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Education for foreign residents

Foreign Schools

Foreign Schools are institutes that provide education to non-Korean children and Korean children who have lived abroad for a certain period of time. 
Foreign schools, most of which are located in Gyeonggi-do, Incheon Metropolitan City and Seoul, provide lessons in English and Chinese.
Thanks to the approval of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, students are allowed to receive (as of 2009) authorized diplomas provided that they complete 102 credit hours of Korean language and history courses a year.

Foreign Schools

General Admission Requirements

To be eligible for entry to a foreign school,  children must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Citizenship of a foreign country
  • Permanent residence in a foreign country
  • Korean citizen who has lived at least five years overseas
  • At least one parent is a citizen of a foreign country 

Required Documents

It is recommended that the following documents are prepared in your home country in order to save time.

  • An application form obtained from the school, along with recent photos
  • Official transcripts/report cards from previous schools
  • Standardized test scores
  • Letters of recommendation (some schools require recommendations from particular teachers)

Admission Tests

Many schools require admission tests.
If your child has been attending a non-English language school and you are applying for his/her entry to an English language school, an English proficiency exam, such as the IDEA Language Proficiency Test, may be required.
Student and/or parent interviews may also be required, depending on the school. Applicants may also have to take additional placement exams.


Seoul Foreign School (SFS)

Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is one of Korea’s oldest international schools. Its history dates back to 1912 when it was founded by Methodist missionaries.
The elementary school, middle and high school curricula follow the American programs. However, a British School, which follows the English National Primary Strategy and National Curriculum for Reception, is also available.


Seoul American Elementary School & High School

Located in the U.S. Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, this American elementary school is a US Department of Defense school, which means that priority of admission is placed on US military families. It is primarily for the children of US service people, although those of US citizens can also attend if places are available. One of the largest US military schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 


Yongsan International School(YIS)

Established on a relatively new campus in the heart of Seoul, Yongsan International School has some of the best facilities of any international school in the country. It was founded in 1990 as the International Christian School of Seoul, and has been accredited by the Eastern Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International. It offers an American-style education from elementary school to high school. Its facilities include fifty classrooms, two libraries, a 400-seat auditorium, two gyms, two outdoor playground areas, an indoor swimming pool and a soccer pitch with artificial turf. 


Centennial Christian School(CCS)

This school, located on the slopes of Namsan (Mt.) in Yongsan, offers a US-style education from preschool age to grade 12. This school may be preferred by parents wishing to educate their children according to Christian values. Accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC). The school runs Bible classes and a weekly church service. Music classes are also offered.


Korea Kent Foreign School

Founded in 1993 as a high school, Korea Kent Foreign School now offers a US-style education for students from kindergarten to high school. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Global Christian School

Founded in 1996, the Global Christian School seeks to provide an outstanding American-style academic education in a nurturing, Christian environment.
It offers classes from kindergarten to grade 12. International students from ten nations.


Seoul Academy International School

The Seoul Academy International School offers American-style kindergarten, elementary and middle school classes to foreign students.
200 students are enrolled, and there are ESL classes for students whose first language is not English. Its extracurricular activities include music, art and Korean culture. Emphasis is placed on learning about Korea. This includes Korean language classes for grades 1 to 8.


Asia Pacific International School

Founded in 2007 and one of Seoul’s newest foreign schools, the Asia Pacific International School provides an American-style education in a loving Christian environment with the goal of nurturing students for the coming Pacific Century.
The school emphasizes Asian-language education, with Korean, Chinese and Japanese classes available. Students can take advantage of the Korean educational system through class partnerships with neighboring schools.



Lycée Français de Seoul

The Lycée Français de Séoul (Seoul French School) is located in the heart of Seoul’s French community in Bangbae-dong.
Accredited by the French Ministry of Education and regulated by the National Agency for French Education Abroad. Around 350 students are enrolled. Students must be proficient in French. Offers kindergarten-, primary- and secondary school-level education.


Lycee International Xavier

The Lycée International Xavier is a French International School located in the heart of Seoul.
The Lycée International Xavier follows the official programs of the French National Ministry of Education. Students in grade 9 take the Brevet des collèges (a French diploma) and, in grades 11 and 12, students take the French Baccalauréat. The school offers education for primary, middle and high school students; and has a dormitory for students who wish to board at the school.
Students who are not proficient in French enter a French as a Foreign Language program until they possess the necessary proficiency for attendance at regular classes.
Classes in the Korean language and Korean history are also offered to middle and high school students.



Deutsche Schule Seoul

The Deutsche Schule Seoul (Seoul German School) was founded in 1976. As Korea’s one and only German language school, it is supported by the German government.
The school offers preschool classes and a 10-year Gymnasium course. It follows the curriculum of the State of Thuringia. Students must be proficient in German. Upon completion of the 10-year program, students can transfer to an English language high school.



Japanese School in Seoul

Founded in 1972, the Japanese School in Seoul provides Japanese language education to Seoul’s Japanese expatriate community.
The school offers classes from kindergarten to high school, and follows the curriculum of the Japanese Ministry of Education, although Korean language classes are offered as well.



Hanseong Chinese Middle and High School

Located near Yonsei University, Hanseong Chinese Middle and High School provides good quality Chinese language education primarily to the ethnic Chinese population resident in Korea.
The school follows the curriculum of the Republic of China’s (and Taiwan’s) education system. Extracurricular activities include classes on Chinese calligraphy and painting.



National Library

If it’s been published in Korea, it’s here!
This is Korea’s largest library with 5.94 million books.


National Assembly Library

Located next to the National Assembly Building in Yeouido, the National Assembly Library plays a similar role to the Library of Congress in the United States, providing lawmakers with prompt access to accurate information. 


Namsan Library

The Namsan Public Library rests on Namsan (Mountain) in Yongsan. It houses a rich body of resources. The library is equally famous for its scenic view of the Hangang (River) and the nation’s capital, and is also popular for its picturesque surroundings in spring and fall.