Gyeongnam International Foreign School is an International Baccalaureate World School and we have offered the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2021 and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) since 2015.

The PYP is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 up to 12 which offers a challenging and engaging opportunity for students to develop a sense of agency, have a voice and choice in their learning and take ownership over their education. We focus on the development of the whole child through inquiry based units of inquiry across six trans-disciplinary themes (see our Programme of Inquiry for further details). We strive to ensure children have a safe environment where they are motivated, curious, confident and enthusiastic during their learning engagements. Our goal is for children to develop a passion for learning and strive to be active members in their local and global communities.

The DP is an inclusive internationally-recognized two-year study programme designed for students aged 16 up to 19. The DP provides a well-rounded academic experience for students as they engage in inquiry-based learning in the classroom and take part in creative, active, and service experiences outside of it. The DP stresses international mindedness as a core value, and thus students are exposed to a diverse range of viewpoints in all the courses they take. Students are encouraged to follow their own interests, both in their course selection and in the direction of their studies within those courses.  At the end of the second year, students striving for the full IB Diploma will sit externally-assessed exams that can help open many doors for them at the world’s top-ranked universities. See our Secondary academics page for more information on the DP at GIFS.

The IB and GIFS aim to develop students who are:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills to inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.