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      Top 5 Unique Facts about international schools in Seoul!

1. Education is a high priority for many Korean families, so competitiveness can
get pretty intense.

This might mean that you have to prepare yourself and your children for a different academic culture before starting school. International schools in Korea are well known for their high standards and rigorous programs, and the university acceptance is almost 100% at every international school. Some parents love the competitiveness while other parents might feel tired of dealing with this new source of potential stress. 

2. The admissions processes for international schools can differ but also by grade

That means that the application process for a middle schooler in Korea could differ from an elementary schooler and so on. Moreover, some international schools require a varied number of documents, regardless of age, including passports and birth certificates.

3. If the tuition at an international school is too high and can be a burden to your
family, there are alternative schools in Korea you could consider.

For example, some families send their kids to alternative schools for English speakers, both in and outside of Seoul. Tuition at these schools is far less expensive and most schools are affiliated with a Christian background. The Korean government does
not authorize these schools, but these schools do have educational accreditations from well-known institutions such as Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Council of International Schools (CIS) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Most  kids attending these schools are Koreans who want to pursue international curriculum education and then enter overseas universities.

4. The line between foreign school and international school might not be as neatly
drawn as we think.

Foreign schools are usually schools that are mostly made up of “foreign” students with limited enrollment for ethnic Korean students. International schools are seen as being predominantly open to anyone who can pay the tuition. However, in the past, the definitions haven’t been quite so strictly enforced, so don’t be confused if you see them being used interchangeably at

5. The Korean and international academic calendars are different, usually.

Most Korean calendars begin in March and end in the middle of July. The second semester starts in August and ends in the middle of February. The summer break is short compared to Western calendars, lasting only a few weeks. Winter vacation, on the other hand, can last over a month. Most international schools, however, adopt the Western calendar.

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To help you out, here are the Top 10 Considerations parents can keep in mind when it comes to selecting international schools in Korea:

1. How far is the school from your workplace and what neighborhood is the school in?
2. What curriculums do the schools carry? For example: American, British, Canadian, German, French, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)? How academically challenging is the school and how much homework is given?
3. How expensive is the tuition and does the school offer scholarships and/or financial aid?
4. How diverse is the school and what kind of programs do they have?
5. What kinds of religious affiliations does the school have?
6. How big is the school, including the total number of students and available school facilities?
7. Does the school offer special education support? What is their policy on bullying and how do they handle such events?
8. How invested is the school in athletics, clubs, and other afterschool programs?
9. What kinds of universities do their students get into?
10. Is the school accredited by the Department of Education of Korea?

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