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Study in South Korea Overview

General Introduction

Located in the southern area of the Korean peninsula and covering about 45% of the land surface, South Korea is an increasingly famous tourist destination, with a rise of 10% of visitors every year. This country is well-known for its beautiful scenery and stunning culture.

Despite being a relatively small country, South Korea’s economic growth has been considerably steady since 2009. Korean’sGDP index ranked 10th highest in the world (1400 billion dollars) according to the latest World Bank rankings.

The population of South Korea is more than 50 million people, nearly half of whom live in the metropolitan areas of ​​the capital, Seoul. This beautiful country also has a seasonal climate since it is subtropical. It is hot and humid in the summer (average about 25 degrees Celsius in the warmest month)., In the winter, the temperature drops sharply (average about minus 5 degrees Celsius to 2 degrees Celsius). 

Other special features

Depending on your fields of study, most Korean Universities require a TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) of level 4 or higher. There are always active and lively clubs for the students to enjoy in Korean Universities: sports clubs, academic clubs that suit your major, music clubs, etc. It is a great opportunity to build relationships during your time studying in Korea.

Besides, MT (Membership Training program) is also available. MT is an event where the freshmen and seniors spend time socializing with each other, aiming to build relationships in Korea’s society. This event includes one or two nights at a hostel or a resort, mini-games, food, and drinks! It is the only feature that makes life in the university in Korea stand out.

Studying in Korea is a great opportunity for you to gain experience in a professional educational environment which is not inferior to that of European and American countries. Because of its developed education, many scholarship opportunities along favorable living conditions, Korea is definitely one of the best destinations for studying abroad. To study abroad in Korea, you need to have the will, the determination, and the need for an experienced consultancy company like StudyLink to make your dream come true.

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Attending kindergartens in Korea (for children aged 3-5) is not compulsory, so parents have to register directly at their desired school.

Primary education

Children attend primary schools at the age of 6. Primary schools consist of 6 years, from grade 1 to grade 6.

Secondary education

After finishing grade 6, students will attend secondary schools. Secondary education consists of middle school (grade 7 – grade 9) and high school (grade 10 – grade 12).

Higher Education

The Korean school system is well-known for being top-quality considering students’ achievement in standard exams: this country is ranked as one of the best by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of OECD.

Korea is ranked 22 in 50 countries in the Ranking of National Higher Education Systems by 21 research universities of Universitas. Meanwhile, this country is ranked 12 in 35 countries in the “World Educating for the Future Index” category of the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Higher education in Korea consists of:

  • College (2 – 3 years): After finishing programs: completing from 75 to 80 credits of the two-year program or at least 120 credits of the three-year program, students will get an Associate Degree.
  • University (4 years): After finishing 4 years in university (completing at least 130 credits) or 5-6 years for higher specialized majors, students will get a Bachelor’s Degree.

Programs offered by universities and colleges:



Degree Program

International students can enroll in a degree program offered in regular semesters by schools. Students will get a degree after completing this program, which is taught either in English or Korean.

Exchange Student Program

Most educational institutions offer exchange student programs based on the agreement with foreign universities.

Summer/Winter Program

Universities offer regular courses and Korean language courses through summer/winter programs.

Programs taught in English

About 30% of the courses are taught in English. There are also International Studies faculties in some schools where all courses are taught in English

Korean Language Programs

Korean Language Institutions of some universities offer Korean courses to improve students’ communication skills.

Postgraduate Education

  • Master’s program: requires at least 2 years of studying and completing 24 credits. After that, students must pass a qualification test, then write and submit a Master’s thesis.
  • Doctoral Program: requires at least 3 years of studying and completing 36 credits. After that, students must pass a qualification test, then write and submit a doctoral thesis.

Postgraduate institutions also offer post-doctoral programs for those who want to continue to conduct research after getting a doctoral degree.

Enrollment requirements

For secondary education

  •  A copy of the graduation certificate or diploma issued in English.
  • A report card in English sent directly by the school where you attended.

For higher education

  • A report card in English sent directly by the school where you attended.
  • For completed doctoral programs, a written statement from the research institute showing degree issued date and major.