How to Apply

YISS is excited about your interest in joining our community here in Seoul. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year, and the steps here will inform you about how to apply.

Determine Eligibility
Determine Eligibility
Take the survey to determine your eligibility category and the documents required for admission.
Gather Documents
Gather Documents
Gather all required documents listed below. Scan and save each document in preparation for upload.

Documents must be uploaded as PDFs, and applicant photo must be uploaded as PNG or JPG. All documents must be provided electronically via the online application.

  • Passport Title Pages
    • Applicant
    • Father
    • Mother
  • Birth Certificate of Applicant
  • Digital Photo of Applicant (passport-sized, high quality, applicant only)
  • Transcripts or Report Cards (The documents should be in English or officially translated into English.)
    • K-1st Grade: Please provide all available school documentation.
    • 2nd-12th Grade: Please provide school documentation for the current school year plus the two previous school years. 
  • Home School Information Form
    Required for applicants who are currently in homeschool.
  • IEP/504 or Other Specialized Education Document
    Required for applicants with a learning, emotional, or physical impairment that would require extra support.
  • Email Address(es) of Current Teacher(s) for Recommendation Request(s)
    YISS will send an electronic recommendation form directly to the teacher's email address. Families do not need to request recommendations from their current school.
    • K-5th Grade: 1 Homeroom Teacher
    • 6th-12th Grade: 1 English Teacher and 1 Math Teacher
    Non-YISS Recommendation Forms are not accepted.
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • K-4th Grade: Applicant may need to complete on-campus testing at YISS if test results are not available. There are no off-campus testing options for K-4th Grade.
    • 5th-12th Grade: Applicant is required to submit recent (within one year) standardized test scores. Off-campus testing centers are available.

    Standardized Test Scores accepted include Stanford (SAT), MAP, TerraNova, ERB, ISEE, OLSAT, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ITBS, STAR, and US State Standardized Tests.

    Read more in the Admissions Testing FAQ.
  • Unofficial digital copies of school records must be uploaded via the online application. Email of unofficial school records is not accepted.
  • Official school records may be emailed directly only by the current school to
  • All documentation will be verified with the appropriate agencies and organizations prior to acceptance.
Online Application
Online Application
Complete the online application by clicking Apply Online.
  • Be sure you select the correct year when applying. Applications cannot be processed or transferred from one year to another, and you will have to start over if the incorrect year is selected.
  • All documents must be received to complete and process the application. After the application is submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes or upload new documents.
  • If you have difficulty with the online application, please contact before final submission of the application.
Application Review
Application Review
Applications will first be reviewed for completeness. Any missing or incorrect documentation will result in a delay. Please allow a minimum of 2-4 weeks for the review process. YISS will contact your family if there are any missing documents.

Testing & Interview: Applicants who do not submit a test score with the application will be contacted to schedule an interview and/or test if deemed necessary. Applicants who sit for an interview or test will be charged a non-refundable Application Processing Fee of ₩500,000 whether or not the applicant is accepted.

  • Most applicants entering 5th-12th grade will be required to submit a test taken off-site.
  • Most applicants entering kindergarten and 1st grade will be required to have an informal interview and assessment prior to acceptance.
Acceptance or Wait Pool
Acceptance or Wait Pool
Acceptance will be offered starting in April for the upcoming school year, or as space becomes available. For applicants placed in the wait pool, the admissions process stops until a space is available.

Read more in the Wait Pool FAQ.

Applicants who have received an acceptance letter and accepted the invitation will be notified to complete the registration packet.

Read more in the Admissions Eligibility FAQ.