The number of countries that have their own magical school is minuscule compared to those that do not. This is because the wizarding populations of most countries choose the option of home schooling. Occasionally, too, the magical community in a given country is tiny or far-flung and correspondence courses have been found a more cost-effective means of educating the young.
There are eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide, all of which are registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. Smaller and less well-regulated institutions have come and gone, are difficult to keep track of, and are rarely registered with the appropriate Ministry (in which case, they cannot vouch for the standard of education they might offer).
The precise location of each of the following schools is a closely guarded secret. The schools fear not only Muggle persecution, for it is a sad fact that at various times in their long histories, all of these institutions have been buffeted by the effects of wizard wars, and of hostile attention from both the foreign and domestic magical communities (it is not only in Britain that the education of magical youth has been subject to Ministry interference or pressure). As a general rule, magical schools tend to be situated in landlocked, mountainous areas (although there are notable exceptions, as will be seen), as such regions are difficult for Muggles to access, and easier to defend from Dark wizards.
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In the wizarding world, there are eleven schools for teaching young witches and wizards magic. These schools generally only accept students from the country in which the school is based in, though some, like Durmstrang Institute, accept any student willing to learn there, but may have other restrictions in place, such as not allowing anyone who is Muggle-born.
Transfer Students: A transfer is only made when necessary. Parents moving is a large reason. Expulsion is not a transfer. The student is removed permanently from school and is forbidden from practising magic any further. After expulsion, the Ministry of Magic confiscates one's wand and destroys it. We are also limiting transfers, as noted on the Master Sign-Up List.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Scotland
Hogwarts is a British wizarding boarding school teaching the magical arts, located in Scotland inside Hogwarts Castle. The castle is in the mountains near a loch. The precise location of the school can never be uncovered because it has been rendered Unplottable. Similarly, most wizarding schools locations are protected in order to prevent their ways of teaching being revealed, as well as protect the students and schools themselves from any harm.
Established around the 9th or 10th century, Hogwarts is considered to be one of the finest magical institutions in the wizarding world, though other notable schools include Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and the Durmstrang Institute. Children with magical abilities may be enrolled at birth, and acceptance is confirmed by owl post at age eleven.
The school's motto is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus and is in Latin, which translates to "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic - France
The Academy's building is called the Palace of Beauxbatons, and unlike Hogwarts Castle it does not contain suits of armour. Rather than a Great Hall as at Hogwarts, the Palace contains a Dining Chamber, which is elaborately decorated at Christmastime but in a different style than that used at Hogwarts. The scholastic system at the Academy is also arranged differently than that at Hogwarts; instead of sitting Ordinary Wizarding Levels or their equivalent at the end of five years, Academy students sit exams after six years.
Students at Beauxbatons come from many countries from Western Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Nicolas Flamel met his wife, Perenelle, while they were both students there. A fountain in the school's park is named for them. Beauxbatons has a larger student population than Hogwarts
Durmstrang Institute - presumed around Norway or Sweden
Durmstrang Institute is the Scandinavian wizarding school. Located in the northernmost regions of either Norway or Sweden, the school is willing to accept international students as far afield as Bulgaria.The Durmstrang Intitute also has a castle, not as tall as Hogwarts, having only four floors, but having a larger student population. Its fires are only lit for magical purposes, or so Viktor Krum claimed. The grounds are quite extensive and include lakes and mountains.
Durmstrang has the reputation of teaching duelling and other martial magic. During some periods of its history, it has also gained the reputation for teaching the Dark Arts, and during the Headmastership of Igor Karkaroff (c. early 1990s) did not admit Muggle-born students. Gellert Grindelwald was a student here once, and he carved "his" symbol - actually the symbol representing the Deathly Hallows - into one of the walls, where it remains today.
Ilvermorny - North America
The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud. More Info
Mahoutokoro - Japan
Mahoutokoro (Japanese: 魔法所, Mahōtokoro) is a Wizarding school located in Japan. Students of this school prized wands made out of cherry wood, and those who owned them were held in a place of high honour. Students are given enchanted robes which grow in size as they age. Another characteristic of the robes is that they gradually change colour as the learning of their wearer increases, beginning a faint pink colour and becoming gold if the student receives top grades in every magical subject. More Info
Uagadou School of Magic- Africa
Uagadou School of Magic is located in Africa. It is the only school of magic in the world to select students via Dream Messenger, which leaves a token in children's hands while they sleep, much as young witches and wizards in the United Kingdom receive a Hogwarts letter. The school is carved out of the mountainside, and is shrouded in so much mist that it appears to float in mid-air. Many African witches and wizards cast spells simply by pointing their fingers or through hand gestures. More Info
Koldovstoretz - Russia
Students from Koldovstoretz play a version of Quidditch where they fly on entire, uprooted trees instead of broomsticks.
Castelobruxo - Brazil
The school is guarded by Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who emerge at night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest. More Info
Three unnamed schools - (presumed) *Australia, *China, *India (based on population and size)
(These can be assumed to be further education facilities for those who have completed their initial training at one of the above schools with the exception of Charm School)
Merge School of Under-Water Spellage
A wizarding school focusing on Underwater Charms. Among their offers are Basic and Advanced-Level courses of Scuba-Spells, in the Red Sea.
Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages
An international wizarding language school focusing on obscure magical languages, such as hieroglyphs. There are Euro-Glyph schools in London, Leeds, Montreal, Nairobi, Santiago, Caracas and Havana.
The Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
(W.A.D.A.) is a wizarding school that provides education for young witches and wizards who seek a theatrical or performance career. Professor Herbert Beery began teaching at the Academy after leaving the post of Herbology Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Academy of Broom Flying
Advertised on the Knight Bus, it offers advanced flying instruction, perhaps for those who wish to be employed professionally.
Charm school appears to be targeted at younger children before their commencement at Hogwarts, offering some sort of rudimentary magical education.
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Myrddin Academy of Magic
Established in 2006, Myrddin Academy is the realisation of a dream to offer young Witches and Wizards the chance to further their education before starting a career, giving them a valuable opportunity to excel and to hone their skills. Set in the sprawling grounds of Hyde Park and hidden from Muggle view, Myrddin is a convenient location for both local and international students seeking University level education.
Students are offered courses in seven speciality departments designed to give them a head start on their chosen career, be it as an Auror, a Healer, a Professor and more. All courses run for a minimum of two to a maximum of four years and Myrddin offers accommodation in their expansive buildings. More Info
* Not a confirmed canon school.