South Korea

Overview

Having split from North Korea in 1948 into a separately governed country, South Korea has diverged considerably, developing into an internationally recognized Asian powerhouse in the fields of technology, education and tourism. Investment in education and research has been at the heart of the South Korea's growth into the world’s 11th largest economy and the fourth largest economy within Asia.

More than 123,000 international students from 171 countries studied in South Korea in 2017 and the government has set its sights even higher, with an aim of 200,000 international students by 2023. As part of this ongoing focus on internationalization, several universities in South Korea are opening new international campuses to meet growing demand. Compared with other western countries, Korea has lower tuition and living costs. International students do not have to pay higher fees and there are many scholarship programmes to assist international students financially. South Korea has much to offer international students, and ­­capital city Seoul is currently ranked among the world’s top 10 student cities.

Why Study in South Korea?

Quality Education

The academic environment in Korea is highly competitive. Koreans take education - particularly higher education - very seriously. Academics in Korea are very competitive; students treat their teachers with respect and are extremely serious about their studies. Korea has a number of prestigious universities, and most of these are located in Seoul. Attending one of the universities is seen as a prerequisite for success in Korean society.

There are a variety of fields of study available for international students considering studying in Korea. The most popular fields of study in Korea are in the arts and science, closely followed by business-related courses. If you are an international student interested in any of these fields, enrolling in a South Korean university will ensure that you get the very best education Korea has to offer. If you are more interested in the culture or language of Korea, there are also a number of culture and language-based programs which will take you into the heart of South Korea’s cities and into the pastoral, more traditional countryside.

Study New Language

If you are interested in learning the Korean language, studying in Korea is your best option. International study is often your only option if you want to learn the language. Other language programs include several intensive Korean language summer programs.

Information and Communication Technology

Korea’s information and communication technology is considered as one of the best in the world. Korea is especially notable for its expertise in IT and Robotics. As an international student studying in Korea, you will be exposed to this technology, giving you a considerable edge over other students when you enter the work force. Additionally, this makes Korea a great place for international students with an interest in technology to study.

Employment Opportunities

Studying in South Korea will open up a wide range of employment opportunities for you. Graduates from Korean universities are highly sought after by employers all over the world. In addition, the South Korean economy is extremely stable, assuring you a financially secure future following graduation.

Cost of Living

The majority of South Korea is relatively inexpensive to live in, though prices in Seoul can be substantially higher than in other regions.

Most universities will offer affordable catering on their campuses and a meal from these facilities can cost as little as ₩2,600 (USD $2.50). In general, South Korea's native cuisine will cost less than food from western restaurant franchises, but either should be affordable. The South Korean government estimates the cost of food at roughly ₩320,000 (USD $300) per month if predominantly using university catering. Access to South Korea's world-leading high-speed internet services will usually cost around ₩32,000 (USD $30) per month.

Accommodation in a university dormitory will usually be the most affordable option available to you as a Masters student in South Korea. The government estimates costs at between ₩320,000 and ₩1,500,000 (roughly equivalent to between USD $300 and USD $1,400) per semester, varying depending on the number of individuals sharing a dormitory and the provision of other services such as catering.

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