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Having a literacy rate of 75%, the country ‘Bangladesh’ has been trying to provide a good percentage of interest in the education sector. Educational quality is marking up gradually and students from all across the world tend to come to join the education system of Bangladesh.

I, a native student of Bangladesh, would very much like to enlighten the quality of the education and the expenses that one is to bear to get the course of the study done here.

The annual cost for a graduate is only around a thousand dollars or two at a public university which is around 2,00,000 BDT at most. On the contrary, the expenses are higher at a private university and can cost 18,00,000 BDT/ $20,000 on average or more depending on the course/subject you choose and the rank of the varsity.

Today, I am about to give you all the inclusive information about the educational expenses in Bangladesh. There is a great chance of learning about the education system and the possibilities here. Let’s get started_

Education cost in Bangladesh
Education cost in Bangladesh

What are the educational stages in Bangladesh?

The Education Ministry of Bangladesh has made the education scheme through its five stages of educational career. A student must pass the previous stage to get promoted to the next one. The post-graduation is considered to be the final stage of the standard education career for a student.  

The stages are categorized as,

  1. Primary Standard
  2. Secondary Standard
  3. Higher-Secondary standard
  4. Graduation
  5. Post-graduation

I am going to discuss the expenses of education respecting these stages and also elaborate on the cost following Government and Private authority-based educational institutions.

Institutional Cost

Say, the early aspect to follow the cost of education is the institutional expenses. Since there are varieties of types of educational institutions just like countries over the world, the cost mostly depends on the standard of education and type of institutes.

*Here I have discussed the expenses of the educational cost concerning both Government Administrated Institutions and Private Institutions. I have also included costs including tuition fees wherever a student could ask.

Primary educational expenses to bear per student

The first stage for a native Bangladeshi student is the primary level starting with two institutional choices, Government Primary Schools and Kindergartens. The present government has been offering primary education in the nation at no cost.

But you can always choose the paying institutions for your child’s education at the private kindergartens. 

Government Primary Schools

All the government primary schools are offering free education for the people of Bangladesh. Starting with free books per year the government has announced a stipend for students to encourage schooling children.

Talking about the expenses for a government primary school student, he needs his guidebooks, pens, and other necessary stuff to buy. For all the other stuff except the books provided by the government, a student has to bear only around 200-400 BDT/$2-$5 per month utmost.

The annual cost for a government primary student hits only around 3,500 to 4,000 BDT which is about $40 or around.

Kindergartens

Primary education is available in many private institutions since the number of students is way more than the government schools can board.

Kindergartens, known as KG Schools offer primary education per student at an annual cost of between 10,000-12,000 BDT or $110-$130 or in-between. This excludes the tuition fees. Respecting the rank of the KGs’, monthly education fees can cost about 1,000BDT/$15 and with tuition fees, around 1,500-2,000 BDT or $20 around. Some might cost you around 2,500-3,000 BDT/ $30 per month with extended facilities costing annual 20,000-25,000 BDT that is about $250.    

Nowadays, government primary schools are offering a great quality of education with their experienced and innovative teachers.

Secondary education cost

The secondary stage of the education system in Bangladesh is a 5-year course. Here, the government schools cut a minimal amount that will be only around 8,000-10,000 BDT or around $100 for the completion of the secondary stage of education.

The tuition fee though gets expensive depending on the area. Countryside students get their tuition for the whole course of five years only at 60,000-80,000 BDT/$700-$1,000 (on average).

In town, students get the chance of having more expert and advanced teachers, and thus it costs them more. For the five-year course (6th to 10th standard) a student is about to spend $2,000 to $3,500 on average with better tuition facilities is around 1,80,000-3,00,000 BDT.

Except for the tuition fees, a top-rank private high school will cost you a bit extra to spend for comfort and more efficient learning.

Higher-secondary education cost

The third stage is the Higher Secondary standard in Bangladesh. This course takes 2 years to certify the completion of the stage.

A higher secondary student spends about $400/35,000 BDT annually including tuition fees in a standard higher secondary educational institution college. All three departments (Science, Commerce, Arts) have their importance for the higher educational career.

A top-ranked college costs a student about 3,00,000 BDT or around $3,000 to complete the higher secondary stage. Well-known colleges are participating in the talent-making project costing students an affordable amount.

Some institutions are run by non-profitable organizations meaning students need no money to spend for their educational purpose.

Graduation tariff: Public VS Private

 Graduation is maybe the most debated stage of education here. I have seen both the parents and the students giving much more effort and importance to graduation.

Graduation from any public university would cost only around $150 to $250 annually is around 12,000-20,000 BDT. On the other hand, a private university would cost around 12,00,000-22,00,000 /$16,000-$25,000 on average.

Regarding the type of institution, the graduation cost is much lower than in the USA and other EU countries. Sometimes it is considered to be cheaper than our neighbor countries yet serves with quality. There is a table below that will introduce you to the estimated cost in private universities a graduate student is to bear annually.

UniversityGraduation cost (average)
World University of Bangladesh4,45,000 BDT/$4,800
European University2,30,000 BDT/$2,500
Green University3,07,000 BDT/$3,300
City University Bangladesh4,05,000 BDT/$4,400
State University of Bangladesh2,30,000 BDT/$2,500

Mostly the graduation cost depends on the tuition fees listed by the varsities. Consequently, a top-ranked university would cost you some extra comparing a standard one.

Compared to other developed countries or our neighbor countries graduation in any particular subject or department costs at least 20-35% less. Of course, the quality of education here is unquestionable.

Beneath, there is the table I have included regarding cost on a particular subject. I guess this way you can learn about the cost of graduation in a short but detailed manner.

Subject/DepartmentCost (average)
BSc in CSE4,50,000 BDT/$5,000
BSc in Textile3,20,000 BDT/$3,500
BBA3,60,000 BDT/$3,900
BA2,30,000 BDT/$2,500
LLB2,70,000 BDT/$2,900

Value of Post-graduation

Post-graduation takes only a couple of years and the cost is unbelievably cheaper than in any other country. There are renowned teachers and personalities in the country you would get the chance to work with and do your post-graduation.

Considering the subject/course, your post-graduation can cost you starting with a $1,000 price tag for a 1 or 2-year course and can cost you up to $3,000 at most.

Though, students around the world love to choose Bangladesh as their graduation destination on top of post-graduation. MBA is the most desired subject for the students looking for a post-graduation certificate and it costs precisely more than others.

Post-graduationEstimated cost (annual)Post-graduationEstimated cost (annual)
Bangladesh$1000-$3000  USA$20,000-$45,000

The unbelievable yet brief history of the cost of a Ph.D. in both the USA and Bangladesh is surprising. Thus, many are getting interested to take their Ph.D. in Bangladesh and joining here.  

Professional education cost

Technical institutions are ensuring the country’s efficient manpower by educating them in a particular subject of interest and making them an expert.

There are also government and private institutes for providing this type of education for the students. A four-year course in a technical college would cost around 80,000 BDT or $1,000 with subsidiary expenses in a government-administered college. A private technical college would cost somewhere around 250,000 -3,00,000 BDT/$2,500-$3,000 till the completion.  

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Medical and Engineering

A favorite choice of selection for any foreign student is either Medical or the Engineering sector in Bangladesh.

Usually, students pick an interest in a medical career to study in Bangladesh. And the reason behind this is that the expenses of medical education are considerably cheaper than in most other countries.

The 5 years MBBS course with internship cost around 2,200,000-4,500,000 BDT ($25,000-$50,000) utmost. Whereas, in the USA it cost more than $100,000 and sometimes it surpasses $300,000 expenditure!

I have included the cost of the MBBS course from some renowned medical colleges in Bangladesh alongside some US medical college expenses. take a look at the table for a clearer idea.

Medical College Institute (USA)Course costMedical College Institute (BD)Course cost
University of California$1,70,000Dhaka National Medical College$48,000
Duke University$2,48,000Community Based Medical College$45,000
Columbia University$73,800North Bengal Medical College$35,000
Johns Hopkins University$2,14,000Bangladesh Medical College$45,000
University of Pennsylvania$2,40,000Central Medical College$39,000

You can get an idea about the cost for both the USA and Bangladesh medical courses. Bangladesh is offering the MBBS program at a much less amount of cost.

Engineering certification would take a 4-year course that is about to cost you around 8,00,000-14,00,000 BDT which is around 9,000 USD-15,000 USD.

Comparing other western and developed countries, both the medical and the engineering education expenses are much lower yet the quality of the education is acceptable to all.

Education cost in Madrasah (Islamic institutions)

Madrasahs are Islamic educational institutions. Since Bangladesh is a Muslim country it offers a Madrasah-based education system all over the nation.

Here, you will find some prominent Islamic institutions. To learn and study, students from other countries of the world choose to be here. In this particular education system, it cost only a little to continue the study both for the native and foreign students.

The average expense of the Madrasah education system is likely to cost annually around 80,000 BDT/$850 only with all the facilities (including accommodation, food, and security).

Night schooling for the laborer and helpless

Both the government and some organizations are hosting night schools for the helpless and laborers of the country. Some of them offer completely free-of-cost education. Some also offer a single meal/dinner for the learners/students additionally.  

Therefore, night schools are providing cost-free education to helpless people. Trust and organizations are running such schools and institutions as a part of their social well-fair. End of the day, the poor people get to learn the basics of whoever wishes to learn.

Living costs for students

Living costs for native students

The usual scenario explains that the expenses of living greatly depend on where the student stays. Living with their parents, students need barely any expenses except for the study materials and educational costs.

Though, students getting a chance to an institute far from home have to stay in hostels or rented rooms or apartments. Here, a student should spend around $520 annually for standard living. Though, students manage to live on a cheaper budget than that.

Expenses to bear by international students

International students require a bit finer living spot and they board abroad intending to complete their professional study life in a better and considerably cheaper way.

An international student would cost around 10,000-12,000 BDT/ $110-$130 with rent and food costs per month. Staying in an apartment may cost some extra. But you can have top of your living here only spending around 16,000/18,000 BDT or $200 per month.

But, there are cheaper ways to stay for the course, like, hostels and mess. The overall expenses of living will lessen at a rate of a minimum of 30% of the standard expenses. The table below will elaborate on the basic expenses for a student (native/foreign).

SubjectCost per person (average)
Accommodation3500 BDT/$38
Food3000 BDT/$32
Health1000 BDT/$11
Electricity200 BDT/$2.0
Others500 BDT/$5.50

How efficient is education in Bangladesh?

In Bangladesh, you get some well informative famous teachers. They always bear the chance to help you with any difficulties.

The system will push you towards success and that success is probably the reason for your making an educational career in this country. Teachers are kind and helpful toward every student.

Comparing the expenses to the quality of education, Bangladesh surely provides better quality education to students coming from other countries. A well-ranked medical college or university is always there to ensure a better quality educational career.

The living cost of Bangladesh here is also cheaper with a low budget and tuition fees are also fixed considering the student’s perspective.

Is it secure for international students to study in Bangladesh? 

The government has taken so many initiatives to provide a better environment for foreign students and to ensure better educational quality for them.

Talking about security, students coming for higher educational certificates get the chance of having every possible facility with a security system provided by the authorities. And the people here also tend to help the foreigner and are hospital to them.

Maintaining better hygienic accommodation and a supply of good food within budget make the foreign students choose Bangladesh as their educational destination.

But the law of eligibility for a student to stay in Bangladesh is defined by the Ministry of Home Affairs. A student cannot be permitted to stay with the visa expired. One has to pay for overstaying without a visa permit. The fine starts from 200 BDT or around $3 a day to BDT 30,000 or around $320 for 3 months at most, settled by the ministry.

Educational Cost Analysis

So, what do you think? Is it worth taking your educational career here in Bangladesh?

I believe ‘Yes’. The expenses here for educational purposes are more affordable for students outside of the country comparing their own. They get proper accommodation and better living at half of the cost they would spend. Moreover, the quality of education is praised by many countries and the sector is developing and evolving day by day.

Nature and weather are also in favor of most outsiders. Therefore, there is a minimum possibility of getting sick out of the environment.

Thus, Bangladesh could be a perfect choice for foreign students willing to achieve their certification of education from outside of their own country; I greatly encourage them to come and join the education system of Bangladesh.     

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