study in korea
Why Korea?back
Compared with English speaking countries (like the UK and the USA) or Japan, Korea has lower tuition fees, living costs and also well-prepared scholarship programs for international students.
The Korean government has provided scholarships to 6,556 international students from 148 nations since 1967, and supports approximately 2,000 students annually. Applicants can also search other financial support programs offered through specific universities, foundations and companies.
Provide online Korean classes and English medium classes for international students.
Apply for government scholarships and general admission to universities online.
If you have any inquiries about studying in Korea, you can consult with the International Student Service Center.
Tel. +82-2-3668-1490(English) , +82-2-3668-1491(Vietnamese,Russian)
e-mail : studyinkorea@moe.go.kr
Korea has been recognized globally for its excellence in education. , Korea is ranks at the top of OECD countries for scholastic achievement and educational competitiveness.
PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) Survey Results for all OECD Countries
  •  
    Mathematics
    1
    Republic of Korea554
    2~3
    Japan536
    2~3
    Switzerland531
    3~7
    Netherlands523
    4~8
    Estonia521
     
    ...
     
    OECD Average521
  •  
    Reading
    1~2
    Japan538
    1~2
    Republic of Korea536
    3~5
    Finland524
    3~6
    Ireland523
    4~6
    Canada523
     
    ...
     
    OECD Average523
  •  
    Science
    1~3
    Japan557
    1~3
    Finlan545
    2~4
    Estonia541
    2~4
    Republic of Korea538
    5~9
    Poland526
     
    ...
     
    OECD Average501
<Source: www.oecd.org/pisa>
Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment rankings (Pearson & EIU, 2014)
2014 교육경쟁력 보고서(Pearson & EIU) 인지능력과 교육성취도(Index Cognitive Skill and Education Attainment) 순위
<Source: Index ranking 2014-The Learning Curve, Pearson & EIU>
Are you struggling to find which institution to study in Korea?
You can check detailed information for around 450 universities and Korean language institutions in Korea.
Korea leads the world in advanced Science and Technology
- Korea ranked 1st for ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) development among 152 countries surveyed. <Source : International Telecommunications Union(ITU)>

- Possess dynamic technical skills including machinery, chemicals, shipbuilding, semiconductors, and automobiles
  ※ 154 Korean items ranked 1st in the world (2012) <Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy>
The Republic of Korea became the 7th country to join the “20-50 Club” in 2012. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Kim Jim Yong are both from the Republic of Korea.
  • 일본 JPN
    1985
  • 미국 USA
    1988
  • 프랑스 FRA
    1990
  • 이탈리아 ITA
    1990
  • 독일 DEU
    1991
  • 영국 GBR
    1996
  • 대한민국 ROK
    2012
*What is 20-50 club? with the population surpassing 50 million and maintaining per capita income of US$20,000
반기문 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- 8th Secretary-General of
   the United Nations
김용 President of World Bank Group Kim Jim Yong
- South Korean and American physician,
   17th President of Dartmouth College
- Director of WHO's HIV/AIDS department in 2004
- Named 'World’s 50th Most Powerful Person’
   in 2013 by Forbes magazine
Prominent investing institutions like Goldman Sachs has predicted that Korea would have developed into Asia's largest economy. Furthermore, many experts guarantee that Korea's sustainable development.
“South Korea will become one of Asia’s leading powers. Its per capita GDP should double between the present and 2025; it will be the new economic and cultural model, and will impress the world with its technologies and cultural energy.”
< French futurologist, Jacques Attali >
“South Korea relies heavily on industry-leading companies like Samsung Electronics Co., LG Electronics Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. for its economic output and its international business image. In the short term, Korea’s heavy industries are booming, riding the tide of China’s rise”
< Andy Xie, Economist of Morgan Stanley >
The Korean Wave, which began from Korean dramas and K-POP, has now spread Korean language and culture widely throughout the world.
The Korean wave has become part of the global culture shared by people throughout the world.

“South Korea's K-pop takes off in the west”
<Financial Times, the UK>

Online Hallyu communities in the world
- Presence in 79 countries
- 1,248 online Hallyu communities
- Around 2.2 milion members <Source: Global Hallyu 2014, Korea Foundation>

The Korean Wave is based on Korea’s history, cultural heritages, and tradition. The Republic of Korea is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 15 intangible assets Cultural Heritage of Humanity, 9 Memory of the World Register.
  • 수원화성 Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
  • 석굴암 Sukhulam
  • 불국사 Bulguksa
  • 판소리 Pansori
  • 택견 Taekkyeon
  • 줄타기 Jultagi
  • 제주화산섬 Jeju Volcanic Island
  • 훈민정음 Hunminjeongeum
  • 해인사 장경판전 Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon
With Korea noted as one of the safest countries in the world to study in, the number of international students continues to increase every year. In particular, postgraduate students have risen steadily over the past 5 years. Many Korean universities support scholarship programs for graduate degrees and assist in finding job opportunities in Korean companies and academic positions at universities after graduation.
Safety and Crime Index
Status for International students in Korea by year
Ranking Country Safety Crime
1 대한민국 Republic of Korea 83.10 16.90
2 대한민국 Singapore 82.92 17.08
3 대한민국 Qatar 80.00 20.00
4 대한민국 Japan 79.16 20.84
5 대한민국 Taiwan 78.78 21.22
6 대한민국 Hong Kong 78.14 21.86
7 대한민국 Georgia 77.25 22.75
8 대한민국 UAE 76.69 23.31
9 대한민국 Denmark 74.97 25.03
10 대한민국 Malta 74.45 25.55
11 대한민국 Estonia 73.82 26.18
12 대한민국 Switzerland 73.77 26.23
<Source : www.numbeo.com, 2015>
Status for International students in Korea by year
연도별 외국인 유학생 수
Status of international graduate students in Korea for the last 5 years
최근 5년 석·박사 과정 외국인 유학생 수 Doctorate Master’s
<Source: Ministry of Education, 2015>
If so, what makes international students satisfied to study in Korea?
It is a result of survey about satisfaction for targeting 300 international students residing in Korea.
About 90% of students satisfied living in Korea and 86% of students satisfied the education system of Korea.
For what reasons do you
want to work in Korea?
외국인 유학생 한국생활 만족도
Are you satisfied about
Korean education system?
한국의 교육에 대한 만족도
What are the good points for living in korea?
  • A1) Comfortable and safe transportation system, residential environment.
  • A2) Various cultural activities.
  • A3) Socializing with people from different nationalities.
  • A4) Great Korean food.
  • A5) Good envitonments and educational quality for studying.
  • A6) Great weather and nature.
  • A7) High stantard of living.
<Source> NIIED, 2015
- International students enrolled in regular degree courses or language course can apply for permission to participate in additional part-time activities and work.
- Annual job fair for international students held each year by government
- Online employment support system, including online resume postings and information about job opportunities
Korea has successfully managed to make the transition from a recipient to a donor country.
Korea was still poor in 1960s, however Korea has achieved an incredible record of growth to become a major economic powerhouse. (Ranked 11th in the world by nominal GDP in 2015, IMF)
Economic development of Korea
GNI(Gross National Income) per capita
the total domestic and foreign output claimed by residents of a country
GNI(Gross National Income) per capita
<Source : Economy Statistics System>
From a recipient to a donor
· 1945~1999, received around 127 billion US dollars
· 1995, removed from the World Bank's list of recipient nations
· 2008, exceeded KRW 1trillion for Economic Development Cooperation Fund
· 2009, joined the OECD/DAC(Development Assistance Committee)
Cases of ODA(Official Development Assistance) supported by Korea
Solar Power Station in Mozambique Solar Power Station
in Mozambique
A new embankment off the Mekong River in Laos A new embankment off
the Mekong River in Laos
Recovery from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Recovery from typhoon
Haiyan in the Philippines
Education has been a key factor in Korea's rapid economic growth over the past four decades. We hope to share information about education possibilities in Korea through the Korean government’s "Study in Korea Project"