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South Korea: Applying to University - Must read

How to apply to study in South Korea

We get you up to speed with what's required if you are aiming to apply to a university in South Korea.

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Once you’ve decided to study abroad your next step is to start putting together and submitting your application. The golden rule as an international student is always to be prepared and apply as early as possible. Knowing what you need to do and when is crucial. If you have had your eye on studying in South Korea then you are in the right place as we take you through what it takes to apply to study in the country. 


How do I apply to a university in South Korea?


Applying to a university in South Korea is a relatively easy process and the international office is there to help you along the way so make sure you use them as much as you need. Almost every university will require you to apply directly to the university through an online application, just like South Korean students do, so make sure to check your prospective university’s website for more information.


Luckily, English taught programmes in South Korea are expanding rapidly, so it will not be difficult to be accepted if you cannot speak fluent Korean, although we recommend reaching a certain level purely for your comfort and ability to settle in. If you aren’t yet familiar with some of the top universities in South Korea then we can help:


  • Seoul National University (38th in the world: QS World University Rankings 2021)

  • KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (39th in the world: QS World University Rankings 2021)

  • Korea University (69th globally: QS World University Rankings 2021)

  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (#77 globally: QS World University Rankings 2021)


What documents will I need to apply?


It’s very important when making an application to any university that you have the right documents. When applying to study in South Korea you will need the following:


  • Letter of recommendation and a counsellor reference

  • Certified copy of your passport

  • Certificate of facts concerning the entry and exit, issued by the Korean authorities

  • University application materials, which often include a personal statement

  • Proof of proficiency in either Korean or English language, depending on the programme you are applying to.


You will also need a visa to study in South Korea and you'll need to sort this out well in advance as it can take a few months for a study visa to be processed depending on which country you come from. Find out more information on how to apply for a visa in South Korea. 


When is the best time to apply to study in South Korea?


Korean universities take deadlines seriously, so don’t wait to apply. Applications are usually open from January to February, with admissions decisions released in April. Certain programmes may require language proficiency exams after acceptance onto the programme, which are usually held in August. Be sure to check with your specific university for more accurate dates and details of any tests or examinations you may need to take. 


Tips for applying to study in South Korea


Although we can’t guarantee that that you’ll be accepted, we do have some top tips on how to apply to a university in South Korea:


  • Start organising your documents now. If you know you want to study abroad, you’ll need documents, like a passport, no matter where you go. You won’t want to wait until the last minute to get your documentation in order. You’d be surprised how many students’ passports are due to expire and then end up having to delay their studies.


  • Get in contact with the international office at your university. If you have any questions, they will be able to help you.


  • Be aware of deadlines. Like we said before, deadlines are a big deal in South Korea. Make sure to get everything in before the application period ends.


  • Apply to more than one university. This will increase your chances of acceptance and give you more choices. 


Now that you are in the know, we wish you the best of luck with your application. However, we couldn’t leave you without more tips and information. Check out our study abroad application guide and find out a bit more about what makes studying in South Korea a good option for international students.