Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Southern Illinois University Dr. Jun Kim, left, and Asian international program coordinator at the University of Utah Kijoung Na recently met with Vienna High School superintendent Joshua Stafford.

Vienna High School to have students from South Korea

Starting on Thursday, Jan. 12, Vienna High School will be hosting 25 high school sophomore students from South Korea along with Korean teacher and administrator chaperons. These students are coming from Deadong Taxim High School (, which is located in the northwestern portion of South Korea.  It was established in 1925 for the training of students in the field of tax accounting in the areas of finance such as CPA, CTA, and professional managers such as CFO, CEO.

VHS is partnering with Kijoung Na, who serves as the Asian international program coordinator at the University of Utah, and Dr. Jun Kim, who serves as professor at Southern Illinois University.

Tina Colson of Vienna, who serves as a senior lecture at SIU, made the connection for the schools.

While the Korean students are at Vienna they will be assigned to a student council representative who they will follow to classes each day and spend the school day with.

The South Korean students are also being hosted by various families in the community for overnight accommodations

They are still seeking a few host families with the hosts receive a stipend.  If you are interested in hosting please contact Kijoung Na via email at

Their last regular attendance day at VHS will be Thursday, Jan. 19, with a special assembly and departure ceremony on the morning of Jan. 20th.

VHS superindentent Joshua Stafford said, “We are very excited about this opportunity to host these students and learn more about them and their culture.  Please join with me in making them feel welcome and their time here enjoyable.”