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Study in South Korea

Having split from North Korea in 1948 into a separately governed country, South Korea has diverged considerably from its neighbor, developing into an internationally recognized Asian powerhouse in the fields of technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths. Embracing both tradition and modernity, this ‘Asian Tiger’ has much to offer international students, and ­­capital city Seoul is currently ranked among the world’s top 10 student cities.

Investment in education and research has been at the heart of the South Korea's growth into the world’s 11th largest economy and the fourth largest economy within Asia. It’s this investment and growth in innovation and technology that has meant the country is known as one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

More than 123,000 international students studied in South Korea in 2017 (more than half of whom were from China), and the government has set its sights even higher, with an aim of 200,000 international students by 2023. As part of this ongoing focus on internationalization, several universities in South Korea, including Yonsei University, are opening new international campuses to meet growing demand, while four universities have opened branch campuses at the Incheon Global Campus (IGC), including the State University of New York (SUNY).

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Fast Facts

  • Officially named the Republic of Korea, but widely known as South Korea or just Korea.
  • Capital city is Seoul, classed as a ‘megacity’ due to its population of more than 10 million.
  • Undergraduate tuition fees in Seoul typically cost US$6,500 per year.
  • Students can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during their studies.
  • The country has an area of 99,313 square kilometers, with 2,413 kilometers of coastline.
  • Located on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea shares its only land border with North Korea. To the west, across the Yellow Sea, is China; to the East, across the East Sea, is Japan.
  • Nicknamed the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’ for its stunning natural beauty of mountains and clear waters.
  • Currency: South Korean won (₩/ KRW)
  • Population: 51.5 million people
  • International companies based in South Korea include Hyundai and Samsung.
  • South Korea was one of the few developed countries able to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis of 2008.
  • Korea launched its first space rocket into orbit in 2009. This has since been labeled a “partial success” as the intended orbit was not achieved; a second rocket, launched in 2010, exploded seconds after take-off. However, it was a case of ‘third time lucky’ as the 2013 attempt was successful.
  • Traditionally the national sport is taekwondo, but many claim the country’s biggest obsession is now StarCraft, a computer game that attracts huge Korean audiences when professional competitions are broadcast on television.
  • International dialing code is +82 and internet domain is .kr.
  • Over three million people, including 22,000 foreigners, flock to the Boryeong Mud Festival on the west coast each year.
  • In 2012, a prison in Pohang began a trial of the world’s first robotic prison guards.