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British Education

The home of the English language, the UK remains as ever the choice study abroad destination for millions around the world. This popularity reflects the strength of the British education system at all levels of instruction.

Approximately 90% of all secondary school students attend government-funded public schools while the privileged 10% attend private schools. All international students attend private schools as they are not permitted to enroll in UK government-funded schools.


As in the United States, private schools are divided into boarding schools (with halls of residence) and day schools (without). Regardless, all international students are assigned a local guardian who is on hand to handle any problems students may face. Furthermore, like their American counterparts, many UK private schools have English programs, known as "English as a Foreign Language" (EPL), for foreign students whose English proficiency may be lacking.

A peculiarity of British Education is that private schools are called "Public Schools." These schools have traditionally focused on equipping students to excel in politics, business, religion and law. As such, prestigious British private schools such as Eton, Harrows and St. Paul's have an alumni network that spans not only the British establishment but also the elite throughout the British Commonwealth.

In addition, there is a program called the International Study Center (ISC), which is not available in other countries. If a foreign student wants to study at a private school in the UK, he or she prepares the necessary study for one semester or a year beforehand.
British Education System

The main goal of UK education is to value the individual's abilities and tailor them to the benefit of society. In addition, the education system, rationale and student assessment are different from the Korean system.
First, the school year in England begins in September or October and ends in June or July of the following year. The school year is divided into three semesters, ranging from kindergarten to vocational education college, which is 14 weeks per semester.
Each semester begins in September, October, January and April, respectively, and some universities are now considering switching to a two-semester system. Schools and vocational colleges typically admit students in September and January, while universities usually enter only every fall, September or October.
Compulsory education lasts from 5 to 16 years, with approximately 93% of UK students attending government-funded public schools, while the remaining students attend private schools. Korean parents resident in the UK or who work for a supervisor in the UK can have their children attend a government-funded public school without paying tuition. However, Korean parents who do not live in the UK can only admit their children to private schools.

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