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Information of the Life in Korea

High School Education

High school education is a three-year program. High schools are divided into general high schools, vocational high schools, science high schools, and high schools with specific programs. Students are able to enter science high schools and high schools with specific programs by taking an entry exam. For other high schools, students will be assigned a local high school depending on their residence based on a lottery system. High school education is not compulsory, and as such students must pay for their own tuition. Tuition differs depending on the district and the characteristic of the school, but it is generally 400,000 won for three months, except for Science Schools and High Schools with Specific Programs.

Types of High Schools

Types of High Schools
General High Schools In the first year, students take classes including Korean language arts, ethics, social studies, mathematics, science, practical education, physical education, music, art, and English. In the second and third year, students may choose specific curricula in consideration of their own aptitude, capability and future career plans.
Vocational High Schools Vocational high school is an employment educational institution that offers specified education and secondary general education at an intermediate level. In the first year, students take classes including Korean language arts, ethics, social studies, mathematics, science, practical education, physical education, music, art, and English. In the second and third year, students choose their own specified curricula. Majors include agriculture, manufacturing, industry, business, fisheries/ shipping, and housekeeping. More majors are available, such as information technology (IT), robotics, animation and film, cooking, beauty, and tourism
Science High Schools Science high schools aim to identify gifted students at an early age and guide them in developing their abilities. Those who have finished the curriculum of two years or more at a science high school are given the right to apply for an undergraduate program at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology or other available colleges.
High Schools with Specific Purposes High schools with specific purposes include foreign language high schools, art high schools, and physical education high schools. High schools with specific purposes are open to all students with special talents in foreign language, music, art, athletics, or dance.

Life of a High School Student -e-book


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