What Sets Us Apart

Kwangju Foreign School is the only WASC accredited PK-12 school in all of Jeolla-do, South Korea. Kwangju Foreign School is proud to have qualified instructors from Kindergarten through to Grade 12 who are passionate about your child’s education and will work beyond the classroom in order for your child to succeed. Our school has a high teacher-student ratio so your child will receive the personal attention and care of our educators.

Kwangju Foreign School offers a unique opportunity for students to learn beyond the classroom. Our school has the flexibility to go beyond our classroom and explore our city, country and world. At KFS, we provide real world education and not just classroom learning to help prepare students for a global work environment in the 21st century.

Furthermore, Kwangju Foreign School strives to create a stimulating, safe and caring learning environment for all our students and our staff. We look forward to having your family join our community here at KFS! Keep that Cougar pride alive!

College Matriculation

We’re proud to support our students in getting into the college of their choice. Our extensive list of college acceptances is impressive!

Albany College

Brigham Young University

Bates College

Boston University

Boston College

Bowling Green State University

California College of Art

Colorado State University

Columbus College of Art and Design

Cornell University

DePaul University

Drake University

Drew University

Drexel University

Emmanuel College

Emory and Henry College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

George Washington University

Georgia Southwestern State

Guilford College

Hope College

Korea University

Waseda University

LDS Business College

Manhattan School of Music

Madonna University

New York University

Northeastern University

Ohio State University

Penn State University

Peking University

Heidelberg College

Arizona State University

Otis College of Art and Design

Seattle University

Sonoma State University

Southern Virginia University

St. Louis University

State University of Illinois


Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of California

Doshisha University

University of Colorado

University of Georgia

University of Illinois

University of Kentucky

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of Pittsburgh

University of San Francisco

University of Texas

University of Toronto

University of Utah

University of Victoria

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Waterloo

Utah State University

West Virginia University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

University of Cincinnati

Purdue University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Age Eligibility

Grade Level Age by the first day of school
Pre-Kindergarten 4
Kindergarten 5
Grade 1 6
Grade 2 7
Grade 3 8
Grade 4 9
Grade 5 10
Grade 6 11
Grade 7 12
Grade 8 13
Grade 9 14
Grade 10 15
Grade 11 16
Grade 12 17

How to Apply to Kwangju Foreign School

The Admission Process at Kwangju Foreign School

Candidates for admission to KFS must meet at least one of the following categories as set forth by the Korean Ministry of Education.

– A student having parents (one or both) holding a non-Korean passport.

– Korean citizen (including dual passport holder) have lived outside of Korea for 1095 days or holds 6 semester report cards from school outside of Korea.

※ Regarding Korean nationals recruitment of them only up to the level of 30% of the class capacity. (Provided however that such shall only apply to student annually accepted after February 2009 to the lowest grade level.)

Follow These Steps:

Step 1: Visit our School.

Please take time to visit the school to meet with the administration, take a school tour, and determine if KFS is the right school for your family’s needs. Please contact the school and setup an appointment for a personal tour of the school, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

If a personal visit to school is not possible, you may begin with step 2.

Step 2: Complete Application Documents
Please email KFS (secretary@kwangjufs.org) to receive an electronic version of our application. Use the links below to print copies of any documentation you need to submit.

Required Documentation
Assessment of Student Health
Parent-School Compact
Medical History Form
Special Power of Attorney/Waiver
Statement of Understanding on Payment/Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Step 3: Submit Application to the School
Submit all application documents and required supplemental materials to the main office. They may be hand delivered, mailed, emailed to the school.

Kwangju Foreign School Admissions Office
106 Samsoro, Buk-Gu
Gwangju, South Korea

Phone: 062-575-0900
Fax: 062-575-0902

E-mail: secretary@kwangjufs.org

Step 4: Schedule Student Interview and Placement Test
After receiving application materials, the school will contact parents of the applicants to schedule a student interview and placement test. In addition to the interview, applicants are required to take a placement test to demonstrate English proficiency and determine student needs.

Step 5: Receive Admission Notification
After reviewing the application, conducting a student interview, and administering the placement test, parents of applicants will be notified of the admission decision. Please allow one week after the placement test has been administered for admission notification

Tuition and Fees

To download the most current schedule of tuition and fees at Kwangju Foreign School, please click here!

Kwangju Foreign School supports families with individualized financial aid packages. For more information on tuition rates, please contact the KFS School Office at :

Tel 82-62-575-0900
Fax 82-62-575-0902
E-mail: secretary@kwangjufs.org

Address 106 Samso-ro Buk-gu Gwangju Korea 61005

Applicants must have good academic records and possess positive work habits. Applicants with poor academic and/or disciplinary records may be denied admission.

Applicants with special needs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Kwangju Foreign School (Chinese)