The market described here is not locked down - there are varying degrees of freedom for opportunities to find breadth and longevity. It is not yet possible to say how these possibilities might unfold across the dimension of time.
For the first time, a generation of children in today’s emerging global economies is experiencing a Western-style education, taught by Western teachers using International Curricula. Research shows that parents set a high priority on an English-medium education taught by Western-trained Native-English Speaking teachers. International Schools Consultancy Group
Forecasts expect the International Schools market to reach 16,000 schools by 2026, teaching 8.75 million students. International Schools Consultancy Group
The growth has been fuelled by the apparently unstoppable rise of English as the global language, providing both a currency in an increasingly globalised workforce and entry to the World’s best universities. While a significant number of students at international schools are Expatriates, the number going to an international school in their home country is also increasing. That means a growing number of families are opting to pay for an English-medium education rather than send their children to a National school.
The reasons are not hard to find. Most important is the desire for an English-medium education itself. English is the most widely-spoken second language and is increasingly essential for anyone wanting to be part of a global workforce. It also provides access to universities in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, as well as the growing number of continental European universities who offer tuition in English.
Two thirds of the overall international school market growth was recorded in the Middle East, with 143,661 students attending 175 international schools in Dubai alone. There are a further 101 international schools in Doha, Qatar, and another 100 in Bangkok.
It would seem that the new internationally-minded approach to education has proven successful and more local parents are looking for international school environments for their children - the market in such education is potentially enormous. International Schools Consultancy Group
Here are some current estimates from research.
International K-12 education is a big business - with annual income of approximately US$27 billion dollars a year, employing over 270,000 teachers and administrators...
The world’s most widely taught English-medium curriculum is modeled on the English National Curriculum and taught at over 2,900 schools worldwide. British schools based overseas now contribute close to $1.6 billion in revenue to the UK economy, according to recent government figures …
World Education News and Reviews (WENR)
The growth in international schools is gathering pace, with the market expected to be worth $89 billion by 2026. Much of the rise has been fueled by the demand for English-medium education, with the number of English-medium K-12 schools up by more than 40% in the last five years. More than four million students now educated in international schools, up by 45% over the same period. This makes the market worth around $39 billion in fee income and the forecast is for it to reach $89 billion by 2026.