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Welcome to Seongdong-gu

Information for Expatriates

  • 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.

The foreign schools, mostly 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, as of 2009, are allowed to receive authorized diplomas, if they complete 102 credit hours of Korean language and history courses a year.

General Admission Requirements

To be eligible to enter a foreign school, the child must meet at least one of the following requirements :

  1. Citizen of a foreign nation
  2. Permanent resident of a foreign nation
  3. Korean citizen who has lived at least five years overseas
  4. 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 you've been attending a non-English language school and are applying 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 be required, depending on the school. Applicants may also have to take additional placement exams.

Foreign Schools in Seoul (and Its Environs)

Foreign Schools in Seoul (and Its Environs)
School Name School Contents
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 school 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.

Facilities include a performing arts center and a football field.

Tuition is 7,200,000 won for preschoolers (plus US$2,000), 14,250,000 won for elementary school (plus US$5,000), 14,500,000 won for middle school (plus US$5,400) and 18,200,000 won for high school (plus US$5,700). That of the British school is 15,600,000 won (plus US$5,000).

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 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.

Facilities include 50 classrooms, two libraries, a 400 seat auditorium, two gyms, two outdoor playground areas, indoor swimming pool and soccer pitch with artificial turf.

Tuition is 11,928,000 won for elementary education and 13,543,000 won for middle and high school. There's also a US$1,600 tuition fee and capital development fee of 5,000,000 won for new students (1,000,000 won for returning students).

Seoul American Elementary School

Located in the U.S. Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, this American elementary school is a US Department of Defense school, meaning admission priority is placed on US military families.

Primarily for US servicemen, although US citizens can also attend if space is available.

One of the largest US military schools in the Asia-Pacific region.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Seoul American High School

Seoul American High School is a US military high school located in the US Yongsan Garrison.

Like Seoul American Elementary School, this institution is one of the largest US military schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Admission is limited to American citizens, with priority placed on US military families.

Primarily for US servicemen, although US citizens may also attend if space is available.

One of the largest US military schools in the Asia-Pacific region.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Centennial Christian School (CCS)

This school, located on the slopes of Namsan (Mt.) in Yongsan, offers a US-style education from preschool to grade 12. This school may be preferred by parents seeking Christian values.

Accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).

School has Bible classes and a weekly church service. Music classes offered.

Tuition is 10,545,000 won a year, plus US$2,280. An additional 2,000,000 won is charged for the “new student capital development fee”.

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 School and Colleges (WASC).

300 students are enrolled.

Facilities include a computer lab, library, cafeteria, PE areas and a play area Tuition is 14.7 million won for elementary school, 15.5 million won for middle school and 16.7million won for high school.

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.

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.

Tuition is 17 million won a year (2007), in addition to extra costs.

Global Christian School

Founded in 1996, the Global Christian School seeks to provide an outstanding American-style academic education in a nurturing, Christian environment.

Offers classes from kindergarten to grade 12.

International student body from 10 nations.

Elementary tuition is 11,000,000 won plus $3,500 a year.

Middle and high school tuition is 11,000,000 won (plus 4,500 US dollars) a year.

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.

Emphasizes Asian-language education, with Korean, Chinese and Japanese classes available.

Students can take advantage of a Korean educational system through class partnerships with neighboring schools.

Facilities include a main academic building, main auditorium, children's playground, athletic field, outdoor amphitheater, gymnasium, and a separate seasonal camp and conference facility in Pocheon.

Tuition for elementary school is 13,000,000 plus 3,000 US dollars, while tuition for middle school is 14,000,000 plus 3,000 US dollars. High school tuition is to be announced.

Lycee Francais de Seoul

The Lycee Francais de Seoul (Seoul French School) is located in the heart of Seoul's French community in Bangbae-dong. It is Seoul's only French language school.

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.

Baccalaureate programs are available for high-level students Kindergarten and primary school costs 6,668,000 won, secondary school costs 9,064,000 won and 6th Form costs 9,804,000 won (French nationals) and 8,360,000 won, 11,735,000 won and 12,310,000 won (for non-French nationals).

There is also a founder's share of 5,000,000 won.

Deutsche Schule Seoul

The Deutsche Schule Seoul (Seoul German School) was founded in 1976. It is Korea's one and only German language school. It is supported by the German government.

Offers preschool classes and a 10 year Gymnasium course.

Uses the curriculum of the State of Thuringia.

Students must be proficient in German.

After completion of a 10-year program, students can transfer to an English language high school.

Tuition ranges from 7,700,000 won for kindergarten to 14,520,000 for secondary school.

Japanese School in Seoul

The Japanese School in Seoul, founded in 1972, provides Japanese language education to Seoul's Japanese expatriate community.

Offers classes from kindergarten to high school.

Follows the curriculum of the Japanese Ministry of Education, although Korean language classes are offered as well.

Hanseong Chinese Elementary School

Located near the old Chinese Embassy in Myeong-dong, Hanseong Chinese Elementary School is one of Korea's oldest ethnic Chinese schools.

It provides Chinese language education to mostly the ethnic Chinese population resident in Korea.

The school, however, has grown increasingly popular with Korean parents wanting their children to learn Chinese.

Tuition ranges between 170,000-270,000 won a month.

  • Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Tel. 82-2-779-3701
Hanseong Chinese Middle and High School

Located near Yonsei University, Hanseong Chinese Middle and High School provides quality Chinese language education to primarily the ethnic Chinese population resident in Korea.

Follows the curriculum of the Republic of China (Taiwan) education system.

Extracurricular activities include classes on Chinese calligraphy and painting.

Tuition at Chinese schools is about 170,000-270,000 won a month.