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The Republic of Korea is rich in culture and traditions, sharing influences with both China and Japan. The country has four distinctive seasons and boasts varied areas of scenic attractions and vibrant festivities throughout the year. Getting around is efficient and easy with the country's excellent public transport systems.

  • Study in Korea is the Korean Government’s guide for international students.

  • Hi Korea is the Korean Government’s website for foreigners living in Korea.

  • Visit Korea provides useful facts and information about Korea including tips and advice. Viewers may use this site as a guide to living, working and studying in Korea.

1. Study

Higher Education

Up to 80 per cent of all Korean institutes in higher education are private, however all institutes whether public or private come under the supervision of the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The website of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP)provide a comprehensive overview of Korea's tertiary education system.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology provides comprehensive overview of Korea's tertiary education system.

Preparatory language opportunities

Many Korean universities offer Korean language courses designed for a variety of student needs. Programs include short-term and regular courses.

Information on Korean language centres is available at the following links:


Korean language centres at major universities:

Studying in English

At present, universities with an interest in internationalising university education are conducting about 30% of their classes in English. The proportion of classes conducted in English is higher in graduate schools than in undergraduate studies. Some universities have established international faculties in which all the courses are taught in English.


2. Work & Internship


Study in Korea provides information about employment entitlements.


Taking internships within Korean corporations is common and increasingly more opportunities are available to international students. Students can find internship information through the international office of their university. There are different types of internships programs.

  • Most programs run for 1-2 months but there are opportunities for longer-term placement.
  • Some programs offer ongoing employment after a successful internship period
  • Some programs offer credit recognition (depending on the major)
  • Some programs are offered on-campus and involve working on a specific research project for a Korean company including onsite visits.

3. Accomodation & Transport


For students, lodging at university dormitories are most convenient. Universities provide help to students in finding accommodation and understanding contract conditions. Students are advised to find suitable accommodation before leaving their country. Any changes to permanent accommodation can be made after arrival in Korea.

Getting around

  • Map of Seoul Subway
  • Seoul Metro has information regarding fares, timetables, tourism etc.
  • Visit Korea has information on how to purchase T-Card or train ticket. Site includes Seoul's subway map for reference.
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