Let’s Take a Look at SOPA Seoul, the School of Many Korean Idols!

SOPA Admissions

SOPA is considered to be the most popular among all the other performing arts high schools, and to get accepted into this school is, of course, not as easy as any other school. SOPA only accepts 266 students per year, divided into seven different classes. Each department, Theater & Film, Musical Performance, and Stage Arts, welcomes 76 students in total, divided into two classes, except for the Dance Performance department that only welcomes 38 students in one class.


The entrance is open to any student that has completed elementary school and middle-high school or let just say 9 years of studies before high school all around the nation. But hey, even if you are an international student, you can also register as a student because SOPA also accepts foreigners as long as you meet the requirements.


The requirements are quite easy for international students who want to enter this school. First of all, overseas citizenship, be sure you don’t hold a dual-citizenship including Korean. Second of all, a language proficiency certificate. Remember that you will be a student in a Korean school, so you need to at least be able to speak, write, and read Korean. And lastly a student visa, this requirement is only when you have been accepted by the school.


Hmm but then again, how to get accepted?

Before talking about that, I think we need to discuss how to register, shall we?

First of all, you need to fill out the online registration form. You can find it on the SOPA website or uwayapply.com. There, you need to input your middle school grades. Don’t forget to send the application to SOPA no later than the deadline. Be sure to check the official site and mark your calendar about the due date. And lastly, be patient to wait for the result! The accepted applicants will be shown on the website.


Usually, the new student admission starts sometime around the end of October since the new semester begins in March. If you’re interested in becoming a student of SOPA, be sure to have everything prepared before October. And also, good luck since you will compete against students from both Korea and the world to be one of the 266 accepted students.


Well, even if you can’t attend this school, let’s just admit that this school is awesome for a performing arts high school. Indeed, with students that are trained to be the best in their field, no wonder South Korea has such a good entertainment industry.

Learn More About the Uniform in SOPA

Uniform in SOPA

Uniform is one of the must things for students. Almost every school has its own uniform which is different from one another in order to differentiate it from other schools. The uniform of a school also can be a symbol or represent the identity of the school with the school name and quality.

However, usually, most students don’t really like to wear their uniforms because of the lame design or because they think that they look too ordinary. But, these days, school uniforms have a more stylish design which makes them look more elegant and cool. Just like the uniform in SOPA.

In SOPA, they have two kinds of uniform, which is bright yellow and navy winter. The summer version of their school uniform is mostly white with a dark green collar and ribbon or tie.

sopa uniform

While the other one is the yellow uniform that is usually worn at their graduation ceremony which made it more famous than the navy winter uniform as it is rarely seen compared to the navy uniform.

SOPA Idol Graduates 1

So, with the more stylish design of the uniform, do you still not want to wear a school uniform? Or have you changed your mind?

SOPA Idol Graduates

SOPA Idol Graduates

As we all know, many Korean idols and singers have been students in SOPA and made the school become more popular. For more details, here is the list of SOPA idol graduates.

  • Lee Jaejin of FT Island (2010)
  • Song Seunghyun former FT Island and Choi Minhwan of FT Island (2011)
  • Yoo Jiae of Lovelyz, Gongchan of B1A4, Kai of EXO, Kim Timoteo of Hotshot, Lee Dongwon of KNK (2012)
  • Seulgi of Red Velvet, Sehun of EXO, Hyeri of Girls’ Day, Kim Jaehyun of N.Flying, Suzy former miss A, Son Naeun of Apink, Sulli former F(x) (2013)
  • Kwon Eunbi of IZ*ONE, Ricky of Teentop, Namjoo of Apink, Taeyong of NCT, Y of Golden Child, Minhyun of Nuest, S.Coups of Seventeen, Exy of WJSN (2014)
  • Wonwoo of Seventeen, Oh Hayoung of Apink, Yerin of G-Friend, Chang Seungyeon of CLC, Joy of Red Velvet, Soobin of WJSN, Lee Hi, Zelo of B.A.P, Yeonwoo former Momoland, Jenny former DIA, Oh Heejun of KNK (2015)
  • Jaehyun of NCT, Eunjin former DIA, Jung Chaeyeon of DIA, DK of Seventeen, Jiho of Oh My Girl, Yuju of G-Friend, Chengxiao of WJSN, Lee Jangjun of Golden Child, Jeong Sewoon, Kim Woojin former Stray Kids, Ryu Sujeong of Lovelyz, Eunhae of G-Friend, E-Chan of DKB (2016)
  • Nayun of Momoland, Kyulkyung of Pristin, Eunseo of WJSN, SinB of G-Friend, Hwanwoong of Oneus, Jungkook of BTS, Eunwoo of Hinapia, Jang Yeeun of CLC, Yaebin of Hinapia, Wooseok of Pentagon, Umji of G-Friend (2017)
  • Park Jihoon, Kim Donghyun of Golden Child, Arin of Oh My Girl, Mark of NCT, Laun former ONF, Mina of Gugudan, Yehana of Pristin, Bora of Cherry Bullet, Yunho of A-Teez, Dayoung of WJSN, Dongmyeong of ONEWE, Yeoreum of WJSN, Lee Naeun of April, Kim Doyeon of Weki Meki, Chani of SF9 (2018)
  • Choi Yoojung of Weki Meki, Hyunjin of Stray Kids, Yongseung of VeryVery, Ahin of Momoland, Somyi of DIA, Lia of Itzy, Hyeyeon former Gugudan, Yun Junghwan of BDC, Yeonhee of Rocket Punch, Lee Daehwi of AB6IX, Yang Yena of April, Junyoung of IZ, Xiyeon of Pristin, Yoojun of Bae173 (2019)
  • Eric of The Boyz, Junseo of DKB, Yunkyoung of Rocket Punch, Rina of Weki Meki, Lee Jinsol of April, Kim Minju of IZ*ONE, Suyun of Rocket Punch, Sumin of DreamNote, Hohyun of TRCNG, Ahra of Favorite, Karin of Elris, Gooseul of Girls’ Alert (2020)
  • Rachel of April, Lucy of Weki Meki, Yeojin of Loona, I.N of Stray Kids, Chaerin of Cherry Bullet, Bang Yedam of Treasure, Sunshine of Nature (2021)

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