South Korean (Foreign)

Higher education is taken very seriously 

Investment in education and research has been at the heart of the nation’s growth into the world’s 13th largest economy, and the third largest in Asia.

In fact, it’s difficult to think of a country that takes education more seriously – where else would flight schedules be changed and the stock market open late in order to minimize noise during school exams? With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Korea is fast becoming one of the world’s top student destinations, boasting no less than nine top-50 universities in the 2012/13 

QS University Rankings: Asia.  In 2004 Korea set the target of having 100,000 foreign students by 2012, and by 2010 had enrolled 83,842 foreign students from 171 different countries. Several universities, including Yonsei University, are opening new international campuses to meet growing demand, and five US universities are also set to open branches at the new Songdo Global University Campus.

More than 370 Higher Education Providers: 179 Private & 43 National Universities

Highest ranked is Seoul National University, which is placed at 37 in   the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings, and fourth in the QS  University Rankings: Asia.

 Programs and Entry: South Korean undergraduate programs  typically last four years, or six years for subjects like medicine and dentistry. The academic year starts in March, but many universities admit new students twice a year, in March and September. The Korean study year is divided into two semesters, with a summer break from July – August & winter break from December to February.

Application Tips

  • Be sure to know which applicant pool you belong to (ask Admission office)

    • Overseas 12 Years // 3 Years

    • Domestic

  • Start to prepare early

    • Multiple essays (Personal Statement + Free Topic)

    • Additional documents

    • Proof of activities (Certificates, Brochures, Articles etc.)

Require entire package by specific due date


  • Send AP / TOEFL iBT / SAT scores through college-board / ETS before the deadline (at least a month before the due date because it takes a LONG time for the universities to receive the documents)

  • Some Korean & Japanese universities require:

    • School profile (ask your counselors) 

    • Expected graduation form



Some universities have their own template for recommendation letters (this is your responsibility to get it and give it to your counselor)

Select University Admission Requirements:

 Chung Ang


 Seoul National







  Ewha Woman’s

 Kwangon National



Science & Tech

 University of Seoul




Songdo University Campus

“Songdo Global University ― A cradle for the production of global talents, R&D and forum for knowledge and cultural exchanges linking the East and the West”

What is SGUC?

The SGUC(Songdo Global University Campus) was established with the aim of producing next-generation global talent that will lead Korea’s industries based on knowledge, culture and arts. The SGUC hosts a total of 10 world-leading universities to offer premium higher education to domestic and international students and attract outstanding students from abroad. This ensures cultural exchanges and information in addition to knowledge.

Forum for knowledge and cultural exchanges between the East and the West

SGUC will become a forum for heralding a “new cosmopolitan civilization” where excellent talent from different cultures in the East and the West learn together, share each other’s cultures and interact with each other.

Global learning community developed as an educational and R&D hub

The SGUC will play a leading role as an educational cluster and maintain its standing as the world’s best education and R&D hub with quality education, unmatched educational infrastructure and proactive industry-university-research exchange.

University of Utah – Asia Campus:

Students studying at the U Asia Campus have a unique opportunity to earn the same exact degree that they would in the US while remaining in close proximity to family and important professional connections and opportunities here in Asia. All of our faculty come from the US campus to teach, students take the same exact courses as main campus students, and ultimately the same exact degree is awarded to students studying at both campuses.Culturally, students also have a unique opportunity here. Over the course of their four years, students will spend three years studying in Korea and one year studying in Salt Lake City, Utah in the US. While in Korea, they have access to all of the resources and opportunities afforded to main campus students, with the unique experience of studying a US curriculum in a smaller campus environment.

Financially, the Utah Asia Campus is often a much more viable option than a traditional US university experience. With significantly more affordable tuition and large scholarship opportunities for international students, many students find that attending this campus is a more accessible option than alternatives in the US.


Admissions, fees and visa requirements

Typically foreign applicants to South Korean universities will be asked to provide details of most recent or predicted grades, a letter of recommendation, proof of nationality, proof of sufficient finances, and proof of proficiency in either Korean or English – depending on which language the course will be conducted in.

If you’re applying for an undergraduate course, you’ll need the D-2 visa, which you

can apply for through your nearest embassy or consulate. As well as your passport, you’ll need  to submit a certificate of your most recent school record, confirmation of your acceptance at a South Korean university, details of your account balance, and a processing fee of about US$30 (for single entry) or US$50 (for multiple entry).

Tuition fees vary depending on the course and university. According to government guidelines for international students, an undergraduate course at a public university costs from US$2,000 to $4,400 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 – but remember there are only two semesters each year.

Many universities offer scholarships for foreign students, covering between 30% and 100% of tuition fees. Scholarships are also available from the government, which may also cover air fares and living expenses. (Info:QS Higher Education)


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