Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Malacca Strait. It has two parts: Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula. Penang, including both the mainland and the island, contains over 100 of educational institutes.

Here is a list of international schools located in Penang.


Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang

As an international school, Prince of Wales Island International School Penang (POWIIS) enjoys considerable freedom to tailor the syllabus to the needs of their pupils. They take into account the individual characteristics of each student: their strengths, their varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and their aspirations for the next stage of education. The curriculum of preschool, primary and secondary school children for POWIIS is based on the English national curriculum. In Year 10, students in POWIIS begin their IGCSE courses. POWIIS also offers A-Levels subjects to their students. Their annual tuition fees start from RM 9600 for nursery to RM 54000 for Year 12 and 13.



Dalat International School, Penang

Dalat International School is located on the beautiful island of Penang, Malaysia. Their oceanfront campus looks out on the legendary Straits of Malacca. Just as this historic sea passage has welcomed travelers from all points of the globe, Dalat is home to a diverse group of gifted individuals who have traveled here from many nations. Dalat International School offers preschool, primary school, secondary school and pre-u studies. Dalat International School follows an American style, college-preparatory curriculum which covers a broad base of topics. For pre-u, Dalat International School currently offers nine Advanced Placement courses. The annual fees are RM 12850 for preschool, RM 25670 for K to Grade 4, RM 42930 for Grade 5 to 8 and RM 49780 for Grade 9 to 12.



St Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS) Penang

St Christopher’s International Primary School (SCIPS) was established in 1963, to deliver a broad, balanced British-based curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of our diverse community. Hosting families of over 32 different nationalities, St Christopher’s provides primary focused international education in a caring and nurturing environment. Even with an enrolment of 580+ children, the school still maintains the atmosphere of a “small” International School, where a strong family-feeling exists. SCIPS only offers preschool and primary studies. Their yearly fees range from RM 12300 to RM 27000.



Tenby International School Penang

Tenby Schools Penang is part of the Tenby Schools group, one of the pioneers of international education in Malaysia with nearly 60 years of heritage in the country. In all Tenby Schools, including Tenby International School Penang, they provide high quality international education that prepares your child for success in a challenging, globalised world. Tenby International School offers Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels to their students. For preschool, they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which is based on the UK’s national curriculum. Tenby International School fees starts from RM 12720 to RM 40110 per year.



The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a not-for-profit, co-educational and non-denominational day and boarding school for students aged between 4 – 18 years old. The International School of Penang (Uplands)’s vision is to provide an exemplary international education in a dynamic multi-cultural environment, encouraging all school members to be active learners and engage with the local and wider community. Uplands offers a broad array of courses designed to give students a solid foundation for lifelong learning. At upper secondary level, students will undertake the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE syllabus taught by experienced international teachers. Uplands also offer International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma to students aged 12 to 13 years. Their tuition fees per annum range RM 33400 for reception to RM 55880 for Year 12 to 13.


FAIRVIEW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLFairview International School Penang

Established in late 2006, Fairview International School Penang is the only school in Penang authorised to offer both Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme to learners aged 3 to 16 (preschool to secondary). The school is nestled among greeneries next to a beautiful lake in the suburb of Bukit Jambul. Fairview International School Penang follows the UK National curriculum. Their annual tuition fees start from RM 25000 to RM 52000.



At GEMS International School, they offer your children the opportunity to embark upon an enjoyable, wonder-filled journey that will prepare them for a happy and productive future. They are constantly improving and enhancing their quality of education through their principles, plans and practices. All their programmes, starting with the Little GEMS (Early Years Foundation Stage or Kindergarten) programme through Primary and Secondary school phases, are based on the British International Curriculum that provides a detailed, robust, balanced and innovative blueprint for a child’s academic progression from the ages of 3 to 18. They also provide their students with thorough preparation for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge Advanced (A) Level examinations required for entry into leading universities in Malaysia and overseas. Their annual tuition fees range from RM 21000 to RM 33900.


PELITA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLPelita International School Penang

Pelita International School provides a nurturing environment where every child has the opportunity to explore and develop multiple intelligences, creating students who possess not only high IQ but high EQ (emotional intelligence). At Pelita International School, they offer classes for preschool, primary, secondary and pre-u levels. Their curriculum follows the UK National curriculum, preparing their students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and A-Levels. Pelita’s tuition fees per annum starts from RM 7800 for preschool level to RM 29400 for A-Levels.


HUA XIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLHua Xia International School Penang

There is a saying ‘attitude is more important than facts’. At Hua Xia, they do not undermine the value of facts but they strongly believe that character development is as important as knowledge. They emphasise and inculcate good values, principles and work ethics while encouraging students to explore and develop their talents, capabilities and potential. They understand and accept that every child is unique and at their own pace, have the capacity to self-learn when equipped with the necessary skill. Hua Xia International School (Penang) provides IGCSE Program which follow the policies set by Cambridge International Exam (CIE) for primary and secondary year students. Their annual tuition fees vary from RM 14580 to RM 33000.


STRAITS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLStraits International School Penang

At Straits International School (SIS), they hire foreign and local teachers who are certified and experienced in teaching the British Cambridge curriculum from various countries. All the form tutors and Heads of Year are expatriates and they teach English, Humanities subjects such as World History and Geography as well as some other selected subjects according to their expertise. Primary and Secondary Checkpoint Tests are mandatory at SIS and they have constantly achieved outstanding results. The school always maintain a 100% passing rate in IGCSE and a number of graduates achieved 8A/A* and above in the most recent IGCSE test. Tuition fees at Straits International School starts from RM 14580 for nursery level to RM 10840 for Year 11.



Wesley Methodist School Penang (International)

At Wesley Methodist School Penang (International) they follow an integrated curriculum which places emphasis on academic excellence and focuses on the development of the whole child addressing social, physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual and academic needs for learners from age 4 to 16. Wesley Methodist School (International) offers the British Cambridge curriculum leading to the internationally recognised Cambridge IGCSE. They pride themselves with operating schools of “Education with Mission, Excellence and compassion”, their students embracing these four Core Values: God-centeredness, Respect for Life, Integrity & Excellence with Humility. Their annual tuition fees range from RM 11000 to RM 21800.

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