Hello, my name is Nicholas Han and I was a student at BIFS from Reception (US Kindergarten) to 12th Grade. I spent my student life in BIFS. I was a Soldier at the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army program for two years and currently am a re-enrolling junior at Rutgers University.
One of the best things about BIFS is the diversity and tight community. In my class alone we had more than 15 different nationalities in a class of around 20. This kind of diversity is rarer than you would see in most universities. A chance to learn about various cultures and share your own. As you can expect from a small class, everyone knew each other and everybody got along pretty well. This can either be a good or bad thing, but definitely, for our class, it was a good thing. Another thing I liked about BIFS was the relationship between student and teacher. In my memory, most of the teachers at BIFS had a good relationship with the students and would converse about various subject matters. They were more like a life mentor than a strict teacher.
Studying at an international school often means that your friends are currently coming and going with their parent’s jobs. Every year you would have to make new friends and get to know new people. This was definitely an important experience as it is a social skill that you will constantly need all your life.
If you’re looking for the prestige schools, the ivy league, BIFS might not be the best choice, but that’s not all to life. Nowhere in the world will you be able to experience such diversity and a chance to mix with people from all over the world with different life stories. In a society where globalization is the norm, BIFS is a choice to prepare for the world.