There are no Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located in Busan.
The two fully accredited international schools in Busan are Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) and Busan Foreign School (BFS). It is possible for military dependents to attend other Korean and private schools in Busan as well. However, service members must register and get approval through the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) at https://goo.gl/g4hJpJ BIFS, formerly known as the International School of Busan, was established in 1983, and has a long and distinguished history of serving the international expatriate community in and around the Busan area.
BIFS offers programs for students from Pre-school to 12th Grade through their Early Learning Centre, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. BIFS has received authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and the IB Diploma Program. These are international, transdisciplinary programs designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. BIFS is accredited by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC).
For more information, please see the school website at https://goo.gl/FViJHs BFS was established in October of 1996. It has since expanded to encompass nursery (age 3) to twelfth grade, currently educating over 220 students from 25 different nations. The curriculum has developed into a highly rigorous American standards-based program that offers students a wide variety of courses and activities. BFS is fully accredited from prekindergarten to grade 12 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
For more information, please see the school website at https://goo.gl/ztYqkf
Like DoDDS, there is no DoD childcare available in Busan. Korean daycare/preschool can vary in cost, depending on the school and program. International Schools, as well as other public and private schools in Busan, offers Pre-K, however, DoDEA does not cover the cost and parents should contact the schools directly about Pre-K fees and programs to waive those costs. Please talk with your sponsor and other military spouses for referrals and always ask for references.
Both BFS and BIFS charge fees that are not covered by Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), but both schools offer programs to DoD and other U.S. government employee families to cover these costs.
Please contact the schools directly for more information.
It is DoDEA policy to neither encourage nor discourage DoD sponsors from home schooling their minor dependents. According to DoD policy, the installation Commander’s responsibilities are logistical or administrative, there is no educational oversight regarding the public education provided by DoDDS.
Home School Resources:
• DoDEA Virtual School Program at https://goo.gl/KdYW7d
• National Home Education Research Institute at https://goo.gl/YFsq1f
• United States Distance Learning Association at https://goo.gl/pFQ8iY
• Home School Legal Defense Association at https://goo.gl/VP7JP5
To qualify for financial assistance for homeschooling, dependents must be Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) eligible.
Parents electing to provide home-schooling instruction rather than enrolling their child in a local school must follow the procedures and guidelines of the NDSP.
For more information on this program, please see the NDSP: Home-based Education website at
To find out some of the legal considerations concerning homeschooling overseas, visit the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association (https://goo.gl/VP7JP5, search “Military Homeschooling Overseas”).
Education in Busan & Chinhae
Service members and family members have access to non-traditional educational opportunities through the CFAC Support & Training Center in Chinhae.
Additionally, there are several colleges and programs available at the Camp Henry Education Center on USAG Daegu in Daegu.
While CFAC in Chinhae is considered a test center, CLEP testing is available only at National Test Centers located at Yongsan, Osan, Kunsan and Camp Henry in Daegu. Several colleges offer distance education programs (online, video), which permit the service member to complete coursework without having to travel to the school. Information on all available distance learning programs can be found at the CFAC Support & Training Center at DSN: 315-762-5385 or the Camp Henry Education Center at DSN: 315-768-7919/7348.
The Joint Language University has made Rosetta Stone and the CL-150 suite available for Service Members, which will allow you to start learning the language here and navigate through talking with locals: https://goo.gl/EzURTw.