Education system


Higher Education in Korea

Korea’s higher education institutions include universities, industrial universities, junior colleges, universities of education, open universities, technological universities, and other miscellaneous institutions. Korean universities are divided according to the body that established them, ie. into national universities established and run by the Korean Government, public universities established and run by local governments, and private universities established and run by incorporated educational institutions.


  1. The length of the courses are 4~6 years. Medicine, oriental medicine and dentistry each require 6 years of study. There are degree courses in thirty different majors including literature, law, theology, political science, economics, business administration, public administration, pedagogy, library science, science, engineering, dentistry, oriental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, agriculture, veterinary medicine, fishery science, fine arts, music, etc. The total number of credits required for graduation generally is 140 credits. Undergraduate degrees are conferred on those who have completed the course as set out in the school regulations.
  2. Junior Colleges

Junior colleges are organized in terms of various majors such as Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Performing Arts and Physical Education, Health, etc., and have a minimum course length of two or three years. 2 year junior college requires 80 credits for graduation and 3 year junior college requires 120 credits. A diploma from the junior college is conferred on those who have completed the course as set out in the school regulations. Those who have graduated from junior colleges may enroll in universities, industrial universities or open universities.

  1. Graduate Schools

Graduate schools are designed to pursue the objectives of higher education more profoundly, while cultivating both the ability to guide academic research and creative talent. These are divided into generalist graduate schools centered on academic research and specialist graduate schools which are practice-orientated.

  1. Master’s Course

The required course of study for a Master is two years or more. Usually, students are required to obtain 24 credits. After gaining the prescribed credits and passing the set examination, candidates for a Master degree submit a Master thesis which must pass the examination of at least three examiners.

  1. D Course

The required course of study for a Ph. D is three years or more. Usually, students are required to obtain 36 credits. After gaining the prescribed credits and passing the comprehensive examination, candidates for a Ph. D submit a Ph. D thesis which must pass the examination of at least five examiners.

  1. Post-Doc Course

These courses are for continuing research after completion of a Ph. D course. Presently, many Korean universities are inviting post-doc researchers to work on research projects for the BK21 program.


        Why in South Korea?

South Korea has many unique advantages as a study abroad destination. Here are ten reasons why you should consider studying abroad in South Korea.

  1. Korean Language.

2. Strong Academic Atmosphere

South Koreans take education very seriously, particularly higher education. Academics can be competitive, but students treat teachers with respect and are very serious about their education.

3. Tae Kwan Do

This particular variety of martial arts originated in South Korea and is the country’s national sport today.

4. Korean Food

Though Korean food has some elements in common with other Asian cuisine, the combinations, ingredients, and unique flavors produce entirely new dishes.

5. Friendly People

Korean people are friendly and helpful. Though there are cultural differences when it comes to etiquette and interpersonal relationships, this should not be a challenge to students in the country.

6. Korean Amusement Parks

Amusement parks are fun points of interest for travelers of all ages, but they are especially popular with high school and college-aged travelers.

7. Norebang

Karaoke isn’t for anyone, but the unique Korean version of karaoke known as norebang may appeal to more shy participants. Norebang occurs in small private rooms with a group of friends, so you won’t be embarrassed in front of strangers. Norebang is very popular in South Korea.

8. Shopping

Shopping is a 24/7 activity in South Korea, with shops open day and night. There are shopping centers everywhere, and the goods available span every need, desire, and budget possible.

10. Access to Asia

While you are in South Korea, take advantage of its proximity to other popular Asian destinations. Many South Korea study abroad partcipants like to travel to China, Japan, and elsewhere before returning home.

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