South Korea

South Korea (한국, 韓國 Hanguk), officaly the Republic of Korea (대한민국, 大韓民國 Daehan Minguk) is a country in East Asia. South Korea occupies the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, with North Korea to the north, China across the sea to the west and Japan a short ferry ride to the southeast. Having split from North Korea in 1948 into a separately governed country, South Korea has since diverged considerably from its neighbor, developing into an internationally recognized Asian powerhouse in the fields of technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths.

Embracing both tradition and modernity, South Korea is a region of diverse cultures and lifestyles, influenced heavily by the western world, and notably by the US, while firmly holding onto the region’s own rich history and way of life.



Over 70% of the land is mountainous with the eastern regions consisting of mainly rugged mountain ranges and deep valleys.


Korea's currency is the won (W). In some tourist areas, merchants may be willing to accept U.S. dollars or Japanese yen


Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Shamanism
Additionally, there is a very large mosque in It'aewon-dong for Muslims.


The summers are very hot and humid, and the winters are cold and dry. The springs and autumns, which finish much too quickly, provide a welcome relief from the extremes of summer and winter.


Korean is closer to the Japanese language

Study in S.korea

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.


Most international students who study abroad in Korea take courses offered in English.

Many universities offer courses in certain subjects and majors in English, with some schools offering nearly a third of their courses in their own language. English-language courses are more common at graduate level.

Overseas students who want to study in English or Korean must prove their language proficiency, if Korean/English language is not their native tongue.

There are 43 national and almost 180 private universities, there were 83,842 foreign students from 171 countries studying in South Korea.

For Bachelor

Undergraduate programmes normally last four years (six years for medicine and dentistry). Applicants who do not have English proficiency should take TOEFL, IELTS or other acceptable English language tests to prove their English proficiency.

Tuition fee

Tuition fee ranges from £1,275 to £3,800 a semester for undergraduates, and from £1,600–4,460 a semester for postgraduates.

Student accommodation

Dormitory accommodation is the most convenient and economic place to live in. There are alternatives and universities staff provide help in finding an appropriate place and finalizes the contract issues. Students have to decide whether they would like to stay in Schools or in any private accommodation before arriving in the country.

Working while studying

Students may alternatively take up part-time on-campus employment for up to 20 hours per week throughout the year or summer jobs (1 June to 31 August) with no limit on work hours and location.

Master degree

Studying Masters in South Korea offers a fantastic opportunity to get involved with one of the most vibrant and fast-moving higher education sectors in the modern world. With its high-tech goods changed the way people travel, communicate and consume information whilst its pop music conquers old and new media platforms, it's fair to say that South Korea has taken a central place in the modern world. The country's universities have also risen up the international rankings and the success of South Korea's various exports has lead it to seek out more overseas students to help drive future innovation

Phd degree

Studying a PhD in South Korea will typically involve three stages. Depending on your Masters level qualification, you may need to complete research training and taught courses to the value of 36 credits (roughly equivalent to72 of the ECTS Credits used within the Bologna System). You may then be required to pass a written examination (sometimes referred to as the "comprehensive examination") before finally completing a thesis under the guidance of one or more appointed supervisors. Once submitted your thesis will be evaluated by at least five examiners. An oral defense of your work may not actually be required provided it passes the judgement of these examiners, but you should contact your prospective institution for specific information on the coursework requirements and examination procedures for its PhD programmes.


  • Seoul National University
  • Sejong University
  • Ajou University
  • KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
  • Yonsei University
  • Korea University
  • Sungkyunkwan University