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Study in South Korea- Top Universities, Admissions & More

Updated on 07 November, 2023

Neha Uppal

Neha Uppal

Sr. Content editor

Choosing to study in South Korea could well be the best decision of your life. It is home to some of the top universities that you can aspire to be part of, making the country’s status a premier global technology hub (which means more opportunities). Here’s looking at some other reasons why South Korea is worth a closer look on your part. 

Study in South Korea: Important Facts To Consider 

There are tons of reasons that make studying in South Korea for Indian students worthwhile. Here are a few of them: 

Globally Recognized Degrees

The best courses to study in South Korea will come with global recognition, meaning that you will always have your options open, no matter what. Leading universities like KAIST, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, SKKU, and many others are globally famous for their cutting-edge infrastructure and premier faculty. From an undergraduate degree to South Korea masters programs, you’ll find plenty of options spanning diverse fields and subjects. 

Tech and Innovation Hub

One of the biggest reasons to study in South Korea is the country’s status as a leading global technology and innovation hub. It is famous for its production of cars, displays, cosmetics, mobile phones, chemicals, semiconductors, electronics, machinery, and even ships. R&D is itself a flourishing sector in the country. Do names like Hyundai, LG, and Samsung ring a bell? Well, they’re all from here! Naturally, you can expect fabulous career prospects after studying in South Korea. 

Reasonable Study Costs

South Korea is more affordable than many other global study destinations, offering reasonable tuition and living costs. Numerous scholarships are also available for international students. The Korean Government has already provided more than 6,500 scholarships to students from 150 countries alone. The Global Korea Scholarship and others are immensely popular among international students.

Part-Time Work Opportunities  

On/Off campus part-time work opportunities are readily available for students in South Korea. This gives you a great opportunity to gain experience, build your resume, and earn some handy money to cover lifestyle costs while pursuing your course. A valid D2 study visa and sufficient time are all you need to be eligible to work up to 20 hours each week. The good news is that you can work unlimited hours during breaks and holidays. 

Post-Study Work and Residence Opportunities

South Korea offers exciting post-study work and residence opportunities through multiple visas, which are points-based. The D-10 Visa is valid for six months and lets you look for a job in South Korea or plan to establish your business here. Upon signing job contracts, there are visas from E1-E7 that you can apply for, depending on the profession. E-5 is for professional employment, for instance. 

There is also a self-employment or start-up visa which has three months of validity and can be extended thereafter. D-10-2 is the visa that helps foreign nationals go through OASIS training before venturing into entrepreneurship in the country. International graduates with jobseeker/student visas may apply for the residence of F-2-7 visas based on the points system. This visa, or the F-2-99 (long-term residence) visa, is the pathway to the F-5 or permanent residence visa. 

Best Courses to Study in South Korea

Now that you know why South Korea is a great study-abroad destination, what about its top courses? Here are some of the popular and best courses to study in South Korea: 

  • Languages- Korean, French, Spanish, etc. 
  • Communication 
  • Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Machinery Engineering
  • Cosmetology
  • Architecture Engineering
  • Finance
  • Master of Business Administration 
  • Music 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • History
  • Art
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology 

Study in South Korea: Top Universities 

Here is a list of universities of South Korea as per the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings for 2023. 

THE South Korea Rank 2023

THE World University Rank 2023*

Name of the University


Fees (Won)**



Seoul National University


8023440 per semester



Yonsei University (Seoul campus)


4212306-8424612 per semester



Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


9358005 per year



Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)


12238420 per year



Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)


4221666-6,9154745 per year 



Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)


7354820- 12570056 per year



Korea University


6137931 per semester



Kyung Hee University


8626535 per year



Sejong University


4350041 per year 



Hanyang University


12727850 per year

Source: Timeshighereducation.com*, University official website**


Application Process and Eligibility to Study in South Korea

Now that you’ve got a list of universities, how do you apply? Don’t worry; it’s not rocket science! Every South Korean university has its dedicated website-based application system. Some of the general application requirements include the following: 

  • Personal statement and study plan.  
  • Proof of Korean or English language proficiency. 
  • Recommendation letter. 
  • Official High School Certificate of Enrollment, Official High School Graduation Certificate, and Official High School Transcript for undergraduate courses. 
  • Applicant and parents’ certificate of nationality. 
  • Standardized test scores (optional). 
  • Certificate of the parent-child relationship. 

Scholarships for studying in Korea 

As mentioned, you can apply for a scholarship for Indian students to study in South Korea. Some of the top options include the following: 

  • Global Korea Scholarship Program
  • Korean Government Support Program for Foreign Exchange Students 
  • GKS (Global Korea Scholarship) Invitation Program for Students from Partner Countries
  • GKS for ASEAN Countries’ Science and Engineering Students
  • Support Program for Self-Financed Students
  • Scholarship Type A (for private universities in the Seoul metropolitan area)
  • Scholarship Type B (for private universities not situated in the Seoul metropolitan area)

 Fun Facts About South Korea

Now that you’ve made up your mind to study in South Korea (we hope!), here are some fun facts about the country that’ll certainly make you sit up!

  • It’s only in South Korea that babies are classified as 1 year old when they’re born, unlike in other countries. 
  • Expect to be asked about your blood type frequently, even during first meetings. 
  • Korea comprises 3,400 separate islands, with just 473 of them inhabited to date. 
  • Internet Explorer has been compulsory by law ever since 1999! 
  • South Korea has one of the world’s quickest average internet speeds. 93% of the population is on the internet, with free access almost everywhere! 
  • You’ll only come across a few surnames, unlike in other countries. To put things into context, the Kim surname accounts for close to 20% of the country’s population or almost 10 million individuals! If that isn’t incredible, then what is? 


Studying in South Korea opens you up to a fascinating new world of excellent professional possibilities, high-quality education, and an elevated lifestyle. Having taken everything into account, what’s not to like? Here’s to an enriching academic journey ahead. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to study in South Korea?

Expect to spend approximately 13211950 South Korean won per year or more studying in the country. Some premier institutions may charge higher for international students.

Is South Korea expensive for Indians?

India is reportedly 62.5% more affordable than South Korea. However, the country is still more affordable to study and live in, as compared to several other global nations. 

How many Indian students are in South Korea?

1,300+ students are studying in the country based on several estimates. The tally is set to grow in the coming years due to several factors. 

Neha Uppal

Sr. Content editor

Neha Uppal is a passionate content creator and editor. She carries 7.5+ years of experience working with leading edutech companies where she worked as a Faculty, Community Manager, and Content Marketeer. At upGrad, she is helping out people keep informed about the scopes and opportunities of studying abroad via informational articles/blogs.

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