It is the first question parents ask when they buy a new house in the capital: What are the schools like here? For this reason, many parents (especially expatriates) seek out international schools in Phnom Penh.
Realestate.com.kh wants to help answer that question for all the districts of the capital. We’ve compiled this full list of Phnom Penh international schools and universities. Scroll down and you’ll find a full list of the schools, their location, speciality, tuition fees, and a short summary.
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2021, Distance Learning and E-Learning programmes for students were implemented at most schools - the quality of the education, teaching salaries and the number of students have all been affected.
First, here’s a short intro on the different types of education on offer in Cambodia:
Phnom Penh international schools and private schools
These types of schools make up a huge part of education in Phnom Penh. Many offer mixed curriculums and some focus on English-language education. These schools can offer programs starting at nursery age all the way up through to high school.
Beware: The term “international school” is thrown around liberally and we advise parents to do their due diligence
If you want your child to get truly international education, look for the schools that have certified International Baccalaureate (IB) instructors.
According to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS), between the academic year 2018 to 2019, 218,357 students were enrolled in 1,222 private schools nationwide, ranging from preschool to grade 12.
You can find a range of available properties in Phnom Penh here.
Things to consider in choosing an International School
There are plenty of international schools in Cambodia, but international schools in Cambodia are more focused on the Phnom Penh area because this is where a large concentration of expatriates is located.
But there are also a couple of international schools in other parts of the country that you can take a look at if you’re establishing your temporary home outside the capital, such as the International School of Siem Reap and the Ecole Française de Battambang.
It’s important to choose the right school with an accessible location so that children will find it convenient to come to and from your home, given that Phnom Penh can experience some serious congestion around peak travel times. It also helps in terms of attending school gatherings when parents are expected to attend.
Adherence to international education standards
It’s important to note that public schooling in Cambodia is not something that’s offered to expat students. This is why you’ll see most of the expat children attending international schools. Beware, however, that the term "international school" is used liberally by schools as a marketing tool. So, we advise parents to consider asking if the school's teachers have International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications.
Before deciding, you may also have to first carefully consider the next few months, or years, of your family's stay in Cambodia. It would be helpful to know whether or not you’ll be staying for the long term and where you’ll be moving to in the near future as different schools will offer varying curriculums. Some of them might not be accepted in other countries when you decide to move and to your next 'home'.
If your family is thinking of moving to Canada, or a place with a similar educational system, the Canadian International School has adopted the Canadian K-9 Curriculum in English which is approved and regulated by the province of Alberta to make sure that the school maintains the quality that is consistent to the education given in Canada.
Northbridge International School, iCAN British International School, and the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) are some other institutions in Phnom Penh that import international standards of teaching and offer universally accredited qualifications.
By ensuring that your child undergoes a curriculum that is compatible with the next country you’ll be living in, your kids will make the transitions much easier and you’ll also avoid getting into complications such as repeating grade levels. This is also applicable to expatriate secondary students who are thinking of attending universities around the world.
Qualifications and credentials of teachers
Some institutions will claim international status but will not have the proper resources and facilities to justify this. So, taking your time to visit and ask officials from schools to clarify the status should be a vital part of your decision-making process. This way, you can see the facilities and safety standards of the schools, and also interview them about the experience and background of their teachers.
Because international schools in Cambodia are mostly home to children of different cultures, one thing you can look for is a school that has teachers with the necessary experience to lead a multicultural class.
In addition to checking the school’s physical infrastructure, do a bit of online research and see if the school’s been accredited by any international regulating bodies. An example would be the Northbridge International School which has the Western Association of Schools and Colleges international accreditation.
Skills training for students
The iCAN British International School is one of the more popular international schools in Cambodia because, beyond the academic aspect, they also focus on integrating skills development through their Early Years and Foundation Stage program where students are able to enhance their skills inside and outside their classrooms.
Expatriates will find this as an attractive quality because it offers their children something to do while they’re in another country. At this point, they not only develop skills but also friends that will have the same interests as them.
Tuition fees and other miscellaneous expenses
Tuition fees for Phnom Penh international schools and private schools range from as low as $300 per year to over $20,000.
A study released by the International Schools Database (ISB) in late 2019 suggested international school fees are the cheapest in Cambodia’s capital city (Phnom Penh) among major cities in Asia.
Check the full list below for price ranges.
Cambodia's public schools
State education is governed by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) at a national level and the Department of Education at a provincial level.
State-run schools are responsible for educating the majority of the country's children. However, these schools often suffer from extremely low funding as well as a lack of resources and infrastructure.
In 2010, Cambodia sat in the bottom part of the global list for public education funding. At that time it spent just 2.6% of GDP on education, as opposed to over 6% in nearby Vietnam. Because of this, Most families opted for private schools as soon as they can afford to do so.
There are public primary and high schools across the capital. Some of the most well-known Phnom Penh are:
- Bak Tuk High School in 7 Makara
- Chea Sim Beung Keng Kong in BKK1
- Beung Trabek High School in Chamkarmon
- Prek Leap High School in Chroy Changvar
- Sisowat High School, Chatumok High School, Norodom School, and Wat Koh School in Daun Penh
- Russey Keo School in Russey Keo
- Hun Sen Phnom Penh Thmey in Sen Sok
- Chea Sim Santhormuk in Toul Kork
- Toul Tompong High School in Toul Tum Poung
Phnom Penh universities
There are both public and private Phnom Penh universities. When searching for universities, students and parents usually look at the specialities of the school. Many universities focus on economics, business, humanities, tech, and many other subjects. Refer to the table below for more information.
Some Phnom Penh universities offer student housing, but the majority of Cambodian students choose to live with family or friends. Tuition fees at public universities tend to be lower than in private universities.
Some universities offer a range of extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports.
There has also been a drive from the Cambodian government to focus on technologies and Industry 4.0 skills as well as Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In 2021, partnerships between international universities and private Engineering graduate schools from France and ASEAN with Cambodian education centres were also announced.
There has also been a desire for Cambodian and international students to study overseas in the UK and Europe, the US, Australia and across Asia with many programs established for scholarships.
Despite not being as prevalent as English-based education, there are many Chinese schools in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Mixed families or Cambodians of Chinese descent are the main demographic represented at these schools.
Often these schools prepare students for careers in business or other paths that favour Chinese language skills.
|School||Location||Type||Curriculum / specialty||Tuition (per year)||Phone||Summary|
|Phnom Penh International University||7 Makara||Private University||General Research||$5,000||023 999 908||PPIU aims to be a school for those looking for holistic education. They offer courses in Education, Law, Economics, and Business.|
|New Gateway International School||7 Makara||International School (Primary)||Mixed (Khmer, English, Chinese)||$2,000 to $5,000||
017 717 879
|New Gateway pitches itself as a tri-lingual school, offering instruction in English, Chinese, and Khmer. It has over 1,400 students.|
|Tuan Hua Chinese School||7 Makara||Chinese School||Chinese||016 688 286||One of the largest Chinese schools in Southeast Asia, Tuan Hua follows the Khmer curriculum but instruction happens in Chinese.|
|Chhong Zheng Chinese School||7 Makara||Chinese School||Chinese||Chong Zheng is one of the few schools that follow the Chinese model in Phnom Penh.|
|Pannasastra University of Cambodia||BKK, Duan Penh, and Toul Kork||Private University||General Research||$2,500||023 986 909||Pannasastra University has three branches across the city and prides itself on its high level of instruction. Education here is all based in English.|
|The Giving Tree||BKK1||International School (Primary)||English-based||$1,000 to $3,000||017 997 112||The Giving Tree positions itself as an environmentally conscious centre for early education. Their curriculum is play-based.|
|Heritage International School||BKK1||International School (Primary)||Mixed curriculum||$1,000 to $3,000||023 244 179||This mixed primary school claims that most of its students come from middle-class families.|
|Bamboo International School||BKK1||International School (Pre-K)||Montessori||$2,000 to $3,000||092 800 701||Bamboo is another school in Phnom Penh offering a Montessori curriculum through classes in both Khmer and English.|
|Brighton International School||BKK1||International School (Primary)||Mixed curriculum (Khmer and English)||$2,000 to $4,000||023 213 149||BIS was opened in 2015 to provide holistic education to the youngsters of the capital. The school has a mixed Khmer and English curriculum.|
|Harrods International Academy||BKK1||International School (Pre-12)||Singaporean-British||023 973 999||Harrods is one of the most well-known primary schools in the city. They have a unique campus and they offer tons of activities for children.|
|Raffles Montessori International School of Phnom Penh||BKK1||International School (Primary)||Montessori||023 993 999||RMISPP is a licensed Singaporean school and offers English-based education through its Montessori curriculum.|
|Home of English International School||BKK3||International School (Pre-12)||English-based||$3,000 to $5,000||023 220 960||Home of English has been operating in Cambodia for over two decades. It aims to provide quality English-based instruction at an affordable price.|
|East-West International School||BKK3||International School (Pre-12)||Mixed curriculum (Khmer and English)||$3,000 to $6,000||023 998 244||East-West is a bilingual school that offers a full curriculum to students. According to its materials, each classroom is led by two teachers, one fluent in English and one fluent in Khmer.|
|Cam-Asean University||Chamkarmon||Private University||English and Chinese||$200||070 774 450||Focusing on language studies, Cam-Asean University aims to prepare its students for work in other countries in the region.|
|Vanda Institute||Chamkarmon||Private University||Accounting, Finance||$470||023 213 563||Vanda has been around since 1997. It specializes in training students of jobs in the fields of accounting, finance, and business.|
|Royal University of Law and Economics||Chamkarmon||Public University||Law and Economics||$2,500||023 214 703||Over 15,000 students attend this institution which is the oldest in the country, having been established in 1949.|
|Human Resource University||Chamkarmon||Private University||Human Resources||$300 to $400||023 987 826||This school was first established as a non-profit organisation in 1998. Now, however, if trains some of the top HR professionals in the country.|
|Southbridge International School||Chbar Ampov||International School (Pre-12)||Mixed curriculum||$4,000 to $7,500||017 222 090||Located just off the grounds of Borey Peng Huot in Chbar Ampov.|
|Norton University||Chroy Changvar||Private University||General Research||$1,000 to $1,500||023 982 166||Norton University was established in 1996, making it one of the first private schools in the country.|
|Royal University of Agriculture||Dangkor||Public University||Agriculture||$2,500||023 219 829||This school is operated in part by Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. It offers courses in everything from veterinary medicine to sustainability.|
|IT Academy STEP||Daun Penh||Private School||Technology||$1,200||085 777 120||IT Academy STEP is a private school that provides students with professional computer education. The school also offers short courses and a special program on Sundays for children from 9 to 15 years old.|
|National University of Management||Daun Penh||Public University||Business||$500||023 428 120||The National University of Management has been in operation since 1983. It focuses on business topics and offers courses in management, economics, commerce, tech, law, tourism, and languages.|
|University of Puthisastra||Daun Penh||Private University||Health Science, Technology||023 220 476||Puthisastra is a school that focuses on health sciences and health tech. They have been operating since 2007|
|University of Health Sciences||Daun Penh||Public University||Health Sciences||$1,000 to $2,000||023 430 559||The University of Health Sciences is the main institute to train Cambodia's doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals. The school enrolls over 6,000 students.|
|Footprints International School||Daun Penh||International School (Pre-12)||Mixed curriculum (Khmer and English)||$2,000 to $5,000||095 222 084||Footprints operate under the Cambridge system. It was established in 2007 and is set to see its first graduating class in 2020.|
|American Pacific International School||Daun Penh||International School (Pre-12)||Cambridge||$3,000 to $4,000||015 716 727||APIS has two branches in Phnom Penh and educates around 500 students. It employs 87 full-time teachers and boasts a maximum class size of 24.|
|CamEd Business School||Daun Penh||Private University||Business||$4,000 to $6,000||023 986 523||Students here aim to go into the fields of finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship. The school has a relationship with the local European Chamber of Commerce.|
|Lycee Rene Descartes (French Int'l School)||Daun Penh||International School||French curriculum||$5,000 to $10,000||023 722 044||This private French school is operated partly under the auspices of the French government. Many students who go here end up studying in Europe.|
|University of Fine Arts||Daun Penh||Public University||Fine Arts||$500 to $1,000||023 986 417||UFA is the oldest university in the country. It offers programs in art, music, dance and other humanities. The school hosts many art shows.|
|ICS International School||Daun Penh||International School (Pre-12)||Cambridge||099 509 998||ICS first opened its doors in 2005. Interestingly, its website claims that the school is "about education, not recreation". The school offers both IETLS and TOEFL exams."|
|National Institute of Education||Daun Penh||Public University||Education||070 392 532||The National Insitute of Education is a higher learning institute for those wanting to become teachers and instructors. It offers a number of specialties, everything from economics to history.|
|Golden Gate American School||Daun Penh and Toul Kork||International School (Pre-12)||Mixed curriculum||$1,000 to $2,000||023 212 154||GGAS is one of the only schools in Cambodia that offers a program where students get a certified American high school diploma. They also offer Khmer and Chinese.|
|American Intercon Institute / School (AII/AIS)||Daun Penh, Toul Kork and Toul Tum Poung||International School||English language||$200 to $300 per 50-day term||077 217 700||AII is one of the more affordable options for English-based classes in the capital. They offer both full and part-time classes for the full spectrum of students.|
|Australian Centre for Education (ACE)||Daun Penh, Toul Kork and Toul Tum Poung||International School||English language||$200 to $500 per term||023 222 325||ACE offers a wide range of courses for every level of skill. Many families choose to enroll their children part-time in the evenings or afternoons.|
|Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CIS)||Koh Pich and Toul Kork||International School (Pre-8)||Canadian curriculum||$5,000 to $20,000||023 900 399||CIS is one of the most highly regarded international primary schools in Phnom Penh. Currently, they have campuses in Toul Kork and on Koh Pich.|
|National Institute of Business||Meanchey||Public University||Business||$400 to $500||023 424 591||The school is an affordable alternative to some of the more high-profile business schools in the city.|
|International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)||Meanchey||International School (Pre-12)||IB||$8,000 to $25,000||023 425 088||ISPP is perhaps the most well-known international school in the city. It offers IB programs from pre-K to 12th grade.|
|American University of Phnom Penh||Russey Keo||Private University||General Research||$3,000 to $5,000||023 990 023||Centered around an international curriculum, AUPP has campuses in Russey Keo and Toul Kork. It also offers a full range of exchange programs.|
|Logos International School||Russey Keo||International School||Christian, American curriculum||$4,000 to $8,000||017 473 515||Logos is a well-known Christian school in Cambodia. The school operates under the Asian Hope Ministry.|
|Australian International School of Phnom Penh (AISPP)||Russey Keo||International School (Primary-12)||IB||$5,000 to $22,0000||092 111 136||This is an IB school modeled after those in Australia. It boasts faculty from Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.|
|Royal Academy of Cambodia||Russey Keo||Public University||Social Sciences||023 890 180||This university is one of the nation's leading institutions. Social sciences are the leading focus of the school.|
|University of Cambodia||Sen Sok||Private University||General Research||$1,000||023 993 274||The University of Cambodia is perhaps the most prestigious private university in the country. It offers programs in almost every discipline.|
|Northbridge International School (NIS)||Sen Sok||International School (Pre-12)||IB||$10,000 to $25,000||023 900 749||Northbridge offers IB programs to students aged 2 to 18. Over 700 students from across the world attend the school which has a diverse faculty and is part of a global network of 66 premium international schools.|
|CIA First International School||Sen Sok||International School (K-12)||English-based||$3,000 to $6,000||095 200 011||CIA First began in 2004 but is currently home to over 2,000 students. It has grown to become one of the top international schools in the city.|
|Pannasastra International School||Sen Sok||International School (Junior and senior high)||Mixed curriculum||$300 to $500||023 987 989||Affiliated with the university of the same name, PIS is a junior and senior high school that offers education and ample extracurriculars.|
|Cambodia Mekong University||Sen Sok||Private University||General Studies||$500 to $2,000||023 882 211||CMU offers many different fields of study to students. The school has ties to other institutions across the world.|
|iCAN British International School||Tonle Bassac||International School (Pre-9)||British curriculum||$5,000 to $13,000||023 222 416||iCan offers British-style learning for primary to middle school level children.|
|Build Bright University||Tonle Bassac||Private University||General Research||$500 to $1,000||023 987 700||BBU is one of the most affordable universities in the city and many students chose to study part-time.|
International School (Pre-12)
|International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Cambridge||
$3,600 to $7,000
|023 723 212||
Invictus International School Phnom Penh offers private international education from Early Years (Kindergarten) through to Year 13. The school is located in central Phnom Penh and is equipped with modern learning facilities and qualified educators who are experienced in delivering holistic English curricula to cultivate international learners. French, Chinese, and Khmer are offered as additional languages from Reception through to Cambridge A-Levels.
|Paragon International School||Tonle Bassac and Toul Kork||International School (Pre-12)||Mixed curriculum (Khmer and English)||$3,000 to $10,000||023 214 040||Formerly known as Zaman International School, this school was founded by Turkish journalist Atilla Yusuf Guleker in 1997. They have three campuses.|
|Western University||Toul Kork||Private University||Economics, Business, English||$450||023 998 233||Western University aims to offer a broad curriculum while still giving its students expertise in Economics and business.|
|Royal University of Phnom Penh||Toul Kork||Public University||General Research||$1,000||023 883 640||This is the Kingdom's largest university at over 20,000 students. It hosts the Institute of Foreign Language (IFL) the country's top language university.|
|Institute of Technology of Cambodia||Toul Kork||Public University||Technology||$1,000||023 880 370||Renowned for its science and engineering, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia enrolls around 4,000 students.|
|Asia Euro University||Toul Kork||Private University||General Research||$2,000||023 998 124||EU says it focuses on provided an international education. The school has been accredited since 2005 and offers a wide range of programs.|
|Paragon International University||Toul Kork||Private University||Engineering, Economics, IT||$5,000||023 996 111||Formerly known as Zaman University and established in 2010, Paragon's curriculum focuses on sciences and engineering.|
|Beijing International Academy||Toul Kork||International School||Chinese||023 989 666||BIA has been around for seven years. It offers general study programs and those attuned specifically to Chinese.|
|SIS International School||Toul Kork||International School (K-12)||Mixed (Khmer and English)||081 330 330||SIS offers primary through high school level classes and has a number of sports programs.|
|Singapore (Cambodia) International Academy||Toul Kork||International School (Pre-12)||Singapore-Cambridge||061 777 818||SCIA brings a Singapore-Cambridge curriculum to Phnom Penh. Classes are based in English or Khmer, but Chinese is also offered.|
|Zion International School of Phnom Penh||Toul Tum Poung||International School (Pre-12)||British curriculum||$2,000 to $3,000||023 986 596||Zion is run by an NGO. They have a very diverse staff and even have a swimming pool on their campus.|
|Beltei International School||Various locations||International School||Mixed curriculum||$350 to $500||023 999 777||Belted has dozens of schools in the city. They have various options for full and part-time study.|
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