Education and Schools in Mumbai

Education in Mumbai is a priority among parents and children moving to the city. However, expats will find that the number of schools in Mumbai is not in proportion to the burgeoning population. As a result, the admission process can be challenging, so applications should be started as early as possible.

Most expats in Mumbai opt to send their children to private or international schools.

Public schools in Mumbai

Most Mumbai public schools teach in English, but the curriculum is not conducive to popular Western learning methods. It encourages learning by rote with little chance for input by students. Furthermore, there is little or no focus on the all-round development of the child and, hence, this is not an option typically selected by expats.

Private schools in Mumbai

Private schools in Mumbai could be an economical choice for those expats wanting a better standard of education at an affordable price. They're ideal for families in India for the long haul as they provide better integration with the local population and culture than most international schools would.

International schools in Mumbai

Most expats prefer to send their children to international schools in Mumbai. These include institutions that follow a home-country teaching curriculum and language, and also those that offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. International schools are a great option for expat parents who are working abroad only for a short period of time and would like their child to have as little trouble as possible acclimatising to their new environment. 

Expats should note that international schools are notorious for their high fees. Many parents are lucky enough to receive education allowances from their employer to help foot the bill, but if this is not the case, be mindful when negotiating a salary that a large chunk will need to go toward tuition.

Beverly Rodrigues Our Expat Expert

Born and brought up in Mumbai, I have seen its transformation take place from just another Indian city to India's mega-metropolis. However, being the destination of many Indians as well as expats, Mumbai can be overwhelming at first. In the last five years of my career, I have worked closely with expats and I am aware of the many problems that they face when relocating to Mumbai. I now provide assistance to expats to help make their transition as simple and enjoyable as possible. Should you need any help with your relocation to Mumbai, you can follow my blog, Expat Guide Mumbai.

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