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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:

  • Korean citizens who have resided overseas for over three years
  • Those who have spent at least 6 semesters at schools located overseas
  • Those who have at least one parent who is a foreign citizen
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.


Dulwich College Seoul

Dulwich College Seoul offers an exemplary British-style international education for over 600 expatriate students aged 2 years to 18 years from over 40 different countries. It is built upon the history of Dulwich College London, one of Britain’s most prestigious independent schools, originated in 1619. The College maintains close relationship with Dulwich College London and the Dulwich Colleges in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Singapore. The curriculum follows the best practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and Enhanced English National Curriculum. Dulwich College Seoul is registered to offer Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE examinations and is a Candidate School to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students up to Year 13 (ages 18) from the 2015-16 academic year. Facilities include outdoor playground areas, two libraries, a 250-seat auditorium, an indoor gym, an indoor swimming pool, a soccer pitch and an outdoor basketball area.


Dwight School Seoul

Dwight School Seoul is the first IB World School in Seoul authorized across all three International Baccalaureate programmes. As a member of the five Dwight global schools in New York, London, Vancouver Island and Shanghai, the Dwight family shares the mission of igniting the spark of genius in every child. Dwight School Seoul offers IB education from preschool to grade 12 providing a framework for successful learning and holistic development. Its commitment to the International Baccalaureate Programme not only ensures academic excellence, but also philanthropic activities and leadership which helps students succeed in the next phases of their lives as community members and world leaders.


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.


Korea International School (KIS)

Korea International School (KIS) is a private, proprietary, non-profit, nonsectarian school established in 2000 in the Gangnam neighborhood of southern Seoul. In 2006, KIS relocated to a modern, state-of-the-art facility in the rapidly-growing southern Seoul suburb of Pangyo. KIS Seoul has programs from Pre Kinergarten to Elementary Years and Pangyo Campus offers programs from Pre Kindergarten to Grade 12. The stated mission of KIS is to “inspire students with a passion for learning and to cultivate the competence, self-assurance, initiative, and creativity necessary for success in the global community.”


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.


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.


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.


Rainbow International School

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Rainbow International School provides a safe and a quality learning environment which challenges all students to achieve their personal best and develop a positive vision for their future. RainbowInternational School is the non-profit private day-school provides holistic and experiential learning for grades 1 to 8. Located in Seoul, South Korea, Rainbow International School opened its doors to students in September, 2007. RIS students and teachers come from twenty-three different nations. All RIS Staff and Faculty work together to build a school which is accepting of everyone and promotes a celebration of who we are and where we are from. Its multicultural atmosphere is both warm and friendly.



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 International

Deutsche Schule Seoul International was founded in 1976. As Korea’s one and only German language school, it is supported by the German government.



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.