It's a hard and long road to success for all those budding K-pop stars out there, but it appears that SM Entertainment have come up with a solution to help those up and coming artists.
According to new reports, SM will officially be opening its International K-pop Academy sometime in 2017. A joint venture between SM and Jongro Sky Academy, the Gangnam-based academy has been in the works for approximately a year, but the project has reportedly accelerated in recent weeks and is now scheduled to open its doors in September should all the details be finalised, such as available courses, faculty members, and number of students.
In addition to preparing its students to potentially debut as a K-pop idol, the academy will also focus on academics - such as Korean, English, and Math courses - and will reportedly prepare students for their middle school and high school certifications from the U.S. There is particular emphasis on international students, with the selection process currently penciled in for July.
For 2017, it is reported that 50 to 100 students will be accepted, including foreign transfer students, with the aim of eventually reaching 300-400 students. Not only will the academy help students pursue their K-pop dreams, it is reported that the school will also support students interested in other fields outside of singing and dancing.
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