Though there isn't a wide variety of international schools in Busan, the schools that are available boast high standards. Most of the schools offer US or International Baccalaureate curricula. Spaces at international schools in Busan are limited, so expat parents should start applying early to secure a spot for their child.
One of the biggest benefits of international schooling is that expat children get to continue their home-country curriculum. The most well-known schools in Busan are the American schools, and there are also schools offering Japanese curricula. Small class sizes are another advantage that most international schools pride themselves on. This results in students being cared for individually.
International schools also boast a more comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities and complementary state-of-the-art facilities. Students at these schools are often able to explore more of their interests and hobbies, leading to the development of holistic individuals. Parents should know that this does not come cheap, so they should consider the cost of living in Busan and budget well.
Proximity to their children's schools is another consideration expat parents will make when choosing an area and suburb in Busan. While public transport in the city is exceptional, commute times can be long during rush hours, so it's best to rent accommodation close to children's schools and one's workplace.
Below is a list of some of Busan's best international schools.
International schools in Busan
Busan Foreign School
With 26 years of experience, Busan Foreign School has honed its ability to develop lifelong learners who are academically successful. The school boasts an average class size of 14 students and an 8:1 student ratio. Busan Foreign School's mission is to provide quality education to each of its students regardless of their social or financial standing.
Curriculum: American (including AP)
Ages: 3 to 18
International School of Busan
The International School of Busan offers the globally recognised International Baccalaureate programme at its over 30,000 square meter campus in Busan. The school is passionate about developing digitally literate life-long learners who go on to become creative leaders who contribute to the development of a sustainable world.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Busan Japanese School
Established by the Busan Japanese Association, Busan Japanese School is home to a few students, making for small class sizes and personalised learning. The school offers various extra-curricular activities to widen children's socio-emotional and cultural experiences and perspectives.
Ages: 6 to 18
►For more information have a look at Education and Schools in Busan.
"As a teacher, I think the schools are very good, especially within the more affluent areas of town. I know that my school, like other private schools, does accept foreign students. There is also a foreign elementary school in the city." Learn more about living in Busan in our interview with American expat Jenna.
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