Busan International Foreign School

Busan International Foreign School is an IB World School providing a holistic education for our PreK – 12 international students from Busan and surrounding communities. Started in 1983 by a group of international families and companies, BIFS is a warm, welcoming and nurturing not-for-profit school that inspires and challenges students to explore, discover and thrive in the global community to which they belong.

We are an international community school that is deeply committed to providing a personalized and challenging inquiry-based educational experience so every child can pursue their passions to be successful in the future. Our focus is on each student and his or her learning. Teachers at BIFS know their students well. Our class sizes are small with a 7:1 student/teacher ratio. Accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, our IB curriculum is the best international curriculum available; it is global in its outlook and is recognized all over the world. Using research-based strategies and exploration across disciplines, our experienced and motivated faculty create special learning experiences for all students by challenging them to ask questions, solve problems, learn skills and be creative. Our facilities and parent involvement programs support students and their learning and help to foster our strong sense of community.

The school is divided into 3 main areas: The Elementary School (including an Early Learning Centre) / The Middle School / The High School. Built with the support of the city of Busan, the BIFS campus covers 30, 000 square metres and includes classrooms for all ages, fully equipped science labs, computer rooms, art rooms, libraries, music rooms, design technology rooms and more. For sports, we have a large gymnasium, tennis court, sports field, and a running track.

With about 460 students from over 40 different countries, the diversity of the student body is one of the strengths of the school. Our international-ness enables new students to easily settle into their new environment and creates a wonderful school climate of open-mindedness and understanding. The international faculty from over 16 countries caters for all students, enabling them to transfer to/from schools around the world. After graduating, BIFS students gain acceptance to quality universities all over the world.

BIFS truly is Busan’s International School! We invite you to come see why BIFS is the place where all students explore, discover, thrive and belong!


Busan International Foreign School

Location Category:



Korea, Republic of


50 Gijang-daero
Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun
Busan 46081
Korea, Republic of


463 Students Nursery-12


International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)


51 faculty members, including 25 U.S. citizens, 13 third-country nationals, 8 host-country nationals, and 5 U.K. citizens


13th Month Salary

School Year:

August – June

Year Founded:


Average Class Size:

Elementary: 15, Secondary: 14


Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball


Ceramics, Orchestra, String Group, Choir, Yearbook, Sports, Crafts, National Honor Society, Student Council

Campus Information:

City (or closest city): Busan, Location Type: Urban, Campus Size (hectares): 3, No of Buildings: 4, No of Campuses: 1, No of Classrooms: 52, No of volumes in Library: 23, 000, No of computer labs: 3, No of instructional computers: 361

Physical Facilities:

Art Room(s): 3, Auditorium(s): 2 (limited), Cafeteria(s): 1, Gymnasium(s): 1, Infirmary(ies): 1, Playing field(s): 1, Science lab(s): 4, Tennis court(s): 1, Air Conditioning: Yes