Korea has both four-year universities and two to three-year colleges. Four-year universitiesusually provide major programs for advanced studies, while two-year colleges usuallyprovide training programs focused on vocational ability. To be admitted to a university or acollege, an applicant can apply for the special entrance program focusing on school records,essay writing, and practical tests, or the official entrance program focusing on the universityentrance examination results. Screening systems vary by school, entrance program, andrecruitment quota; thus applicants should carefully read the screening standards andrequirements of each school of their choice. Some universities operate special selectionof students who are ‘children of multicultural families.’ Students 'whose parents are bothforeigners' and overseas Koreans, foreigners, and marriage immigrants 'who completededucation courses that are equivalent to elementary, middle, and high school in Korea,'may apply for a special entrance program for overseas Koreans and foreigners.
Colleges are classified into university (4-year course), industrial college, college of education, air &correspondence college, cyber college, and professional and technical college (2-year course).
|University||Offers a variety of majors and has the highest high school graduate admission rate|
|Vocational colleges||Targets industrial training|
|College of education||Colleges or universities training elementary and middle school teachers|
|Specialized colleges||Trains students to develop expertise in various fields|
|Broadcast & correspondence college and cyber colleges||Remote college education in which students can study anywhere via telecommunication media such as TV and computer|
|Technical college||College at which industrial workers can learn professional knowledge and skills in an industrial setting|
Tuition for college varies according to the type of college (national universities, public universitiesand private universities), and students must pay the tuition. The government and individual collegesoperate various scholarship programs to support students facing financial difficulties.
Government-funded scholarship programs include the national scholarship program and the studentworking scholarship program. Korean students who are attending Korean universities may applyfor these national scholarship programs. For more information, please visit the Korea Student AidFoundation (www.kosaf.go.kr).To apply for scholarships provided by universities and external organizations, contact your university’soffice in charge of scholarship affairs and request information on the types of scholarships availableand how to apply.
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