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BIFS Goes to BeFM Choir Contest Finals

14 May

The BIFS Elementary Honors Choir has successfully made the final round of the BeFM Multicultural Children's Choir Contest. more >>

School Joins Sewol Mourning

1 May

On Tuesday 29th April, Busan International International Foreign School held a yellow ribbon tying event in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sewol tragedy. more >>


29 Apr

The Music Department wishes to congratulate Elena, Korina, Joshua and Idar on their very successful ABRSM theory exam results.

Int'l T&F Carnival

28 Apr

The carnival is going ahead on Thursday, 1 May, as planned.

Successful TEDxYouth@BIFS

21 Apr

Head of School Stephen Palmer congratulated those involved in the successful TEDxYouth@BIFS event which was held over the weekend. more >>

BIFS Elementary Principal Appointment Announcement

4 Apr

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Anne Sweet to the position of Elementary Principal for Busan International Foreign School. more >>

Model UN Inspiring Change concert 20th March

19 Mar

The Model United Nations are back! This time, together with the Performing Arts Club, the MUN is organizing the Inspiring Change concert for charity. more >>

Visual Arts Grade 12 Exhibition to be held 18th March

16 Mar

Busan International Foreign School would like to invite parents, friends and supporters to attend the IBDP Visual Art Exhibition on Tuesday 18th March. more >>

Music Department Trip to Beijing

26th Feb

A group of students from the BIFS orchestra and choir participated in the International Schools Choral Music Society festival held in Beijing from February 19-23. The Music Department team would like to congratulate these students on a very successful participation and performance. The Gala Concert was held at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Students had an opportunity to meet and work with Grammy winner Christopher Tin.

South Korean School Fundraises To Fight Hunger

21st Feb

For students at Busan International Foreign School in South Korea, fighting hunger is important. That’s why, in mid-December, they gathered to raise awareness and money for WFP. Here’s how they did it. ...

~ Read Full World Food Programme article here ~

Parent - Admin Coffee Evening (Date Change)

20th Feb

• Date & Time: Feb 20th (Thu) 6:30PM
• Place: TOM N TOMS Coffee Shop, Ulsan (Address: The 1st Floor of Lotte Castle Sky Apartment, SungNamDong, JungGu, Ulsan / Tel: 052-243-8221)

The Parents-Admin Meeting in Feb will be held at Tom n Toms Coffee Shop, the 1st floor of Lotte Castle Sky Apartment, Feb 20th(Thu) 6:30PM Ulsan. On a regular basis, we try to organise coffee mornings when members of the administration can meet with parents to vshare thoughts and ideas about the development of the school. It is a great opportunity to meet together, to listen to suggestions and to work together for the benefit of the children. The meeting for this time is planned for Friday the 20th of Feb at PM at the Tom n Toms Coffee Shop, the 1st floor of Lotte Castle Sky Apartment, Ulsan. Please make yourself available and we look forward to seeing you then. Everyone is welcome!

Weather update for Thursday 13th February

12th Feb

We are monitoring the weather for tomorrow morning (Thursday 13th February), as the forecast is for snow - especially in the Ulsan and Busan areas. At the moment normal school hours are planned, but buses from Ulsan may be affected by any adverse weather conditions. If changes are made we will let you know early tomorrow morning. We will continue to monitor the weather during the day - please check your mobile and this website for updates on school hours and buses.

Bus information for Wednesday 12th February

11th Feb

The school is scheduled to be open Wednesday. Following discussions with parents and drivers, Ulsan buses will leave one hour later than scheduled in the morning. In the afternoon, all Ulsan buses will leave at 3:30pm to avoid any traffic problems in the city. All other buses will operate as normal.

School Closure Tuesday 11th February

10th Feb

In light of the current transport problems, the decision has been taken to close the school tomorrow (Tuesday 11th February). The safety of the students is our top priority. Further updates will be posted here.

Snow Update

10th Feb

Having consulted with Ulsan parents and with the children's safety in mind, we have decided not to run Ulsan buses today, therefore students in the area will not come to school. We will keep you posted with any changes via this website and via email. Thank you for your understanding.

ABRSM Music Theory Exam

2nd Feb

ABRSM Music Theory Exam will be held here at BIFS on Saturday March 1st in C5.5 at 2:00 pm. Please arrive at the exam hall no later than 1:45pm.

White Elephant Event Cancellation

14th Jan

BIFS SSC (School Support Community) apologizes if you've signed up for the White Elephant Dinner & Gift exchange but due to lack of participation and many families who are still arriving or recovering from holidays/travel we are cancelling this event. Please look for our annual BINGO Night, held during March, where BIFS Families can win great prizes and celebrate all things Irish for St.Patrick’s Day.

Jan 7th(Tue) Coffee Morning

7th Jan

On 7th of Jan(Tue), the 2nd Parents Coffee Morning is scheduled at 9am in the school cafeteria (2nd Floor between Bldg B & C). The purpose of these coffee mornings is to welcome new parents, connect with existing ones, and get better acquainted with our school faculty. There will be no set agenda for these coffee mornings. It is simply a time for us to gather together and get to know each other better. This event is very informal and you may come and go as you please. Immediately following the coffee morning, a member of the admission team may give you a tour of the school. It is also planned to have some open classrooms for parents to visit. If you have any questions regarding the coffee morning, please don't hesitate contact Ms. Heather Faske. (hlm3097@hotmail.com) - Everyone is welcome to come!

We hope to see many families at the coffee morning!

Model UN Club Victory

6th Dec

The Model UN Club celebrates another victory, this time at the SKAC-MUN Conference on 3 December in Kwangju Foreign School.

Congratulations goes to Gyu Tae Park (12R) for winning the 'Best Delegate' title in the General Assembly and Se One Park (12G) for an 'Honorary Mention' in the Security Council.

Three-School Art Exhibit

27th Nov

Now on its third year, Millak Elementary School, The Japanese School and Busan International will be part of a three-school art exhibit. It will be a showcase of different artworks from across the schools.

This touring exhibit will come to BIFS on the 25th of November until the 29th, at the B Building foyer. Come and support our young artists! - Mr.Quimpo & Ms.Sentgeorge

BIFS Model United Nations

16th Nov

BIFS Model United Nations (MUN) congratulates the following students for their recent performance in SEOMUN XVI Conference at Seoul Foreign School (SFS) from 7-9 November 2013:

Hrishi Srinivasan
Rachel Tustin
Jeany Shin
Felix Crothers
Gyu Tae Park
Elena Pirillou
Brandon Simons
Michael Mani

As a first-time participant of this long-standing conference, these MUN delegates showed incredible resilience and were articulate and dynamic in their rhetoric.

BIFS MUN is also proud to congratulate Brandon Simons and Michael Mani for winning the 'Best Delegate' title in their respective committees: Special Conference for Economic Stability and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Dragon Boat Festival

14th Oct

Please join us in congratulating the below Elementary students who finished “The 3rd Open Busan International DragonBoat Festival” by Busan Metropolitan City Hall with excellent results.

The Winning Team (BIFS Green Bears Team)
Jeannie (Grade 2)
Brian / Daniel / Caleb / Jen you / Philip / Yong-Woo / Habin / Na Lyeong (Grade 3)
Na Kyeong / Christine (Grade 5)

The 2nd Place Team(BIFS Red Bears Team)
Dong Gen / Joon / Kevin / Arthur / Loukia / Irene / Michelle / Hayley (Grade 2)
Justin / James (Grade 4)
Emily (Grade 5)

Coffee Morning in Ulsan

4th Oct

The parent-admin coffee morning will be held on Friday the 4th of Oct at 09:30am at TomnToms Coffee Shop, 1st Floor of Lotte Apartment, Ulsan. Please make yourself available and we look forward to seeing you then. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday SWAP Meet & BBQ

29th Sep

Please join us this Sunday at the BIFS annual Swap Meet & BBQ from 10am-3pm. It is our annual garage sale and everyone is invited to come purchase and/or sell their gently used items. It is a good idea to price your things before the event. Clothing racks and tables are provided on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early. Set up begins 9am. You can also bring blankets to display your items for sale.

We are asking for donations to the Bake Sale. They can be brought in advance to Robin Abbott: iPark, building T2, apt. 4104 Contact: robbiedobs@aol.com or 010-5496-3771. If you wish to donate meat/other items for the BBQ, Contact Kendall Ebers: kendall@imageworksllp.com 010-9345-2259 Deliveries can be made to: Trump World Marine City, A-801

Parents Meeting with Mr. John Littleford

26th Sep

The Invitation email about “Parents meeting with John Littleford” was sent to all parents through Whoozin on Sep 23(Mon). Once you open the email, please click the “RSVP link” at the end of the email and it will let you go to the invitation page. You will find two Doc files at the right bottom side of the invitation page. (Kor/Eng version) If you haven’t received the email, please contact the school at enquiries@bifskorea.org

Here we want to give you a better understanding of the purpose of his visit. Our school population is spread out over a wide area covering South-East Korea and we need to look at how we can use the common, positive understanding of the school to help spread the word about BIFS. We have a very fledgling alumni organisation and only limited connection with local companies. The aim of bringing in Mr Littleford is to consider how we can utilize our most powerful tool - our parents, in order to have a common message that we can better disseminate to the wider community. Word of mouth and personal connections between families and their companies are our strongest tools and it is our desire to try to make the most of these resources.

As the school grows and matures, the importance of marketing will grow and this is our first step along such a road. Your support would be highly appreciated.

Susan Zimmermann Weekend Workshop

3rd Sep

Busan International Foreign School and EARCOS would like to invite you to a weekend workshop by internationally-known speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Susan Zimmermann, on September 14th-15th at the school. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Please register early. For more details click here.

Important Notice

As we approach the start of the new academic year, spaces in some grade levels are becoming extremely limited. We encourage parents to contact BIFS as soon as possible in order to secure places and avoid disappointment.

BIFS Events

BIFS Google Calendar
2013-14 Annual Calendar (PDF)
2014-15 Annual Calendar (PDF)

June 2014
2 Mo   MHS Semester 2 Finals
4 We   MYP Information Evening
5 Th Parent-Admin Coffee Morning in Ulsan
Elementary Performing Arts
G10 Transitional Week - Informational
6 Fr G2 Assembly
Kindy SLC
7 Sa   SAT
9 Mo   G10 Transitional Week - Academic
10 Tu   Whole School Concert
12 Th   G5 Transition
13 Th   ES Electives finish
Upper ES Assembly
Playgroup Parent-Child International Day
16 Mo   Elementary Sports Day
Action Week
18 We   Grade 5 Graduation
20 Fr   ES Assembly: Show & Tell
21 Sa   Summer Vacation starts



University Admissions

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Georgia Institute of Technology
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Pennsylvania State University
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