If you study abroad in South Korea, you will find a country caught up in a whirlwind of innovation- nowhere is this more evident than in the attitude of the South Koreans themselves. The South Korean people are full of an indomitable energy that saturates their cities and their towns. Seoul, South Korea’s most modern city, is a bustling metropolis filled with spirited people and ideas. There is no end to the activities Seoul offers to students and locals alike.
Further south, the port town of Busan is captivating in its wide array of beaches and fish markets. Students who travel to the city of Daegu can escape the bustle of Seoul and enjoy the countryside pace there. Although few travelers explore the countryside in South Korea, those who are willing to partake in the journey will find themselves walking among serene temples and majestic mountains.
Those who study abroad in South Korea will discover an adventure filled with endless opportunity. South Korea’s vibrant diversity and rich tradition make it an ideal setting for students wishing to develop their own sense of self. The country offers a plethora of celebrated universities, and those who study abroad in South Korea will be able to expand their knowledge in a variety of different fields. South Korea’s infectious optimism will inspire students to promote greater change even after their stay is done. South Korea is an adventure waiting to happen for any student willing to take the plunge! Check out these exciting programs and begin your journey.
Why study in South Korea?
South Korea is a constitutional democracy state with a very high standard of living. As Asia’s fourth largest economy it is one of the world’s leading international financial centres.
- As one of the Asian tigers it has enjoyed rapid economic growth and avoided the worst effects of the recession of the post-2008 period. Unemployment is low and public services such as transport are cutting edge. The proportion on non-Koreans in the population is increasing rapidly. English is widely taught and spoken.
- There are 43 national and almost 180 private universities and universities. Seoul National University (31st) is the highest ranking South Korean university in the 2014–15 QS World University Rankings.
- Also in the top 200 are the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (51st), followed by the Pohang University of Science and Technology (86th), Yonsei University (106th), Korea University (116th), and Sungkyunkwan University (140th).
- Undergraduate programmes normally last four years (six years for medicine and dentistry).
- In 2010 there were 83,842 foreign students from 171 countries studying in South Korea.
- Compared with the US, Canada, and UK, 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.
- The Korean government has recently announced substantial support and deregulation for foreign students in areas such as scholarships, dormitory provision, part time jobs, and employment after graduation.