Hot potato, pie in the sky and sour grapes: All three food metaphors are often used when describing international schools in Korea.
The first international school, Chadwick International, opened in 2010 in Songdo, a part of Incheon, followed by three more international schools on Jeju.
Unlike foreign schools, which only accept the children of expatriates or local children who have lived overseas for more than three years, international schools are open to any Korean who is willing to pay the hefty tuition (except for Chadwick, which limits Koreans to 30 percent of all students).
Tuition varies depending on the school, but it can cost as much as 35 million won ($33,085) per year - that works out to around 450 million won to educate a single child from preschool to 12th grade.
Education at such schools comes at a dear price, but the biggest virtue of these international schools is that parents are able to stay with their children without worrying about them being left alone in a foreign country at a young age