Nowadays, there are many foreigners visiting South Korea, not only for travel and vacation, but also to study. Here is some great information for those who are planning to study at the university level in South Korea or for parents who are looking for the university for their children.
In 2010, there were more than 80,000 foreign students from about 170 countries studying in South Korea. Compared with the US or UK, Korea has lower tuition fees. The cost is about the same for domestic and international students. There are also many scholarships programs that will assist students financially of which will help lower the higher fees over certain universities. The cost of living is also dependent on where they’ll stay, an apartment or university dorms. The purchase price of an apartment is more expensive than in the U.S. while the public transportation and restaurant are less expensive than in the U.S.
The admission process of each university is different, but in general, it can be applied directly to your chosen university by mail or online. Also, one needs to keep in mind the South Korean academic begins in March. Thus the deadline for the application is between September and November. Please also note that Korean universities take deadline seriously, so apply as soon as possible.
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To study in South Korea, international student must have D-2 visa. One may apply for this visa from the South Korean embassy in your home country. The processing fee of D-2 visa is about 30USD for single entry and 50USD for multiple entry. Besides the D-2 visa, other documents that also required are passport, letter of recommendation, certificate of facts, and other documents.
There are 43 national universities and almost 180 private universities in South Korea. One of the best and highest ranked university in South Korea is Seoul National University, http://www.useoul.edu/ . You can see the information for admission of this university here: http://www.useoul.edu/apply/info .
Beside Seoul National University, below are some recommended universities for expats in South Korea:
- Korea University, https://www.korea.edu/
This university located in Seoul and it is regarded as the professional schools of law, medicine, engineering and science. Korea University provides sport facilities, cultural facilities, training center, health center, travel agency and other facilities such as separated dormitory for man and women.
Information for admission: http://gsis.korea.ac.kr/admissions/admission-for-international-students. Contact e-mail:
- KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, http://www.kaist.edu
KAIST is a public research university located in Daejeon. This will be one of the best university for you or your children who want to study for physics, mathematics, social science, engineering, etc. KAIST also provide over 25 dormitories for male and female, libraries, medical center and other facilities such as health insurance for student.
Information for admission, visit: http://admission.kaist.ac.kr/international
You may also find the other top universities in South Korea here: http://www.4icu.org/kr/
The other important thing that you need to be prepared before studying in South Korea is health insurance. If you or your children intend to study for one year, you must apply for private insurance before departure. But if it’s for more than one year, you or your child can join the NHIC (National Health Insurance Corporation) which allow refund of healthcare service in the country. You will need to pay around 30,000 won for monthly premium. For more info about NHIC, visit: http://www.nhic.or.kr/static/html/wbd/g/a/wbdga0101.html
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