Enrolment fees (securing a place in school)
Registration fee – 250 Euro
- it is paid before signing the contract, while submitting the signed enrolment form; it is a one-off payment and it covers the costs for processing the documents and the administrative costs part of the admission process;
- the fee is refunded if the admission file is not eligible.
Enrolment deposit – 1500 Euro
- represents the reservation of the place in the school and is paid upon signing the contract after the admission process in the BIST;
- the enrolment deposit is deducted from the annual school fee.
Annual school fees 2020-2021
|Annual school fees||Full day|
|Reception stage||6500 Euro|
|Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)||7200 Euro|
|Key Stage 2 (Year 3 – 6)||7700 Euro|
|Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9)||8200 Euro|
|Key Stage 4 (Year 10 – 11)||8700 Euro|
The school fee includes:
- School programme offered during the school year as stated in the school calendar and the academic timetable from Monday to Friday between 8.30 – 16.00
- Educational material including text books, note books and all other materials needed in the classroom
- Examination fees payable to UK examination board (Cambridge) for Years 6 (these fees are for guidance purpose only and can be modified by the UK examination board) for English and Maths (about 17 Euro/subject)
- Full access to all school facilities during the school hours and during the school academic year
- School clubs during the school day
- Two local educational trips a year of maximum 1 day
The school fee does not include:
- School uniform must be acquired from the school before the school year starts; the cost will be negotiated with the providers and will be communicated to parents (wearing the school uniform is compulsory as specified in the school policies and procedures)
- School lunch – the cost will be negotiated with the providers and will be communicated to parents
- After school clubs running between 16.30 – 18.00 (optional)
Personal laptop device, required for educational purposes, for students in year 10.During the school day, parents grant access to the IT personnel to access the laptop, if circumstances require such an intervention.
- Trips and camps (optional)
- Transportation (optional).
- Examination fees payable to UK examination board (Cambridge) for Years 9, 11 and 13 (these fees are for guidance purpose only and can be modified by the UK examination board) as stated below:
- End of Year 9 – English, Maths and Science – 25 Euro/subject
- End of Year 11 – all subjects studied – 65 Euro/subject
- End of Year 13 – all subjects studied – 100 Euro/subject
- Discounts apply only for students enrolled for a full school year and are offered as long as the school fees are paid with no delays as agreed in the contract
- A 3% discount is offered for full-payment of the one year’s fee within, as stipulated in the contract
- A 5% discount is offered for two or more siblings
British International School of Timisoara operates on an admission system designed to ensure that all applications throughout the year are given equal treatment regardless of the children’s gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, or religious beliefs. However, our admission process is also meant to ensure that the education system we promote, and deliver is the best suitable option for your child.
The usual points of entry in the Primary School are:
- 4+ years old – Reception
- 5+ years old – Year 1
- 6+ years old – Year 2
- 7+ years old – Year 3
- 8+ years old – Year 4
- 9+ years old – Year 5
- 10+ years old – Year 6
The usual points of entry in the Secondary School are:
- 11+ years old – Year 7
- 12+ years old – Year 8
- 13+ years old – Year 9
- 14+ years old – Year 10
For any clarification about the admission process and the school, please contact our admission team at
Step 1 – Find out about the school
Parents interested in potentially joining our school will be given opportunities to find out about the school using the following sources: school website, meeting with the Admissions Officer, visiting the school and meetings with the relevant Head of School. It is very important for parents to carefully read the policies on the website and ask questions for clarifications, during the visit and meetings with BSIT staff involved in this stage.
Step 2 – Documentation and enrolment fee
For year groups where places are available, if parents decide they wish their child to join the school, they will be asked to sign the enrolment form and pay the enrolment fee within the deadline set by the school. Also, the following documents need to be provided by the parents in the same deadline:
- Original medical letter from the family doctor and a copy of the vaccination card;
- Copy of the birth certificate of the child (copy of child ID or passport where relevant);
- Copy of ID (passport) for parents / legal guardians;
- Copy of the grade transcript from the previous school(s);
- Copy of the academic background from the previous school(s), where applicable;
- Other diplomas, certificates or degrees earned by the child in the last two years;
- Contact (email and phone) from the previous school(s), in order to obtain written reference (this will be done through the BIST school office);
- 2 passport photos of the child;
- Court decision for child custody to one of the parents / legal guardians (if applicable).
If places are not available, parents will be informed and will be placed on a waiting list (based on their written request) if they wish to be contacted by the school as soon as there are places available.
Step 3 – Evaluation process
The evaluation process will take place provided the folder is complete by the deadline indicated by the school. The school commits to complete the evaluation of the admission folder and invite the child and parents for the next stages in the evaluation process within the announced deadline. The timeline for the evaluation process will be determined based on the number of applications at the respective time, and it can take up to 4 weeks.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 evaluation:
- Cognitive ability assessment/meeting with the School Counsellor
- Interview with parents and children (meetings with relevant Head of School)
- English language ability
- Trial day – optional and to be decided by the school.
Year 3 to Year 10 evaluations:
- Cognitive ability assessment/meeting with the School Counsellor
- Interview with parents and children (meetings with relevant Head of School)
- Trial day – optional and to be decided by the school
- Entry assessments will take place in English and Mathematics.
The aim of the evaluation process is to identify the level of English, academic potential and attitude towards learning and development of the child. We are looking for well-rounded pupils with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond just the academic curriculum. More specifically the evaluation process will consider the following criteria:
- Academic abilities and potential;
- Work ethic and attitude towards school;
- General behaviour and attitude towards a structured learning environment;
- Compatibility of the students and the family with the school ethos, philosophy and values.
Year 3 to Year 6 assessments:
- Evaluation of the English language will be used to establish the level of English and ensure suitability with the school provision and to be in line with the existing class level;
- Evaluation in Mathematics is used to establish the child’s current level.
Year 7 to Year 10 assessments:
- Evaluation of the English language will be used since all of the formal Cambridge examinations starting from Year 9 (except for Modern Foreign Languages) will be in English. Ideally the level of English language:
- for children applying for Year 7 is at least lower intermediate;
- for children applying for Year 8 is at least intermediate;
- for children applying for Year 9 is at least upper intermediate;
- for children applying for Year 10 is advanced;
- Evaluation in Mathematics is used to establish your child’s current level.
The trial day, offered at the school’s discretion, will give the child and the family a much better view of the school and will give the school an opportunity to meet the child, evaluate his/her level of English Language (spoken and listening) and observe his/her attitude to learning and social interaction with other children.
BIST reserves the right to refuse enrolment of a potential student if:
- It determines that the student will not benefit educationally;
- It determines, following the evaluations that there is no compatibility between the student and the school;
- The special educational needs required by the student cannot be met;
- The level of English Language is not up to standards required;
- The student and the parents do not agree with the school rules and do not adhere to the school values;
- Any other reason considered valid by the school.
In case more students apply on a limited number of places available in the respective year group, BIST will use the evaluation process as a method of selection, based on the criteria outlined above.
BIST decision regarding the admission or rejection of a student is final and cannot be contested.
The school will communicate to parents the results of the evaluation process, whether the application is eligible or not eligible, within the deadline determined by the school.
The school reserves the right to inform the parents if the outcome of the tests and/or the analysis of the documents shows that there may not be a compatibility with the school provision in terms of ethos, curriculum and the educational system provided.
In cases where following the evaluation process the enrolment is not eligible, the Enrolment Fee will be returned to the parents in no more than 10 business days.
Providing that the admission is eligible, the parents are invited to the school to sign the School-Parent Contract and pay the deposit, within the deadline determined by the school (5 calendar days).
If the documents are not signed in the given time, the school reserves the right to offer the place to another student and the Enrolment Fee will not be returned.
The child will only be considered enrolled in the school when the contract is signed by both parties and the enrolment deposit has been paid and confirmed within the given timeframe.
- Existing BIST students have priority for enrolment for the next academic year;
- Each family will be invited to start the re-enrolment process for next academic year at the beginning of term 2 (exact date to be announced);
- There is no evaluation needed for the re-enrolment;
- The school reserves the right to approach certain parents where a discussion might be needed before re-enrolment; this will be in cases where during the school year there have been recorded behaviour challenges and these have not been solved to a satisfactory level.
Places are reserved only by a signed contract and the paid deposit. Priority is ensured only within the timeline announced by the school. In situations where the contract is not signed, or the deposit is not payed within the given deadline, the respective place is considered available and the school has to right to offer it to other applicants.
Enrolment of siblings
- After the re-enrolment deadline, any available places will be offered to siblings of students enrolled for current academic year;
- Families with enrolled students that intend to enrol a sibling will indicate that by filling in and signing an Enrolment Form and will pay the Enrolment Fee, in the same time with signing the contract for the already enrolled student;
- The admission policy (including the evaluation process) for new students will apply and the school reserves the right to refuse enrolment in certain cases as defined in the admission policy.
After the re-enrolment of current BIST students and enrolment of siblings, all available places will then be offered to students expressing an interest. The admission policy (including the evaluation process) for new students will apply.
Places are reserved only by a signed contract and the paid deposit. Priority for siblings is ensured only within the timeline announced by the school. In situations where contract is not signed, or the deposit is not payed within the given deadline, the respective place is considered available and the school has to right to offer it to other applicants.
By signing this the Enrolment form, parents acknowledge and accept that they have read the Admission policy and that they understand the decision of the school, based on that procedure, is final and cannot be contested.
By signing the School-Parent Contract, parents acknowledge and accept that they have read and understood the school provisions and undertake to adhere to the school values, rules and policies. Consequently, the parents will support the school with ensuring that their children adhere to these policies, values and rules.
CALENDAR AND SCHOOL HOURS
School academic year 2019 – 2020
Autumn Term 2019-20 (term 1)
Spring Term 2019-20 (term 2)
Summer Term 2019-20 (term 3)
School academic year 2020 – 2021
Autumn Term 2020-21 (term 1)
Spring Term 2020-21 (term 2)
Summer Term 2020-21 (term 3)
A school uniform is compulsory at BIST and it plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school and setting an appropriate tone. The school uniform can help to instil pride, support positive behaviour and ensure pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome and protected from social pressure to dress in a particular way. The school uniform can nurture cohesion and promote good relations between groups of pupils.
The school uniform policy is available in the School Policies section on the website.
BIST Scholarship Programme
The British International School of Timisoara (“BIST”) Scholarship Programme for 2020 – 2021 will open in January 2020.
BIST is committed to broadening access to international education by offering full or partial scholarships to gifted and talented students.
Scholarships will be offered following a review of the student’s past academic success (including references from the current school), an interview with the student and parents, and the student completing a school entrance evaluation.
The application file must include:
- Application Form;
- Cover Letter;
- Information Note on personal data processing within the Academic Scholarship Programme;
- Copy of birth certificate;
- Most recent school reports;
- Any other relevant documents that might support the application;
- Documents concerning the financial status of the family.
The application form (1), cover letter (2), information note (3) and scholarship policy are available and can be downloaded here.
Where is the school’s campus located?
The campus will be developed around a former Royal High School, between Calea Aradului and Calea Sever Bocu.
What age groups may attend the school?
The school will open in September 2019, and will have primary and secondary school classes, with two groups of 20 children per school year at primary school, and a group of 20 children per school year at secondary school. You can find more information on the school’s website in the Curriculum section.
When does the registration period begin? What are the fees?
The registration procedure and fees are displayed in separate sections on the school’s website. The pre-registration campaign started in April 2018, based on pre-registration forms.
Starting 15 October 2018, the Admission Folder can also be found at: Isho Offices, str. Take Ionescu 46B, Timisoara.
Which curriculum does the school follow?
The British International School of Timisoara is an international school which follows the curriculum used in the UK. Teaching will be done in English, except for the Romanian classes.
The school curriculum and all the formal exams taken by students at certain stages will bear the Cambridge logo. The academic qualifications obtained by passing Cambridge exams are recognised internationally and facilitate the admission to the world’s top universities.
Which are the school’s accreditations?
We started the international accreditation process this summer with the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), therefore at the moment we are listed as a COBIS Applicant Member. Also, we took the necessary steps to apply with the Cambridge Assessment International Education, following which the school will be recognised by ARACIP based on the COBIS international accreditation.
What teachers do you employ?
The academic team will be made up of native teachers (or international teachers with experience in similar schools), as well as local teachers who will benefit from a series of professional development sessions.
Will there be admission tests to the British International School of Timisoara?
Yes, students registering in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 (ages 11-13 on 01.09.2019) will have to take general English and Mathematics tests.
These tests are necessary to evaluate the students’ general English and Mathematics knowledge, because at the end of Year 9 they will take their first formal Cambridge exams, i.e. Cambridge Checkpoint for English, Mathematics and Science.
What subjects are mandatory/optional?
Reception Stage (4 years old) – subject that will cover seven development areas: Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Personal and Social Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language;
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (5 – 10 years old) – all children follow the same curriculum: English, Mathematics, Cross Curricular (Science, History, Geography, Art), Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, Romanian, PSHEE, but starting with Year 3 (7 years old) they have to choose a foreign language (French / German / Spanish);
Key Stage 3 (11 – 13 years old) – all children follow the same curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Drama, Art, Music, Physical Education, Romanian, PSHEE, and have to choose a foreign language (French / German / Spanish);
Key Stage 4 (14 – 16 years old) – the following subjects are mandatory: English, Mathematics and Science (+ Physical Education and PSHEE); in addition, students have to choose four optional subjects from the following: Computer Science, History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Music, Art, Drama, German, Spanish, Romanian.
PSHEE = Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
Key Stage 5 (17 – 18 years old) – The International Baccalaureate (IB) platform will be adopted.
Is English a criterion for admission?
English is not a selection criterion for the primary cycle. However, you should consider improving the child’s English language level in the next period if you want to choose this educational system. The school has a support program for those who need help (EAL – English Additional Language), but the better the child masters the English language, the sooner can he or she integrate and access the entire curriculum.
Students registering in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 (11-13 years old on 01.09.2019) will have to take general English and Mathematics tests. These tests are necessary to evaluate the students’ general English and Mathematics knowledge, because at the end of Year 9 they will take their first formal Cambridge exams, i.e. Cambridge Checkpoint for English, Mathematics and Science. Evaluations for those wishing to register in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will be held in November 2018; exact dates will be announced on the website soon.
How does the school day run?
All students are expected to attend school from 8:30 to 16:00, plus the optional club (afterschool) from 16:10 to 18:00.
Does the school provide Cambridge courses outside of the school curriculum?
In the future, we may provide support for students who can take Cambridge exams (and are not enrolled in our school because we have not opened those years yet) – alternatives and opportunities will be published in the next period.
Do you plan on providing scholarships to children who know English and have special skills?
Merit scholarships are a possibility, and we intend to discuss this topic in the near future. Follow our online activity and you will surely find information on this topic on the school’s website.