First of all, kudos for your courage to study abroad!
I myself studied abroad before so I personally understand how excited, scared, and anxious you are. Although this post is not a complete guide or information at all, I hope this page can help you take your first step to study in Korea.
I will try to update information for studying in South Korea as consistently as possible. If you have any information or suggestions to help friends who have the same motivation as yours, please feel free to leave your comment below or send me your message.
Where to Start to Study in Korea
Now you have decided to study in South Korea. Where do you start? In my opinion, the very first step has actually nothing to do with South Korea. You have to decide what you want to study first. I am not an educational consultant or a mentor, so I have to pass how you decide your major.
Once you know what you want to major in, the best place to start your research is the “Study in Korea” website by NEIID. NEIID (National Institue for International Education) is a Korean government organization that assists international students to apply to Korean universities and colleges and to study in South Korea. The website offers all the general information you may need including the list of Korean universities and colleges, scholarships, and education fairs abroad. The site is available in 12 languages.
- Click here to visit the website of Study in Korea
- Search Universities and Colleges in South Korea
- You can also leave your questions on the board on the site: Online Consultation (Q&A)
Please, remember that the Study in Korea website is for general information. If you need information about admission or more details about a specific university or college, you need to find them on their own websites or contact them.
Most international students who pursue bachelor’s or higher degrees in South Korea need to acquire a D-2 category visa. Find information about your visa and immigration status from your university or college and contact a Korean embassy or consulate in your country.
- Visit Korea Visa Portal to find more information about your visa (available in Korean, English, and Chinese.)
- Read my post on the Korean visa.
- Find the South Korean Embassy and Consulate in your country
Admission Pages for South Korean Universities
Here are some South Korean Universities’ admission pages for international students. I’ll add more schools in near future.
- Hanyang University (한양대학교)
- Korea University (고려대학교)
- Kyunghee University (경희대학교)
- Pusan National University (부산대학교)
- Seoul National University (서울대학교)
- Sungkyunkwan University (성균관대학교)
- Sungshin Women’s University (성신여자대학교)
- Yonsei University (연세대학교)
Other Information about Studying in Korea
Although the ranking of universities is not the most important factor to decide which one you want to study in, we all know it matters when you make a decision. I provide you with a link to the list of current (2021) ranking of Korean universities.
Please, keep in mind that this is not an absolute ranking or the one I agree with completely. However, it’s a good list to get the general concept of top universities in South Korea. Of course, the ranking can be quite different depending on majors.
- Ranking of Korean universities by University Guru
- BridgeU has a good blog post to introduce how to proceed to study in Korea. Read its general introduction.
- Ethan Brooke is an international student at Korea University. He describes ‘study in Korea’ from diverse perspectives including the beginning of the process and his life in South Korea in his blog post. Some parts can be interpreted more as his own opinions, but I think his blog post is definitely worth reading. Read his real experience of studying in South Korea.
Once again, this is not thorough information for your study in Korea. If you want me to add any specific information, or you would like to post your experience in South Korea as an international student, please leave your comment or contact me.