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1. A Leader in Applied Sciences and Technology
Korean information and communication technology is one of the best in the world while Korea is also at the forefront of machine building, chemistry, shipbuilding, and the auto industry. Especially in IT and mobile communication, Korea ranks first in the world. More than 14.5 million households have the high speed internet service in their homes(source : Ministry of Information and Communication, August 2007), and almost all Koreans are using the internet. Given that Korea is one of the world forces in information and communication, it can be said that Korean technology and tradition of technological achievement will distinguish itself further in new areas that require high technology and creativity.

2. Inexpensive Cost of Living and Tuition
The cost of living and tuition in Korea is low compared to the Western English-speaking countries like the U.S., Canada, or Britain. There are also various scholarships for foreign students. With the low cost of living and education, students can finish their study without financial difficulties. In addition, studying in Korea has become more attractive since the Korean government recently announced its plans for more support for foreign students’ scholarships and housing and less restrictions on part-time jobs and job opportunities after graduation.
Moreover, located in East Asia, Korea is close to other Asian countries, so it is convenient and less expensive for those in Asia to come to Korea. For Asian students especially, Korea can be a good choice as it will be easier for them to adjust culturally and emotionally.

3. High Quality Educational Environment and Excellent Facilities
Korea has approximately 400 institutions of higher education, and their facilities and equipments reach a high level of quality. Laboratory facilities, student dormitories, and gyms will provide students with a satisfying study and living environment.
Most faculty members are PhDs with abundant research experience and excellent scholarship. As they have study and research experience in various other countries, they are familiar with different countries’ practices and customs, and, therefore, can guide students with balanced perspectives. With all this, they can provide a vision for future success for the students.

4. Enthusiasm in Education
One of the main social interests in Korea is education. For a long time Korea’s main educational goal has been training talented minds. Mengzi, the Chinese philosopher, wrote that out of his three pleasures in life, educating young students is the most valuable, and it is Korea that passes down the tradition of valuing education highly.
The fact that almost 100% of students advance to secondary schools also shows Korea’s high zeal for and interest in education. The percentage of students who enter into higher education is unmatched in the world, and every year, approximately half a million students enter colleges and universities.
The educational zeal has led to Korean students’ high intellectual ability and academic achievement, which is renowned in the world. In Korea, people regard students with respect and trust, which foreign students will easily notice once studying in Korea.

5. Tradition and Culture
Korea has a lot of cultural inheritance and tradition. Thousands of years of history have produced various types of culture, which have become deep-rooted in current ways of life. You can find cultural assets all over the country, and a renowned Korean scholar once said that the country itself is a museum. However, there is also a lot of cultural inheritance, which, though not physically, remains alive in many aspects of Korean life. Korea has developed its unique culture based on various cultures and religions all over the world including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity. This kind of environment will help you develop the insight and skills necessary for leadership.

6. Center of History in the Making
Korea is located in East Asia and, at the same time, in the center of the Pan-Pacific area. As it is the only divided country in the world, Korea has become important economically, diplomatically, and strategically among China, Russia, Japan and America. At the same time, it is the spot in which a lot of efforts toward peace are focused. Therefore your studying experience in this dynamic scene of world history will help you develop the ability to play an important role as a leader in your country.

7. Hospitality and Social Security
Koreans are generally hospitable to foreigners. They are eager to learn more about foreign culture and practices. When first met, they tend to be shy and feel awkward with foreign people, but they soon show themselves as kind and well-intentioned.
Korea is also one of the few countries in which you can walk freely on the streets day and night. The crime rate directed towards foreign people is extremely low, so for foreign students, it is a safe and secure country.

8. Natural Beauty
Korea has been called “Geum-su-gang-san,” meaning a country with natural beauty as if it were embroidered in silk. The Chinese also say, “It is my hope to be born in Korea and to see Mt. Geum-gang.” As Korea’s three sides are bordered by the sea, you can enjoy beautiful scenery of the land and the sea simultaneously. Korea has four distinctive seasons, and you can enjoy the unique natural beauty of each season. Though Korea is not so large, every region has its own unique characteristics. The northeast side has mountains with curious looking rocks, and the southeast part has a lot of plains. With its clean air and water, the natural beauty of Korea will be another pleasure to foreign students.

9. Study in Korea!
To sum up, studying in Korea will cost you less compared to Western countries, and you will have more opportunities to be awarded scholarships. The Korean government has begun support programs for foreign students. The government hopes that it can achieve a closer and supporting relationship with the international community. By letting other countries know more about Korea, the government hopes to win their support for a peaceful co-existence of South and North Korea.
In addition to this, Korea hopes that by having excellent minds from other countries study here, it can promote a vision of world peace and stability.
We invite you to study in Korea!

* Application Procedures

1. Admission Procedures for Foreign Students 

 Selection of university and department -> Meet requirements and prepare documents for entrance application -> Send entrance application and related documents -> Receive entry confirmation form

 Prepare necessary visa docments -> Apply for Visa -> Acquire Visa

 Airport immigration -> Customs

 Arrive at school, entry procedures and orientation -> Alien Registration and Notice of Entry

2. Special Admission for Foreign Students
Students who want to attend a university or a graduate program in Korea must have completed the required minimum years of study before entering the university or the graduate program. Those applying to a university must have completed at least 12 years of study in elementary and secondary education. Those from the countries in which students enter a university or a college after 11th year must have completed at least one year of university or college education. However, if the student has studied for more than 11 years and six months but less than 12 years, an exception can be made.

If a student has studied for more than 11 years and sixth months but less than 12 years in two different countries due to differences in curriculum between the countries and wants to enter or transfer to a university in a third country, an exception can be made.

The regulation on the number of foreign students and overseas Korean students eligible for special admission is as follows:
The number of foreign students or Korean students who have studied for 12 years or more in a foreign country to be admitted will be decided by each university. However, the number of overseas Korean students is limited to 2% of the total students admitted to each university for that year and to 10% of the students admitted to the department for that year.

3. Regular Admission

A. Eligibility
No Classification Eligibility Previous Study Remarks
Foreigner graduated from an educational program Foreign student both of whose parents are foreigners. Graduated from a high school in Korea or another country Extra Admissions: Not included in the entrance quota
(No limit of the number of students to be admitted)
Foreigner who completed an educational program Foreign student who has completed two years or more of high school study in a foreign country Graduated from a high school in Korea or another country Extra Admission: Not included in the entrance quota
(Maximum 2% of the entrance quota)
Foreigner who completed all of the educational programs prior to higher education Foreign student who has completed all educational programs prior to higher education in a foreign country Completed 12 years or more of study at elementary and secondary schools Extra Admission: Not included in the entrance quota
(No limit of the number of students to be admitted)

※ Definition of “Foreigner”
○ One whose nationality is not Korean.
○ In the case of class 2 and 3, the student’s parents’ nationality is not considered.
○ A person who has two nationalities or no nationality is excluded.
(Those who have two nationalities at the time of application but plan to give up Korean nationality are eligible for a conditional admission, and the study period will be counted from the moment after the student receives a foreign nationality.)

B. Application Documents
You need to contact the school you are applying for in advance as the document requirements may vary depending on the school. When documents are ready, you must submit them in person. The required documents for university or graduate school applications are as follows:

Classification Required Documents
Koreans Living in Other Countries
(including children of immigrants)
① Application Form (To be submitted after the school’s notification)
② High School Diploma
③ Elementary, Middle, and High school Transcripts
④ A Copy of Cancelled Korean Resident Registration (A copy of Korean Family Register if required)
⑤ Record of Entry and Departure (Both the applicant and his/her parent(s))
⑥ A Copy of Permanent Residency Card (Both the student and the parent(s))
⑦ Verification of Program Completion at the National Institute for International Education Development (When applicable)
Foreigners ① Application Form (To be submitted after the school’s notification)
② High School Graduation Certificate or Verification of Graduation in Schedule
③ Elementary, Middle, High school Transcripts
④ Record of Entry and Departure
⑤ The Official Document Equivalent to Korea’s Family Register
⑥ The Applicant’s and his or her Parent(s)’ Alien Registration Card
※Verification of Financial Ability
-A verification of the student’s financial sponsor’s deposit balance of $10,000 USD or more for more than 1 month, or transferring $10,000 USD or more to Korea or exchanging $10,000 USD or more into Korean currency
-The Financial Sponsor’s
① proof of employment or having a business
② proof of property tax payment
③ affidavit of financial support for the applicant (to be included in the application form)
※ Excerpted from Korean Council for University Education Web Site

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