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South Korea has increasingly been attracting international students into their undergraduate, graduate and research programs. There are about 400 National and private universities and some universities have state of the art research facilities in several emerging scientific fields.

Universities that are oriented towards internationalization conduct 30% of their lectures in English. Graduate programs have more lectures in English than undergraduate courses. There are some universities where all the courses are taught in English. Another option is to enroll in Korean language course prior to the academic session.


The school system in Korea follows a 6-3-3-4 ladder pattern which consists of elementary school (1st to 6th grades), middle school (7th to 9th grades), high school (10th to 12th grades) and junior college, college and university. Korea’s higher education institutions include universities, industrial universities, junior technological universities, and other miscellaneous institutions. Around 30% of the courses these days are conducted in English and the number of lectures in English increases for graduate courses. There are four categories of institutions for higher learning:

  • Colleges and universities with four-year undergraduate programs (six-year in medical colleges),
  • Junior colleges,
  • Universities of education and colleges of education, and
  • Miscellaneous schools like theological colleges and seminaries.

Types of Programs

There are many programs available for students wanting to study in Korea. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available for students proficient in Korean or English. Other programs allow students to study in Korea for a summer or semester, studying Korean language and culture or courses in their major.
Regular Semester Programs: Students attend courses during the regular semester, with both Korean and international students. Courses run from the spring through fall semesters. The language of instruction is either Korean or a foreign language, often English.

A larger number of graduate courses are offered in English, compared to undergraduate offerings.

Short-Term Exchange Programs:

Many universities in Korea have international exchange programs with partner universities throughout the world. These programs allow students to study at Korean universities for a short period of time: summer or winter break, a semester or a year.

Vacation Period Programs:

Some universities in Korea offer summer and winter programs for foreign students. Classes are offered in Korean language and culture, as well as general education courses.

Admission requirement for Korea

  • Application form.
  • Certified/ notarized documentary evidence of all academic studies undertaken.
  • Certified/ notarized documentary evidence of language proficiency
  • Bank draft for the registration fee made out to KUAC (Korea Universities Admission Center)
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Study plan.
  • Code of conduct signed

1. University Scholarship Programs
Many Korean universities have a number of scholarship programs for foreign students.
While some do not distinguish between Korean students and international students in
granting scholarships, the majority of universities have a separate fund for international
students. Depending on a student’s academic performance, a scholarship may cover from
30% up to 100% of the tuition

2. Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)
Numerous Korean government institutions offer various scholarship programs to
international students. Each year, the number of beneficiaries increases and there are
many opportunities. Beginning in 2010, all of the diverse scholarship-related projects
supported by the central government has been organically linked and integrated into a new
program, which is the Global Korea Scholarship. Global Korea Scholarship is a scholarship
program that is supported by the government of the Republic of Korea, and is implemented
by the National Institute of International Education Development (NIIED), which is an
institution operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology. Currently, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of
Culture Sports and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade offer different
scholarship programs to the International Students.

3. Korean Government Scholarship Program from the Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology

Purpose: To provide international students with the opportunity to conduct advanced
studies of undergraduate and graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the
Republic of Korea in order to promote international exchange in education and mutual
friendship between other countries.
Eligibility: Students of Countries under diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea.


1. Passport valid for at least 6 months
2. Completed application form
3. One recent passport-size color photo.
4. Letter of Acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled
on a course of full-time education
5. All educational certificates
6. Letter from college confirming payment of course fees documents (if required).
7. Complete Bank Statement.
8. If your sponsors is staying in South Korea then you have to submit: Letter of sponsorship
with documents received from the sponsor in South Korea.


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