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South Korea

Study in South Korea - Requirements, Universities, Cost

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Why study in South Korea?

Studying in South Korea in recent years has become a top destination for international students who want to study in Asia. Korea’s popularity is a phenomenon due to the spread of modern Korean culture worldwide, but also to the country’s leading position in the field of technological development.

South Korean universities are famous for their level of studies, and they also provide many scholarships to help students with their tuition fees. Also, the beauty of the country, as well as the opportunities for travel are factors that will turn your student years into an unforgettable life experience.

The cost of living for an undergraduate or graduate student is on average $900-1400/month and their currency is South Korean Won (₩, KRW). Note that you’ll need to learn the language as soon as you get to the country (there are tons of schools, but you’ll also find classes at universities), but ideally you already know a basic level of Korean before you go.

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Bachelor’s in South Korea

Bachelor’s studies in South Korea are a good option for those interested in studying abroad, as universities have organized support and guidance structures for young students. Also, most institutions provide on-campus housing options, which typically include facilities such as libraries, restaurants, and gyms.

Popular fields of study in South Korea are technology and computer science, business and management studies, and engineering. It is also recommended to study the language and culture of the country, as well as music, communication and media.



Master’s in South Korea

English-language master’s degrees in South Korea are an ideal choice for studying in Asia. But, as we have already mentioned, it is good to know the Korean language before settling permanently in the country. It will make your adjustment much easier.

Master’s studies in South Korea are popular both because of the country’s culture and travel opportunities. From South Korea it is very easy to travel to Japan and China. This does not only mean leisure travel, but the possibility to attend global conferences and increase your network of cooperation in the strongest countries in Asia.



Requirements for studying in South Korea

Requirements for studying in South Korea include English language certificates, such as IELTS or TOEFL, copy of passport, copy of high school diploma for undergraduates and copy of diploma for postgraduates, and student visa for residence permit in the country.

Individual documents such as transcripts and personal statements may be requested in South Korean master’s programs, as in all master’s degree applications worldwide. We remind you again, that the basic knowledge of the Korean language will help you a lot for your choice, but also for your easy and quick adaptation.



The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad..



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships to study in South Korea

There are ways to reduce the cost of your studies by applying for a scholarship to study in South Korea. You can search, for example, for student financial aid programs at the institution you have been accepted to.

You can also search official government websites and find out about scholarships in South Korea for international students, since the country is famous for its scholarships. Finally, you can search for scholarships to study abroad in various organizations in Greece and, of course, apply for your studies through Brive, claiming one of our scholarships.

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Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in South Korea?


The best cities to study in South Korea are Seoul, Daejeon, Pohang and Busan.

What is the average cost of living for students in South Korea?


The average cost of living for students in South Korea is estimated at around $600-1400/semester for on-campus accommodation (depending on the university and its facilities, the cost can reach up to $2100/semester). Renting a private apartment is a more expensive option, but offers more freedom and independence.

In what languages are bachelor's and master's degrees offered in South Korea?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in South Korea are Korean and English.

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