Best 10 International Schools in Seoul

International Education in Seoul

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Like much of Asia, South Korea’s education system is famously strong. Students regularly perform at above average levels in all areas, especially maths and sciences. So you’ll be glad to know that international schools in Seoul match and often exceed these standards.

International schools are located in all the major cities of South Korea, but the most well-known and well-reputed are found in the capital, Seoul. The upmarket area of Gangnam - yes, the same Gangnam that PSY sings about - has a cluster of top schools. The rest are scattered throughout Gyeonggi-do, the area surrounding and including the city proper.

American, British and International curricula dominate in Seoul’s international schools. Naturally, that means English is the language of instruction almost everywhere. If your child has been attending a non-English language school, they may be required to sit an English proficiency test as part of the application process.

There are also a handful of schools offering European curricula with languages to match (e.g. a French curriculum taught through the French language). Learning Korean is not obligatory, but it is offered as an additional language across the board. Mandarin is also commonly offered.

Applications for international schools in Seoul work on a first come, first served basis. Your child must meet eligibility criteria set at government level - but don’t freak out! It’s nothing crazy and is standard in many parts of the world. Some schools have their own additional criteria too, but again, it’s no cause for concern.

And you don’t need us to tell you this, but... the earlier you apply to your chosen international school, the better.

A day in an international school in Seoul will begin at 8am and run until around 3-4pm. When lessons finish, there are extensive extracurricular activities for your child to get involved in. Sports are especially big in Seoul; lots of international schools have excellent outdoor sports facilities.

You can expect all the usual bells and whistles besides all-weather pitches, however. The admittedly high price you’ll pay for your child to attend an international school in Seoul will include freshly prepared hot meals every day. In some cases, you can even avail of private bus transport to and from surrounding districts of the city for your child.

Native English speaking teachers are standard, as are much smaller than average class sizes. Even the international schools with the largest student population will have less than 20 students per class.

At the opposite end of the scale, the smallest international schools will still have small classes and a very diverse student body. You’ll find students from 10-20 different nations at the very least. In larger schools, the number of nationalities will be double that or more.

It’s not uncommon for international schools in Seoul to operate with a Christian ethos. This may include mandatory uniforms and somewhat strict codes of conduct. If that’s not your cup of tea, however, don’t fret. There’s a wide choice of schools in Seoul and you’ll surely find the perfect fit for you and your child.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Seoul. However, there are another 10 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Seoul based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Seoul

Out of a total of 20 International Schools in Seoul.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Yongsan International School of Seoul

TRUTH. EXCELLENCE. DIVERSITY.
YISS is a diverse school community offering a safe, close, and caring environment. Together, our students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni collaborate to make our school a warm, welcoming place.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: ₩24,043,407
to: ₩28,093,407
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Dwight School Seoul

Dwight is the FIRST and ONLY fully authorized IB Continuum School in Seoul. Our school is joyous and hardworking. We ignite the spark of genius in EVERY child.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ₩23,546,000
to: ₩30,456,000
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Curriculum
Christian, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: ₩27,062,965
to: ₩33,637,995
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Lycée International Xavier

Lycée International Xavier is a private French school in Seoul.
Curriculum
French
Language of instruction
French
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: ₩10,790,000
to: ₩14,768,376
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Korea Foreign School

Korea Foreign School is the non-profit private day-school. KFS is a nondenominational school which proudly represents students from more than 20 different countries. Its multicultural atmosphere is both warm and friendly.
KFS enables students to achieve academic excellence while being encouraged to be global leaders who promote global peace through equity, innovation, diversity, integrity, community,care for the environment and self-respect.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 17
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ₩33,300,000
to: ₩35,300,000
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Korea International School Seoul

Korea International School Seoul is a private PK-6, coeducational day school for expats students in Seoul, South Korea.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: ₩26,005,606
to: ₩28,581,293
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Dulwich College Seoul

Dulwich College is one of the UK's oldest independent schools, founded in South London as a boys’ school in 1619. Dulwich College International (DCI) was established to bring the Dulwich education to students around the world and is now one of the fastest growing UK independent school networks.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: ₩31,770,000
to: ₩34,931,000
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Seoul International School

High academic standing - great students and community
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ₩21,890,840
to: ₩32,234,975
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Seoul Foreign School

Inspiring Excellence, Building Character - since 1912
International in Every Way
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ₩29,374,793
to: ₩42,268,989
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Gyeonggi Suwon International School

Gyeonggi Suwon International School opened its doors to students for the first time on September 18, 2006. The purpose of the school is to provide a high quality international education for foreign children in Korea that will serve to further attract foreign investment to Korea.
Curriculum
IB, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: ₩19,349,818
to: ₩32,244,797
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