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Education

Many members of GSG bring start their families in Seoul or bring them to Korea where childcare options are abundant, affordable, and high-quality. Here are a few sample options:

  • Franciscan Foreign School (Hannam)

    "I loved this multicultural school; between the students and teachers, there are over 35 countries represented! I really felt that my child’s teachers cared for and loved her and wanted her to excel. The school goes from age 2 to Kindergarten." GSG mother

  • CRADA Preschool (Gangnam)

    "My 4 year-old excelled in Kindergarten. They sent home monthly reports that gave me an idea of how he was doing academically and socially. There is a wide variety of pertinent activities for the kids specific to their age. They frequently send pictures home of crafts they make during class." GSG spouse

  • Seoul Foreign School (Seodaemun-gu)

    Opened in 1912 on 26 acres in Seodaemun-gu, SFS is the 7th oldest International School in the world. They offer both the IB Diploma and IGCSE. Average SAT (college entrance exam) score of 2011 (98th percentile) vs. 1497 US average  

  • Yongsan International School of Seoul (Hannam)

    Opened in 2004, accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  

Things to enjoy

  • Family trips

    “Our most memorable family vacations during the past two years have been within Korea. Road-tripping in South Korea is cheap, easy, and by far the best way to appreciate the full spectrum of Korean culture. We've traveled to beautiful beaches in the summer and winter skiing in the mountains. Every trip has been an amazing adventure that our kids have loved.“ Phillip B., Global Strategist

  • Recreation

    “Caribbean Bay was an incredible experience for the whole family during our first month in Korea! We'll never forget riding on the waterslide and my son laughing while splashing in the wave pool." Alex C., Global Strategist

  • EASY TO ADJUST

    “My oldest son goes to the French school in Korea and has tons of new friends – both Korean and French, as well as other parts of the world. He really feels at home. My wife became pregnant a few months after we arrived and the pregnancy and delivery in Korea have both been positive experiences for her. Overall, we feel at home in Korea!” Jean-David Thiebaut

Adjusting to Korea

  • Medical coverage

    “My twins were born in Korea. Our insurance plan includes an International SOS agent that has helped us navigate the process, set up appointments and answer all our questions. I was truly happy at the quality of customer care my family received” Edgar A. Global Strategist

  • Getting around

    “Using public transportation is extremely convenient in Seoul. The bus and subway network is very extensive. I can also just tap my credit card to the bus or subway sensors in order to pay for rides.” Michael L., Global Strategist Check out more information on taxi, (http://www.korea4expats.com/article-taxi-korea.html),
    bus (http://www.korea4expats.com/article-taxi-korea.html) ,
    and subway (http://www.korea4expats.com/article-by-subway.html) transportation.  

  • Shopping

    “My wife and I both enjoy using E-mart’s same-day delivery service to shop online for fresh food and groceries. The selection is great, the English website is easy to navigate, and you can easily pay using your smartphone..” Walter Q., Global Strategist

See life in Seoul through the lens of a GSG spouse

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