During the last ten years, Korea has become one of the most popular destinations for international students studying in Asia. It is attractive, trendy, and has a lot for a newcomer to indulge in and explore. South Korea isn't just about K-pop, K-drama, K-movie, K-beauty, Kimchi, giant MNCs, and UNESCO world heritage sites. It is also an incredible destination for international students to pursue academic excellence. There are about 400 national and private universities and some universities have state-of-the-art research facilities in several new and emerging scientific fields. South Korea has been attracting a lot of international students into their undergraduate, graduate and research programmes. The academic year usually starts in March for the spring season and September for fall.
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South Korean universities are acknowledged in the top 100 universities of the world. There are several prestigious institutions providing world class education. Universities like Seoul National University (SNU), KAIST, Yonsei, POSTECH, Korea University, and SKKU are among the top 100 universities who have achieved this esteemed reputation thanks to their high-quality teaching and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
South Korea, with 100's of educational establishments, comprises diverse academic profiles. It covers different types of degrees in popular fields like economics, science, technology, management, engineering, finance, fashion, and social science, to name a few.
As Asia's fourth-largest economy behind China, Japan, and India, South Korea embodies an “indefatigable, can-do spirit,” according to Lonely Planet. Big corporations such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai have become global leaders thanks to their cutting-edge technology and ground-breaking product designs. And it packs all these with outstanding career possibilities.
When college studies are becoming more and more expensive, South Korea stands out from the crowd. Unlike the other expensive foreign universities, South Korean universities and educational institutions offer high-quality education without imposing unaffordable tuition expenses.
The living cost —the accommodation, food, clothing, transportation, and activity are relatively pocket-friendly for students.
Students also have many opportunities to get one of the well-developed scholarship programs.
South Korea is one of the safest and most welcoming countries for international students. Over the years, Korea has made significant advancements in living conditions. As a result, it is an excellent place to study, live, travel, and work.
South Korea boasts a unique and remarkable blend of traditional and cutting-edge culture. Studying in Korea offers a first-hand glimpse of the unique entertainment and culture which spawned Hallyu, or “the Korean Wave”. You can see many traditional festivals like Chuseok, Jeju Fire, Jinju Lantern, Seongsan Sunrise, Boryeong Mud Festival, Gwangju World Culture Kimchi Festival, and more.
Korean( 한국어) is the native language for about 80 million people, mostly of Korean descent. The Korean alphabet Hangul was scientifically invented in the 15th century and is often claimed to be the most logical alphabet ever created. There are 24 letters in Hangul, 14 consonants and 10 vowels.
TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. National Institute for International Education (NIIED), which operates directly under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, is responsible for the general management of the test, such as supervising institutions administering the test in domestic and overseas locations.
This comprehensive test is intended for non-native speakers of Korean, such as Korean language learners, international students who want to study in Korea as well as individuals who would like to work in Korean companies and public institutions. The test also serves as an excellent opportunity to receive formal certification for those who expect to use Korean in their careers.
TOPIK test has two levels - TOPIK-I and TOPIK-II. TOPIK-I, i.e. the beginner level, has two sublevels - 1 & 2 while TOPIK-II, i.e. Intermediate-Advanced level, has 4 sublevels - 3, 4, 5 & 6. Test takers get a level between 1 and 6 based on their total score in the test. TOPIK-I (Level 1-2) has just two sections - Reading and Listening. TOPIK II (Level 3-6), which is the combined Intermediate-Advanced test, has 3 sections - Reading, Listening and Writing.
Korean universities request a certain level of Korean language to admit students for degree programs. You must pass TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 3 or higher for undergraduate programs, and TOPIK level 4 or higher for graduate programs.
You can find test dates, locations and more information at TOPIK.GO.KR
Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is the most popular one of all the Korean scholarship choices. It offers bachelor's, master's, Ph.D., and research programs to deserving candidates worldwide. NIIED administers GKS on behalf of the Ministry of Education in Korea. Each year, the Korean government organizes a competitive scholarship program called the “Global Korea Scholarship” to offer students more opportunities around the globe. Students can complete undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the Republic of Korea through the program.
There are 8 seats available for Indian applicants in 2022-2023. There are 3 through the embassy track, 3 through the university track, and 2 for associate degrees.
Many more seats have been allocated to India for GKS-G (master's, doctorate, and research) than bachelor's programs. Here is the breakdown of quotas for Indian applicants for the 2022-2023 GKS graduate programs. Under the embassy track, 22 seats are available for Indians in the general applicants category and 1 for Korean language teachers.
The research program has one seat reserved for India. There are also 5 seats open to Indians and 144 other participating countries. Under the university track, 19 seats are for General majors and 11 for Science & Engineering majors of the Regional Universities. Thus, 30 seats are available for Indian students on the university track.
The university track also has 5 quotas for research programs. Indian nationals and citizens of 76 NIIED-listed countries are eligible. To sum up, 54 (22+1+1+19+11) GKS graduate seats are available to India in 2022-2023. Indians can also apply for 10 additional quotas under both tracks for research programs.