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   5646    2010-11-10
Source : Korea Herald

5 Nov 2010

The Education Ministry opened a new website Friday to provide information on foreign schools in Korea.

Anyone interested in opening a foreign educational institution here can look up related rules and application details at www.isi.go.kr where students who wish to attend foreign schools can browse through the information disclosed by the schools.

The URL stands for “international schools information.”

Korea allows the establishment of “foreign educational institutions” only in free economic zones and the Jeju Free International City for the purpose of promoting foreign investment.

There are three such educational institutions in the country STC-Korea in Gwangyang, Daegu International School and Chadwick International School in Songdo, Incheon.

Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is scheduled to open a campus in Busan in March next year, and another 11 schools including New York State University are in talks to open campuses in Korea.

Whereas the above are governed by the special law on foreign educational institutions, “foreign schools” are regulated by the national law on primary and secondary education.

Foreign schools are for children of foreigners in Korea and Koreans who have lived abroad for more than three years.

There are currently 48 foreign schools in Korea including the International School of Busan and Dulwich College Seoul in Banpo.

“The website is expected to simplify the procedures for foreign firms to establish educational institutions in Korea and improve access to information on foreign schools here,” a ministry official said.

By Kim So-hyun (sophie@heraldm.com)

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