Study In South Korea - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in South Korea as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in South Korea as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in South Korea

Why study in South Korea

Cost of studying in South Korea

Universities in South Korea for international students

Cost of living in South Korea for international students

How to get a visa to study in South Korea

How to apply and study in South Korea

Tuition fees to study in South Korea

Applying to study in South Korea


The admissions process differs from school to school but, in general, you can apply directly to your chosen university by post or online. Be aware that the South Korean academic year begins in March, although many schools take on new students twice a year – in March and September. Deadlines for March applications are typically set between September and November, while for September entry, deadlines are often between May to June. Most universities in South Korea have just two terms, with a summer break from July to August and a winter break from December to February.

Although proficiency in the Korean language is advantageous, around 25% of courses at Korean universities are taught in English. This, along with the fact that English proficiency is growing nationwide, helps to break down the language barrier for international students. However, a desire to learn the basics of the Korean language will certainly be helpful, paving the way for fuller integration into Korean society and culture. In either case, foreign students must prove their proficiency in the language their course will be conducted in.

Applying to universities in South Korea


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees for international students to study in South Korea


The cost of studying in South Korea actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in South Korea have different tuition fees.


South Korea unlike other countries has the same tuition fees for domestic and international students which makes many international students always want to study in South Korea.

The undergraduate tuition fees for a public university cost about  US$2,000 to US$4,500 per semester in which medicine is the most expensive.

 At a South Korean private university, tuition fees are about US$3,000 and US$6,000 per semester. The study duration in South Korea last for about 4 to 6 years and courses such as medicine takes the longest.

There are scholarships for international students are from individual universities. In addition, a number of governmental scholarships are available, There are many scholarships available from the government too for international students.


Cost of living in South Korea according to expatistan


South korea

Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio


            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)


            40” flat screen TV


            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)


            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)


            Hourly rate for cleaning help


Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)


            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)


            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)


            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes


Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new


            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas


            Monthly ticket public transport


            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)


Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)


            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)


            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)


            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)


            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)


            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)


            4 rolls of toilet paper


            Tube of toothpaste


            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city


Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub


            2 tickets to the movies


            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)


            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert


            1 cocktail drink in downtown club


            Cappuccino in expat area of the city


            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)


            iPad Air 2, 64GB


            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)


            1 month of gym membership in business district



Visa to study in South Korea


To study in South Korea as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a South Korea visa.

Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months required by all.

Processing time for a South Korea visa

5 working days

How do I apply?

All applications should be made to the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy)

Documents required to apply for a South Korea visa

These may vary according to visa required and nationality of applicant. (a) Passport valid for at least 6 months.

(b) Completed application form.

(c) One recent passport-size colour photo.

(d) Fee, payable by cash or postal order (but not cheque).

(e) Stamped, self-addressed envelope, if applicable.

(f) Proof of sufficient funds (a bank statement for £1000 if not working in the UK and a company letter if working in the UK).


Short-term business visa: (a)-(f) and,

(g) Substantiating documents for the activity of the applicant, eg letter of invitation from the host company in the Republic of Korea, business-related documents etc.

Short-term employment visa

 (a)-(f) and,

(g) Caree Document.

(h) Employment contract. (

i) A recommendation, official letter or other documents which prove the necessity of employment by the appropriate Minister of Department.


Student visa:

(a)-(f) and,

(g) Standard admission letter for students, substantiating the educational ability and coverage of the expense of the applicant, issued by the president or a dean of the University.

(h) Substantiating documents for researchers, including a reference, if applicable.

What to know before applying for a South Korea visa

1) When planning your trip, do not make the mistake of thinking your travel agent or the airline will be able to tell you if you need a visa. Make sure you find out for yourself. You can find out if you need a visa by going to the U.S. State Department website:, there is a lot of terrific information to be found here including notes for Americans on safety and security overseas.

2) Make sure your passport has at least 4-6 blank pages, your visa won't need that many but many of the consulates require at least two blank pages; this is an easy excuse for them to give you a hard time. If you need more pages they're easy to get through the National passport processing office. You can find information the process on the State Department's website.

3) Make sure your passport isn't going to expire for a while. The passport's expiration date must be greater than six months from the date of entry for the visa you are applying for. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you must renew your passport.

4) Your visa application. This is where you really need the assistance of a good travel visa service. You'll find that many of the visa applications are quite confusing. There are language usage differences that may have you scratching your head. If you are not sure, ask, do not guess, errors on forms can be costly.

5) Passport photographs. This is one I had a particularly difficult time getting my boss to do. Go to your post office or perhaps you have a drug store or photo processing store that takes passport photographs, get them, and if you are traveling a lot get a lot of extra photos. Most often you are required to submit two passport photographs with your visa application. You may get away with only providing one, you may get away with submitting a digital you took and printed on photo paper. It's not worth the risk. Get the extra photos.

6) Include your travel itinerary. Most applications require you include your travel plans as proof of entrance and exit dates. This would be the itinerary you get with your tickets or from the airline/travel agent.

7) Make sure you make copies of everything you send the consulate or visa travel service. This doesn't include your passport of course, but it's a good idea to make a copy of the first page in your passport just for your records. You will be sending your passport with your visa application and other paperwork.

8) Include a copy of your driver's license. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but just good policy. A lot of times a country may require this but neglect to mention or they may decide they want more identification information. This is a "Just in Case" preventative measure.

9) Do not forget the fee. If you are using a visa travel service, most likely you can simply provide your credit card number. If you are not, you will most likely have to provide a check for their fee as most of the consulates do not take credit cards.

10) A key challenge is the decision to appear at the embassy or consulate or simply overnight your application and materials to the appropriate place. In many cases, there won't be an option as the embassy or consulate is too far to travel to. If you are doing this on your own and are able, it may be prudent to go to the embassy or consulate yourself. Base your decision dependent on your time and patience level.

11) Finally, hire a travel visa service. These services are reasonable, quick and experienced. You do not save money doing it yourself and you certainly don't save hassle. Your travel visa service is there to help you with everything from completing forms to emergency turn-around times. Don't just go with any service. Investigate. I recommend Visa HQ, for their experience and customer service.



Cost of a South Korea visa

Single-entry (up to 90 days): US$30.

Single-entry (more than 90 days): US$50.

Multiple-entry: US$80.

For citizens of the United States of America, multiple entry visa fee is US$45 on the basis of reciprocity since the mutual agreement in 1994. Prolongation of Re-entry Permit: US$20.

Validity of a South Korea visa

Up to 3 months from date of issue, although this may vary.


Applications for a residence certificate or for a stay of more than 90 days should be made to the Immigration Office in Seoul.


List and ranking of universities in South Korea


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Korea. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Korea and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Seoul National University

Seoul ...

2          KAIST


3          Korea University


4          Yonsei University


5          Hanyang University

Seoul ...

6          Pusan National University


7          Ewha Womans University


8          Pohang University of Science and Technology


9          Chung-Ang University


10        Sungkyunkwan University

Seoul ...

11        Sogang University


12        Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


13        Kangwon National University


14        Konkuk University


15        Kyung Hee University

Seoul ...

16        Ajou University


17        Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology


18        Yeungnam University


19        Soongsil University


20        Inha University


21        Sejong University


22        Sookmyung Women's University


23        Hongik University


24        Dongguk University

Seoul ...

25        Hallym University


26        Pukyong National University


27        Kookmin University


28        Dankook University

Yongin ...

29        Handong Global University


30        University of Seoul


31        Gyeongsang National University


32        Chungnam National University


33        Kwangwoon University


34        Keimyung University

Daegu ...

35        University of Ulsan


36        Myongji University


37        Kyonggi University


38        Chonnam National University

Gwangju ...

39        Inje University


40        Dong-A University


41        Kunsan National University


42        Seoul National University of Science and Technology


43        Chonbuk National University


44        Gachon University


45        Chungbuk National University


46        Jeju National University


47        Hannam University


48        Chosun University


49        Soonchunhyang University


50        Daegu University


51        Kumoh National University of Technology


52        University of Incheon


53        Pai Chai University


54        Seokyeong University


55        The Catholic University of Korea


56        Seoul Women's University


57        The University of Suwon


58        Silla University


59        Sangmyung University

Seoul ...

60        Busan University of Foreign Studies


61        Korea Aerospace University


62        Kyungnam University


63        Dongseo University


64        Kongju National University


65        Dong-Eui University


66        Dongshin University


67        Mokwon University


68        Korea University of Technology and Education


69        Hanbat National University


70        Sun Moon University


71        Changwon National University


72        Andong National University


73        Sungshin Women's University


74        Korea Polytechnic University


75        Dongduk Women's University


76        Kyungsung University


77        Konyang University


78        Catholic University of Daegu

Gyeongsan ...

79        Hansung University


80        Mokpo National University


81        Youngsan University

Yangsan ...

82        CHA University


83        Hoseo University


84        Jeonju University


85        Duksung Women's University


86        Daejin University


87        Sunchon National University


88        Wonkwang University


89        Sungkonghoe University


90        Sahmyook University


91        Korea Maritime and Ocean University


92        Kaya University


93        Korean National University of Arts


94        Korea National University of Education


95        Chongshin University


96        Kyungpook National University


97        Kyungil University


98        Eulji University

Seongnam ...

99        Woosong University


100      Woosuk University


101      Hanseo University


102      Sehan University


103      Namseoul University


104      Hanshin University


105      Kangnam University


106      Sangji University


107      Yong-In University


108      Hansei University


109      Korea Baptist Theological University


110      Korea National University of Transportation


111       Tongmyung University


112      Honam University


113      Joongbu University


114      Gangneung-Wonju National University


115      Anyang University


116      Catholic Kwandong University


117      Gwangju University


118      Baekseok University

Cheonan ...

119      Seowon University


120      Chugye University for the Arts


121      Chungwoon University


122      Semyung University


123      Daejeon University


124      Korea Nazarene University


125      Howon University


126      Seoul National University of Education


127      Nambu University


128      Kosin University


129      Dongyang University


130      Kyungwoon University


131      Sungkyul University


132      Mokpo National Maritime University


133      Gyeongin National University of Education

Incheon ...

134      Daegu Haany University


135      Cheongju University


136      Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology


137      Pyeongtaek University


138      Far East University


139      Hankyong National University


140      Kwangju Women's University


141      Seoul Theological University


142      Youngdong University


143      Halla University


144      Catholic University of Pusan


145      Gyeongju University


146      Gongju National University of Education


147      Uiduk University


148      Kyungdong University


149      Daegu National University of Education


150      Korea Christian University


151      Chuncheon National University of Education


152      Busan National University of Education


153      Seonam University


154      Gwangju National University of Education


155      Chodang University


156      Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary


157      Hyupsung University


158      Korea National Sport University


159      Chinju National University of Education


160      Geumgang University


161      Jeju International University


162      Incheon Catholic University


163      Jeonju National University of Education


164      Busan Women's College


165      Korean Bible University


166      International University of Korea


167      Daegu Arts University


168      Seoul Christian University


169      Jungwon University


170      Hanzhong University


171      Luther Theological University


172      Kkottongnae Hyundo University of Social Welfare


173      Seoul Jangsin University and Theological Seminary


174      Cheongju National University of Education


175      Calvin University


176      Yewon Arts University


177      Busan Presbyterian University


178      Kwangshin University


179      Hanlyo University


180      Youngnam Theological University and Seminary


181      Catholic University of Daejeon


182      Mokpo Catholic University


183      Daegu University of Foreign Studies


184      Suwon Catholic University


185      Joongang Sangha University


186      Jesus University


187      Gwangju Catholic University


188      Youngsan University of Son Studies


189      Daeshin University


190      Shingyeong University


191      Holy City University



Courses you can study at universities in South Korea


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in South Korea

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in South Korea or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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