Education Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Education Basket which includes Crèche / Pre-School Fees, High School / College Fees, Primary School Fees and Tertiary Study Fees:

  1. Singapore, Singapore
  2. Venezuela, Caracas
  3. Angola, Luanda
  4. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  5. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  6. Brazil, Brasilia
  7. Brazil, Belo Horizonte
  8. Brazil, Fortaleza
  9. Brazil, Salvador
  10. Australia, Sydney

International school education is most expensive in Singapore where it is on average 50% more expensive than New York and London. School fees in government schools in Singapore are much lower than in private schools. Expatriate’s can apply to attend government schools, however they are only admitted if there are vacancies and they obtain a student pass from the Immigration Department. As a result students in local schools are usually Singaporean and students in international schools are expatriate children.

The full July 2012 Education Basket cost of living rank for all international locations can be found here.

About’s Cost of Living Data’s cost of living data is based on prices for the same quantity and quality of goods and services, representative of expatriate lifestyle, in each city. The data is collected and updated on a quarterly basis. The cost of living data is used by clients to calculate salary purchasing power parity, cost of living allowances, and customized (i.e. clients can select their own base city) cost of living indexes for expatriate assignments online, using’s 3 premium content calculators.

The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets):

1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products.

3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls.

4. Education (5%): Creche Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees.

5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances.

6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials.

7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions.

8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes.

9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services.

10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services.

11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets.

12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food).

13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance.

About is the most comprehensive source of international cost of living information. We provide free international cost of living overviews and rank information covering 13 cost of living baskets and every country around the world as well as premium content calculators.

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