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9. China

Most Expensive: Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Annual Tuition: $34,407*
Students in Private School: NA

The business of international schooling in China is booming. The country’s private education market is expected to grow to nearly $80 billion by 2012 from $60 billion in 2009, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The World Bank says the number of private schools in China rose 134 percent from 29,964 to 70,256 between 1997 and 2003. Over the same period, the number of private school students increased 273 percent to 14.16 million, but that’s still just a tiny fraction of the population.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS) in Shanghai is the most expensive school in China. The day school has four campuses with two dedicated to junior schools. The Hong Kong based organization with 5,000 students also has schools in Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao and Silicon Valley, California.

Beijing and Shanghai have nearly half a dozen international schools that charge over $30,000 in annual tuition fees. In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong International School is the most expensive at $21,273 per year. Several other international schools in Hong Kong charge over $15,000.

* Annual fees for day school

Photo: Yew Chung International School of Shanghai