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International Schools - English, Around Korea

The following International Schools offer elementary and, in some cases, pre-school, middle and high school programs. To get a sense of whether or not the school is a good fit for your child/children, try and visit the facility during school hours. You will also want to check out the bus routes to see where they run in relation to your housing and how long a bus ride your child/children will have. (Note: many parents worry about long bus rides, but it seems most children don’t seem to mind them. In fact, the bus is often where they make friends and get to socialize with other children who live in their area). Some of the schools have quite long waiting lists, especially if your child is not already fluent in English (there is a quota on the number of ESL students per class in most schools). That said, with the increase in the number of international or foreign schools, there is more student space available these years. 

Korean Government Admissions Regulations:
The Korean Ministry of Education mandates that 70% of students in foreign schools* must be foreign nationals and that students attending international/foreign schools must meet at least of one of the following conditions:
1. At least one of the student's parents must have citizenship in a country other than the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as verified by an Alien Registration Card and Korean Family Registry*, or
2. The student must have lived overseas for no less than 3 years (1,095 days) as verified by the "Entry and Exit Certificate" issued by the Korean immigration department.
3. The student, who maintains intial enrollement eligibility, is currently enrolled at an accredited international school in Korea.
4. A student transferring from another international school in Korea must satisfy the above requirement as well.
*A person with dual nationalities is deemed to be Korean if one of those nationalities is Korean under Korean law.

Some international schools outside Seoul offer boarding programs that may be helpful for families facing the prospect of a waiting list or for those living outside Seoul. Boarding is generally available from the 6th grade on up. These schools generally offer boarding to 6th through the 12th grade. The boarding programs usually include adult supervision, meals and laundry service, supervised study halls, and a recreation program.

The following schools are supporters of Korea4Expats and have undergone an evaluation process before being accepted in our Directory

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS - ENGLISH: (Note: these schools have been visited by K4E prior to being accepted in the Korea4Expats Directory of Services.)

Busan Foreign School (BFS) Kindegarten through Grade 12, located in Haeundae-gu, Busan. Tel: 051-747-7199. (more details on the Busan Foreign School Directory Page). Foreign School*
Chadwick International School,  Kindergarten through Grade 12, located in Songdo City, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do, Tel: 032-250-5000. (more details on the Chadwick Directory Page). International School*.
Dwight School Seoul Kindergarten through High School (students from 3 to 18 y-o-a) located in Digital Media City in Mapo-gu, Seoul (near World Cup Stadium/beside Japanese School). Tel: 02-305-7575. Foreign School*.
Dulwich College Seoul (DCSL) British-based curriculum from Nursery to Year 13 (Ages 3-18), located in Banpo, Seoul, Tel: 02-3015-8500. (more details on the Dulwich Directory Page). Foreign School*. 
Korea International School (KIS) has two locations. The Seoul Campus in Gangnam offers an English curriculum from PK - Gr 5 while the Pangyeo Campus in Gyeonggi-do goes from PK-Gr 12. Foreign School*.

International Christian-based Schools - English
International Christian School Uijeongbu (ICSU)
- Kindergarten through Grade 12, located in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do. Foreign School*
Seoul Foreign British School - UK’s English National Curriculum (ENC) from Age 3 to Year 9, located in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-02-330-3271. (A division of Seoul Foreign School - see below). Foreign School*.
Seoul Foreign School  (SFS) - Kindergarten through Grade 12, located in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-330-3100.  Foreign School*.
Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) -  Kindergarten through Grade 12, U.S. curriculum and Christian educators, located in Itaewon, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-797-5104. Foreign School* 

*In a 'foreign' school' enrollment of eligibile ethnic Koreans is limited to 30% while an 'international' school has no limits on the number of ethnic Korean students. See the Admission to Foreign Schools Page for more details.

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Last Updated on 2018-09-03

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