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Admissions Overview

We invite you to view this short video and see what awaits parents and students who become a part of our community. An extended 9 minute version is available for viewing.


In order to be eligible for admission, the applicant must be (1) a child of foreign national(s) residing in Korea (either parent being a foreign national), or (2) a child of a Korean national having studied overseas for a minimum of three years (1095 days). Students with dual citizenship and foreign residency are eligible for admission, provided they meet one of the above requirements.


Yongsan International School of Seoul is open to students of all nationalities. However, because the school cannot admit all applicants, priority for admissions is applied as follows: (1) applicants of families who are foreign residents in Korea; (2) all other applicants based on qualitative criteria to help determine the match between the students' abilities and needs and Yongsan International School of Seoul's resources and capabilities.

Other criteria considered within these categories include:

  • English language proficiency
  • Student records from previous schools
  • Parent's employment by a company with direct investment in Korea
  • Teacher's recommendation
  • Number of years in an English-speaking school environment
  • Family language background
  • Extracurricular excellence
  • Any additional factors deemed relevant by YISS

YISS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, or national origin, but does strictly adhere to the laws and regulations governing the operation of international schools in the Republic of Korea and reserves the right to administer selective enrollment when deemed necessary, proper, and in the best interest of the school.

Grade Level Comparison Chart

Age before October 1

American System

British System

Key Stage





Year 1

Key Stage 1


Kinder 2


Grade 1

Year 2

Year 1

Standard 1


Grade 2

Year 3

Key Stage 2

Year 2

Standard 2


Grade 3

Year 4

Year 3

Standard 3


Grade 4

Year 5

Year 4

Standard 4


Grade 5

Year 6

Year 5

Standard 5


Grade 6

Year 7 (Form 1)

Key Stage 3

Year 6

Standard 6


Grade 7

Year 8 (Form 2)

Year 7

Standard 7


Grade 8

Year 9 (Form 3)

Year 8

Standard 8


Grade 9

Year 10 (Form 4)

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Standard 9


Grade 10

Year 11 (Form 5)

Year 10

Standard 10


Grade 11

Year 12 (Lower 6th)

Key Stage 5

Year 11

Standard 11


Grade 12

Year 13

Year 12

Standard 12

Additional Notes about Grade Levels:

Applicants for Kindergarten must be age five (60 months) by September 30 of the academic year of entrance.

In most cases, students coming from schools with a different calendar (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India) will continue in the same grade level when they enter YISS and will not be allowed to skip ahead.

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