New to Asia with your family? Looking for the right boarding school to give your kids the best education away from home? Making the decision to send your precious ones away to boarding school can be daunting, yet many choose this route as the benefits are tremendous. Kids become better-rounded individuals, gain independence and learn how to be responsible young adults thanks to the structure and conducive environment to bring out the best of their talents, and well, the list goes on. Here’s our list of top boarding schools in Asia, from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and even India, we’ve got you covered.
Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST) provides an outstanding British education for students aged 2-18 years. Being affiliated with Bromsgrove School, UK enables them to draw on more than 460 years of experience in education. Academically selective, BIST follows an enhanced form of the English National Curriculum, which enjoys an excellent reputation throughout the world. They also have outstanding boarding provisions for a home away from home experience for students aged 9-18 years and use the British Boarding School Associations (BSA) Standards to support their practices and procedures. The boarding program offers students the chance to succeed beyond the classroom by encouraging them to become independent, well rounded and confident, while a supportive working environment helps them achieve great grades.
Harrow International School is Hong Kong's first international boarding and day school to provide a traditional British style of education for young pupils from Early Years to Year 13. Founded in 2012, the signature crescent-shaped campus is built on a 9-acre site. Apart from academic excellence, Harrow Hong Kong shares the vision of nurturing their students to become positive role models and emphasizes developing students' leadership attributes. Unlike its parent school in England, Harrow Hong Kong is a co-educational school.
Harrow International School Hong Kong, 38 Tsing Ying Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. +852 2824 9099, Website. Register online for their upcoming open morning for a guided school tour to learn more about their exceptional education quality.
Harrow also has branches in Beijing and Bangkok.
Harrow Beijing, Website
Harrow Bangkok, Website
The United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) is the only international boarding school in Singapore providing an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Founded in 1971, UWCSEA provides education for students starting from the age of 4 at their Infant School program to the age of 18 in their High School section. UWCSEA has two campuses in Singapore, both of them offer boarding options as well. As one of the leading international schools in the world, it is recognized for its academic excellence and holistic approach by including volunteering service opportunities and outdoor education for the all-rounded development of students.
UWCSEA - Dover Campus, 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654, +65 6775 5344, Website
UWCSEA - East Campus, 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704. +65 6305 5344, Website
Marlborough College Malaysia is the first independent, British boarding and day school to open a campus in Malaysia. The Preparatory School takes pupils from age 3, and the Senior School includes Sixth Form to age 18. There are four Senior Boarding Houses and two Junior Boarding Houses, each with a Housemaster or Housemistress, Resident House Tutor, Dame, and team of visiting tutors. Boarding offers pupils an opportunity to enjoy the full range of first-class facilities on campus, with supervised prep each evening.
Opened in 2007, Dulwich College Suzhou in China is the first Dulwich International School to offer boarding options. It is a co-educational boarding and day school just 30 minutes drive from Shanghai. Following an enhanced British curriculum, it offers education to students aged 2-18, including an IGSCE curriculum in Years 10 & 11 and IB Diploma Program in Years 12 and 13.
Dulwich College Suzhou, 360 Gangtian Road, Wuzhong Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 215021, +86 (512) 6295 9500, Website
Utahloy International School ZengCheng (UISZ) is a day and boarding school that provides IB programs to students from the age of 3 in pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Apart from its exceptional day school education, they offer a regular 7-Day, 5-Day or flexi-boarding option. Located one and a half hours from Guangzhou, UISZ campus is built on 85 hectares with amazing facilities like botanical gardens, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, football fields, and a four-story boarding house that can accommodate a capacity of 400 people.
Utahloy International School ZengCheng, Dapuwei Country, Zengjiang St, Zengcheng District, Guangzhou, China, +86(20) 8291 3201, Website
As a sister institution of the 109-year-old private girls’ school Branksome Hall in Toronto, Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea provides a co-educational program for Junior Kindergarten Prep to Grade 5 and offers education exclusively to girls only starting from Grade 6 and up. Opened in October 2012, the campus is located on the beautiful Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site well-known for its natural landscape and unique Korean culture. Considered one of the world's top international boarding schools, Branksome Hall Asia follows an IB curriculum in Primary Years through to a Diploma Program to prepare students for success at the University level.
Branksome Hall Asia, 234 Global edu-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea 63644, +82.64.902.5000, Website; Admissions office: 37/F ASEM Tower, Yeongdongdae-ro 517, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 06164, +82.2.6001.3840~2
UWC ISAK Japan is the newest member of the United World Colleges. Located in Nagano, UWC ISAK Japan is an Official IB World School and provides a pre-IB foundation program and leadership training in Grade 10 to prepare students for the 2-year advanced secondary school diploma, and all students in Grades 11-12 are enrolled in the IB Diploma Program. As the campus is situated at the edge of the Joshin-Etsu National Park, the school pays a strong focus on outdoor education. All students are required to participate in various outdoor activities including hiking, overnight camps, canoeing, snowshoeing, and other sports, to learn to appreciate nature, as well as to, develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Learn more by joining their pre-registration list to receive regular email updates on the latest development of the school.
UWC ISAK Japan, 5827-136 Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0111, Japan. +81 267-46-8623, Website
The American School of Bangkok (ASB) is a private international day and boarding school in Thailand offering Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 education. Following an American curriculum with an international perspective, the school offers a rigorous academic program to help students develop a solid foundation and encourages students to participate in various extra-curricular activities, like the United Nations related conferences, community outreach projects, sports and music programs, to broaden their learning exposure. For parents interested in boarding option, the Green Valley campus of the American School of Bangkok welcomes students aged 6 and up to experience a cultural diverse dormitory experience.
The American School of Bangkok (Green Valley Campus), 900 Moo 3 Bangna-Trad Road Km. 15 Bangplee, Samutprakarn 10540 Thailand. 66 (0) 2312 5660/ 66 (0) 2312 5661/66 (0) 2312 5662, www.asb.ac.th/greenvalley
Want more? Here are some more top boarding schools in Thailand:
The Regent's School, www.regents.ac.th
Harrow International School (North Bangkok), www.harrowschool.ac.th
Jerudong International School is a co-educational international day and boarding school at Kampong Tungku which is located on the outskirts of Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. This is also where the University of Brunei Darussalam is located. Being one of the few international schools in the country, Jerudong International School provides a British education through Sixth Form. While following an English National Curriculum, pupils in the Years 12 & 13 are presented with the opportunity to take the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-levels) for UK university admission, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) for students who wish to pursue their university education in the US. Placing a heavy focus on academic excellence, the school also encourages students to participate in overseas academic competitions, such as the University of New South Wales International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS). The school offers weekly or full boarding options for students of Years 7 and above. All four houses of accommodation are located on campus within walking distance of the school facilities, with each house catering to approximately 64 students.
Jerudong International School, Jalan Universiti, Kampong Tungku, Bandar Seri Begawan, BE2119, Negara Brunei Darussalam. +673 241 1000, Website
Rugby School Thailand's 80-acre campus sits near Pattaya, Chonburi, and is a day and boarding international school that shares Rugby School UK’s DNA. Offering Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School, the ethos, values, traditions and heritage is based on the traditional values of its parent school, Rugby UK. The curriculum is drawn from the best of the England & Wales National Curriculum and the UK’s Independent Schools’ Curriculum. The school aims to provide a nurturing ‘home from home’ where children can immerse themselves in a different side of school life and make the most of the world-class facilities offered. Children from Year 3 onwards can choose to board here.
Rugby School Thailand, 7, Khao Mai Kaeo, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand, +66 33 141 800, Website
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