Singapore to open K-pop International High School in collaboration with School of Performing Arts Seoul

The school will be Singapore's first-ever international high school to provide a K-pop centred education programme.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 6 July 2023, 3:41 PM

Those aspiring to become the next Lisa from BLACKPINK, here’s your chance. Singapore will soon offer specialised K-pop education through a collaboration between the School of Performing Arts Seoul (SOPA) and Singapore Raffles Music College (SRMC).

The result of this partnership, SOPA-SRMC, will establish Singapore’s first-ever K-pop international high school, which will offer various specialised performing arts programmes centred around K-pop.

SRMC is an award-winning music, dance and performance arts college that is one of the best in Southeast Asia. It was awarded the second highest grade of ‘4-Year EduTrust’, a voluntary certification scheme for private education institutions certified by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE).

SOPA is one of Seoul’s most prestigious art schools, famous for producing prominent K-pop stars such as BTS’s Jungkook and Red Velvet’s Seulgi.  

Both schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “further elevate SOPA’s reputation as an exemplary educational institution not only in Korea but also overseas as an educational institution specialising in K-pop”.

The school’s curriculum will be taught in English by SOPA’s faculty. This will help integrate both Singapore’s and Korea’s education system.


Aspiring performers can also look forward to scholarship opportunities. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RAFFLES MUSIC COLLEGE


According to SOPA and SRMC, the school will identify students from Southeast Asia, primarily Singapore. SRMC will also facilitate admissions for Korean students aspiring to study abroad.

“The college recognises the impressive achievements of School of Performing Arts Seoul in producing quality graduates with a global footprint. We see this as a unique opportunity to bring the essence of specialised performing arts education from Korea into Singapore and Southeast Asia,” said executive director of SRMC, Ryan Goh.

Other than Singapore, SOPA has also signed a MOU with International American University (IAU) to open a branch campus in California to extend the K-pop education programme to international students.

More details on the curriculum and how to enrol for the education programme will be announced in due time.

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