Educational institutions for foreigners
Types of educational institutions
Foreign educational institutions
Educational institutions that are founded, with approval of Korea’s Minister of Education, in Korea by the state, local government, or nonprofit corporation founding and running preschool, elementary, secondary, and advanced educational institutions overseas under foreign laws.
Foreign schools are founded to provide children of foreigners residing in Korea with education of their home country and Koreans residing overseas for 3 years or more and then returning home can also enter them up to certain percentage of the student body.
Korea International School Jeju
The Korea International School Jeju was founded in Jeju Global Education City with approval of Jeju-do Superintendent of Education for the purpose of improving Koreans’ foreign language skills and training globalized professionals. The school comprise kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school programs, and the programs can also be run separately or in integration.
Special class for returnee students
Special classes for returnee students were created in general schools to help students residing overseas and then returning to Korea adjust to the Korean school life.
Admissions requirement for educational institutions
Admissions requirement for foreign educational institutions
Children of foreigners residing in Korea, and Koreans (no overseas residency requirement)
※ Koreans can account for up to 30% of the student body and, where the superintendent of education decides by city/province education rules, up to 50% thereof.
* Source: Total information service for foreign educational institutions and international schools (http://www.isi.go.kr)
Seoul Global Center “Korean Class"
On weekdays, free (except for class materials) Korean classes are being provided and, on weekends, paid general courses, paid TOPIK preparation courses, and paid storytelling courses are being provided.
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Education system in Korea
The current education system in Korea consists of six years of elementary school, three years of middle school, three years of high school, and 4 years of college and, in 2002, mandatory education was expanded to middle schools of the entire country including urban areas. Korean schools are divided into public and private schools. Public schools are founded by the state and, in private elementary schools, unlike public schools, schools have the authority to select students, and parents also have right to select schools in principle.
Daycare center and Kindergarten
Daycare centers, where preschool children up to 6 years of age can play with peers and learn sociality, can be deemed as the stage before attending kindergarten. Their characteristic is the focus on play rather than learning and that parents can bring and pick up children at their convenient times. Notwithstanding difference among them, generally, their operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and some even provide night or 24-hour care for working parents.
In Korea, children enter elementary schools at 7 years of age. Most children attend public elementary schools allocated according to their residences, but those wishing to attend private elementary schools can apply there pursuant to admissions procedure designated by each school. Result of the application is decided through an open lottery. The biggest characteristic of private elementary schools is their specialized curriculum. As a clear example, while teaching English begins from third grade in public schools, English is included as a regular subject from first grade in most private schools. In terms of art and physical education, a number of schools require learning sports and musical instruments.
As elementary school education is mandatory, public elementary schools charge no tuition while private elementary schools charge annual tuition of approximately KRW 3 - 5 million.
* Source: Lee Yu-jong & Lee Hyo-yong, White paper on Korean private schools, Junior Gimmyoung, 2006
After completing six years of elementary school, students enter middle schools. Middle schools are also divided into public and private schools, but, except for international middle schools and art middle schools, students enter schools allocated according to their residences. International middle schools specialize in training global talents and art middle schools specialize in art and physical education. Students have to take entrance exam for these specialized schools.
High schools are divided into general and vocational schools based on curriculum. “Integrated high schools” run both general and vocational curriculum.
Also, there are special-purpose high schools (science high schools and foreign language high schools), art high schools, physical education high schools, high schools for technical training, correspondence high schools, etc. General high schools run humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and general vocational curriculum, and vocational high schools include agricultural, industrial, commercial, and fishery/marine high schools. In addition, there are home economics and vocational programs, science, physical education, art, and foreign language high schools.
* Source: Doosan Encyclopedia
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