SOUTH KOREA AS A STUDY ABROAD DESTINATION

Particularly in higher education, South Korea is renowned for its demanding standards in education. The nation needs a qualified workforce to maintain its growth momentum as a global economic powerhouse. The Korean media and entertainment sector is extremely well-liked worldwide. The spread of South Korean culture, particularly in India, has been aided by K-drama, K-pop, and Korean cuisine. Massive fan bases exist in India for bands like BTS and BLACKPINK.

There has also been a 370% surge in Indian watchers of K-dramas, according to a recent Netflix survey. Gen Z has been inspired by South Korea’s soft power to deepen their curiosity by visiting and studying there.

South Korea ranked 13th in the world in the number of Science Citation Index publications in 2021. South Korean universities offer a wide range of courses across many subjects, from media and design, business and economics to STEM and beyond. 

WHY TO STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA?

Quality Education – Both domestic and foreign students receive a high-quality education from Korean universities. Although there are many academic subjects one can choose from, management, arts, and science courses are the most lucrative for Indian students. So, if you’re interested in studying undergraduate or graduate studies at a South Korean university, you’ll have a ton of chances to shape your career in any of these areas! 

Safety  – You could feel uneasy about moving to a country with a different culture. You will discover that South Korea is a very safe place to study for foreign students if you decide to do so.  Consequently, choosing to pursue higher education in S. Korea is a good decision if the employment and study environment is favourable!

Culture – The incredibly diligent Korean students have a reputation for being hospitable and friendly. Students from all around the world will help you learn about Korean and other cultures when you study there. You will be persuaded by the cuisine, celebrations, and hospitality of the Korean people that South Korea is the best location for studying abroad in a safe environment. 

Language  – Despite the fact that Korean is the country’s official language, the number of programmes that teach English has grown over time. Global MBA, MBA, Clinical Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Public Administration, etc. are just a few of the programmes available to international students today. When living and studying in South Korea, it is advised for international students to learn the language, especially if they plan to stay. It is critical to be aware that practically all colleges offer Korean language classes at levels ranging from Beginners to Advanced.

TOP UNIVERSITIES – 

Seoul National University

Yonsei University

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Korea University

Sejong University

TOP COURSES –  

Management Studies

Economics

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Engineering Degrees

Medical Sciences

Art and Literature

ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AND DURATION –

Undergraduate degrees : INR 3,00,000-INR 10,00,000

Duration – 4 years

Postgraduate degrees : INR INR 1,50,000 – INR 8,50,000

Duration – 2 Years

ADMISSION INTAKE :

If you intend to attend university in South Korea, you should be aware that the country’s universities operate on a two-semester system, like those in most other nations. The majority of universities start their academic years in March, however some also start in September (applications are typically received between September and November) (these applications are usually accepted between May and June).

MAJOR SCHOLARSHIPS – 

  • The Undergraduate Korean Government Scholarship
  • UST Scholarships
  • Seoul National University Scholarship for Graduates and Undergraduates
  • GIST Scholarship
  • Korean Government Scholarship Program
  • Global Korea Scholarship
  • GKS for ASEAN Nations
  • Korea University Scholarship for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
  • Yonsei University Scholarship for Undergraduate Program
  • Seoul National University Scholarship for Graduates and Undergraduates

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS – 

Candidates must have completed 10+2, or 12 years of school (primary and secondary), in order to enrol in undergraduate programmes in South Korea. In order to apply for master’s and PhD programmes, you must have a bachelor’s degree.

Language Proficiency Tests: For programmes taught in Korean in South Korea, you must take the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) and submit your results together with your application. If you are applying for English-taught courses, you must present TOEFL scores.

You will also need to submit your CV, Statement of Purpose (SOP), and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Asia’s fourth-largest economy and an industrialised country is South Korea. It is renowned for its technological advancements and study. The nation’s broad and diverse business sector provides a wealth of well-paying employment possibilities, making it an alluring and promising location for prospective students to launch an international career.

Written by Ms. Diva Kohli – Jitin Chawla Team