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What our students said about Seoul

Rating: 4/5

4.0

Seoul is a must-see and very interesting city. At the moment, however, a lot has been shut down due to Corona. You can therefore only visit museums and sights to a very limited extent. For this reason, I can't say much about the nightlife.

Sabine
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Love it! Would always recommend the school and I can't wait to return!

Nicole
Germany

Rating: 2/5

2.0

I know Seoul well and it's a fantastic city.

Paola Anna Rita
Italy

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Seoul

Rating: 5

5.0 | 3 reviews

I liked everything, the welcoming, the teachers, the teaching, the location, the meetings, really everything. The teachers will always be there to help you if you encounter any difficulties, you see your level evolving from day to day, it is very pleasant. The location is superb in the upscale district of Seoul, easy to find.

30 November 2021
Course: Regular Korean Language Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Wiham
France

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 8 reviews

The lessons are well structured, sometimes a little too fast. The teachers were very nice, could explain well and were mostly open to cultural questions. The school has a good canteen and cafeteria.

30 November 2020
Course: Regular Class - 11 weeks
Student age: 49 years

Sabine
Germany

Rating: 5

5.0 | 3 reviews

The school-related people were very kind and very comfortable! !! !!
it's the best! !! I will definitely go again! !! !! I'm really thankful to you! !! !!

15 January 2020
Course: Regular Korean Language Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 16 years

Rino
Japan

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

Various levels and flexible duration of courses.
Excellent support, fully satisfied with their service!

16 April 2019
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 3 weeks
Student age: 33 years

Daniel
Austria

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 8 reviews

small groups, school was in the same building as the hostel (Hostel Haru)

14 December 2018
Course: Regular Class - 5 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Hannah
Austria

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

Even though I felt like the lessons progressed slowly (only one grammar point per 3-hour class), going every day really helped my Korean listening, and I started picking up words and phrases outside of class.
The course was called “intensive” and while the classroom hours were long, I felt that the lessons progressed quite slowly and that the teachers were often talking/showing us YouTube videos just to kill time. But the quality of the teachers were great, and they explained everything very thoroughly.

7 September 2018
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 1 week
Student age: 33 years

Elsa Lynn
United States

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The location is very convenient (very central in Gangnam and very close to metro and bus) and I liked the teacher I had (she knew a lot, had good teaching skills, was patient and made me feel comfortable, she encouraged me to speak. ..)
In general, everything was correct and as expected, although my first day was quite chaotic at first. I want to think that it was because sudden heavy rains on the way to school caused many new students to arrive together and with less anticipation than expected as transport was affected due to the rain. So it was all a bit confusing and chaotic at reception but it was solved in a few minutes.

6 September 2018
Course: Intensive Korean (Part Time) - 3 weeks
Student age: 47 years

Virginia
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

Good central location.
Tuition is only in Korean. It is hard to recognize the meaning of a word when no basic knowledge is available. It should be placed more emphasis on the explanation in a common language especially in the first classes.

27 March 2017
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 2 weeks
Student age: 45 years

Mario
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The school is located near the Gangnam subway station in a neighbourhood with lots of restaurants, cafés ... So very well. The teachers are really nice and we learn Korean but also talk about their country, society ... we can discuss everything. We all shared our experiences and it was great. The courses are very intensive. The first level lasts for a week with a test to reach the next level which ends after 4 weeks. So be careful about the time spent at school and the targeted level.
No complaints. The service and monitoring was fine.

17 December 2016
Course: Intensive Korean (Part Time) - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Aurélie
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The interaction between teacher and students. The activities arranged by the school allow students to learn Korean culture and also make friends with Korean students.

28 November 2016
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 8 weeks
Student age: 22 years

Rou
Brunei Darussalam

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

I loved the group size, which was reasonable. The teachers are really nice and they are also at your disposal to help solve some problems that you can meet at your arrival. But once in the classroom, not a word of English is spoken, everything is in Korean! If this can be confusing at first, it is actually a great way to learn and teachers still manage to make themselves understood one way or another. I did not stay very long bit this gave me the feeling of progressing rather quickly. This school is also a great way to meet other people travelling alone and doing things together that you wouldn't dare doing by yourself.
I have not done a lot of activities but from those that I've made and returns that I've had from others, they are really not essential. Most are included in the price even when booking half-time courses (except entrance fees of a museum for example). Apart from this the school was really great and I'll come back there on my next visit.

18 October 2016
Course: Intensive Korean (Part Time) - 1 week
Student age: 27 years

Anne-charlotte
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

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Students and teachers are super friendly. They are very helpful and really try to make you feel at home!

23 November 2015
Course: Intensive Korean (Part Time) - 1 week
Student age: 33 years

Phoebe
Hong Kong

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The teachers, the teaching and the student community.

18 August 2015
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Lise Bækhøj
Denmark

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The teachers! They became not just teachers for me but also good friends! Unfortunately I couldn't take part in all the activities because I have many friends in Seoul and I wanted to spend some time with them too :) I took part only in two activities: a cultural exchange with Korean students, we met up in a cafe on the ground floor where we drunk coffee and just talked about various things, of course in Korean :) You may want to speak English as almost all Koreans at the school could speak English. And some of the students spoke English with them, but if you speak English, there will be no progress in Korean. For example, I am very glad that I do not know English :) so I had no choice but to speak only Korean with them , they certainly do not know Russian :) the second activity, which I visited was watching the movie Raning man :) all the students from different levels and group got together and watched the movie on the big plasma :) The advantage: the movie was in Korean without subtitles :)

3 August 2015
Course: Intensive Korean (Part Time) - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Kamila
Russian Federation

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The teaching; the flexible, conversation-based curriculum is very good.

25 May 2015
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 4 weeks
Student age: 41 years

Sujeet
United States

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 28 reviews

The classes are very good. Collegial kind of employees.
In the men's toilet, there was no soap in the 2 weeks and no (paper) towels. But was present in the school kitchen. Tables in the classrooms rather flat (for large people).

4 May 2015
Course: Intensive Korean (Full-Time) - 2 weeks
Student age: 43 years

Mario
Germany

What school directors said about Seoul

JeeHo Kim

Seoul, being the capital of South Korea, is a vibrant and energetic city that’s so full of life, offering endless opportunities for discovery and fun.

Interesting information about Seoul

Key Facts about Seoul

In the latest 2019 Mercer the quality of life in Seoul was ranked 77 among 231 cities worldwide.

Population: 10,350,000

Time zone: +19h. (GMT +9)

Region: Seoul,

Currency: KRW (1 KRW = 0.0008 USD)

Name of city in Korean: 서울

Seoul quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.9

4.9 (41 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

universities: 50 (rankings of universities in Seoul)

High season: July

Low season: May

Average course price per week (High season): 222,070 KRW

Average course price per week (Low season): 191,026 KRW

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:79* (21% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:64* (36% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:109* (9% more expensive than New York)
  • Big Mac price (South Korea average):4,563.60 KRW (34% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 220 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Events in SeoulBest time to take a language course in Seoul

April
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

April 2022If you are in Seoul in spring, you will have the opportunity to admire the city dressed in pink! The colour comes from the beautiful blossoms of the cherry trees.

May
Lantern and Lotus Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe)
Lantern and Lotus Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe)

May 2022The Lantern and Lotus Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe) is a millennial tradition celebrating the birth of the Buddha. Hundreds of thousands of lanterns illuminate the Seoul sky, for an enchanting, sparkling spectacle. Other traditional events, such as acrobatics and street shows, traditional clothing handcrafting workshops and meditation sessions are also organised.

June
Tea World Festival
Tea World Festival

June 2022An entire festival dedicated to tea. There are tastings and workshops on different ways to prepare tea, Tea World Festival is truly the place to be if you're a lover of tea. Thousands of teas from all around the world are showcased at this unique event.

August
Comin Con Seoul
Comin Con Seoul

August 2022Taking place at the COEX Convention Center of Seoul, Comic Con Seoul is the main event of its kind for Korean and international pop culture. Featuring comics and manga workshops, autograph sessions, cosplay contests and numerous other unmissable events for geeks and non-geeks alike.

October
International Computer Music Festival
International Computer Music Festival

October 2022One of the largest events of its kind on the continent, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival is a great gathering of composers, artists and performers and the perfect opportunity for modern music lovers to meet and party at this giant wild festival.

Seoul International Fireworks Festival
Seoul International Fireworks Festival

October 2022If you are passionate about fireworks and pyrotechnic art, you definitely shouldn't miss this festival! People have been admiring Seoul's sky lit up in different colours for this international event since the year 2000.

November
Seoul Lantern Festival
Seoul Lantern Festival

November 2022The Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon Stream is Korea's largest lantern festival, receiving more than 3 million visitors each year, it is quickly becoming a global event.

What to do in Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Olympic Park
Olympic Park
Jogye-sa
Jogye-sa
National Folk Museum of Korea
National Folk Museum of Korea
Seoul Tower
Seoul Tower
Hangang River Ferry Cruise
Hangang River Ferry Cruise
Namsan Park
Namsan Park
Seoul
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Arrival Airport

Incheon International (ICN) - 48 km. from Seoul city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 15776,00 KRW, 60 minutes.

Main stops: Incheon Airport, Hamilton Hotel

Every 15 minutes, 6573,00 KRW, 70 minutes.

Main stops: Incheon Airport T1, Gongdeok + Gongdeok Station, Itaewon Station

Taxi: 62,693.70 KRW, 50 minutes drive to city center of Seoul

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Chicago O'Hare International, Dallas Fort Worth International, Detroit Wayne County, Honolulu International, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Las Vegas Mccarran, Los Angeles International, New York John F. Kennedy, San Francisco International, Seattle / Tacoma International, Washington Dulles
  • New Zealand: Auckland International
  • Australia: Brisbane, Sydney Kingsford Smith
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
  • Canada: Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International

FAQ about schools in Seoul

  • Easy Korean Academy has received the best overall rating in Seoul.
  • Easy Korean Academy, located in JJ Bldg. 3~4F. 58 Apgujeong-ro 2gil, Gangnam-gu, has been voted as the school with the best location in Seoul.
  • Students rated the activity program at Green Korean Language School as the best.
  • Easy Korean Academy was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Guest House K' at Lexis Korea is the best rated accommodation in Seoul.
  • Lexis Korea in Seoul organizes courses for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. No knowledge of Korean or English is required to participate in the course. Before starting the course you will be asked to complete a level test so that you are placed in the correct group. All the students in your group will be at the same or a similar language level, so you won't be alone!The teachers are very experienced in teaching absolute beginners, you will be in good hands. Of course, I understand that going so far away is stressful, but I'm sure you will meet peers from all over the world, which will motivate you even more to learn the language.
    Gosia, Senior Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net

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