Franciscan Foreign School (Yongsan)

Editor’s Note: This information about Franciscan Foreign School first appeared on this post about Yongsan preschool options. In order to keep the conversations more coherent, we’ve closed comments on that original post and separated all school reviews to their own posts. If your child has or is currently attending this program, please feel free to leave your input here so other parents can make an informed decision. Thanks!


Franciscan Foreign School

I’ve never visited this school but have heard great things about it.  It’s in Hannam-dong, so close to Yongsan and Hannam Village.  This school caters the international community. (You need to have a foreign passport to enroll.)  More expensive than Crada and CCLC, but one of the cheapest of the international schools. I’m told it’s academically vigorous.

Parent take:  PROS: 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 and loved her and wanted her to excel. The school goes from age 2 to Kindergarten.  CONS: Small military family community (which isn’t “really” a negative just something to keep in mind).

Another parent said, “We loved all three years.  I’ve got nothing bad to say about it. “

Address: 90 Hannam-daero, Yongsan-ku, Seoul

Ages: 24 months – 5yo

Hours:  Play school 9-noon or 9-3.  Everyone else, 9-3pm

Cost:  See website for updated tuition/fees

Play school half day:  W1,533,000 quarterly / full day :  W2,871,000 quarterly
Pre-School ~ Pre-Kindergarten:   (F) W10,935,000  /   (Q) W2,871,000
Kindergarten: (F) W11,449,000  /   (Q) W3,006,000

NOTE: This is an international school, meaning you need a foreign passport to enroll.  The parents’ employer often pays for tuition so these schools tend to cost a bundle.  I’ve heard that some will offer discounts for military families, so if you are military it’s worth a shot to see if that’s the case.  Some military families send their kids to these schools, but from what I gather mainly State Dept. families. I’m only including the preschool/kindy info here, but they go up through school age.

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