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Education for children

If you have children in Korea, generally speaking there are several options for their education. Information on each option follows.
(1) Kindergarten
Most kindergartens offer their educational programs in Korean although there are some kindergartens that offer English-taught curriculums. Their programs are classified into different age groups (from three to five). In general, public kindergartens cost around 50 USD per month while private and English kindergartens approximately require between 400 USD and 700 USD. This fee includes the tuition fee, textbook, snacks, transportation to/from home to kindergarten and, etc.
(2) Secondary Education
- Local Korean Schools
Foreigners are free to send their children to Korean school. This is an option, especially for those children with sufficient Korean language skills. Children lacking fluency in Korean might find it difficult to adjust to Korean school. For more information about the entrance qualifications, please ask the corresponding local education office. Korean schools are divided into public and private schools. Public elementary schools are free (except for school lunches, for which you must pay). Private elementary schools tend to be much more expensive than their public counterparts, but at the middle and high-school level, prices are comparable. Regardless, private Korean schools are much cheaper than international schools.
- International Schools
Most foreigners eventually send their children to one of Seoul’s international schools. Be prepared to spend US$12,000-20,000 a year to send your child to an international elementary, middle or high school. That being said, international schools provide a quality foreign language educational environment. English language international schools usually follow American or, in some cases, British curricula. If you have children with special needs, be sure to check if the school provides the necessary services and facilities.