Study in South Korea

  • South Korea is developing into an internationally recognized Asian powerhouse in the fields of technology, education and tourism.
  • When we talk about Education in South Korea, it offers world class education to international students and for the fact capital city Seoul is currently ranked among the world's top 10 student cities andthe country is known as one of the four 'Asian ecomomies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
  • Investment in education and research has been at the heart of the South Korea's growth into the world's 13th largest economy and the third largest economy within Asia.With over 370 official higher education providers in total, South Korea has plenty to offer interested students. The country boasts no less than six top-20 entries and 54 representatives in total in the QS Asia University Rankings 2018, and 29 ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
  • Graduate education in Korea is well-respected throughout the world, particularly in technical areas such as engineering and information technology.
  • Many master's programs are taught in English. Korean schools have notable research programs, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities.
  • South Korea has a large and diversified higher education system with many private universities.
  • Most undergraduate degrees are four year courses and many are taught in English.
  • The academic year starts in March, but many universities admit new students twice a year, in March and September. The academic year is divided into two semesters, with a summer break from July to August, and winter break from December to February
  • For international students applicants, the deadline for spring semester (March entry) is usually from September to November, and for autumn semester (September entry) from May to June.
  • Applicants may print out an application form and send it by mail or courier service or apply online if available.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language should take TOEFL, IELTS or other acceptable English language tests to prove their English proficiency.
  • The admissions process is different from school to school but, in general, you can apply directly to your chosen university by post or online. Be aware that the South Korean academic year begins in March, although many schools take on new students twice a year - in March and September. Deadlines for March applications are typically set between September and November, while for September entry, deadlines are often between May to June. Most universities in South Korea have just two terms, with a summer break from July to August and a winter break from December to February.
  • Although proficiency in the Korean language is advantageous, around 25% of courses at Korean universities are taught in English. This, along with the fact that English proficiency is growing nationwide, helps to break down the language barrier for international students. However, a desire to learn the basics of the Korean language will certainly be helpful, paving the way for fuller integration into Korean society and culture. In either case, foreign students must prove their proficiency in the language their course will be conducted in.
  • To study in South Korea as an international student, you will require a 'D-2 visa', which can be gained from a South Korean embassy or consulate in your home country. Typically, as well as proficiency in English or Korean, you will be asked to provide your passport, a completed application form, a certificate of your most recent school record, confirmation of your acceptance at a South Korean university and proof of sufficient finances. For your D-2 visa you will be required to pay a processing fee of about US$30 (for single entry) or US$50 (for multiple entry).

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