Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies
|Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies
|Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea|
|Campus||Rural, 53,000 m² (13 acres)|
Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies or HAFS is a private boarding school located in the northern part of Yongin, South Korea, and is the first Korean high school formed by a collaboration between the government and a university. It is one of the most prestigious boarding school in Korea and is known for its high academic level and successful college admission results.
- 2002 October 16 The mayor of Yongin Mr. Jeong-mun Lee and the president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) Mr. Byeong-man Ahn decided to create Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교 부속 외국어고등학교).
- 2002 December 6 The mayor signed written agreement after making a rough draft and tuning it.
- 2003 November 27 Groundbreaking of Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies took place.
- 2005 March 3 The construction was completed, and the school inaugurated Mr. Bong-chul Nam as a principal and admitted first students.
- 2005 July 2 U.S. College Board designated HAFS as an official test center for PSAT, SAT, AP.
- 2008 February 7 Graduation of class of 2008 took place.
- 2008 School name changed from 한국외국어대학교 부속 외국어고등학교 to 한국외국어대학교 부속 용인외국어고등학교, while English name remained same (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies).
- 2010 November 1 The school inaugurated the second principal, Dr. Seong-gi Kim.
- 2011 HAFS was designated as an Independent Private High School.
- 2014 School name again changed from 한국외국어대학교 부속 용인외국어고등학교 to 용인 한국외국어대학교부설고등학교, while English name remained same (Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies).
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) and the local government of the City of Yongin decided to fund constructions of the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies in order to stop the outflow of students moving out of Yongin city for better education. The City of Yongin provided approximately $16 million in USD while HUFS yielded 13 acres (53,000 m2) of its Yongin Campus. In return, the official Korean name of the school was to include both names of Yongin City and HUFS - the result of which is "Yongin Academy of Foreign Studies under Hankuk University of Foreign Studies". The English name for the school was simplified to HAFS. Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies is required to admit at least 30% of its freshmen from Yongin annually due to the large investment from the city.
The school has 16 staff members, including the principal (Mr. Seong-gi Kim) and the vice principal (Mr. Kang-bae Moon). The staff oversees a variety of work, from admissions to test coordinating and monitoring the dormitories.
There are currently around 80 faculty members as of 2012. They are in charge of 7 departments (Korean, English, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Arts, Science, Math), and are all highly qualified. Several work for the national education broadcasting system, EBS. There are several non-Korean teachers as well, mostly in conversation-based courses. They have a variety of qualifications, from up to 10+ years of teaching experience to a work permit in South Korea. Native-speaking teachers include five from English-speaking countries, one from Japan, one from France, and one from Germany. There is also a college counselor for the international division.
Since 2011, the school has switched its official educational status from a 'Foreign Language High School' to an 'Independent Private School,' thereby liberating itself from many governmental regulations forcing the school to simplify the admission process and specialize in foreign language education. As a result the school gained more autonomy and flexibility in designing and implementing its curriculum, and aims to attract a greater body of talented applicants with diverse interests. The school, however, still requires all of its students to intensively learn at least one foreign language in addition to English.
The school is divided into three divisions: International, Humanities, and Science. Class 1 - 3 are the International division; class 4 - 7, Humanities; class 8 - 10, Science. The students are still required to take a foreign language class besides English (International: French, Chinese, Spanish / Humanities & Science: French, Chinese, Japanese). Each class has approximately 35 students. However, from the freshmen entered school 2013, International Department Students now can learn Japanese as well....
Referred to as the English major in the past, students in the International Curriculum study almost exclusively for foreign college admissions, mostly those in the U.S. The curriculum for the students differs greatly from that of the Humanities & Science division (previously referred to as Eurasian major) and tries to follow the U.S. curriculum as closely as possible. Some of the subjects taken by the students are Precalculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, U.S. Government and Politics, Human Geography, and "Debate", all taught in English.
Many students take Advanced Placement tests, which are administered on-campus. For some classes, the course material is equal to that of an AP class, and the teachers would hold AP certificates. For the others, students must study on their own. Popular AP tests include AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP US History, and AP World History. Students sign up for the AP tests in accordance with their intended undergraduate majors. Students also take SAT and/or ACT on-campus, and the school supports it by offering prep classes.
Most students in the International division apply to U.S. Colleges, but some graduates have attended domestic and other countries' colleges as well. Admission Results come out from around the October of the senior year up to the June after graduation. Students of the class of 2008 who majored in English had a perfect acceptance rate to American colleges.-
Humanities & Science Division
Referred as Eurasian (Europe+Asia) majors in the past, Humanities & Science division largely aim for admission to domestic colleges, while a few seek admission to foreign universities in Europe, Japan, or China. The curriculum follows the Korean standard education system. Followings describe four eurasian majors of the past:
- French Major (Class 4): Most of the students are beginners in the language, with a few students having lived in France, Quebec, or another Francophone country. There are, as of 2008, two Korean French teachers and a French conversation teacher from France. French Majors comprise one class (Class 4 at each grade level) with the number of students ranging from approximately 30 to 38, depending on the grade.
- German Major (Class 5): Like the French major, there is a Korean teacher and a German native speaker. The German major consists of one class (Class 5 at each grade level) with student numbers ranging from approximately 30 to 38, depending on the grade level.
- Chinese Major (classes 6, 7, and 8): This major consists of three classes. with 30~38 students per class.
- Japanese Major (Classes 9 and 10): This major consists of 2 classes, the second largest number of classes in the Asian-European majors.
In 2012, the school changed policy and the choice of the foreign language is no longer the standard to divide classes. In 2013, all foreign teachers except English-native-speakers has left the school.
Humanities and Science divisions have different focus in education though they do follow the Korean standard education system. Humanities division (Class 4 - 7) aims the same as the past Eurasian majors. Science division (Class 8 - 10) encourages students to have in-depth study in the varied subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Differential and Integral Calculus. The students also have numerous chances to conduct experiments on the class topic. However, the International division classes will be reduced to 2 classes, while Science division will be increased into 4 classes.
Extra-curricular activities of HAFS students are highly diversified; they range from debate, public speech clubs to an environment club dedicated to saving tropical forests. Success in extra-curricular activities explains, to the certain extent, why HAFS students succeeded in foreign college admissions in recent years, as extra-curricular activities, along with standardized tests and GPA, are considered the most important factors. Sports clubs are also main parts of school Extra-curricular clubs: Men & Women's lacrosse, flag football, soccer, basketball, badminton, and baseball. B-boy & Poppin', Vocal Rock band, Hip-hop, Samulnori (Traditional Korean folk music), English drama, Korean drama, and Musical clubs actively engage in various activities such as freshmen orientation and school festivals. In the second semester, there is a special day called "Drama Night", when all drama clubs performs and students enjoy.
The school receives applications from all eight provinces. There was an exception in 2009 when only students who resided in Gyeonggi Province and Gwangju-si were able to apply due to government policy. Students applying are accepted through the admission test, which includes interviews.
The admission tests changed from time to time; exams in the field of Korean, English, and Mathematics were mandatory (except for candidates who were specialized in English) till the class of 2011. The class of 2012 took Korean and English exams only, and admission process for the class of 2013 (took place in 2009), which included English listening comprehension exam incorporated with middle school GPAs, interviews, and debates, was the most complicated one throughout the history of HAFS. Conversion of the school from 'foreign language high school' to 'independent private school' for the class of 2014 resulted in totally different admission process, removing English exams and selecting candidates only with middle school GPAs and comprehensive interview.
Eurasian majors, who take most of their classes in Korean, are supposed to practice the EBC policy during recess and lunch. However, English majors, considering their goal of being accepted to U.S. Colleges, are ordered to take most of their courses in English. The exceptions are classes in Korean Literature, Korean History and Ethics.
The Global Leader Monitor(GLM) team members are elected at the start of semester by their fellow students and are serviced by the teachers. The Global Leader Monitors regulate school policy, especially the EBC. They participate in GLM conferences, the results of which are notified to the Class Representative Council. They take active part in forming the policies of the school.
Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies is noted for its unique two person per room dormitory, which is a very rare case for Korean boarding schools. All students are required to live in the school dormitory for the entire three years, and are allowed to leave on weekends only. Each month, there is a mandatory kickoff at the last weekend of the month when the dormitory closes down and all students must go home. The school supplies buses to take the students back and forth to the nearby/public transportation-friendly regional spots. A student may choose to remain in the dormitory during breaks as well. Dormitory facilities include a small store, two laundry rooms (one for each gender), several study rooms, a temporary mail room, and a small gym. There are two dormitory buildings, usually one for each gender but subject to changes depending on the gender ratio. Each time an entire floor or wing is delegated for the use of a specific gender, and students are not allowed to enter the wings used by the other gender.
The school provides all three meals with an additional snack at night. Seniors are expected to pick up their night snack during dinner so that they would not need to disrupt their studies to pick up the snack. As seniors' night snack menu and the underclassmen's night snack menu differ, some students try to get the other year's snack. Such actions are frowned upon. Another common yearly conflict arises when students intentionally and without good reason ignore the lunch time designated for each years (seniors first, then juniors, then the freshmen) and try to cut the waiting time. There is also a small store in the basement of the dormitory open for students, selling snacks, beverages, ice creams, and basic school supplies. In 2012, the store was converted into a convenience store.
The school is also famous for its uniform, which was designed by Andre Kim for free. There are four designs, two for winter and two for summer. A coat, a pair of PE uniforms, and a ribbon or a necktie is included in the uniform set. Students can buy additional clothing items at the dormitory. After dinner, students are allowed to change into comfortable clothes, which includes PE uniforms, school hoods, club hoods, class hoods, and division hoods. In case of club hoods, class hoods, and division hoods, students design and order the hoods themselves as needs arise. All hoods must be confirmed through the school and have the HAFS logo printed on the shoulder to mark that it met the requirements.
The dormitories are gender-segregated, and students are not allowed to enter the residential wings and the laundry room used by the other gender. Students are not allowed to enter the dormitories during school hours except when they have a 'pass' signed by a teacher or an administrator. Students are allowed access to their rooms during dinner and after the studying time. Students can get a 'pass' from the teachers to let themselves stay in the dormitory after dinner. There are strict restrictions on electrical appliances in the dorm rooms. Students are also not allowed to bring in any food that can rot.
There is a curfew at midnight. All lights must be off, and students must go to sleep around 1. During exam periods, and for the seniors, the rules are relaxed. Residential Advisors take turns monitoring the hallways at night.
To go off-campus on weekends, students must register when they would go out and come back in prior to the weekend in question or have their parents talk to the RAs to get the pass. Parents are allowed to pick up their children on-campus.
For misbehaviors (such as going to school late or breaking the curfew), points are given out to students. Students with more than certain points have their parents notified by the RAs. There are opportunities for counter-points, usually in the form of helping out an RA. All points are reset at the end of each month.