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Back to school around the world

Back to school can be one of the most expensive times of year for parents and guardians. We have taken a look at the costs involved to buy those core back to school supplies for elementary students across the world to see how the costs compare.

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Total education costs per country

By clicking on the country icons, you’ll be able to see the total costs of sending a child back to school in that country. There is a figure for total cost per child and total cost per household which is based on the average number of children per household.

  • Total cost per child (
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  • Total cost per household (
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Back to school supplies

Back to school supplies have been grouped into categories, in order for us to see portionately how expensive they are in relation to each other. We can see that the cost of school wear is the most expensive across all countries. For more information around the costs per category, click on the graph below.

  • Extras
  • P.E. & gym kit
  • Stationery
  • Uniform / school wear
Total spend per child
$0
$49
$98
$150
$199
UK
11%
14%
9%
66%
Canada
11%
1%
15%
72%
Australia
22%
14%
9%
55%
USA
13%
19%
10%
58%
Philippines
22%
17%
4%
58%
Uganda
24%
0%
7%
69%
Tanzania
19%
34%
9%
39%
Mexico
23%
16%
26%
35%
India
13%
18%
18%
51%
Nigeria
18%
13%
28%
41%

Education costs in relation to number of children per household

By looking at the average household income per country and the average number of children per household, we can understand the impact of how the cost of school supplies can multiply.

  • UK
    $2,986
    1.86 children
  • Canada
    $3,152
    1.57 children
  • Australia
    $3,513
    1.74 children
  • USA
    $4,618
    1.84 children
  • Philippines
    $289
    2.89 children
  • Uganda
    $56
    5.45 children
  • Tanzania
    $81
    4.45 children
  • Mexico
    $646
    2.17 children
  • India
    $152
    2.28 children
  • Nigeria
    $148
    4.67 children

Methodology


The primary school items were selected based on the most common back to school items. The price of each item was searched for online and the lowest price item was selected from one of the most popular online retailers in that country. The prices were researched in July 2021.

The exchange rate from the local currency was calculated on 26/07/2021 10:00 BST using Google. Data provided by Morningstar for Currency and Coinbase.

The fertility rate was gathered from the CIA world factbook and household income from The World Bank.