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!