Since the announcement of the upcoming exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, known as “Brexit” – the exchange rate has moved in favour of the UAE. This means that for parent’s earning in the AED currency, UK schools in the United Kingdom have indirectly become cheaper.
On average, the cost of sending a child to a private school in the UK is AED 59,000 per year (GBP 12,900). This is higher than the average cost of educating a child in a private school in the UAE (AED 42,000). However, a comparison of average costs ignores quality differences that may also be present. There is no doubt, that as the pound deflates, expats with the household head earning in AED, may choose to send their children abroad for education.
A 2016 report by Zurich Life concluded that education expenses could cost UAE parents almost AED 1 million in total. The figure is based on the total cost of education of two-years (AED 29,346) at pre-school, six in primary school (AED 35,230) six in secondary school (AED 43,052), and three years at a British University.
UAE-based university tuition fees average out at about AED 76,492 per year. In addition to these costs are accommodation, food, utilities, travel and living expenses, which can cost as much as AED 234,551 over three years at a locally based British university. This is far above the average tuition of tertiary education in many countries. For example, average yearly tertiary tuition in Canada or Australia is AED 55,163, compared to AED 84,428 in the US or AED 57,000 in the UK.
In the full Cost of Living UAE Report, we provide all the data associated with the cost of education within the UAE, showing costs by curriculum – where costs include annual tuition fees, books, uniforms and transport. We also provide historical data for the past three consecutive academic years for contrast and comparison.