The are many options for schools in Bilbao and it is important to make the best decision for your children.

The Basque Country has a bilingual education system, there are different models for linguistics which you can choose, A, B, D and X the most common of these is model D, in Primary school, where Basque is the vehicle language and Spanish is taken as a subject. In Secondary school the majority of students favour model B which is some subjects taught in Spanish and some in Basque. In higher education model A is most prevelant with Spanish as a vehicle language and Basque as a subject. The most widespread foreign language taught is English, around 97% of students pre university choose this as a subject.

Spanish state education is free and available to all children although they may be location dependant so it is advisable to check you can get your children into the school you want before you decide on a property.

The concertado system is the next step between state education and private, there is a cost involved but the cost is somewhat less than that of private International schools.

Bilbao has an American school where children can be educated from the age of 3 up to the age of 18. The school offers an American style education programme taught in English and leads to the American High School Diploma.

For more information see their website http://www.asob.es/en/

There is also an English school in Bilbao, St Georges, where children are educated in English from infant level and also taught the subjects in the Basque curriculum from the age of 5 years.

For more information see their website http://www.st-george.com/

Bilbao has 2 universities, the University of Deusto and the University of the Basque Country. Deusto is the oldest university and was founded in 1886 by the Society of Jesus, it was named after the independent municipality of Deusto and was the only university in Bilbao until the Basque Country university was opened in 1968 which at that time was named the University of Bilbao until it changed its name in 1980 to the University of the Basque Country.

NOTE: For more information about Private and International Schools visit www.bestschoolsabroad.com