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10. South Africa

Most Expensive: Hilton College
Annual Tuition: $25,614
Students in Private School: 2.5%

South Africa has a long tradition of all-boys boarding schools that were established in the 1800s by Dutch and British missionaries. But only 2.5 percent of South African students were enrolled in private schools, as of 2007.

Founded in 1872, Hilton College (pictured) is South Africa’s most expensive private boarding school. Located in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the school has about 400 students and sits on a 17 square-kilometer property.

Hilton is part of a group of private South African schools referred to as the "Elite 7." Schools in the group include Diocesan College, Michaelhouse, St. Stithians College, St. Andrews College, Kearseny College, and St. John’s College.

The average annual boarding fee is around $20,000 for most of these schools. A strong emphasis is placed on sports competition among the schools, with Hilton’s website listing over 15 different sports programs.

Photo: Hilton College