+36-1) 274-4053, 275-4795; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Principal’s e-mail: email@example.com
International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB) provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment in English for children grades Pre1st-12. Our American-style curriculum with an international approach gives students an excellent foundation for success in North American colleges and universities. ICSB is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and 98% of our graduates go on to college. Our commitment to hiring only the most qualified and caring teachers and to teaching all subjects within the framework of a Christian worldview make ICSB an exceptional choice for your family. Our high academic and character standards are reflected in the quality of our student body. In addition to a large number of children from Christian missionary families, ICSB hosts students from over 25 countries worldwide. We offer English language acquisition instruction for students who are non-native English speakers. Our commitment to educating the whole child is evident in our rich extra-curricular program, which includes athletics, band and choir, drama, journalism, community service activities, and leadership opportunities, just to name a few. In August 2006 we opened a brand-new gymnasium and high school building. ICSB also provides the most extensive program in Budapest for students with special learning needs. Offering the most competitive tuition rates of all the English-speaking schools in Budapest, we are conveniently located just off the M0 motorway, only 18 minutes from the city center. Enrollment: approx. 250 students.
Tel: (+36-23) 381-986 or (+36-23) 381-181; Fax: (+36-23) 381-549; Director e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Registration info: email@example.com; contact: Ibolya Sagi.
Britannica International School is a culturally diverse family oriented primary and secondary school offering education at the highest standard based on the National Curriculum of England. At the top end of the school, Cambridge International Examinations, both IGCSEs and AS/A2 Levels, provide graduating students with internationally recognized qualifications for entry to leading universities around the world including USA. Students with excellent examination results gained places to MIT, to the University of Chicago, and to several prestigious universities in UK. The extra-curricular life of the school is rich and vibrant with many after-school clubs for sports and other interests. Academic programmes are offered such as the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and the World Scholar’s Cup – with a very recent success of the qualification to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. The school has recently become a partner school for the Yale Modern Government Europe organization. Full membership status of the Council of International Schools and accreditation is under process. Facilities: Science Lab, Art Room, Computer Lab, Library, Music Room, purpose built 250-seat theatre, Gymnasium, 16X8m indoor swimming pool, football pitch, tennis court, playgrounds. For more information or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact the office by email at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by telephone on (+36-1) 466-9794; Address: Budapest, 1121 Budapest, Kakukk út 1-3. Headmaster: Ken Baines.
British International School of Budapest (formerly Magyar-British International School) offers pre-nursery, kindergarten, primary and secondary school levels. Enrollment numbers around 370 students.
Tel.: (+36-1) 200-9971, Fax: (+36-1) 200-9969, Mobile: (+36-70) 334-0310; E-mail: email@example.com; contact person: Magdalena Gray, Admissions Officer.
The English School of Budapest (ESB) teaches children to read, write and speak English. ESB cater for all levels, from complete beginners to children who speak English at native or near/native speaker level but need support and tuition in their reading and writing. ESB have qualified and experienced school teachers who are all English native speakers and follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. The programmes are open for students from the age of 4 to 18. ESB have a two level foundation programme, which teaches children basic communication in English, alongside a comprehensive phonics course. There is a literacy programme at eight different levels for children that already have some ability to speak, read and write English. In the later stages of the literacy programme when the children reach the age of 13/14 years old, they have the opportunity to take the IGCSE English exam, internationally recognised by universities and employers. Courses are between 14.00 and 18.00 each day. Classrooms are located in the II and XII districts. Registration is possible throughout the year.
Tel.: (+36-20) 555-9851; Admissions e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International School of Budapest
1121 Budapest, Konkoly Thege Miklós u. 21.; Tel.: (+36-1) 395-6543; Fax: (+36-1) 395-5376; Email: email@example.com Principal: Susan Ballantyne; Enrollment contact: Maria Paraizs
ISB is unique among international schools in Budapest in that we run our International program in parallel with a flourishing bilingual school. In addition to honing English skills, meeting the academic targets of the English National Curriculum and participating in a vibrant and diverse truly international community, we believe that our children’s learning and social experience is enhanced by building friendships with students of the country in which we are living alongside gaining an understanding of Hungary’s tremendously rich culture. We are located in the Buda Hills with busing available. If you would like further information about our school, please check out our website.
Open Mind Education Center (OMEC) provides a private, exclusively personalized one-on-one tutoring service for students from Grades 2 to 12. Enrollment is from the international schools. The tutoring is effective and high standard. Besides tutoring the main subjects from Maths, Science to Business and management and Economics, SAT and TOEFL preparation is offered to provide a wide range of academic support for students. The goal-oriented teaching method is based on creating Action Plans for every student with a continuous monitoring to ensure students to reach their best.
As an after-school education center, OMEC assists the international schools. It follows the American and British curriculum and specialized in the IB Diploma preparation. OMEC intends to improve students skills to reach their best performance in school and prepare successfully for higher education in the United States and abroad.
Address: 1126 Budapest, 49 Orbánhegyi út
Tel.: (+36-1) 793-22-93;
Admissions e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Admissions Officer: Ms. Diana Gajdos
World Language Schools
Budapest French School offers baccalaureat Francais (also primary school and kindergarten). Enrollment numbers around 480 students.
Tel.: (+36-1) 275-4296; Fax: (+36-1) 395-6858; E-mail: I.email@example.com; contact person: Eva Csador.
German School of Budapest is identical to the one in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Enrollment numbers around 420 students.
Tel.: (+36-1) 391-9100; Fax: (+36-1) 391-9210; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; contact person: Hajnalka Bero, School Secretary.
Preschools in Budapest
American International School of Budapest
Buda Campus (Pre-K – Grade 2)
Tel.: (+36-26) 556-000; Fax: (+36-26) 556-003; E-mail: email@example.com; Contact Admissions Officer: Andrea Vagi
Pre-K: Age 4 by October 15 of school year; Kindergarten: Age 5 by October 15 of school year. The Lower Elementary School, serving grades Pre-K – 2, is located in a residential area in the hills of Buda. The facility includes 15 classrooms, computer lab, music room, art room, 200-seat theater, library, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, cafeteria, nurse’s clinic, an outdoor clay tennis court and all-weather playground. The educational program is based on best practices from American and international education, and it reflects the school’s commitment to educating the “whole child”.
Apple Tree Kindergarten & Nursery – with a passion for children and love of our environment
1026 Budapest, Trombitás út 11.
Tel.: (+36-30) 708-2248; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal: Edina Stöllinger
Located in a newly refurbished villa in the 2nd district Apple Tree creates an atmosphere where everyone feels at home. Their loving and professional staff – Hungarian and native English speaking teachers provide high quality education and care for children (aged 16 months to 6 years) in English in small groups. There are spacious, bright classrooms, a large multipurpose room, a gym, a library and a nice newly installed playground to meet the highest safety requirements. The love of nature and the awareness of our environment is an emphasised and integral part of Apple Tree’s curriculum. The other main focus of their curriculum is physical education. They provide a challenging and stimulating play-based learning environment and have a tailored school preparation program for each child to help them get admission to the school system they wish to continue their studies. Apple Tree offers a wide range of extracurricular activities (arts and crafts, dance, judo, chess, gym games, cooking, English Literacy, folk dance, kids yoga and much more) for its students and for children not attending Apple Tree. Apple Tree is easily accessible from the 2nd, 1st, 12th, and 3rd district and even from the Pest side by car or by public transport. For more information, please feel free to contact us!
A-Z International Centre for Children
1125 Budapest, Zsolna u. 2; Tel.: (+36-1) 212-0133; E-mail: email@example.com
A-Z International Centre for Children is an English language Nursery, Preschool and Kindergarten for children from 18 months to 6 years of age. The Centre believes that a young child’s life should be full of fun, happiness and enjoyable interactions with peers and caring adults. Their program creates many opportunities for each child to progress, by providing professional teachers who offer a wide variety of experiences based on the children’s interests and levels of development. A-Z is located in the heart of Budapest’s leafy 12th district and conveniently accessed by car or public transportation. There is a children’s library, gymnasium and even a ‘Parent’s Place’ set aside for the adults. A-Z offers a large garden and playground area allowing children to really enjoy some extensive outdoor explorations. Annual enrolment fees range between 1,800,000 HUF for five full days and 1,035,000 HUF for three mornings.
Busy Bee Kindergarten
2089 Telki, Kórház fasor 20.; Tel.: (+36-70) 290-8281, (+36-30) 952-7553; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
An international English language preschool/kindergarten for children ages 2-6. School offers a wide range of activities such as aerobics, swimming and piano lessons. Winter activities include skiing and ice-skating. Transportation is available. Summer camp offered.
The English Garden Pre-School
1089 Budapest, Villám utca 25; Tel: (+36-20) 224-5070; E-mail:email@example.com
The English Garden Pre-School is an international kindergarten in Pest offering the British Curriculum for children aged twenty weeks to seven years. Opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an optional After-School Club until 5 p.m. The Pre-School occupies a large, nineteenth century house and has a beautiful garden. The nursery for children aged twenty weeks to three years is housed in a separate facility with its own garden, kitchen, and spacious play areas. Located in the quiet green quarter of “Tisztviselő Telep” close to the Népliget Park. It is easily accessible by both car and public transport and is just ten minutes from the City Centre.
Five Senses International Preschool
Contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (+36 30) 383-2291;
E-mail:email@example.com, Tel: (+36 30) 566-7367
Five Senses International Preschool is beside the Gellért Hotel in a bright, open flat. All children between the ages of two and five years are welcome for full or half-day care in two separate age groups. The maximum group size is 7. The children are cared for by highly-qualified teachers. Our daily language is English, taught by native or native-like speakers, while Hungarian teachers help children build their skills so they may take part in our shared city. The educational program is based on The Creative Curriculum in a warm, home-like environment designed to support the individual growth of each child. Teachers guide children’s development through knowledge of age appropriate practices and Positive Discipline methods. The program is based on experimental learning – we encourage children to discover the world using their problem solving skills and their senses. We are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, transportation and nanny service is available.
Greater Grace International School (4 year old) Preschool
Closely adjoining the main GGIS campus is the GGIS Preschool. GGIS accepts children who have reached the age of four by October 1, in preparation for entering Kindergarten the following year. The educational program is entirely in English. Rates, pictures and calendar may be found on their web site.
Greenhouse Nursery and Preschool
1125 Budapest, Szarvas Gábor u. 27; Tel.: (+36-1) 394-3645; Tel./Fax: (+36-1) 274-2650; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Director: Ms. Nora Kovats
Ages: 3-6. Program is bilingual (Hungarian/English). Tuition is $300 per month for full-time; $280 for half days.
Happy Kids International Kindergarten
1124 Budapest, Fodor u. 36; Tel.: (+36-1) 356-2440; Director: Mr. Peter Jones
Full time fee: 1,700,000 Ft/year; part time fees from 85,000 Ft/year. Lunch provided. Bus service provided with additional fee. Full day from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. Offers summer camp. English speaking staff.
International School of Budapest
1121 Budapest, Konkoly Thege Miklós út 19/b; Tel.: (+36-1) 395-9312; Fax: (+36-1) 395-9310; Director: Mr. Peter Harding; Enrollment contact: Klara Halmos
Ages 3-5 $350 registration fee; $6,750 tuition; 8:30-3:00, (8:15 is when supervision begins). 5% discount for siblings enrolled. Transportation is extra and is $9 per child per day; 2nd child is $8. All tuition includes morning snack, lunch (hot meal) and afternoon snack.
1025 Budapest, Bogar utca 26B; Tel.: (+36-1) 326-1164, (+36-30) 5635528; E-mail: email@example.com
In a brand new, beautiful modern villa with an indoor swimming pool and a gorgeous garden, in the heart of Rozsadomb, we offer a nursery and day care center for your children aged 1.5 to 5 years old. Small groups of maximum 12 children, music lessons, bi-weekly swimming lessons, motor skills development, dance classes, PE and Yoga lessons, art and cooking lessons. English curriculum.
Koala Language House – Bilingual Kindergarten
Two locations: 1032 Budapest, Reménység u 6 (Óbuda) and 1144 Budapest, Gvadányi u 40-42. (Zugló); Tel.: 06-30-236-8867; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten for 3-5 year olds. Kindergarten children mix with Hungarian native speakers and English native speakers alike. Bilingualism is a way of life here, not a subject to be formally taught. Children experience Hungarian culture, customs and tradition, English songs/nursery rhymes and pick up both languages as they join in games and make friends. Program is supervised by university teachers specialized in bilingual education. Qualified teachers include native speakers of both languages. Open Monday thru Friday 7am-6pm. Fee: 48,000/month. Price covers all educational costs and includes breakfast, lunch and snack at tea time.
Budapest, Béla király út 9B; Tel.: (+36-1) 395-1125; E-mail: email@example.com; Director: Cfilla Zida
Ages 2 and a half-6 years of age. Registration fee is 25,000 HUF and tuition is 45,000 HUF per month (every day 8:30-4:30). Transportation can be arranged for additional cost. Summer program through July. Summer program same cost. Meals: breakfast, morning snack, hot lunch, afternoon snack.
Little Star International Eco Kindergarten
Address: 2040 Budaörs, Ady Endre u. 43.; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phones: (+36-20) 416-22-57 (English); (+36-20) 333-99-11 (Hungarian); For further information please go on our website. Open hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mission: “We think that this planet will be our children’s and their thinking and their relationship to the nature will define our future too. Therefore we consider very important the developing of environmentally conscious thinking already at their age.”
Our philosophy is based on three basic principles:
1) Providing a homelike environment,
2) Ensure the daily games, physical trainings, and sports,
3) Developing environmental awareness.
A maximum of 8-12 children groups are formed in order to achieve an efficient individual development. In our kindergarten the communication and educational language is English, however the afternoon occupations are hold in Hungarian. We solve the kindergarten’s cleaning by pro-biotic, chemical-free detergents .That way we protect the nature and the health of the children entrusted to us. Opportunities like; judo, dance and swimming lections are open for our children to participate. We play a lot, we are cheerful and of course we involve the parents in their children everyday life by organizing different community programs. Our goal is to make sure that your child is spending a quality time with us, growing up happy, and develop properly in a homely environment. English language camps and various thematic camps will open every week during the summer break. We expect children within the age of 1-6 with great love. We will start preschool group for age 5-7.
Magyar British International School Foundation
1026 Budapest, Pasaréti út 84; Tel./Fax: (+36-1) 200-7571/72/73; (+36-1) 200-7602; E-mail: email@example.com; Director: Ms. Mary Pazsit
Pre-nursery 2 and potty trained; 8:30am-12 or 8:30am-3:15pm. Full day is 5345 Euro per child and Development Fund Fee is 960 Euro per family. One half day tuition is 4835 Euro per child and Development Fund Fee is 960 Euro per family. Nursery age 3 – same fee schedule as above. Reception class is for 4 year olds (4 by 31 August). Tuition is 9745 Euro per child and Development Fund Fee is 960 Euro per family. Regular school age is from age 7-11.
Planet Kids Kindergarten
We are moving to 1022 Budapest, Csopaki u. 8 from January 2016!!
1022 Budapest, Csopaki u. 8.
Tel: (+36-1) 200-6537
Planet Kids is a child and family orientated center, that strives for Quality not Quantity, for this reason will only accept maximum 40 children in the school. All of our teachers are well-experienced in early childhood development field and language education. Our education is based on creative curriculum – activities like music and craft. ESL is offered for those children whose mother languages are other than English. We offer special activities, like swimming, ballet, aikido. We provide our children with nutritious, well balanced meals. Our menus include regular portions of fruits and vegetables and a variety of assorted grains. We can provide special menus at no extra cost for children with diabetes, sugar, gluten or lactose intolerance. At Planet Kids we begin with the development of relationships among the parents, children and teachers, focusing on warm and mutually helpful interactions. Parent-teacher coffee hours will be held once a month.
Plumpudding Protectory (Preschool)
Budapest, II., Gyergyó u. 6, (close to Lugas Restaurant); Tel.: (+36-1) 356-6553; 06-20-913-0321; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This English speaking preschool offers half and full day attendance opportunities at very reasonable prices. Children may attend 3, 4 or 5 days per week. In addition, the school accepts children (18 months to pre-kindergarten) for “occasional visits” by pre-arrangement. Clientele is primarily 2-4 year olds.
Rainbow Art and Creativity Preschool
1037, Budapest, Erdőalja út 106; E-mail: email@example.com
Rainbow Art and Creativity Preschool for children seeks to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self-esteem, develop a sense of self-importance and individuality, encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination through the arts. We offer classes for children aged from 1.5 to 4 years old. Regular school hours are from 8:30 to 13.00 or 8.30 to 15.30. All classes have a maximum teacher child ratio of 4:1. Children can attend as many days as it suits your and your child needs. Maximum children per day is 12. We offer a developmentally appropriate, theme based curriculum with emphasize on art and development of fine motor skills. Indoor and outdoor play is part of our regular routine in our safe and secure environment. Parents are our Partners and we work together to promote a positive learning experience for our children.
SEK International Institution – Tri-lingual Preschool (This school is primarily Spanish speaking, but also teaches English and Hungarian)
1021 Budapest, Hûvösvölgyi út 131; Tel.: (+36-1) 394-2968; Fax: (+36-1) 200-6615.
Registered under the Hungarian Education Law. Tri-lingual teachers. Small classes, personal teaching-education. Classes between 8am and 4pm with 2 meals. Kindergarten, primary and grammar school education. Fees: Admission for kindergarten: 1,500 HUF; Entrance fees: 63,000 HUF per year/ Place reservation 27,800 HUF per year. Kindergarten yearly fees is 420,000 HUF. Bus service available. Please contact school for complete information about costs.
Superkids Preschool and Kindergarten of Budapest
1022 Budapest, Csopaki utca 8.; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office Tel.: (+36-1) 200-0644, (+36-1) 394-3858; Fax: (+36-1) 394-3858; Contact person is: Zita Bekeffy.
We believe that children are a vital part of the world and that each child’s life at Superkids should be full of fun, happiness, and enjoyable interactions with peers and caring adults. We believe that children learn best when they are surrounded by a healthy, stimulating environment and immersed in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. Our excellent facilities and teachers help us to create this environment. We offer a variety of exciting activities that allow children’s development to blossom naturally. In these surroundings, children laugh and learn, forming both friendships and self-confidence along the way.
Superkids is offering a wide range of extra-curricular activities to further enhance our own program. Physical Education, Music, Tennis, Folk Dance, Drama and ESL classes are free of charge and are built into the childrens’ day. We also offer weekly Ballet, Swimming, Judo and Skating lessons that take place during the day.
Under the Rainbow Pre-School and Kindergarten
1029 Budapest, Feketerigó utca 20; e-mail: email@example.com
Our school is a newly opening international kindergarten in Budapest’s 2/A district surrounded by the Buda Hills, near to the American School. The kindergarten is a family and child centered institution which works hard to meet both the children’s and the parents’ requirements. We believe that small groups are the most suitable for following our children’s development that’s why there will be only 8-10 children in one group. We also offer a wide range of activities (football, aikido, music, dance, folk dance, ESL, tennis, horse riding, skiing). Most of them are included within the fee.
Winnie the Pooh Kindergarten
1125. Budapest, Rőzse köz 4.; +36 1 3555 927, +36 70 602 8588
The Winnie the Pooh Nursery and Kindergarten is an English-Hungarian institution with an experienced staff for children between the ages of 2 and 7. Our school is small, the total number of children in our kindergarten is 25-30. Two Hungarian and two English-speaking teachers work with the children, providing learning activities in a playful way. We view each child as an autonomous individual with special interest and a special gifts, so each child receives individual attention. Sharing the kindergarten with children from different countries teaches our children to accept difference and to respect and understand other people and their traditions.