The educational system of Korea consists of six grades of primary school, three grades of middle school,three years of high school and four years of university (or two years of college). The six-year curriculum of primary schools and the three-year curriculum of middle schools are operated as mandatory education,and tuition is free during this period.
In Korea the school year is divided into two semesters. After the first semester, there is about a month of summer vacation. After the second semester, there is about a month of winter vacation, and a term-end holiday of one to two weeks (after an end-of-year school ceremony) before the start of the new grade year (the next March). Generally, the first semester starts in early March, and the second semester starts between late August and early September. The education curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school is divided into two sections: curricular and extracurricular called creative experiential activities.
Elementary, middle, and high schools that are designated as preliminary schools provide Korean classes to support Korean language and culture education for students such as immigrated children, etc. who lack Korean language skills. A total of 195 schools are in operation nationwide as preliminary schools. When the school does not operate the program, you can still get Korean language education through ‘visiting preliminary school.’ You can check for local preliminary schools through Education Offices of si or do, or on the Multi-cultural Education Portal (www.nime.or.kr).
To encourage bilingual education, bilingual textbooks are developed and distributed. ‘Bilingual Speech Contest’ is held every year. You can visit the Edunet (www.edunet.net) or the National Center for Multi-cultural Education portal (www.edunet.net) to download the bilingual textbooks (○○ Language to learn with Mom and Dad*」, etc. The ‘Bilingual Speech Contest’ selects students through school and local contests to hold the national contest every October.
10 languages including Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Filipino, English, Indonesian, Thai, Cambodian, Mongolian, etc.
Global Bridge provides education programs to foster global talents of multicultural families who have potentials in mathematics, science, languages, leadership, or arts and athletics. Students of 4th grade to high school can participate. The classes are at least two times a month (on weekends and holidays) during school semester, and once a week during vacation. You can find out how to participate at National Research Foundation of Korea (www.nrf.re.kr). (Operated by 20 universities nationwide)
1:1 matching with a university/college student to support the adaptation to school and basic learning skills. The university/college student mentor visits the school of the multicultural student to help with study after school or during vacation. You can get mentoring for approximately 20 hours per week (40 hours per week during vacation). You can participate in this program through school or local children’s center.
For more information, please inquire at the National Center for Multi-cultural Education or local Education Office. (See below)
|National Center for Multi-cultural Education||02-3780-9786, 9784, 9782|
|Education Office at si or do||Seoul||02-399-9113|
Multicultural alternative schools: support multicultural students who want to receive personalized education or who have stopped school education. The school’s achievement is recognized officially.
|The School of Global Sarang (Guro-gu, Seoul) (www.globalsarang.com)||Elementary|
|Multi-language specialized education, learning Korean, English, and a second foreign language at the same time|
|Seoul Dasom Tourism High School (Formerly, Seoul Dasom School, Jongno-gu, Seoul) (www.sds.hs.kr)||High|
|Korean Polytechnics Dasom School (Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do) (dasom.kopo.ac.kr)||High|
|Free(Free dormitory) 043-649-2800|
|Incheon Hannuri School (Namdong-gu, Incheon) (www.hannuri.icesc.kr)||Elementary·Middle·High|
|Elementary·middle : Free High: Charged (Additional expense for dormitory) 032-442-2104, 032-442-2109|
International schools (foreign schools) are for non-Korean children and children of Korean parents who lived abroad for at least three years with their children and returned to Korea. They are designed to provide education for those who are not able to continue their studies at an ordinary Korean school due to the lack of Korean language skills. There are 40 international/foreign schools in Korea, 19 being in Seoul, 6 in Gyeonggi-do, 5 in Busan, 2 in Incheon, 2 in Gyeongsangnam-do, 2 in Daegu, and one school each in Daejeon, Gwangju, Ulsan, and Gangwon-do
Please note that information contained within this publication is current as of April 2018; information is subject to change without notice.