South Korea has grown to become an Asian powerful after its split from North Korea in 1948. It achieved this by diversifying in the fields of technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths. Embracing both tradition and modernity, this beautiful Asian country has several opportunities to offer international students.
South Korea greatly values education and research and is investing heavily in these fields. Little wonder that South Korea has grown to become the world’s 13th largest economy and the third largest economy within Asia. It’s this investment and growth in innovation and technology that has meant the country is known as one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
The admissions requirements and process in South Korea differs from school to school but generally international students can apply directly to their chosen university by post or online medium. Limited or full proficiency in the Korean language is advantageous, but 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.
Generally, the South Korean academic year begins in March, but many universities admit 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.
One great thing about studying in a South Korean university is that tuition fees are the same for both domestic and international students-this is as part of the national plan to attract more international students to the country. These fees will vary depending on the course and university.
An undergraduate course at a public university costs from US$2,000 to US$4,500 per semester (with humanities subjects at the lower end and medicine at the top). At a South Korean private university, fees are estimated between US$3,000 and US$6,000 per semester. Average annual tuition fees at the 16 internationally ranked universities in Seoul are US$6,800. To calculate the total cost, bear in mind that there are two semesters in each academic year, and South Korean undergraduate programs typically last four years (or six years for subjects like medicine and dentistry).
List of Universities
–Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
Scholarships for international students are widely available from individual universities, covering between 30% and 100% of tuition fees. In addition, a number of governmental scholarships are available, which may also cover air fares and living expenses. One such governmental program is the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS).