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South Korea: A Hot Education Destination For International Students

Are you looking towards South Korea as Study Abroad Destination? Well, perhaps you might be interested in knowing South Korea as a country, visa requirements, courses and colleges etc. Here is brief discussion about South Korea as I know it from different sources like Internet Databases, Books and Periodicals etc to help students looking for admission in South Korea.

Let's Know About South Korea


South Korea is a sovereign state in East Asia. The Capital Seoul is rated as most livable city and a safe city to live in the year 2016. There nearly live 25 million residents which roughly constitutes to half of the South Korean population. The capital Seoul is also the world’s second largest city. South Korea is a country of hills and mountains. Lowlands in the west and south east constitutes nearly 30% of total area. There are nearly 20 National Parks in the country; the most popular of these are the Boseong Tea Fields, Suncheon Bay Ecological Park, and the first national park of Jirisan.


South Korea has world’s fastest internet speed and highest Smartphone ownership. The country is leading exporter of computer memory microchips, LCD and OLED displays.

Geographically, we can divide South Korea into 4 general regions:

  • Eastern Region of high mountain ranges and narrow coastal plains
  • Western Region of broad coastal plains, river basins, and rolling hills
  • SouthWestern Region of mountains and valleys; and
  • SouthEastern Region subjugated by the extensive basin of the Nakdong River


The climate is South Korea is humid continental and humid sub tropical which is mostly affected by East Asian monsoon. Here you enjoy 4 distinct seasons:

  • Spring: Late March to early May
  • Summer Mid May to Early September
  • Autum: Mid September to Early November
  • Winter: Mid November to Mid March


Winters are extremely cold. In the inland regions temperature drops to as low minus 20 degree Celsius. Summers are hot and humid and mercury shores above 30 degree Celsius

The major cities and towns of South Korea are: Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Suwon, Ulsan, Changwon, Goyang, Seongnam, Yongin, Bucheon, Cheongju, Ansan, Jeonju, Namyangju, Anyang, Cheonan, Hwaseong

Almost half of the population practices Buddhism, while people of many other religion and beliefs like Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Atheists etc also live and work with equal ease in and across South Korea.

Education is a serious business in South Korea. Graduating from a top colleges or university is considered as a matter of prestige in Korean society. The country maintains good relations with hundreds of countries across the world. The friendly relations between other nations leverage South Korea in enriching trade ties and educational avenues.

The International Students willing to pursue a full time course or training program from a South Korean College / University / Institution are given admission in the country without any hardships. Eligible candidates from across the globe can apply for admission and live and study in South Korea without any hardships. The government also offers many support programs and scholarships etc. India has very good diplomatic relations with South Korea. Every year students from both the countries visit South Korea and India as part of Student Exchange Programme.

Visa Requirement for Study in South Korea


Planning to study in South Korea? And that's a good thing. Koreans are leader in technology. No matter for what course you are going over there, I am sure you will learn a lot during your stay. South Korea has two categories of visas as discussed below.

Visa for Regular Educational Program (D-2): You can apply for this category of visa if you are accepeted to study full time course in a South Korean college / university / institution. At the time of making application you will need submitting following documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea


  • Valid Passport
  • Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
  • Processing Fee: Amount corresponding to USD 30 (Single-entry) or USD 50 (Multiple-entry)
  • Admission from the school with its Recognition of the student’s aptitude for study and financial ability
  • Most recent certificate of school record
  • Verification of Account Balance
  • Family Registry (Applies to Chinese only; Must include whole family)
  • ※ In case of getting a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)


Visa for General Training (D-4): An applicant need to submit following documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea

  • Valid Passport
  • Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
  • Fee: Amount corresponding to USD 30 (single-entry permit) or USD 50 (multiple-entry permit))
  • Verification of School Entrance or Enrollment (Verification of Training)
  • Financial Verification (more than USD 3,000 in domestic bank account or certificate of currency exchange) or documentation under a university academic exchange agreement
  • Identification Verification (for those who cannot verify their financial ability for tuition and living expenses or upon the request of Justice Ministry)
  • Given you have a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)


For details about writing visa application and apply log on to Immigration Website of South Korea

List of Universities in South Korea


South Korea @ A Glance


Official Name: Republic of Korea

Capital: Seoul

Largest City: Seol

Official languages: Korean

Official scripts: Hangul

Demonym: South Korean; Korean

Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

First Republic: August 15, 1948

Total Area: 38,691 sq mi

Population: 51,529,338 (2015 Estimate)

Population Density :  1,308.2/sq mi

GDP (PPP) Per capita: $36,5282015 estimate

Currency: South Korean Won (₩) (KRW)

Time zone: Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)

Drives on the: right

Calling code: +82

Internet TLD: .kr

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