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Korea

Area 98,500 ?
Border 241 Km
Coastline 2,413 Km
Territorial Waters 12 a nautical mile (economic water 200 a nautical mile)
Population approximately 48 million (as of 2004)
Capital Seoul
Official Language Korean
Political System Democratic republic
Religion Buddhism -23.3%, Christianity-19.7%, Roman Catholicism -6.6%, 
Confucianism 0.5%, Won Buddhism -0.2 %, Cheon-do-gyo religion 0.1%
Government Presidential system
UN member Since 1991. 09. 17
Currency Won
G N I per capita $20,045 USD (2007year)
    Benefits of Studying in Korea

Education Competitiveness According to ‘2011 National Competitiveness Report’ of IMD in Switzerland, the education competitiveness of Korea was 29th among 59 countries that were subjects of the survey. Korea ranked 4 th in Asia following Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and higher than Japan and China. Also, in international comparison research of the academic achievements(PISA) by OECD, Korea ranked between third and sixth in the recent years among 65 countries that were subjects of the survey. Especially, Korea was the first place in digital reading knowledge assessment. Based on such education competitiveness, Korea will be able to offer a higher level of education services to the students coming from abroad.

Advanced Country with Applied Science and State-of-the-art Technology Korea ranked in first place among 152 countries that were subjects of the survey in ICT development index announced by International Telecommunication Union(ITU). The Korea IT sector is renowed internationally for its leading global position along with heavy machinery, chemical, shipbuilding, and automible sectors, where Korea also leads the world. Over 20 million households have access to ultra high speed internet networks, and most make full usage of the technology. Given Korea’s leading position in IT, it can be concluded that Korea provides the perfect breeding ground for high-tech and creative fields. Studying in Korea, a dynamic technology powershouse, will provide you with the basis for future success. Rich Culture & Dynamic Life As a country that preserved its millenia-old tradition and culture, Korea has developed many unique cultural heritage and traditions. Various features of Korea’s deep-rooted culture, tangible and intangible, pervade every corner of Korean society to this day. The Korean wave that began with Korean dramas has now developed into a general affection for Korean culture and language, and the recent popularity of K-Pop demonstrates that the Korean wave is not simply a Korean phenomenon but rather a truly global wave.  Studying in Korea, a rising cultural hub of Asia where tradition and modernity have joined harmoniously, students will be able to develop the leadership and insight necessary to lead humanity towards a better future. Low Tuition & Living Cost Compared to English speaking countries such as the U.S, Canada, and Britain, Korea has relatively lower cost of study considering both tuition and living cost. Korea does not impose additional fees for foreign students, and there are many scholarship programs for foreign students, allowing them to come study in Korea without much economic distress. Especially, as the Korean Government recently announced substantial support and deregulation for foreign students regarding scholarship, dormitory, part time jobs, and employment after graduation, studying in Korea has become more convenient and possible with less cost. Geopolitically, Korea is located in the center of Northeast Asia, and for Asian students, so it is easy to visit Korea at a low cost, and culturally, as as they belong in the same East Asian cultural bloc, students may adapt it without much trouble emotionally and culturally during their study. Support for Careers We are holding Employment Exhibitions every year for foreign students to help them with employment in Korea, as well as through foreign students’ employment support homepage (www.goldcard.or.kr), employment information is provided to foreign students. Especially, with the gold card system for graduates of advanced technology field and science card system for high class science and technology manpower, we are helping out  with the employment and visa issuance of foreign students. 
For foreign students attending undergraduate or master/doctorate course in Korean universities, or language school students of 6 months after entrance to Korea, they can legally have part time jobs after receiving activity permit beyond resident qualification. Part time job information can be acquired through school employment centers and regional newspapers.

Education of International Students

Welcoming globalization, Korean universities are expanding their international cooperation and exchange as well as actively inviting foreign students so as to improve their international competitiveness. To match this, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology formed the Study Korea Project (2004), under which it set the target of attracting 100,000 foreign students by 2012. In order to realize this objective, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is promoting projects for expanding government scholarships, improving study and living conditions for foreign students, building efficient administrative support systems, etc. According to the statistics on foreign students in Korea, there were 83,842 foreign students studying as 328 universities as of April 1, 2010. By country of origin, foreign students were from 171 countries. By area of study, there were 17,064 Korean language students, 43,709 undergraduate students, graduate students 16,291 and 6,778 other students. 

Education Program

Regular Semester Program

These courses involve attending classes in the regular semester program, together with domestic students over the regular spring and fall semesters. General courses are held in either Korean or a foreign language.

Exchange Student Program

Most Korean universities mutually exchange students based on exchange agreements with sister universities. These exchange student programs allow for study at foreign universities for a set period. Students chosen as exchange students need to have grades and foreign language ability above a certain level.

Vacation Period Programs

During the summer or winter break, foreign students may take classes, such as ordinary classes or Korean language classes.

Lectures in English

At present, universities with an interest in internationalizing university education are conducting about 30% of their classes in English. The proportion of classes conducted in English is higher in graduate schools than in undergraduate studies. Some universities have established international faculties in which all the courses are taught in English.

Korean Language Courses

Many universities run Korean language lectures for foreigners in language schools that they have established as part of the university. Short courses of 3~4 weeks are run with the goal of improving oral communication ability intensively over a short time period. Courses spread over a longer 10~40 week period try to improve study results by improving communication ability through activities related to real life, and broadening the understanding of Korean culture through parallel cultural courses.

lication Procedures

 

Issuing Visa and Immigration

Procedures for Getting a Visa

After you have received acceptance from a regular educational program in Korea as a regular student or a language student, you must get a student visa by submitting the documents required for entry into Korea. As periods of stay can vary depending on the program, one should check related regulations concerning each one.

Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance

In order to shorten the issuing period and simplify visa issuance procedures, an immigration office head can issue a certificate for recognition of visa issuance after examining the applicant's documents upon the request of a sponsor in Korea. Then, the Korean missions overseas will issue a visa based on the certificate. The certificate is required except for special cases. The applicant or sponsor in Korea can apply for the certificate at the nearest immigration office (or its branch) with required documents. When the certificate is issued and sent to the applicant, then the applicant can get a visa by submitting the certificate to the nearest Korean missions overseas. The certificate is effective for three months and valid for a single visa application.

Visa for Regular Educational Program (D-2)

Eligibility

Persons who intend to receive education in a standard course (Bachelors, Masters, Ph. D) or research specialist fields in junior colleges, universities, graduate schools established according to the Korean Education Law, or academic research institutions established under the provisions of a special law of a status as least as high as a junior college.

How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents to 
be submitted
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)

Eligibility

For persons who study Korean at a university-run language school, persons who study in a qualified educational institute or an educational institute other than an academic research institute, persons who get technical training at national or public research institutes, training institutes, bodies etc. persons receiving payment from research institutes or who have industrial training system qualifications.

How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents to
be submitted
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)
? Provided that, where 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)

? Contact for Visa Inquiries : www.immigration.go.kr