Top 15 Best International Schools Seoul, South Korea

Top 15 Best International Schools Seoul, South Korea

International Schools in Seoul

For those looking for the best international schools in Seoul, there are just over 20 to choose from. There are 7 American schools, 10 International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, 4 British as well as 2 French and 1 German school.

Education in South Korea

South Koreans are some of the best educated people on the planet, regularly amongst the highest literacy rates in annual surveys. Schools and education in general are of the highest quality so there are many opportunities to make sure your children thrive while in school in Seoul.

International schooling in South Korea has one particular difference from other countries; there are what most people would consider normal ‘international schools’ and also something called a ‘foreign school’ - if you are not from South Korea, the difference doesn’t matter as much as you are free to attend either type of school. For South Koreans there are limits to how many can attend ‘foreign schools’ but apart from that, they are essentially the same. In reality you are likely to find a good mix of international and local students in both school types just as you would in most other countries.

International School Tuition Fees in Seoul

Given the popularity of international schooling in Seoul and the booming economy in recent decades, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that fees are on the high side. Fees can range from $15,000 to $35,000 per year depending on the school locations, reputation and so on. 

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Before the ranking, check out our Featured Best Schools in Seoul:

Dulwich College Seoul

 How they educate students and the environment of this school is amazing  

Dulwich College Seoul logo

Ages
4 to 18

Curriculum
English,IB

Primary Language
English


Where Seoul international schools are distributed (view our List of International Schools in Seoul to see a live map):

Best international schools in Seoul

Best International Schools in Seoul - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Seoul school should be in the top 15, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they research their next school. You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Seoul, or search by name here.


Dulwich College Seoul logo Dulwich College Seoul 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Max Class Size

22

Description

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.

Dulwich College Seoul offers an exemplary British-style international education for 700 expatriate students aged 4 to 18 from over 40 different countries. The curriculum follows the best practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and English National Curriculum. With our Cambridge International Examination (CIE) accreditation, we offer the IGCSE programme and our International Baccalaureate World School status enables students to proceed thereafter with the IB Diploma programme. Our College is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Dulwich College Seoul is situated on a purpose-designed city campus just south of the Han River in the centrally located Seocho District. Our campus hosts outdoor play areas, an all-weather sports field, a futsal astro court area, an indoor gymnasium and a 25-metre indoor swimming pool. Facilities also include a 250-seat auditorium, a black box theatre, a dance studio, self-contained suites of music rooms, two fully stocked learning resource centres and libraries, science laboratories, an outdoor low ropes course, a food technology room, art and design workshops and a kiln room.

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Korea International School Seoul 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 11

Description

Korea International School Seoul (KIS) is a school that values its Western tradition in education, and to this, the school has established a challenging and well-rounded academic curriculum, where the arts, student activities and athletics are also highly valued.

The students are nurtured to acquire ‘habits of mind’ such as problem solving, decision-making, critical and creative thinking skills as well as to gain academic success. At KIS Seoul, we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver high-quality education in a small campus setting. With low student-teacher ratios, the campus is ideally suited to give all learners that special care and attention they require in their formative years.

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Global Christian Foreign School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

5 to 18

Description

Our continuous vision for Global Christian Foreign School (GCFS) is for each and every individual student to be raised up and released as global Christian leaders. And in the last 20 years, approximately 40 different nations came to receive Christian education from the Christ-centered standards and values we uphold.

This vision has been possible through the many faithful kingdom workers that have partnered with us in bringing excellence in teaching, serving, and raising up each student. 

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German School Seoul International 

4.9 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

German, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

German School Seoul International (GSSI) was founded in 1976. It serves German expatriate families, other foreigners and Koreans living in the South Korean capital and its surroundings.

GSSI school is approved by the Federal Republic of Germany as a private foreign school. It is one of 140 German international schools certified as an "excellent German international school" by the Federal Office of Administration

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Seoul Academy 

4.6 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 14

Description

Seoul Academy provides all students with vast opportunities for learning and community involvement. The entire Seoul Academy community shares the responsibility for building the academic success of each student.

The mission of Seoul Academy is to ensure students achieve their maximum potential and lead humane, creative, literate, trustworthy, self-directed and self-sufficient lives.

Elementary school education is the foundation upon which all future learning is built. As such, Seoul Academy is committed to providing each student with a safe and supportive learning environment. Our low student-teacher ratio ensures that teachers are able to give each student the attention they need to succeed.

Our classrooms are bright and inspiring; full of active, engaged learners. Our teachers are highly qualified, compassionate, and dedicated to providing meaningful learning experiences. Our curriculum is comprehensive and prepares students for the life and academic challenges in their futures. We strive to provide a well-rounded program that enables proficiency in all subject areas, the arts, physical education, and second language instruction.

We care about the social and emotional well-being of each individual student. We model and expect students to exhibit the skills and attitudes for appropriate social interaction that will enable them to be confident and productive citizens in a global community. Our goal is for students to become motivated, independent learners, capable of achieving success in a complex, ever-changing world.

Seoul Academy's middle school program offers a dynamic curriculum ranging from the traditional core subjects (English, Social studies, math and science) to a wide variety of other curricula including Chinese, Computers and more. While there is a heavy emphasis on preparing students to meet the challenges of high school abroad in countries like America, Seoul Academy' small-size classes ensures that every middle student receives the individual care and attention to succeed in their own particular pursuits beyond the middle school level. Indeed, one big aim of the middle school program is to ensure that each and every class is personalized, relevant and stimulating. In the process, all students will study intensively and thoroughly all subject strands expected for high school entrance in a typical secondary environment.

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Seoul International School 

4.2 from 8 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Description

Seoul International School (SIS) develops inquisitive, independent thinkers and collaborative learners, who acquire the essential knowledge necessary to be caring and creative contributors to the world around them.

Seoul International School is an academic institute whose purpose is to provide a challenging U.S. curriculum to meet the primary and secondary educational needs of international students living in Seoul, Korea. The school is committed to the arts, humanities and sciences as the best preparation for higher education, for service to humanity and for life-long learning in our rapidly changing world.

Our efforts focus on developing students’ intellectual, creative, moral, physical and emotional abilities to their fullest, in cooperation with parents and the global community. SIS seeks to offer a broad set of educational experiences, both curricular and co-curricular, in an environment that is safe, orderly and supportive.

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Lycée International Xavier 

4.2 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

French

Primary Language

French

Ages

5 to 18

Description

Lycée International Xavier was founded in March 2002 in order to cultivate humanitarian spirited people who will be able to interact harmoniously with people from different cultures in a multicultural world.

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Korea Foreign School 

4.1 from 8 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 16

Description

Korea Foreign School (KFS) is a non-profit private day-school. Located in Seoul, South Korea, Korea Foreign School opened its doors to students in September 2007. KFS is a non-denominational school which proudly represents students from more than 20 different countries. Its multicultural atmosphere is both warm and friendly.

Korea Foreign School is an IB World School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and for Middle Years Programme (MYP). PYP and MYP are fully inclusive programmes where all students participate in the IB curricula.

For a student to be an effective global citizen, he/she must be able to logically interpret and utilize the intersection between people and community as a guide in decision making. In addition to the basic academic program, students will participate in both local and extended field trips. Students will have opportunities to perform music and drama and to display artwork.

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Lycée Francais de Seoul 

4.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

French

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Lycée Français de Seoul is an institution whose teaching is fully approved by the French Ministry of Education. The programs are in accordance with the official instructions in all points, from the class of Small Kindergarten to Grade 12.

The Lycée Français de Seoul is part of the network of AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This network of more than 400 schools, unique in the world, is present in nearly 135 countries

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Cheongna Dalton School 

4.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Description

Cheongna Dalton School (CDS) is the only International School fully accredited by both the Korean Government and Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC).

CDS was founded by the Bongduk Education Foundation that established Hangaram High School in Seoul, Korea. Inspired by the success of Hangaram High School, the Foundation hoped to establish a school committing in pursuing the cultivation of the creativity, adaptability, self-motivation and leadership. In September of 2010, the Foundation made an agreement with the Dalton School in New York to launch the faithful innovation of education.

Cheongna Dalton School was established on the first of September in 2011 and offers curriculum for grade K~12.

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Seoul Scholars 

4.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

American, English

Primary Language

English

Ages

13 to 18

Description

Seoul Scholars is a college preparatory private academy that challenges students with rigorous academic programs specifically tailored to prepare them for the demands of higher education abroad. Building upon the diversity of current climate, we aim to prepare students to contribute and thrive in a heterogeneous academic environment. Seoul Scholars will enable students to develop skills to achieve their goals and in turn to be thoughtful leaders in their respective fields and of their generation.

Our mission is to provide stimulating and challenging education that prepares and inspires students for successful academic careers. To accomplish our goal, we put emphasis on rigorous and advanced curriculum.

The development of skills in writing and oral communication, acquisition of mastery in subjects, critical thinking and understanding social responsibilities are all part of the Seoul Scholars education.

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Gyeonggi Suwon International School 

3.7 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) is proud to be the first fully accredited three program International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in the greater Seoul area, and the second such school on the Korean peninsula. Students progress through the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP), and the Diploma (DP) programmes as they move towards matriculation in a thriving academic environment.

The school services both the educational and co-curricular needs of more than 500 Kindergarten - Grade 12 students and their families. Located in Suwon, a short commute south of Seoul, Gyeonggi Suwon International School provides a dynamic learning environment, passionately committed to “educating the whole child.”

A quality international education addresses both academic and co-curricular facets of a learner’s life. To facilitate this process GSIS offers a wide range of co-curricular programs including athletics, fine arts and performing arts, special interest clubs, and various service opportunities. All this in addition to a robust academic program.

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Seoul Foreign School 

3.4 from 9 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Seoul Foreign School (SFS) encourages you to visit our beautiful campus and see for yourself the unique atmosphere, the four individual schools, the incredible athletics and arts facilities and the truly committed teachers and staff members. We have just built a very impressive state of the art High School ready for the 2018-19 academic year. It embodies our spirit of Building For the Future.

All Seoul Foreign School students have access to a world-class learning experience which will prepare them for a rich and happy life when they move on to prestigious universities around the world.

A spirit of excellence and service has permeated Seoul Foreign School for over a century and we hope to welcome you as a part of that in years to come.

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Dwight School Seoul 

3.3 from 14 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Dwight School Seoul provides an international education to the highest recognized academic standards. We are committed to finding and igniting the “spark of genius” in EVERY child. Dwight School Seoul is the FIRST IB Continuum School in Seoul. Specially selected by the Seoul Municipal Government to open a model IB World School in Seoul, Dwight has gained International Baccalaureate World school status and joins the proud history associated with The Dwight Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization.

At Dwight School Seoul, we believe that every student is unique. Our goal is to create world leaders through academic excellence but also to develop each student’s passion through an individualized, strategic approach. We are committed to providing personalized learning for all of our students, allowing them to immerse themselves in a comprehensive range of subjects across all three International Baccalaureate programmes: Primary Years Programme (preschool-grade 5), Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and the Diploma Programme (grades 11-12).

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Chadwick International School logo Chadwick International School 

3.1 from 10 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

4 to 18

Description

Chadwick International School is deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being, and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion.

Chadwick School has grown significantly since opening in 1935, but the legacy of its founder, Margaret Lee Chadwick, remains a driving force behind the school’s continued development. Now in its 75th year, Chadwick has more than 800 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 and has graduated more than 3,000 students.

One of Chadwick's most significant milestones is the founding in 2010 of Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea, expanding opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education and become lifelong members of the Chadwick Community. Chadwick International School develops global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead.

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Other International Schools in Seoul

There are 6 other international schools in Seoul that didn't make it into our Top 15, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 15, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Korea Kent Foreign School IB 5.0 / 5
Asia Pacific International School IB 5.0 / 5
Saint Paul Preparatory Seoul American 5.0 / 5
The British Prep English 3.0 / 5
Yongsan International School of Seoul American 2.8 / 5
British Education Korea English n/a

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