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LIFE

Education

Many members of GSG 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 Kindergarten

    “Our two sons have had a wonderful experience at Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten (FFK). The school creates a strong sense of community, providing a very welcoming and supportive environment for young children (aged 2-6) and their families. The teachers are truly invested in your child’s development - I have been continually surprised at how much my sons are learning at such a young age. The social element is equally meaningful - the school is incredibly international, including families from ~30 countries, which provides a great community for young children (and their parents).” Carl N., Principal

  • 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 have been within Korea. We have taken our family to the beautiful beaches in Busan in the summer and to the ski slopes in Pyeongchang where the 2018 Winter Olympics were hosted, in the winter. We have also done local family trips to the nearby theme parks Everland and Lotte World. Every trip has been an a mazing adventure that our kids have loved.” GSG Spouse

  • RECREATION

    “Baseball games are a must do in Korea for both families and with a group of friends. The energy that the fans carry throughout the entire game is something I have never seen before, even when comparing that to playoff baseball in the US. The kids will have a great time with the cheering and fanfare, while parents can enjoy amazing fried chicken and beer.” Rosemary P., Global Strategist

  • SETTLING IN

    “My family has really enjoyed living in Korea. There may have been some hesitation prior to arrival due to the new culture and language barrier but we felt right at home almost immediately. My kids love the parks, my spouse loves the social and vibrant environment, and I love the safety.” GSG Spouse

Daily life in Korea

  • GETTING AROUND

    “Public transportation is extremely convenient in Seoul as the subway and bus networks are very well connected. I can easily travel to other parts of Korea on weekends to visit heritage sites and explore new cities via high speed train, subway, or bus at a very reasonable price. It's all very hassle free as I can easily pay with my tap-and-go credit card on the spot.” Terence L., Global Strategist

  • SHOPPING

    “My husband and I buy everything from Gmarket, one of Korea’s version of Amazon and Amazon Fresh combined. It is convenient to use as the website is in English and shipping is fast and efficient. The selection is also very comprehensive, you can buy anything from fresh groceries to home appliances.” GSG Spouse Check out more information on taxi, (http://www.korea4expats.com/article-taxi-korea.html),
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    and subway (http://www.korea4expats.com/article-by-subway.html) transportation.  

  • MEDICAL COVERAGE

    “My wife and I have been very impressed by the professionalism, accessibility and affordability of medical services here in Seoul. When we welcomed our first child into the world here, we were understandably a little nervous about the process. However, the pre-natal, delivery and post-natal care we received was truly world-class and very affordable.” Charlie M., Global Strategist