Studying in South Korea - all information and advice!

South Korea is on trend. For several years now, Hallyu - the "Korean wave" - has been spilling over from the small peninsula to the whole of Asia. Films, soap operas, fashion and pop made in Korea are in demand among young people across the continent. Korea Pop has also arrived in the West since Psy và his Gangnam Style.
This rise of South Korea as a cultural exporter is quite remarkable. In just forty years, the small country between Japan, trung quốc and North Korea has developed from the "poorhouse of Asia" into a flourishing economic nation. Nevertheless, we know relatively little about this country, which most often makes headlines in connection with its communist-ruled neighbor North Korea. Yet South Korea has a great giảm giá to offer, especially in the field of technology.
5,000 years of cultural history
Firstly, there is the capital Seoul. This metropolis of ten million people with its neon-lit karaoke bars, countless restaurants, small galleries, hip boutiques, colorful markets and huge shopping centers never seems to lớn sleep. The country's other major cities - Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju - have also grown rapidly in recent decades. More than eighty percent of the fifty million South Koreans now live in the modern, bustling metropolitan regions.
Away from the cities, South Korea shows a different side. More than seventy percent of the small country is covered by mountains. In the east, the high, snow-covered peaks of the Taebaek Mountains rise up. In the west, the landscape is criss-crossed by smaller mountain ranges and gently rolling hills. Dense mixed & coniferous forests with a variety of exotic plants characterize the landscape. While hiking - the national sport of the South Koreans - travelers can discover Buddhist temples, Stone Age dolmen tombs and other evidence of the country's 5,000-year-old cultural history. On the west coast, wide sandy beaches & small offshore islands, such as the tropical volcanic island of Jeju, invite you lớn relax.
Studying in South Korea: the university landscape
South Korea's enormous economic growth is due in no small part khổng lồ the great importance attached to education in this small country. More than half of all young South Koreans have completed a degree. The government invests a lot of money in the country's education system, which is reflected in the modern facilities of the universities và their excellent study programs.
The international character of the universities is also strongly promoted: Many universities offer English-language study programs and the government has increased its efforts to attract foreign lecturers to lớn the country in recent years. The government và universities also award scholarships to international students.


University scholarships in South Korea
There are a total of around 400 higher education institutions in South Korea. Most of them are universities (Daehakgyo) và colleges (Daehak), where students can obtain a bachelor's degree within four to lớn six years. At the Daehakgyo graduate schools called Daehakwon, students can then obtain a Master's or Ph.D. Degree.
In high-tech South Korea, there are around twenty so-called cyber universities in addition to lớn the regular universities. These are virtual distance learning universities where teaching takes place via the internet.
The colleges of education are responsible for teacher training. There are also around 150 junior colleges & around a dozen industrial universities. These are primarily responsible for vocational training. However, they also offer preparatory study programs.
Quality & accreditation in South Korea's higher education system
Only around trăng tròn percent of South Korean universities are state-run. The majority of students study at private institutions. They are regulated by the Ministry of Education, Science và Technology, which draws up education plans và sets quality standards, among other things. The Korean Council for University Education is responsible for accrediting universities và has currently recognized over 200 universities.
Study system in South Korea
Studies in South Korea are divided into an undergraduate và a postgraduate section & are similar to the US system in terms of the degrees to be obtained. Academic achievements are calculated in credit points.
Associate Degree
The lowest degree is the associate degree, which students can earn within two khổng lồ three years at junior colleges or industrial universities. These are mostly pre-vocational study programs that are strongly oriented towards the requirements of the Korean economy. They prepare students primarily for technical & commercial professions, for work in the healthcare sector, in agriculture or in trang chủ economics.
Similar to lớn the USA, many junior colleges also have cooperation agreements with regular colleges. These agreements offer students the opportunity to lớn transfer lớn a college with their associate degree. There, the credit points already earned are transferred to lớn a regular bachelor's program và students can earn a bachelor's degree in a few additional semesters.
Bachelor's degree in South Korea
At universities & colleges, students earn a bachelor's degree in the undergraduate section. Korean bachelor's programs generally last four years. An exception is medical degree programs, which take up lớn six years to lớn complete. In the first two years of the bachelor's program, students usually devote themselves lớn general education subjects and basic courses in their chosen field of study (general studies). Only then do they specialize in their chosen subject.
Master's and doctoral degrees in South Korea
With a Bachelor's degree in their pocket, students can begin graduate studies in South Korea. The Master's program in South Korea usually lasts two years, during which students attend seminars and lectures & write a thesis. Afterwards, a doctoral degree can be obtained in two further years of study, which requires students lớn write an independent research paper & attend courses. Some universities also offer degree programs in which the Master's and doctoral degrees are combined. In these programs, students usually have lớn take twice as many courses as in the regular Master's programs.
Study requirements in South Korea
In order khổng lồ study in South Korea, South Koreans must take the College Scholastic Ability kiểm tra (CSAT) at the over of their high school education. This tests their knowledge in the areas of languages, mathematics, social sciences and natural sciences. The thử nghiệm result is decisive in determining which university accepts the first-year student. In South Korea, the reputation of the university is an important criterion for future career opportunities. The parents of most students therefore invest a lot of money in tutoring to help their children achieve a better thử nghiệm score on the CSAT.
Requirements for international students
To get a place on a bachelor's program in South Korea, international applicants must have at least twelve years of schooling. As a rule, this is the Abitur. The South Korean universities decide individually whether a university entrance qualification is sufficient.

For admission to a Master's degree course, students must have a Bachelor's degree or a comparable qualification, such as a Master's degree or Diplom. As a rule, a Master's degree is a prerequisite for doctoral studies. In individual cases, universities also accept the old Magister or Diplom degrees. The combined Master's/Doctoral degree courses require a good to very good Bachelor's degree.

International prospective students must have sufficient language skills. Depending on whether the course is taught in English or Korean, the universities require different proof of language skills. Universities usually expect a standardized language chạy thử such as the IELTS or TOEFL as proof of English language skills.

In addition to certificates và language skills, some universities also require proof of sufficient financial resources for the period of study in South Korea. In these cases, students or their parents must prove that they have a certain amount of money at their disposal. The amount to be proven can be up khổng lồ EUR 10,000.
Costs and financing options
All South Korean universities charge tuition fees. The amount depends on the degree program và the university. In general, fees at private universities are higher than at state institutions. Medical degree courses are significantly more expensive than humanities subjects. Accordingly, the cost of studying in South Korea varies between EUR 4,000 và 14,000 per academic year.
Cost of living when studying abroad in South Korea
The costs for food, clothing, teaching materials & leisure activities amount to around EUR 400 per month. Added lớn this is the rent, which can be relatively high in South Korea. In most cases, the cheapest place lớn live is in the university hall of residence. A room there costs between EUR 700 and EUR 2,000 per semester.
BAföG abroad for studying in South Korea
Students who only spend one or two semesters abroad in South Korea can receive funding via the Auslands-BAföG. The office pays up khổng lồ EUR 4,600 of the tuition fees for a maximum of one academic year và grants additional subsidies for travel and living expenses. Lượt thích BAföG in Germany, BAföG abroad is dependent on parental income. Nevertheless, it can be worthwhile applying for BAföG abroad. As the assessment limits are higher here, students who are not entitled lớn BAföG in Germany often also receive grants.
Scholarships for studying in South Korea
Anyone who would like to complete a full degree in South Korea should enquire about a scholarship. In Germany, the DAAD và various foundations in particular award scholarships for studying abroad. The South Korean government & South Korean universities also award scholarships to lớn international students. The amount of the university scholarships usually depends on the grade point average & covers between 30 và 100 percent of the tuition fees. It could therefore be worthwhile finding out about possible scholarships from the university of your choice.

Government scholarships are awarded by various ministries. They are primarily aimed at students at the graduate stage of their studies, i.e. Master's students or doctoral candidates. Prerequisites are usually good academic performance and initial Korean language skills. Scholarships for participation in Korean language programs are also available for bachelor students who are studying in Korea.
Study loans
For students who do not receive BAföG or a scholarship abroad, an educational or student loan can be an option for financing their studies abroad.
Part-time jobs
International students studying full-time in South Korea are allowed to lớn work up khổng lồ twenty hours a week during the semester, & even more during the semester break. Students must have been enrolled for at least one semester, have a D2 visa và a letter of recommendation from a professor.
Visa và entry requirements in South Korea
International students need a visa lớn study in South Korea. They should apply for this in good time before departure at the South Korean embassy or a South Korean consulate in Germany. The D2 visa is required to study in South Korea. Students taking part in a language program at a language institute of a university or other educational institution, however, need a D4 visa.
You must submit the following documents for the visa:
Certificate of enrollment from the South Korean university
Copy of the family register
Proof of US$ 10,000
Study certificate from the last German university you attended
After your arrival in South Korea, you must present yourself at the local Immigration Office within ninety days. There you will receive an Alien Registration Card, which you will need to xuất hiện a ngân hàng account or take out a cell phone contract, among other things.
Last but not least, you should definitely take out comprehensive international health insurance for your time in South Korea. It is also advisable lớn visit a travel doctor in good time lớn update your standard vaccinations according to lớn the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute. If necessary, you should add vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis và rabies.